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July 12, 2013: Mets @ Pirates (Hefner-Morton) 7:05 PM

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Posted: 7/11/2013 11:58 AM

July 12, 2013: Mets @ Pirates (Hefner-Morton) 7:05 PM 




METS (40-48, fourth place/NL East) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (54-36, second place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.39) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.38), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.51) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.05), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (8-2, 2.15), 1:35 p.m. ET


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• New York City-raised third baseman Pedro Alvarez has 23 homers, one shy of NL leader Carlos Gonzalez and tied with Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown. Only two other players in franchise history have reached that long ball total before the All-Star break: Willie Stargell (30 apiece in 1971 and ’73) and Ralph Kiner (24 in 1950 and 23 apiece in 1948 and ’49). Alvarez has the most homers in the NL since June 1. He also has an eight-game hitting streak. David Wright will not be a fan favorite in Pittsburgh after omitting Alvarez from the Home Run Derby.

• The Pirates have four All-Stars: Andrew McCutchen, Alvarez, Jason Grilli and Jeff Locke. Pittsburgh last had that many All-Star representatives in 1981.

• Second baseman Neil Walker landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right oblique injury. Jordy Mercer has started both games at second base since Walker was deactivated. Josh Harrison, promoted from Triple-A, as well as Brandon Inge are capable of starting at second base.

• Grilli’s 28 saves lead the National League. The total is a franchise record before the All-Star break, and the most in the NL before the Mid-Summer Classic since Chad Cordero had 31 in 2005 with the Washington Nationals. Grilli, 36, had declared an out in his contract while pitching with the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate in July 2011 and has taken off since subsequently signing with Pittsburgh.

• Outfielder Jose Tabata is hitting .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles and a triple in his last seven games. He returned July 3 after missing six weeks with a left oblique strain.

• The Pirates had a combined .291 on-base percentage from their leadoff hitters last season. This year, Starling Marte had an MLB-leading 59 runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Marte also has 27 steals, already the most by a Pirate since Tony Womack had 31 in 1998.

• McCutchen is hitting .350 at PNC Park this season.

• Free-agent addition Russell Martin has thrown out 50 percent of would-be base stealers this season. His 21 runners caught are the most in the majors. Martin defected from the Yankees for a two-year, $17 million deal last Nov. 29. He batted cleanup Wednesday for the first time since 2009, after the Pirates scored only six total runs during their previous four games -- all losses.

• Pittsburgh produced its 13th shutout Wednesday, in a 5-0 win against Oakland. The staff ERA is an MLB-best 3.12.

• Although they are only 3-6 in July, causing hesitation, this looks like the year the Pirates may produce their first winning record since going 96-66 in 1992, with a squad that included Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke, Doug Drabek … and Terry Collins as bullpen coach. It was Collins’ first year on a major league staff.

Pittsburgh was 16 games over .500 last Aug. 8, but finished 79-83 in 2012.

The 20 consecutive losing seasons is a North American professional sports record. The NBA’s Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1983-98) and NHL’s Vancouver Canucks (1976-91) each suffered 15 straight losing seasons. The NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-96) had 14 straight losing seasons.

The reason for hesitation: a recent history of second-half swoons. Pittsburgh was 41-39 at the end of June in 2011, but went 31-51 the rest of the season. Then, last year, they were 42-35 at that point, only to go 37-48 the rest of the way.

• Locke had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped Monday, although he allowed only two runs in seven innings in a 2-1 loss against Oakland. The 25-year-old southpaw entered 2013 with a career 1-6 record in 12 appearances (10 starts) over two seasons.


Rubin, ESPN -- http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo...ts-at-pirates-4

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 7/11/2013 12:00 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:02 PM

Re: July 12, 2013: Mets @ Pirates (Hefner-Morton) 7:05 PM 


More "Met-centric" Write-up, but good luck to anyone ever wanting to post content from MLB.com ---- the formatting is a disaster when pasted to our board.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday...erId=LR_preview

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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:51 PM

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@AdamRubinESPN: #Pirates are planning a rude reception for David Wright for his ASG Derby "slight." Announcers inflaming it. #mets

What's laughable about this situation is that, as I mentioned before, I would think that Wright has a relative amount of say as to whether Alvarez gets into the game at 3b. It's just so dumb to be upset at the non selection for the stupid all star derby.

