Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs.
Zero of the week: Vance Worley. Worley made two starts this week and he put the Pirates in a big hole right out of the chute in both games. On Monday he surrendered 6 runs in the 1st inning against the Braves. On Sunday against the Brewers he was touched up for 2 runs in the 1st inning and 2 more in the 2nd inning. The Pirates would never recover and Worley took the loss in both games.
How do you spell relief? M-A-R-K M-E-L-A-N-C-O-N. It wasn’t a busy week for Mark Melancon but it was an unblemished week. Mark the shark pitched two scoreless innings and earned the save Wednesday night against Atlanta.
#HURDLED: I’m giving Hurdle a pass this week. I didn’t notice any egregious snafus.
The little things that matter: Josh Harrison has been a godsend for this team. At the plate and in field he has been terrific, but on the bases not so much. JHay was picked off of second base in two straight games. His base running mistakes are costing the team runs.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: The Pirates won two out of three in Milwaukee. To say they were due to win a series against the Brewers is an understatement. With two wins this weekend the Pirates improved their record in Milwaukee to just 15-54 since 2007.
Stats that blow my mind: Josh Harrison has 21 extra base hits since the all-star break.
Records and Milestones: Pedro Alvarez made his first career start at first base on 8/18/14.
“He had four pitches to go to tonight, very efficient work. Really good to see him out on the mound.”
Tweet of the week:
— Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) August 19, 2014
Front Office Notes: The Pirates sent out playoff ticket information this week to their season ticket holders. They ticked off a lot people with 20 game plans. Last season 20 game ticket plan holders were guaranteed playoff tickets. That is not the case this year.
On The Farm: Tony Sanchez has thrown out just 8 of 63 base stealers this season at Indy. He also has 9 errors. This week he started a game at first base. The plan that Sanchez would be the Pirates catcher of the future is dying. At this point Elias Diaz is more highly regarded.
Highlight of the week: Andrew McCutchen announced to the world that he was back and healthy once again when he crushed this 436 foot home run on Friday night.