Monday, August 1, 2011

Pirates Week in Review; July 25-July 31

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:

The Pirates just had a brutal week this week against the Braves and Phillies and went 2-5 on the road trip. The Pirates went to extra innings three different times in the seven games and dropped each of the games.

Monday, July 25 - Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 1
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Tuesday, July 26 - Atlanta 4, Pittsburgh 3 (19 innings)
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Wednesday, July 27 - Atlanta 2, Pittsburgh 1 (10 innings)
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Thursday, July 28 - Pittsburgh 5, Atlanta 2
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Friday, July 29 - Philadelphia 10, Pittsburgh 3
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Saturday, July 30 - Philadelphia 7, Pittsburgh 4
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Sunday, July 31 - Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 5 (10 innings)
[Box Score] [TRBB Recap]

Here is a look at the hitters for the last week:

The hitters did not have a good week and it was pretty ugly. The exception to the rule was Neal Walker who is on sort of a hot streak and hit .387 for the week with a .893 OPS but he was the only players with double digit hits in seven games played. For as bad as he was on the week Xavier Paul had the second most hits in the week with eight and Michael McKenry had six hits in his five games played. Nothing against Paul and McKenry but when those are your second and third best hitters for the week your offense is probably not going to be rolling. Andrew McCutchen continues to struggle as he hit only .192 for the week with five hits but his wOBA of .324 and his OBP of .364 shows that he was still able to be productive and get on base. He walked seven times during the week so I will take that. Pedro Alvarez struggled in his week with the team hitting only .138 while striking out over 38% of his plate appearances.

Pitching was haunted by the lack of offense this week and that could be underlined no more than the 19 inning marathon that the Pirates went through where the pitchers were outstanding. Paul Maholm finished the week, in his only start, with a 0.4 WAR after a gutty effort against the Braves. He was the start following the marathon game and was able to go seven full innings. He racked up a 1.29 ERA and only a 1.72 xFIP which shows that the pitching was a lot less about luck and more about the quality job he did. He didn't pick up a decision, but it was a good outing. Charlie Morton got rocked against the lefty laden lineup and Jeff Karstens was up and down with a 4.50 ERA in his two start of the week not earning a decision in either. Tony Wastson was very good this week in four appearances. He struck out 11.57 batters per nine innings and held a 1.93 ERA. Daniel McCutchen and Jason Grilli mainly pitched in the 19 inning game but their performances just in that game alone deserves a ton of respect.

Like I said the Pirates offense was bad. They hit .211 for the week which was in the bottom five of the league over the past seven games while they have struck out a league high 29.1% of the plate appearances. In seven games the Pirates only scored 24 runs, seventh least in the majors and their OPS of .584 shows that they weren't getting the most out of their hits and they weren't getting on base with any frequency.

The pitching staff put up a pretty nice 3.68 ERA for the week which is almost an identical match to their xFIP of 3.71. Opposing hitters hit .360 on balls in play which was extremely high and somewhat unlucky for the pitching staff. Last week I talked about the pitchers not striking out any batters, well this week they were near the top of the league with a 8.24 K/9 while they still struggled with the walks giving up 3.42 BB/9.

Here are the NL Central standings going into the August 1st week of games:

1MIL6049.550---W 64.34.255-5413-1126-1715-126-939-1421-354-524-1449-3611-1323-2437-25
2STL5751.5282.5L 14.84.359-4910-1125-2014-138-729-2428-275-814-1741-3716-1418-2539-26
3PIT5452.5094.5L 33.83.953-5312-1925-169-108-726-2528-275-615-1336-4018-1220-2934-23
4CIN5355.4916.5W 34.74.358-505-1229-2213-96-1230-2723-287-416-2341-4112-1433-4320-12
5CHC4365.39816.5W 14.05.043-658-1216-2914-145-1025-3118-346-313-1832-4711-1822-3521-30
6HOU3573.32424.5L 33.85.041-677-1817-347-104-1117-3618-372-512-1820-5615-1718-4817-25
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/1/2011.

Next Week's Slate:

Monday, August 1 - Chicago (Zambrano) at Pittsburgh (Maholm) - 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2 - Chicago (Wells) at Pittsburgh (Correia) - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3 - Chicago (Garza) at Pittsburgh (Morton) - 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, August 4 - Chicago (Lopez) at Pittsburgh (McDonald) - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, August 5 - San Diego (Harang) at Pittsburgh (Karstens) - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 - San Diego (LeBlanc) at Pittsburgh (Maholm) - 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 - San Diego (Luebke) at Pittsburgh (Correia) - 1:35 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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