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October 3: Pirates (57-104) @ Marlins (79-82)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

We’ve reached the end.

Before getting to the obligatory lineups, a few items of housekeeping before the 2010 season comes to an end.

  • First off, if you are still visiting this blog after 161 games and 104 losses, I owe you a particularly large thank you. You all are the diehards. Thank you for your emails (the good and the complaints), your feedback and your continued readership. You are why I do what I do.
  • Just because the season is ending, that doesn’t mean your coverage is. You will find regular updates on the blog and on pirates.com throughout the offseason. After the conclusion of the World Series, you’ll find the website updated daily. There will be updates from winter ball, free agent speculation, 2011 projections, Winter Meeting coverage and some other special projects I’ve got in mind.
  • Also, I’d like to do a weekly Inbox up until Spring Training, but I will need your submissions in order to accomplish that. All questions can be send to me at Jenifer.Langosch@MLB.com. Remember to include your first name, last initial and hometown in your submission.
  • If there is anything in particular that you want to see as part of your offseason coverage, feel free to pass along suggestions. I got a great response last fall with the Minor League series I did, so I will be rolling that out again in a few weeks.


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

Burres vs. FLA: first career appearance

 


Marlins.gifMARLINS:
E. Bonifacio (CF), O. Martinez (SS), L. Morrison (LF), D. Uggla (2B), G. Sanchez (1B), M. Stanton (RF), W. Helms (3B), B. Davis (C), A. Sanchez (RHP)

Sanchez vs. PIT: 0-1 in 1 start, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K

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October 2: Pirates (57-103) @ Marlins (78-82)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

With some help from Elias, I got the answer to the question that I posed in yesterday’s blog. For a refresher, I wondered out loud when the last time was that a team finished last in offense (batting average), last in pitching (ERA) and last in defense (fielding percentage) in the same year.

The answer? Your 1965 Mets team was the last NL club to accomplish such a dubious feat. The Pirates did it previously in 1954.

With two games remaining, the Pirates appear set to finish last in pitching and offense, regardless of what happens this weekend. Their .979 fielding percentage is tied at the bottom with three other teams, so there could be some movement there.

Oh, the intrigue.


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

Morton vs. FLA: 2-1 in 4 starts, 21 IP, 12 H, 10 ER, 2 HR, 13 BB, 14 K

 


Marlins.gifMARLINS:
E. Bonifacio (CF), O. Martinez (SS), L. Morrison (LF), D. Uggla (2B), G. Sanchez (1B), M. Stanton (RF), C. Tracy (3B), C. Hatcher (C), J. Sosa (RHP)

Sosa vs. PIT: 2-0 in 9 games, 10 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K

 

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October 1: Pirates (56-103) @ Marlins (78-81)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

With September now in the books, here are a few final numbers from the month:

  • It was the winningest month for the Pirates, as they finished with 12 wins. However, the team wasn’t able to post its first .500 or better month, as it finished 12-15 overall.
  • The team’s batting average (.255) and runs scored (123) were the highest totals of any month this season.
  • The 4.38 ERA posted by Pittsburgh pitchers trailed only the team’s May ERA of 4.36.

There are some positives laced in those numbers, but here is something (not so positive) to ponder.

The Pirates enter the final three days of the season ranking last in the National League in offense (.242 batting average), last in pitching (5.04 ERA) and last in defense (.970 fielding percentage). When was the last time a club finished at the bottom in all three of those categories? That’s not a distinction this 103-loss team (and counting?) wants to add to its long year.


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

McCutchen vs. FLA: 0-0 in 2 games, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 K


Marlins.gifMARLINS:
E. Bonifacio (CF), O. Martinez (SS), L. Morrison (LF), D. Uggla (2B), G. Sanchez (1B), C. Tracy (3B), M. Stanton (RF), B. Davis (C), A. Mendez (RHP)

Mendez vs. PIT: first career appearance

 

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September 30: Pirates (56-102) @ Marlins (77-81)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

As the Pirates begin their final four-game series of the season, you have to wonder if this is going to be the last time Pirates fans see Zach Duke take the mound in black and gold. It is not a foregone conclusion that Duke won’t be back. There’s also no guarantee he will.

The lefty is about to be arbitration eligible for the third time, and that means his $4.3 million salary will likely tick up to close to $6 million. That is, of course, if the Pirates decide to give him a contract. Given Duke’s struggles this year and inconsistencies in years’ past, it seems unlikely that the Pirates will be willing to allocate that much to Duke.

Now, there is always the chance that the Pirates non-tender Duke and then try to sign him back at a lower cost (same route Pittsburgh tried with Matt Capps last winter), but that doesn’t mean Duke will choose to return.

If Duke’s career in Pittsburgh is about to come to an end, he’ll leave with more wins at PNC Park (31) than any other pitcher. In 159 games (158 starts) with the Pirates, Duke has gone 45-69 with a 4.52 ERA.


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), Z. Duke (LHP)

Duke vs. FLA: 0-4 in 6 starts, 30.2 IP, 47 H, 21 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 21 K

 


 
Marlins.gifMARLINS:
E. Bonifacio (CF), O. Martinez (SS), L. Morrison (LF), D. Uggla (2B), G. Sanchez (1B), M. Stanton (RF), W. Helms (3B), B. Davis (C), C. Volstad(RHP)

Volstad vs. PIT: 0-2 in 2 starts, 8 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 3 K

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August 19: Marlins (59-60) @ Pirates (40-80)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

We’ve got present and future to deal with here. In the present, the Pirates sit an inevitable two losses away from reaching that magic No. 82. That would officially clinch an 18th straight losing season. In fact, the Pirates have now lost two of every three games played this year.

The future appears much more positive (and not just by default) after news today that the Pirates came to an agreement with another talented teenage pitcher. Sixteen-year-old Mexican right-hander Luis Heredia is your newest pitching prospect, joining Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie as this week’s additions.

Taillon will be introduced to the media in a press conference shortly. The Heredia deal — which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting to be worth $2.6 million — is expected to be announced before the end of the day.

If that figure is correct, added up with Taillon ($6.5 million) and Allie ($2.25), the Pirates have handed out more than $11 million to three teenage right-handers in the last four days. That’s spending some money.

And now, back to the present…


Thumbnail image for Marlins.gifMARLINS:
E. Bonifacio (SS), L. Morrison (LF), G. Sanchez (3B), D. Uggla (2B), M. Stanton (RF), C. Ross (CF), W. Helms (3B), R. Paulino (C), A. Sanabia (RHP)

Sanabia vs. PIT: first career appearance

 


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

Maholm vs. FLA:  3-3 in 6 games, 36.2 IP, 32 H, 19 ER, 7 HR, 5 BB, 32 K

 

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