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September 29: Pirates (56-101) @ Cardinals (81-76)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Of the Pirates’ 24 road series this season, the team has won only four of them. A win on Wednesday would give the club No. 5. Something else to keep an eye on: If the Pirates can win these next two games, they would finish the month 14-13. That might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but it would mark the first winning month for the club all season. 

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet…


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), J. Bowker (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), C. Snyder (C), J. McDonald (RHP)

McDonald vs. STL: 1-0 in 4 games, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K

 


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
J. Jay (LF), A. Miles (2B), C. Rasmus (CF), A. Craig (RF), M. Hamilton (1B), D. Descalso (3B), B. Anderson (C), T. Greene (SS), P.J. Walters (RHP)

Walters vs. PIT: 0-0 in 1 game, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K

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September 28: Pirates (55-101) @ Cardinals (81-75)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Six more left folks…


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), R. Doumit (C), R. Cedeno (SS), B. Moss (RF), B. Burres (LHP)

Burres vs. STL: 0-1 in 1 start, 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K

 


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
T. Greene (2B), D. Descalso (3B), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), A. Craig (RF), C. Rasmus (CF), M. Pagnozzi (C), B. Ryan (SS), J. Suppan (RHP)

Suppan vs PIT: 16-3 in 27 games, 155 IP, 153 H, 71 ER, 24 HR, 37 BB, 82 K

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September 27: Pirates (55-100) @ Cardinals (80-75)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Is anyone willing to offer up a prediction on how this final week will play out?

The Pirates have two very different trends going. On one side, you have the momentum of a 7-2 homestand that the club is trying to sustain during the final week of the season. But then you’ve got that 15-59 road record looming. 15-59. Yes, it’s been that bad.

It will be interesting to see which team takes the field at Busch Stadium on Monday. Because so far this year, the home version and road version have been in stark contrast.


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), J. Bowker (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), C. Snyder (C), C. Morton (RHP)

Morton vs. STL: 1-3 in 4 starts, 16 IP, 23 H, 15 ER, 1 HR, 12 BB, 10 K

 


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
S. Schumaker (2B), A. Craig (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), C. Rasmus (CF), D. Descalso (3B), B. Ryan (SS), M. Pagnozzi (C), K. Lohse (RHP)

Lohse vs. PIT: 5-1 in 9 games, 54.2 IP, 50 H, 19 ER, 5 HR, 12 BB, 36 K

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September 22: Cardinals (76-73) @ Pirates (52-98)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have completed consecutive series wins just once this season (June 28-30 vs. Cubs; July 1-4 vs. Phillies). With a win on Wednesday (or Thursday, for that matter), the club can do it again.

Pittsburgh also enters Wednesday looking for its first five-game winning streak since Aug. 17-22, 2009.


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
S. Schumaker (2B), J. Jay (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), C. Rasmus (CF), D. Descalso (3B), M. Pagnozzi (C), B. Ryan (SS), K. Lohse (RHP)

Lohse vs. PIT: 5-0 in 8 games, 51.2 IP, 43 H, 13 ER, 4 HR, 9 BB, 33 K


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), J. Bowker (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), C. Snyder (C), C. Morton (RHP)

Morton vs. STL: 0-3 in 3 starts, 10 IP, 19 H, 13 ER, 1 HR, 11 BB, 5 K

 

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September 21: Cardinals (76-72) @ Pirates (51-98)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

My how things have changed. When the Cardinals arrived in Pittsburgh for a three-game series on August 23, they trailed the Reds by a mere 2.5 games. Then came the Pirates’ 2-1 series win over St. Louis, and the Cards have been in freefall ever since.

They arrive at PNC Park all but out of the NL Central race, now sitting 7.5 games behind Cincinnati. And in fact, the Pirates have actually played better basebal than St. Louis since August 23. Pittsburgh has a 10-15 record since then, while the Cardinals have won just 10 of 28 games.


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
T. Greene (2B), A. Craig (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), Y. Molina (C), C. Rasmus (CF), P. Feliz (3B), J. Westbrook (RHP), B. Ryan (SS)

Westbrook vs. PIT: 0-1 in 5 games, 14 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 9 K


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), R. Doumit (C), J. Bowker (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), P. Maholm (LHP)

Maholm vs. STL: 3-4 in 12 starts, 74 IP, 84 H, 28 ER, 5 HR, 24 BB, 43 K

 

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August 25: Cardinals (68-55) @ Pirates (42-84)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf has been placed on the 15-day DL (no surprises there), and taking his spot on the roster will be lefty Brian Burres. I assume this means that Burres — who has started seven games for the Pirates already this year — will take Ohlendorf’s next scheduled start on Sunday. Have to confirm that with manager John Russell, though. And this could be a case where Burres would make the start only if the Pirates don’t have to use him in long relief these next few days.

In case you missed it last night, Jeff Karstens is no longer starting this game due to arm fatigue. Daniel McCutchen is stepping in to make the spot start. McCutchen has thrown more than 19 pitches in an outing only once this month (56 on Aug. 8), so he’ll certainly be on some sort of pitch limitation. What that is, I’ll have to ask Russell when the clubhouse opens.

