Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/31/15 thru 9/6/15, the 22nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.
Weekly result: 2 Wins and 4 Losses, 28 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed.
Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ put a halt to the Pirates 4 games slide by pitching a gem on Friday Night against the Cardinals. Happ tossed 7 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits while fanning 8 Cardinals hitters.
Zero of the week: Jeff Locke. Locke continues to be the weak link in the rotation. His latest stinker was a loss to the Brewers in which he surrender 9 hits and 5 earned runs in just 3.2 innings.
How do you spell relief? T-O-N-Y W-A-T-S-O-N. Tony Watson did not see the mound often this week but when he did it was more of the same. Watson extended his scoreless innings streak to 16.2 innings. He has not allowed a run since July 28th.
#HURDLED: I generally give Clint Hurdle a pass for his lineup construction. I understand he is trying to get some players some rest, trying to keep other players sharp, and sometimes he has to trade some offense for better defense. But I think Saturday he really erred by not having Aramis Ramirez in the lineup vs lefty Jaime Garcia. Ramirez is arguably the hottest bat in the lineup right now, and he is a noted Cardinals killer.
The little things that matter: When you load the bases with free passes the margin for error goes out the window. On Saturday Charlie Morton was victimized for two runs in the second inning after a bad hop ate up Josh Harrison, but Morton has only himself to blame after he lost the plate and filled the bases with two walks and a HBP.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: The Pirates took 2 games out of 3 against the Cardinals this weekend. It was their first series win in St. Louis since April 26-28, 2013. It was also their first road series win this year against an NL Central division foe.
Stats that blow my mind: It is unfathomable to me that a team can have a .600 winning percentage while playing so poorly within their division. The Pirates are only 23-33 against their NL Central division foes.
Records and Milestones: Nothing noteworthy.
He said what: A.J Burnett is just about ready to make his return. After pitching a simulated game against the Pirates bench players he had this to say:
I’m not getting paid to get our guys out.
Tweet of the week: Another embarrassing trip to Milwaukee has more than likely sunk the Pirates chances of catching the Cardinals….and Pirates fans in the Twitterverse know it.
@ChrisMuellerPGH Pass the champagne! We’re a 98-win team that won’t win the division because we can’t beat the shitty Brewers! Wooooo!
— Pat Lackey (@whygavs) September 4, 2015
Front Office Notes: Rosters expanded on September 1st and the following players were recalled: Jaff Decker, Travis Snider, Elias Diaz, Bobby LaFromboise, and Radhames Liz. Rob Scahill was also activated from the disabled list.
On The Farm: Steven Brault continues his impressive season with AA Altoona.
Steven Brault has thrown 8 shutout IP tonight, giving up 3 singles. He has hit 3 singles too. Came into game w/ 1.10 ERA in last 9 starts
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) September 5, 2015
Highlight of the week: Starling Marte broke open the game Friday Night with this 2-run double in the 7th inning. The Pirates would go on to beat the Cardinal 9-3.