Monday, August 8, 2011

Pirates Week in Review: August 1-August 7

This is going to be a 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:

This week was pretty much the worst week the Pirates could have had. The Pirates had a seven game home stand against two of the worse teams in the National League and the Pirates promptly went 0-7 and got outscored 57-25 and gave up double figure runs in three of those games. Everything that could possibly have gone wrong, went wrong and it wasn't just one facet of the game that was bad, it was everything.

Lets look at the games:

Monday, August 1 - Chicago 5, Pittsburgh 3
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Tuesday, August 2 - Chicago 11, Pittsburgh 6
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Wednesday, August 3 - Chicago 1, Pittsburgh 0
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Thursday, August 4 - Chicago 7, Pittsburgh 6
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Friday, August 5 - San Diego 15, Pittsburgh 5
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Saturday, August 6 - San Diego 13, Pittsburgh 2
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Sunday, August 7 - San Diego 7, Pittsburgh 3
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Here are the hitting stats for the past week:

The Pirates hitters were much better this week than they have been in some time and the best hitters on the team, for the week, were some of the platoon players that are getting some everyday looks because of the volume of the injury situation. Garrett Jones proved to be the most valuable hitter of the week with a 0.6 WAR for the week as he played in all seven game and slugged out eight hits, most of which went for extra bases. He put together a 1.353 OPS and had a ridiculous .545 ISO while scoring a team-high five runs and also drove in six more. Brandon Wood also had a pretty successful week even though he only played in five game and had 13 plate appearances. Despite the small volume he hit .455 with five hits and a 1.538 OPS and a 315 wRC+ which included two home runs. Neil Walker had eight hits during the week but really didn't have much power. Pedro Alvarez had a pretty nice week with seven hits in seven games although he only registered a 56 wRC+ and a strikeout rate of almost 27%.

The pitching staff, to put it in one word, was terrible this week. Five pitchers on the list above supported ERA's in double figures and two of those were starters. Kevin Correia got two starts in the week and went 0-2 with a 14.09 ERA and only pitched 7.2 inning of work. He also gave up 15 hits and four walks in his limited work. Paul Maholm also took two losses in the week and posted an ERA of about half of what KC's was, even though that isn't good (7.82). He pitched 12.2 innings and hitters were teeing off hitting .372 off the south paw while he only stranded 47.6% of the base runners that got on. Charlie Morton had a strong start going seven innings and not giving up a run. The relievers were not much better than the starters this year as Daniel McCutchen (3.1 innings, 6 runs, 5 walks) and Chris Resop (2.0 innings, 5 runs) have normally been reliable, weren't.

Overall the hitters were middle of the pack with a 1.3 combined WAR while hitting .266 with a 102 wRC+. Earlier this season if the offense would have given them this production they would have had four or five wins, if not more, in a week like this, but with the pitching struggling so much they couldn't do anything. The Pirates hit the ball out of the park a good bit this week and finished 10th in the league during that time frame with eight long balls. Despite the production of the long ball their team slugging percentage was in the latter half of the league as well as their ISO.

It was really bad for the pitching. An 8.29 ERA in an 0-7 week will do that to you. They walked a lot of guys (3.14/9) and hitters were teeing off to a .335 clip so it wasn't good. At one point in the season the Pirates were stranding almost every base runner that got on, that was not the case this week as they only left 56.8% of runners on, which was far worst in the league during the week. The staff also gave up an absurd amount of home runs. Their HR/9 rate was 2.14, the highest in the league, as they gave up 15 home runs in the seven games, four more than the next closest team. The staff gave up 59 runs on the week, the next closest team (also played seven games) were the Chicago White Sox who gave up 38 runs. Just a brutal, brutal, week.

Next Week's Slate:

Monday, August 8 - Pittsburgh (Morton) at San Francisco (Vogelsong) - 10:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9 - Pittsburgh (McDonald) at San Francisco (Bumgarner) - 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 - Pittsburgh (Karstens) at San Francisco (Sanchez) - 3:45 p.m.
Friday, August 12 - Pittsburgh (Maholm) at Milwaukee (Narveson) - 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 - Pittsburgh (Correia) at Milwaukee (Greinke) - 4:10 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 - Pittsburgh (Morton) at Milwaukee (Marcum) - 2:10 p.m.

Let me know what you think of the new feature and if you would like to see anything else in the weekly features the rest of the season.

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