04/13: Pirates (3-4) @ Giants (6-1)
There are some cities that you do everything to ensure that you don’t spend more than minimal time in your hotel room while waiting to go to work in the afternoon. San Francisco is certainly on that list.
Ventured out to Alcatraz this morning before strolling through the wharf, enjoying some clam chowder in a bread bowl and then taking a street car back to Union Square. If you have never been to Alcatraz (which I hadn’t before today) and care, here are a few photos that I snapped along the tour.
With our sightseeing tour over, here’s your news from inside AT&T Park…
- Somewhat surprisingly, the Pirates made no roster moves prior to Tuesday’s game. I say that because no one expects Brian Burres to make another start for the Pirates this week, even if Ross Ohlendorf can’t. Still, Burres was in the clubhouse on Tuesday.
- Manager John Russell‘s explanation for Burres staying with the team had to do with that transaction rule that I mentioned yesterday. Not until Wednesday are teams allowed to call up players on the 40-man roster without putting someone on the DL. That means that if the Pirates had wanted to call up a reliever and send Burres down today, the club would have had to have taken a non-roster reliever and remove Burres from the 40-man to open a spot for him.
- You’d have to think that all this means there will be a roster move tomorrow. The team’s bullpen has been taxed (and could use an extra arm). And again, there is no expectation that Burres is going to pitch again soon for this team.
- Ohlendorf reported improvement in his back and said he still hopes to throw a side session on Wednesday. The Pirates expect to determine his availability for Saturday’s start by the end of the day on Wednesday. If the righty can throw tomorrow, he’ll likely pitch as scheduled this weekend. If he can’t throw tomorrow, don’t expect him to be ready to go.
- Daniel McCutchen remains a candidate to throw on Saturday if Ohlendorf can’t. Burres could as well, though I don’t see that being as likely. Or the Pirates could call up someone else from Triple-A to give it a shot.
- McCutchen still has not joined the Triple-A Indianapolis club, presumably because he is waiting to find out Ohlendorf’s status tomorrow.
- The Pirates’ four losses lies much more heavily on the pitching than on the team’s hitting, however that doesn’t mask this concerning stat. The Pirates’ middle-of-the-order hitters — Garrett Jones, Ryan Doumit and Jeff Clement — have combined to go just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position this year. That has to improve if this team is going to be a threat at the plate.
- On the other hand, No. 9 hitter Ronny Cedeno and No. 1 hitter Aki Iwamura are 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
- Aki Iwamura (2B)
- Andrew McCutchen (CF)
- Lastings Milledge (LF)
- Garrett Jones (RF)
- Ryan Doumit (C)
- Jeff Clement (1B)
- Andy LaRoche (3B)
- Paul Maholm (LHP)
- Ronny Cedeno (SS)
- Aaron Rowand (CF)
- Edgar Renteria (SS)
- Pablo Sandoval (3B)
- Aubrey Huff (1B)
- Mark DeRosa (LF)
- Bengie Molina (C)
- Juan Uribe (2B)
- Andres Torres (RF)
- Matt Cain (RHP)
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