April 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Braun Expecting More Bad Blood With Pirates In Future
Ryan Braun slugged a homer off Jeff Karstens in the first inning and got drilled in the back in his next at bat. Umpire John Hirschbeck warned both benches after the third-inning incident, in effect allowing the Pirates to take a free shot at Braun. "We play them about 17 more times (actually 13)," said Braun. "Tell Mr. Selig, we'll see what happens. It's going to be interesting."
Marlins Claim Dave Davidson
The Pirates have lost minor league reliever Dave Davidson to the Florida Marlins, who claimed him off waivers and assigned him to Class AAA New Orleans. Davidson, a left-hander who turns 25 this week, was designated for assignment last week to create space on the 40-man roster for outfielder Delwyn Young.
Huntington: Pirates Looking For Catching Help
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has made it known that he is looking to add a catcher to his roster. Pittsburgh lost starter Ryan Doumit to injury, and will have to rely on the unproven Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz behind the plate. "We know what a loss this is to us, especially the bat," Huntington said.
Dodgers Ship Delwyn Young To Pirates
The Pirates have acquired outfielder Delwyn Young from the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later. Young, who had been designated for assignment on Tuesday, has batted .267 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 110 major league at-bats during his career.
Pirates Turn First Triple Play Since 1993
The Pirates turned a triple-play in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Reds, their first since 1993. With Jesse Chavez pitching for Pittsburgh, Brandon Phillips walked and Jay Bruce reached on an infield hit to put runners on first and second with no outs. With Phillips and Bruce running on the pitch, Edwin Encarnacion lined softly to Jack Wilson at shortstop. Wilson threw to second baseman Freddy Sanchez at second to retire Phillips, and Sanchez threw on to first baseman Adam LaRoche to retire Bruce to complete the triple play. "I saw it coming," said Sanchez. "Both runners were going. When Jack caught the ball, Bruce was standing on second base. I knew it was going to be a triple play."
Pirates Farm Report: Pedro Alvarez Homers In 3-For-4 Debut
Pedro Alvarez made his professional debut on Thursday and had a monster 3-for-4 game, with a homer and double for Single-A Lynchburg. Alvarez was the second overall pick by the Pirates in the 2008 MLB Draft and controversially didn't sign until September.
The Daily Opsera (Wed. 4/8): Pirates, Rays & Tigers Impressive
Opsera is a metric I created to rank teams in terms of averaging their hitting and pitching. Opsera is extremely simple; I take each team's total OPS, move the decimal point one place to the right and then subtract their respective ERAs from that number. The best teams will finish the season with a mark over 4.00 and the worst teams are usually under 2.50. The single game Opsera is the first number listed with the run total listed in parenthesis. Team of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates Game Opsera Scores Washington Nationals: -1.07 (4) Florida Marlins: 5.95 (6) - The Marlins were my sleeper pick for the NL Wildcard and though it's just the Nationals, they have looked impressive over the first three games. Atlanta Braves: -3.09 (11) Philadelphia Phillies: -0.73 (12) - Javier Vazquez wasn't quite as good as Lowe and Jurrjens, but he did only give up three runs in six innings before the Atlanta bullpen yielded another nine. Colorado Rockies: 7.40 (9) Arizona Diamondbacks: -2.30 (2) - Franklin Morales gave the Rockies another good start after Ubaldo Jimenez was dominant on Wednesday. New York Yankees: -0.56 (5) Baltimore Orioles: 4.39 (7) - Baltimore's third-place hitter is batting .714 through the first two games, compared to just .111 for the Yankees' guy in the third slot. Detroit Tigers: 7.21 (5) Toronto Blue Jays: -0.15 (1) - The Detroit bullpen went 3+ innings without giving up a run, hit or walk. Tampa Bay Rays: 7.79 (7) Boston Red Sox: -0.90 (2) - Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria each hit their first homers of the year to back up a solid start from Scott Kazmir. New York Mets: 1.40 (9) Cincinnati Reds: 0.29 (7) - It was a little ugly for both Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz, but the Mets still managed to escape with a tight win. Cleveland Indians: -2.90 (5) Texas Rangers: 6.80 (8) - Nelson Cruz hit two homers, while Elvis Andrus went deep for his first major league homer. Chicago Cubs: 4.65 (11) Houston Astros: 0.50 (6) - Kosuke Fukudome homered and doubled in the two-hole as the Cubs survived five Houston homers. Seattle Mariners: 1.37 (5) Minnesota Twins: 4.17 (6) - Justin Morneau and Denard Span each went deep against former Twin Carlos Silva. Kansas City Royals: 4.79 (2) Chicago White Sox: 1.26 (0) - Zack Greinke struck out seven over six scoreless innings before handing it over to Juan Cruz for two perfect innings. Joakim Soria also was perfect in the ninth. Pittsburgh Pirates: 7.94 (7) St. Louis Cardinals: -0.67 (4) - Nate McLouth has struggled early, but he went deep in the sixth inning. Oakland Athletics: 4.70 (6) Los Angeles Angels: 0.10 (4) - The A's had 15 singles, but the story of this game is the six scoreless innings thrown by Nick Adenhart just hours before his terribly tragic death. Los Angeles Dodgers: 6.70 (5) San Diego Padres: -1.45 (2) - Manny Ramirez drove in three of the Dodgers' five runs to back up a very good outing from Chad Billingsley. Milwaukee Brewers: 4.55 (4) San Francisco Giants: 0.62 (2) - Randy Johnson struck out seven in five innings, but also gave up two homers and four earned runs total in his first start with the Giants. * Opsera will be the metric we use to rank all 30 teams throughout the 2009 season and we also will present this on a daily basis in order to quickly determine how well or poorly teams played in single games. Run-saving defensive plays and timely hitting aren't taken into account in any meaningful way with the Opsera, nor is timely/situational hitting but it gives a pure reading of how well teams hit and pitched.
Pittsburgh Planning To Become A Seller?
The Pirates are expected to be sellers this summer with a host of talent set to hit free agency this coming winter, and little chance at competing. Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Adam LaRoche and reliever John Grabow will become free agents after the 2009 season. Rumors will likely heat up as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, but the players aren't letting the whispers bother him. "Really we can't think about that now," Sanchez said. "We just need to do whatever it takes to succeed and try to stay right where we are."