Pittsburgh Pirates (54-49) @ Philadelphia Phillies (65-39)
Friday, 7:05, Charlie Morton vs. Roy Halladay
Saturday, 7:05, James McDonald vs. Cliff Lee
Sunday, 1:35, Jeff Karstens vs. Vance Worley
RUN - 394 (26th)
AVG - .244 (24th)
OBP - .311 (23rd)
SLG - .358 (27th)
This team doesn't blow out the competition, they merely eek out victories. Pedro Alvarez is finally back with the team, so he might go yard a couple times this weekend.
ERA - 3.32 (6th)
WHIP - 1.32 (19th)
BAA - .258 (21st)
Pitching staff is the strength of this team as evident by their great ERA. However, based on their WHIP and batting average against, it's surprising they don't surrender more runs.
Their Michael Martinez:
If you're a second baseman and have the first name Chase, then chances are you're amazing. Not in the case of Chase D'Arnaud. The rookie is batting .225 and has an OPS of .539. He's only 24 though, as compared to Martinez being 28, so Chase has a bit more upside. Unluckily for the Phils, he was placed on the DL just the other day.
Their Danys Baez:
They don't have one. The Pirates are smart enough to option shit pitchers back to the minors or release them before they do too much damage.
This weekend will be a low scoring affair. Last series Debbie Downer made a correct prediction and today her cousin Negative Nancy rears her ugly head and predicts 2 outta 3 for the Buccos.