The trade deadline is about three weeks away so we will make this Pittsburgh Pirates countdown quick. Our major argument for making a move for Carlos Pena is what we felt he could provide for the Pirates against the big three. We watched Pena produce throughout the year against the teams battling the Bucs for the NL Central lead, but we had no idea the production was this strong.
Look how Pena has produced against the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals this season.
Against the Reds, Pena has played eight games. He has made 33 plate appearances and produced ten hits, four homers and is slugging .880 with an OPS of 1.395.
Against the Brewers, Pena has played six games. He has made 23 plate appearances and produced five hits, one homer and is slugging .500 with an OPS of .848.
Against the Cardinals, Pena has played six games. He has made 26 plate appearances and produced seven hits, one homer and is slugging .524 with an OPS of .947.
Looks good huh?
I don’t really care about his splits either. Through my rose colored glasses, those can only improve.