Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/21/14 thru 4/27/14, the 4th week of the 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 2 wins and 5 Losses, 16 Runs Scored and 25 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. While the the rest of the Pirate offense went ice cold, the reigning NL MVP got red hot. He homered in 3 straight games to start the week, including a game tying 8th inning blast against the Reds on Monday. He finished the week 10 for 24 and drew 6 walks.
Zero of the week: This was a very tough decision. Starling Marte had almost as many TOOTBLANS as he did hits, but Jordy Mercer outdid him. Mercer was literally a “Zero”. He was 0 for the whole week. Not one hit, and no walks either, in his 18 trips to the plate.
How do you spell relief? J-A-R-E-D H-U-G-H-E-S. Surprise, surprise, but Jared Hughes had a nice week in relief. He made just two appearances, but they were in both of the Pirates’ victories. Hughes pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, and he even picked up the win on 4/21/14 against the Reds. For his efforts he was sent back to AAA Indianapolis.
#HURDLED: The insanity of pitching to the 8 hole hitter with a runner in scoring position and first base open continues. On Tuesday night against the Reds, Clint Hurdle elected to pitch to Zack Cozart with Johnny Cueto on deck. Cozart ripped a double to drive in a run that put the game out of reach.
Cannonballs: Andrew McCutchen(3), Ike Davis
The little things that matter: I am not going to blast the Pirates for having Starling Marte lay down a bunt in the 3rd inning with runners on first and second and no outs on Sunday against the Cardinals. Marte has the kind of speed that pressures the defense even on a routine sac bunt. Given how much Marte is struggling as of late, bunting in that situation is not a bad play. But he has to execute better than to roll it straight back to the pitcher. Marte laid down a terrible bunt, the lead runner was cut down at third, and the Pirates failed to cash in yet again.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: Pick a number, any number. After scoring just 4 runs in their previous 4 games the Pirates broke out offensively with a 4 run 4th inning on Saturday to put an end to a 4 game losing streak.
Records and Milestones: When Ike Davis hit a grand slam on 4/21/14 against the Reds he became just the third player in major league history to hit slams for different teams against the same opponent in the same year. The last player to do it was Mike Piazza in 1998.
He said what: Clint Hurdle when asked if offensive help from AAA might be arriving soon
I know we have guys that we have some interest in, one in particular.
Uhhh….who might that be Clint?
Tweet of the week:
Gerrit Cole goes 7 inns, gives up 1 run. Gets 1/4 of his team's hits. Is charged with a Loss. Great job as always, old-timey baseball stats!
— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) April 26, 2014
Front Office Notes: Neal Huntington was extra busy this week placing players on the DL and making excuses as to why Gregory Polanco needs more time in AAA.
On The Farm: Tyler Glasnow came off the minor league DL to make his season debut with the Bradenton Marauders. He tossed 5 scoreless innings and struck out 6.
Highlight of the week: I’m not sure if this is a Pirates highlight or a Reds lowlight. It doesn’t get many style points, but it was a walk off winner for the Bucs.