Pittsburgh Pirates Quick Hits
The Pittsburgh Pirates are off today, Monday, August 8th. They are coming off a week in which they went 3-3 against two teams in the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds who are now a combined 86-135, a winning percentage of 0.389.
To only go .500 against these two ball clubs is a disappointment, especially when the Pirates gifted Jeff Locke a four run lead in the first inning of one game and Ryan Vogelsong pitched a gem in his return. After taking the first two against the Reds, Gerrit Cole pitched his typical game against the Reds, as the Pirates are now 0-8 in games Cole started against Cincinnati. So lets take a look at nine quick hits in reference of this last week.
Turner Field was opened in 1997, with its first game at the park occurring on April 4th. It’s now in its final season, as the Braves are set to move into SunTrust Park starting next year. The Pirates should be glad that Turner is finally coming to an end, as the team is 26-46 in Turner. For reference, the Pirates are 35-38 at both Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park against the Atlanta Braves since the beginning of 1997. Even in the Pirates new era of winning, the team is 6-7 at Turner Field since 2013. With the Braves now in a rebuild mode and the Pirates having a stable and winning franchise, hopefully SunTrust Park won’t be such a hassle for the Pirates.
pitched twice this week, going four innings and allowing three runs, but only two earned. All three of the runs that Nicasio allowed came in the game on August 3rd, which marks the first time that he has allowed more than one run in a game since becoming a full-time reliever on June 26th. In fact, since becoming a full-time reliever, Nicasio has posted a 2.49 ERA, 2.34 FIP, and 2.88 xFIP in 15 games and 25.1 innings.
had a bad week in terms of batting average last week, hitting only .250 in 20 at bats, but he did post a .375 on-base percentage due to two hit by pitches and two walks. Marte stole three bags, but was caught once. His 39 stolen bases ranks third in the game, behind National League Central foes
. Marte did have a seven game streak going in which he did not have a run batted in, but that streak was snapped on August 6th when Marte brought in Ivan Nova and
on a single up the middle in the bottom of the forth inning.
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The club had an interesting week, both in trades and in play, and the Pirates record now sits at 55-54. They host the San Diego Padres in a three game set starting tomorrow night, and the odds are in the favor of the Pirates winning that series with plenty of ease. The Pirates are 15-33 all time at PNC Park against the Friars, but the Pirates have the advantage in all three of the starting pitching matchups. After this series the Pirates go out west and play the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that currently holds the top spot of the National League wild card. It’s a big week for the club, as they need to ramp up the winning rate. With only 53 games left, the Pirates remain three games out of a playoff position.
*Numbers from baseball-reference and fangraphs