Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Tid Bits, Aug. 4-7

August 5, 2010 | 7:13 am | 5  

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Aug. 4-7, 2010 at PNC Park

Redesigned Relief

Pirates bullpen has undergone a major remake in the last week. Pirates bullpen has a 4.39 ERA, 12th in the NL. On Saturday, the Pirates dealt closer Octavio Dotel to the Los Angeles Dodgers, right-hander D.J. Carrasco to Arizona, and left-hander Javier Lopez to San Francisco.

They have moved Daniel McCutchen, who was 1-5 with a 7.94 ERA to the bullpen, replacing him in the rotation on Thursday by James McDonald, who was acquired in the Dotel deal.

They claimed Chan Ho Park on waivers from the Yankees, and Chris Resop from Atlanta. Resop will join the Pirates on Thursday with Park arriving Friday.

Park was 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 29 appearances this year. Resop appeared in one big-league game for the Braves, allowing five runs on five hits in two innings. He went on the disabled list June 16 with a strained oblique and after four rehab appearances in the minors was placed on waivers.

For Carrasco, the Pirates received veteran catcher Chris Snyder from Arizona, and he becomes the primary catcher.

Joel Hanrahan has replaced Dotel as the closer, opting to keep All-Star selection Evan Meek in the eighth-inning setup role.

Since Saturday Pirates relievers have allowed 19 runs and 27 hits in 16 2/3 innings.

Lately

After back-to-back wins at Colorado July 27-28, which allowed the Pirates to take 2- of 3 at Coors Field and win a road series for the second time this season, the Pirates have lost six of seven games. They have scored nine runs in the six losses combined.

They have fallen to 37-70, worst record in the NL and second worst in baseball. Baltimore is 34-73.

3B Pedro Alvarez was 2-for-3 on Wednedsay, which equaled his hit total in his previous 31 at-bats combined.

Pirates are one of five NL teams with a losing record at home, one of four in the NL Central. Pirates and Milwaukee are 24-28 at home, Houston 26-29 and the Cubs 27-29. Only other NL team with a losing record at home in Arizona (25-31).

Familiar Faces

Rockies manager Jim Tracy managed the Pirates during the 2006-07 seasons (135-189).

RHP Matt Belisle earned his first big-league win (9-9-03) and complete game (4- 28-07) vs. Pitt.

RHR reliever Taylor Buchholz earned his first big-league victory vs. Pitt 4-22-06.

RHP Manuel Corpas made big-league debut vs. Pitt 7-18-06.

Rockies 3B Ian Stewart hit his first home run, a grand slam, against \the Pirates on Aug. 21, 2007.

Pirates OF Delwyn Young hit his first big-league home run, as a member of the Dodgers, Sept. 25, 2007, off Rockies reliever Manuel Corpas.

Past Encounters

Rockies are 76-72 all-time against Pirates, fifth best record against any team. They are 33-45 against Pirates in Pittsburgh, 13-21 at PNC Park, where the only time they have won a series is when they swept a three-game series in 2007.  Rockies have swept nine series from Pirates, two in Pittsburgh, one at PNC Park. Pirates have four sweeps against Rockies, the last one in 1999, and have two of those sweeps in Pittsburgh.

Rockies Worst Records in Current NL Parks

Park                             W-L      Pct.

Minute Maid               9-25     .257

Turner Field                18-31   .367

Citi Bank                      8-15     .360

Chase Field                  38-67   .362

Sun Life Stadium         28-47   .373

AT&T                           36-59   .379

PNC Park                     13-21   .382

Stats Facts

How the Rockies and Pirates compare statistically:

Rockies (NL rank)             State                     Pirates (NL rank)

.266 (2nd)                              Avg.                       .241 (16th)

.341 (2nd)                              OBG                       .303 (16)

509 (3rd)                               Runs                      366 (16th)

118 (4th)                                HR                          76 (15th)

4.16 (11th)                            ERA                        5.10 (15th)

4.32 (12th)                            Rotation               5.49 (16th)

3.92 (7th)                              Bullpen                 4.49 (12th)

Road Woes

Last year’s 41-40record was only winning road record in franchise history.

2010 Worst NL records on the road:

Team               W-L

Pittsburgh        13-42

Arizona            15-37

Washington     19-37

Cubs                20-32

Rockies            20-32

Rockies have been a different team offensive t home and on the road.

Home (NL rank)                Stat                        Road (NL ranks)

.300 (1st)               Avg.                       .229 (16th)

314 (1st)                Runs                      195 (15th)

71 (2nd)                 Home runs          47 (9th)

.372 (1st)               OBP                       .367 (12th)

Among Elite

Rockies CF Carlos Gonzalez is second in NL with a .319 average, five points behind Joey Votto of Cincinnati, and one of only nine NL hitters who qualify for the batting title hitting .300 or better.

With 23 home runs, Gonzalez is tied for seven in the NL in home runs. Adam Dunn leads the league with 28. Gonzalez is also sixth in RBI with 72. Ryan Howard leads the NL with 81 RBI.

Gonzalez, Votto and Albert Pujols of St. Louis are only players in NL among top 10 in the three Triple Crown categories.

Disabled List

Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Ascanio, Jose (P) 08/02 Out Indefinitely Possibly mid-August Right shoulder surgery Began Minor League rehab assignment Aug. 2.
Doumit, Ryan (C) 08/02 15-day DL Possibly Aug. 6 Mild concussion Began Triple-A rehab assignment Aug. 2.
Hart, Kevin (P) 05/04 Out Indefinitely Spring ’11 Torn labrum Underwent successful surgery May 4.
Jakubauskas, Chris (P) 07/16 60-day DL TBD Strained right hip flexor Shut down for at least one week July 2.
Pearce, Steve (1B) 08/03 Out for Season Spring Training 2011 Patella tendinitis To undergo arthroscopic surgery Aug. 4.
Veal, Donald (P) 06/19 Out for Season Mid-’11 Tommy John surgery Underwent successful surgery on left elbow.
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5 Comments »

  • Anonymous | August 5, 2010 | 7:33 am

    Ok Rox this is the perfect team to turn around your road season against. I know they just took 2 of 3 from you in Denver, but this is the time. Make us Rox fans proud and take 3 of 4. Sweep if you want but I would be more than happy with 3 of 4.

  • Steve N | August 5, 2010 | 9:28 am

    Thanks as always Tracy. I hope the Rockies don’t read the Pirate’s stats, ’cause they tend to play down to the level of teams like this, as witnessed last week. ;-)

  • Robb | August 5, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Agree with the first two posters here. This is a series the Rockies need to/should be able to win 3 of 4, even without Ubaldo pitching. Francis, Hammel, DLR have been solid the past few outings and Chacin has pitched well on the road. Need someone like Stewart or Hawpe to get hot and take some of the load off Cargo and Tulo. This is a great time for that to happen.

  • Karl | August 5, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Agreed folks, great time for others to step up. Would like team to work on hitting ball up the middle and letting power come on the road. Smaller fields seems to be theme to batter’s eyes or something on the road. Focus on playing to the v of the middle of the field and hit gap to gap, put the ball in play and make the Pirates and Mets field it. If they can average less than 6 strikeouts per game and I think they win 5 on this trip. More k’s and more losses, I don’t care how good the pitching is for the Rockies. Hitters need to put pressure on Pirates to start and work them and get to their bullpen.

  • WillM | August 5, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    So if Carlos is among the NL elite, he will likely garner some MVP votes. Has there ever been an MVP that was not an All Star in the same year?