Don't let the 2-8 record fool you, this guy is one hell of a pitcher and he's been unhittable all June. Pineiro is right-handed power pitcher who gets an average groundball/flyball mix from the hitters.
Thanks to the geniuses at ESPN, we can see the Pirate splits against power guys for this year. And there's no surprises here.
I liked the lineup the Pirates fielded last night. Jason Bay looks fully recovered from his strikeout nightmare. Ruben Mateo didn't get a hit last night but he's shown great plate discipline on the year and can't be overlooked. Going into last night, he had five walks in only 30 at-bats, and a .333 OBP on a .200 batting average. Jack Wilson has to hit .316 to get on base that often. And he's shown a lot of power - something the Pirates really need. For the love of God, play Ruben Mateo.
Rake Tedman I mean Tike Redman showed he can come through as a pinch-hitter. If he can excel as a part-time player, then we are one step closer to a team full of better players. Maybe he's not cut out for a starting role, and a defensive replacement who can pinch-hit and play well on spot starts is a valuable thing to have.
After that 0-for-4 on Fireworks night, I don't want to see Chris Stynes in the lineup again this weekend. Rob Mackowiak can start at third, Hill or Castillo at second, Ward at first, and the Bucs are ready to roll.