Maholm was not sharp in his first inning of the spring. 3-0 Yankees, now top of the second.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Surfing the Post-Gazette coverage this morning, I see good news.
In the notebook we see that Wilson is working on his OBP, Eldred is working out in the outfield, Duke has command, Paulino showed some power, and Kuwata throws a bit faster than advertised.
There's also a long piece by Dejan Kovacevic on Eldred's rising stock. If he makes the team, there will be plenty of at-bats for him. It's not likely that LaRoche could play every inning of every game. This is no disrespect to LaRoche. Very few players manage 650 PA in a season. Until a player does that, I do not expect that. If he gets 500-600 PA, that still leaves 150-250 PA of first-base time for another player to take.
Eldred's competition, obviously, is LaRoche. Less obviously, I think his competition is Ryan Doumit. And Jose Hernandez.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Mike Bauman of mlb.com interviewed Tracy four days ago, generating some instantly classic Tracy quotes. On how Jim cured the Pirates in July of the losing culture mindset:
"It was going to take more time than I wanted it to take. To get everybody on board, to get everybody to join in, at first they're looking at it and they're not sure: 'What direction is this guy going?' Then, slowly, but surely, you found more people coming on board, accepting the fact that, hey, this is pretty good, this works if you do it right."(link via Bucs Dugout)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
... the Post-Gazette reports. Still unable to run, Gerut gets 1/6th of his $850K to slowly limp away. If I did the math right, that means the Bucs paid Gerut $1,016,670 for 18 ABs, or about $56,000 per AB. In those 18 ABs, Gerut hit 3 singles and one 2B, so that'd be ~$203,000 per base. In hindsight, obviously not one of DL's better moves. Anyway, we wish Jody and his knee the best of luck. Watching Eldred lumber around the OF should be interesting.
...(12:30 AM): Dejan gets the math right:
Counting the $1.12 million the Pirates picked up of Lawton's salary in the trade, they spent a total of $2,255,493 on Gerut.So $125K an AB, $564K a base.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Interesting Q+A from Dejan today.
In response to Wilbur's question about whether the team really needs a bench utility infielder in addition to Bautista/Castillo, Dejan unveils his bench: Bautista, McLouth, Matos, Doumit, and ... Eldred. Dejan says Eldred "surely" will be traded and a bench spot would showcase his moon shot skills, which he's already established at AAA. Would Eldred be more likely to increase his already low trade value by playing everyday at AAA to try to develop better plate discipline and/or learn how to hit off speed stuff better, or by playing off the bench in the bigs, hitting moon shots into the river every now and then?
Dejan Kovacevic reports the great news for Nady's GI tract (viral infection not chronic disorder) and Castillo's ankle/foot (feels fine, apparently won't require expensive X-ray technology).
Also from Dejan, Kuwata dazzles, Tracy says Kuwata "exemplified everything we've been talking about," Chacon's arthritic knee feels good, not great, and Burnett rebounded in the B-game.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I don't have the patience to read this long interview with the guy who turned around the Brewers' farm system, but I'd say the Pirates could probably learn a thing or two from it.
Just dialed up the Lanny. Game is in the second. Someone got touched for two runs in the top of the first.
... Lanny says that David Littlefield said Castillo's ankle looks much better today.
... Jose Hernandez just had a nice at-bat against Homer Bailey, who could not locate his breaking stuff and wound up grooving fastballs. End result: double, two RBIs.
... Yoslan Herrera cannot get an out in the fifth. Next Alan Simpson cannot find the plate.