Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PIRATES GAMEDAY 136: Astros


opponent

Houston Astros

August 31, 2011, 8:05 PM

ballpark

Enron FieldMinute Maid Park, Houston, TX

TV: ROOT Sports
Stream: Check Here
Radio: 104.7 FM
Radio Stream: Here



27 games left... the Matt Diaz era has thankfully come to an end, as he was traded to Atlanta for Cassius "Cash" Considerations.


Weather Forecast

Sunny, 92°, Precip: 10%; Wind blowing out 11 mph to Center (Retractable Roof)

Pitching Matchup

James McDonald (8-6, 4.22 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (4-15, 6.03 ERA)



gameday character

Let's Go Bucs.

Sorry, late posting. Latest cuts.

Hey guys, apologies for not following up on what I said before.  There are two links, here and here.  The majority of the players were receivers and cornerbacks, though I read somewhere that Eric Greenwood was someone to watch, though I didn't really see him a lot.  Maybe they can re-sign him before someone else does somehow and we'll see.  Anyway, the roster's cut to 80, with Baron Batch put on IR.  Too bad we didn't see him play, heard/read him being a stand up guy.  Too bad.  Saw a highlight clip of training camp and he stiffed James Harrison on a play, which showed promise from the guy.  I actually was hoping to see him play until that bad injury came up.  Hope to see him back soon, as I thought he could've been another Isaac 'Redzone' Redman, maybe more.

Speaking of injuries, Doug Legursky (oh god) is named starting right guard against the Panthers this Thursday night.  Ok, it's harsh of me and over the top, but I remember him being center for Pouncey and it was nerve wracking.  On the other hand, he's good as a guard so maybe he'll be a factor and provide some kind of consistency on the O-line to protect Ben.  Let's hope for something good out of him.

Keep track of the Steelers everyone.  Here We Go!

Recap: In the Gutter. BUCS LOSE.


team-spacer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 inning-spacer R H E LOB
Pirates 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 score-spacer 2 4 0 3
Astros 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 X score-spacer 8 13 0 11

Most telling stat right now - Team ERA, July: 3.31 (6th ML); August: 5.38 (30th ML). Hitting is essentially the same (.250 July vs. .244 August). Ray Searage better start weaving some magic pretty soon. Andrew McCutchen became a member of the 20-20 club, hitting his 20th of the season in the top of the 9th.