UPDATE: A few answers… Burres will be used in the bullpen. It appears as if the Pirates will dip back into Triple-A for a starter on Sunday. As for McCutchen, Russell threw out an arbitrary number of 70-80 pitches for tonight’s start, though the Pirates will monitor McCutchen carefully. If his pitches start elevating or getting flat, that’s the sign that McCutchen is tiring.

Much more detail on all the injury news/roster moves to be found on pirates.com in a bit.


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
S. Schumaker (2B), R. Winn (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), J. Jay (CF), F. Lopez (SS), P. Feliz (3B), B. Anderson (C), J. Westbrook (RHP)

Westbrook vs: PIT: 0-0 in 4 games, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 K


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), R. Doumit (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), C. Snyder (C), D. McCutchen (RHP)

McCutchen vs: STL: 0-1 in 1 start, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 1 K

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August 23: Cardinals (67-54) @ Pirates (41-83)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

So yesterday turned out to be a much more eventful day than expected. Apologies for not writing the most insightful game recap on Sunday, but I spent the first half of the game talking finance with president Frank Coonelly and owner Bob Nutting. The session was called in advance of an AP story, which did come out late that evening.

In case you somehow missed yesterday’s big story, here is the recap piece to fill you in on all the details. I can tell you that we discussed a lot of accounting jargon in the session, and being that my dad is the accountant in the family, it took me a while to digest. My goal in the above story was to whittle the confusing  wording down to simplistic ideas and explanations so that everything could be understood by the common person. I hope I succeeded in that attempt.

I have found the public reaction to the numbers/story to be interesting. I think some fans are glad to see actual figures (and a minimal profit), while others have an inability to believe anything the organization says. If you’re in the latter category, then I’ll never be able to report anything that appeases you. You might as well realize that now.

All I can say is that the organization had no reason to lie about the information given to us yesterday. Neither Coonelly, nor Nutting, ever wanted such figures to be made public — this is a private company, you know — and seemed somewhat uncomfortable doing so. However with the public backlash both receive almost daily, they hoped it would be beneficial. They also feared how the AP story could construe what they believed to be logical explanations of a 2008 payment to ownership.

In terms of the $5.4 million profit that the team made in 2009… some look at that and say it all should have been added to the Major League payroll. No questions asked. However, step back and think about your own personal finances.

Look at that $5.4 million as almost a savings account of sorts. I like to keep some additional money in my savings account at all times because I never know when something might come up where I have to dip into the fund. Unexpected costs arrise all the time, and if you are working with a savings account of $0, you’re going to be in trouble at some point.

That $5.4 million is around for that purpose. It’s not going to anyone in the ownership group. It’s a fund that is keeping the Pirates out of the red and ensures that they have the money when new costs arise. And really.. in the land of Major League baseball, $5.4 million isn’t all that much. Putting that into the payroll would not have sent this team over the top.

OK, enough finances 101 for the day. Now on to baseball, where the Pirates have the ability to affect St. Louis’ task of catching the division-leading Reds.


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
S. Schumaker (2B), J. Jay (CF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), F. Lopez (SS), Y. Molina (C), P. Feliz (3B), A. Craig (RF), K. Lohse (RHP)

Lohse vs. PIT: 4-0 in 7 games, 46.1 IP, 37 H, 11 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 29 K


pirates.jpgPIRATES:
A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), R. Doumit (C), L. Milledge (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), R. Ohlendorf (RHP)

Ohlendorf vs. STL: 1-2 in 4 starts, 26 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 22 K

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July 31: Pirates (36-66) @ Cardinals (57-46)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Yes, there is a game tonight, too. As all attention is focused on the Trade Deadline today, Daniel McCutchen returns to the club to try and even the series.


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A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), L. Milledge (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), E. Kratz (C), D. McCutchen (RHP)

McCutchen vs. STL: first career appearance

 


Thumbnail image for Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS
: F. Lopez (3B), J. Jay (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), C. Rasmus (CF), Y. Molina (C), S. Schumaker (2B), J. Suppan (RHP), B. Ryan (SS)

Suppan vs. PIT: 14-3 in 25 starts, 144.2 IP, 144 H, 70 ER, 24 HR, 35 BB, 75 K

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July 30: Pirates (36-65) @ Cardinals (56-46)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

For the first time in 449 days, the Pirates are back to play a game in St. Louis. That sure is lengthy given that we’re talking about two teams in the same division. Anyways…


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A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (1B), P. Alvarez (3B), L. Milledge (RF), R. Cedeno (SS), E. Kratz (C), J. Karstens (RHP)

Karstens vs. STL: 1-1 in 2 starts, 12 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K

 


Cardinals.jpgCARDINALS:
F. Lopez (3B), J. Jay (RF), A. Pujols (1B), M. Holliday (LF), C. Rasmus (CF), Y. Molina (C), B. Ryan (SS), C. Carpenter (RHP), S. Schumaker (2B)

Carpenter vs. PIT: 11-1 in 14 starts, 102.1 IP, 76 H, 26 ER, 5 HR, 19 BB, 96 K

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