Friday, August 26, 2011


RHP James McDonald (8-6, 4.21) faces RHP Jake Westbrook (10-7, 4.70) at 8:15 tonight. The game will be aired on Root Sports.

Lineup: Jose Tabata RF, Alex Presley LF, Andrew McCutchen CF, Ryan Doumit C, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones 1B, Josh Harrison 3B, Ronny Cedeno SS, James McDonald P.

Dewey is the clean-up hitter; Walker and Jones are in the 5-6 hole, where they belong. If Pedro ever evolves into a middle-of-the-order guy, the lineup will at long last make some sense. Looks like Brandon Wood is the odd man out with Harrison and Chase d'Arnaud getting long looks over the next five weeks.

  • McCutch and The Pittsburgh Kid are the first pair of Buc teammates to drive in 75 runs in the same season since Nate McLouth (94) and Adam LaRoche (85) did it in 2008. The last Pirate with 100 RBI was Jay Bay (109) in 2006. Garrett Jones led the squad in RBI last season with 86.
  • The Clint Hurdle go-go Pirates have 3 players (McCutch 20, JT -16, X Man - 15) with at least 15 stolen bases for the first time since 1999 (Jason Kendall - 22, Kevin Young - 22, Al Martin - 20).
  • Michael Sanserino of the Post Gazette covers Pedro at Indy, where the mantra is keep it simple and relax. Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review adds that El Toro may be playing some winter ball, though that's yet to be finalized.

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