Recent

0

Game #72 at Seattle

Safeco Field | 10:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Felix Hernandez | Box

You call yourself a Pirates fan, and you didn’t see this one coming from a mile away?
The Mariners won Thursday night, 3-0.
John Van Benschoten pitched a solid game, but he wasn’t able to match zeros with Felix Hernandez. A night after Jeff Weaver threw a four-hit shutout, King Felix blanked the Pirates over eight innings.
J.J. Putz closed out the whitewashing, and Pittsburgh has now failed to score in 20 consecutive innings.
Astutely, Jim Tracy allowed that “When you don’t get any runs, you’re not going to win.”
Are you getting tired of it all?
Recaps
Pirates.com
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SI.com
Pre-game Thoughts
There’s a reason they call him King, folks. Despite his pedestrian statistics—he has a 3-4 record to go along with a 4.58 ERA—Felix Hernandez possesses one of the most electrifying young arms in the game.
He began the 2007 campaign by throwing 17 scoreless innings against Oakland and Boston before suffering from a strained flexor-pronator muscle in his right forearm. Hernandez hit the disabled list on April 23, was activated on May 15 and hasn’t yet returned to form.
Something tells me the Pirates might be able to help King Felix along the road to full recovery.
On the other half of the lineup card, the Mariners may be able to nudge John Van Benschoten in the right direction as well.
Seattle hates to walk—they’re dead last in the American League in drawing bases on balls—and the biggest concern surrounding JVB is his low strikeout-to-walk ratio. Facing a free-swinging team could prove to be a recipe for success in Van Benschoten’s rehab process. Seems like he’s in a position to do well.
An “I could’ve guessed that” stat from the Press Pass notes: When the Pirates’ starting pitcher goes six innings or more, the team is 24-21. When he doesn’t, they’re 7-19.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

A Victorious Afternoon for the Tribe

Next Story »

Indians Miss the Sweep, and Sink in the Fifth

Latest Analysis

  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    1 day ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    2 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    3 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    5 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    6 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    2 weeks ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More