Monday, July 4, 2011

Pirates Week in Review: June 27-July 3

This is going to be a hopefully new weekly post that I thought would be a nice addition to the site. This is going to be a Pirates weekly review where I go over the results for the past seven days and link up the box scores and the recap for each of the games. I also use the lovely FanGraphs and Baseball Reference to give you the box scores and the weekly stats for the team. I will try to have this up either late Sunday night or early Monday mornings, but you know how these things go.

Here is the Bucs weekly recap for this past week:

The Pirates had another winning week as they finished the seven game road swing at 4-3. They finished up the interleague schedule with a winning mark (8-7) and then split a four game series with the Washington Nationals.

Tuesday, June 28 - Pittsburgh 7, Toronto 6
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Wednesday, June 29 - Toronto 2, Pittsburgh 1
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Thursday, June 30 - Pittsburgh 6, Toronto 2
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Friday, July 1 - Washington 2, Pittsburgh 1
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Saturday, July 2 - Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Saturday, July 2 - Washington 4, Pittsburgh 3
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Sunday, July 3 - Pittsburgh 10, Washington 2
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Here is the hitting stats for the week for the Bucs:

Andrew McCutchen was far and away the hottest hitter on the team. Cutch collected nine hits in his four games against the Nationals and scored six runs and drove in six while hitting almost .400 during the week. Once again Ronny Cedeno had a good week despite having to sit out a few games because he was put on the seven game DL for a concussion. Before going on the DL he was hitting .462 for the week. Alex Presley made his presence felt after getting called up for the week and hit .310 in his first seven games of the season.

Here it the pitching for the week:

Kevin Correia still continues to pick up the wins as he won two of the four games this past week for the Pirates despite finishing the week with a negative WAR. The huge lead the offense gave him on Sunday was surely a help for that, but wins are wins and currently he is in a tie for the league lead in wins. Chris Resop was outstanding this past week for the Bucs as he made four appearances and put up a crazy 20.25 K/9 in his 2.2 innings pitched. All-Star Joel Hanrahan worked two games and picked up two saves.

Here is how the Pirates stack up against the teams in baseball over the past week:

The Pirates had a very nice hitting week and finished 10th in the majors for the week in hitting with a .272 average. The Bucs scored the sixth most runs in the league with 33 and were more or less average among the league in most major offensive categories.

The Bucs finished the week ninth in team ERA with a 3.13 mark. While the Pirates came out with a strong 4-3 record they did not pitch particularly well. They were fourth worst in terms of BB/9 with 3.73 and did not strike a ton of batters out with a 5.82 K/9.

Here is how the NL Central looks after the week:

5CHC3550.41210.036.5W 14.04.9-0.935-5005-411-2214-145-1020-2615-245-210-1425-3710-1321-3214-184-69-1112-18
6HOU2956.34116.066.5L 34.05.1-1.133-52-45-1313-227-104-1114-3315-231-310-1516-4313-1315-4414-122-85-158-22
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

Well, look at that. The Pirtes made up some room on the rest of the NL Central and now sit just a 1.5 out of first place as we head into the All-Star break at the beginning of next weeks. The Bucs will play a series against the Astros and Cubs before the break so there is a chance that this Pirates team might be able to get even closer to first place in the NL Central.

Next Week's Slate:

Monday, July 4 - Houston (Myers) at Pittsburgh (Maholm) - 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, July 5 - Houston (Rodriguez) at Pittsburgh (Karstens) - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 - Houston (Norris) at Pittsburgh (Morton) - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, July 8 - Chicago (Lopez) at Pittsburgh (McDonald) - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, July 9 - Chicago (Dempster) at Pittsburgh (Correia) - 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, July 10 - Chicago at Pittsburgh (Maholm) - 1:35 p.m.

Anything more you want to see in these weekly recap? Let me know. Just throw it in the comments section and I will be sure to [possibly] add it.

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