Last edited 7/11/2013 1:51 PM by dcmets

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Posted: 7/11/2013 1:57 PM

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dcmets wrote: @AdamRubinESPN: #Pirates are planning a rude reception for David Wright for his ASG Derby "slight." Announcers inflaming it. #mets

What's laughable about this situation is that, as I mentioned before, I would think that Wright has a relative amount of say as to whether Alvarez gets into the game at 3b. It's just so dumb to be upset at the non selection for the stupid all star derby.
Hah.  I'm gonna tune in just for this.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:00 PM

RE: July 12, 2013: Mets @ Pirates (Hefner-Morton) 7:05 PM 


Had to figure it was going to happen, though. (In my heart of hearts, I'd have to doubt there'd be this much of a fan response, provided Alvarez wasn't from NY. But then again, who knows the deal with Pirate fans these days.....seems to be a little chip forming on their shoulders, given a very small taste of success. I actually like their team and hope they do put something together in the 2nd half....for my long-suffering pops' sake, anyway.)

I mean, the Royals fanbase did it last year when Cano didn't pick Billy Butler for the Derby in KC --- so my take is really: let 'em have their "fun" with it.

Would really be great to see Wright go off.  biggrin

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Last edited 7/11/2013 2:04 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:03 PM

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It's too bad Harvey isn't pitching this weekend ;)
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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:06 PM

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I mean, I get being upset about Wright choosing someone like Cuddyer when you have a "more deserving" candidate on your own team, as a fan. What I don't get is why they would assume that Alvarez would even be in the discussion? I can think of at least a dozen other guys that would be every bit as deserving as Alvarez.
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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:16 PM

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He's second in the NL in HRs. I think the idea is that Wright should have just picked the 3 HR leaders. I get that. But, if that was all he was going to do then there is no point to the Captain's. picks.
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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:31 PM

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dcmets wrote: He's second in the NL in HRs. I think the idea is that Wright should have just picked the 3 HR leaders. I get that. But, if that was all he was going to do then there is no point to the Captain's. picks.
I understand that is the reasoning behind the Pirates fans "outrage," but to that I say...

So what?

Since when does the current HR leader make any bit of difference?

Last edited 7/11/2013 3:32 PM by minkusdominkus

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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:07 PM

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I agree. Like Nutz said I think Pirates fans have had a chip on their shoulder for a long time. A lot of repressed fandom over there, I'd imagine. Wasn't there that game a few years ago when they got screwed on a bad call and then lost like 30 of their last 50 games. Fans were blaming that call as the demise of their season. Wouldn't be surprised if they made the playoffs and blamed a series loss on MLB big market bias, etc. Meh, it is what it is.
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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:22 PM

RE: July 12, 2013: Mets @ Pirates (Hefner-Morton) 7:05 PM 


Young  CF
Murphy  2B
Wright  3B
Ike      1B
Byrd    RF
Kirk     CF
Recker  C
Q        SS
Hefner   P

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:50 PM

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headscalper wrote: Young  CF
Murphy  2B
Wright  3B
Ike      1B
Byrd    RF
Kirk     CF
Recker  C
Q        SS
Hefner   P
I'm thinking that after this weekend we can revisit whether on not Satin should be playing more.
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Posted: 7/12/2013 6:04 PM

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@AdamRubinESPN: #Pirates are planning a rude reception for David Wright for his ASG Derby "slight." Announcers inflaming it. #mets

This could be the first time Wright has gotten a "rude reception "in his life.


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Posted: 7/12/2013 6:20 PM

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It would have been way more fun if Beltran was named the replacement.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 7:13 PM

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Murphy has been abysmal for quite some time now. Bring up Flores.
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Posted: 7/12/2013 7:21 PM

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Yeesh.  Alvarez goes yard and its quickly 2-0.  Considering this is the one game we have a matchup edge in, that is not a good start.

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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Posted: 7/12/2013 7:51 PM

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Anybody watching Strasburg get lit up by the Marlins? Talk about busts.
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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:10 PM

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This game has been a snooze fest.  Hefner hasn't allowed a base runner since that first inning homer, and Morton is getting groundball after groundball.

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:27 PM

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Young with a slap double and a Wright blooper nets us a run.  2-1  Bottom 6

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:29 PM

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Murphy has been abysmal for quite some time now. Bring up Flores.

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He'll get red hot soon....as he usually does.
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