Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/2/14 thru 6/8/14, the 10th week of the 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 34 Runs Scored and 22 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Jordy Mercer. Oh Mercer Me! After being an offensive black hole for most of the season Mercer’s bat came alive this week. It started on Monday when he paced the Pirates to a 10-3 win over the Padres by going 4 for 5 and reaching base 5 times. For the week Jordy had 10 hits in 25 ABs, hit 2 Home Runs, and drove in 5.
Zero of the week: Ike Davis. Ike went zero for the week, 0 for 17 to be exact. He did draw 5 walks, but this is the cleanup hitter in the lineup. Hard to be successful cleaning up when you go hitless for the week. Ike also made two costly errors on the same play in the 1st inning of the 9-3 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
How do you spell relief? T-O-N-Y W-A-T-S-O-N. For the second straight week Tony Watson did not allow a hit while holding the opposition scoreless. For the week he pitched 3 innings allowing just 1 walk, 0 hits, and 0 Runs. Watson has not allowed a hit in his last 7 innings and has not allowed a run in his last 19.2 innings.
The little things that matter: Some times the little things that matter appear uncontrollable. Jeff Locke was outstanding in a 1-0 loss to the Brewers on Sunday. He would have held the Brewers scoreless if not for an unfortunate extra base award on a ball that was interfered with by a spectator down the left field line on a base hit by Jonathan Lucroy. First off, whoever that was that reached over the railing to grab that ball is an idiot. Way to screw your team. Secondly, the umpires completely blew the call. Base awards on fan interference are at the discretion of the umpire. Lucroy thought the ball was foul and stopped running. He should not have been, and did not deserve to be awarded second base. That proved huge as the Brewers would get Lucroy home without the benefit of a hit. Of course often the little things only matter because of other failures throughout the game. As a team the Pirates left 10 runners on base, and individually Pirate hitters were credited with 24 runners left on base. Just one or two hits with men on base and that fan interference and the botched call by the umpire would have been moot.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: The Brewers scored their lone run on Sunday by scoring a runner from second base by making two consecutive outs. The Pirates were credited with a base hit with a runner on 3rd base and still didn’t score. I can’t explain it, so it must be Hidden Vigorish.
Stats that blow my mind: Pirates production from the cleanup spot of the order thru the first 62 games: .204 batting average, .346 slugging percentage, and .645 OPS.
Records and Milestones: Nothing of note, unless you feel Pedro Alvarez surpassing 300 career RBIs is noteworthy.
He said what: Gerrit Cole on the shoulder fatigue that has put him on the DL:
I just didn’t bounce back like I wanted to after my last start. I don’t see this as a huge issue. We’re on the right path. I feel much better than I did a few days ago.
Tweet of the week:
How cool would it be if Gregory Polanco parachuted into right field tonight? Probably not going to happen
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 6, 2014
Front Office Notes: The Front Office spent this week making curious selections at the annual MLB draft. The Pirates reached on first round pick Cole Tucker and second round competitive balance pick Connor Joe, players that the industry consensus had rated much lower.
On The Farm: Bradenton Marauders pitcher Tyler Glasnow is showing off some of that dominant swing and miss stuff that made him a fast riser in the prospect rankings last season. In his last 3 starts Glasnow has pitched 14.2 innings, surrendered 0 runs and just 4 hits, 6 walks, and has struck out 23.
Highlight of the week: Umpire Ed Hickox’s strike zone was a joke all game long on Sunday. The Pirates frustrations with Hickox finally boiled over Russell Martin lost his cool after being called out on strikes in the 8th inning on this ball that was off the plate and poorly framed by Jonathan Lucroy.