Pirates Notebook: Pirates win pitcher's duel

OK, so maybe it wasn’t such a pitcher’s duel.

After seeing the Pirates lose 2-0, then 4-0, then wait until the 9th inning in game three of the White Sox series to come alive, it was nice to see some runs. It’s a shame that for the last week we can’t seem to get it all together. When the pitching is working, the offense isn’t. When the offense is working, the pitching breaks down.

I also want to bring to attention the Paul Maholm/Jason Jaramillo connection again. I wrote about how Maholm and Jaramillo don’t mix last week. After tonight’s start, Maholm has a 8.13 ERA with Jason Jaramillo as his catcher, compared to a 0.80 ERA with Ryan Doumit and Robinzon Diaz. Here is the updated chart with all of the catchers’ ERAs for each pitcher:

It’s hard to call it a coincidence, even if it is a small amount of innings. Maholm was lights out for three starts with Doumit. Then he struggles four starts in a row with Jaramillo. Diaz takes over and he’s an ace for two starts. Then Jaramillo takes over again and he has his worst outing yet.

I’m not saying Jaramillo shouldn’t be catching, but not with Maholm, Snell, or Karstens. So far each of those pitchers have had success when Jaramillo is not catching them, while Duke and Ohlendorf have no issues with Jaramillo so far.

-Speaking of Jaramillo, he has now reached base safely in his last ten games.

-Andy LaRoche extended his hitting streak to ten games in a row tonight, which is one short of his season high of 11.

-Freddy Sanchez, after starting the White Sox series 0-for-7, is 9 for his last 12 at bats.

So it looks like the offense is starting to heat up again after a horrible weekend. Let’s just hope that the pitching doesn’t start to fail, and that tonight was just a one time deal with Maholm.

The MVP Tracker

The big winners on the MVP Tracker tonight were:

1. Freddy Sanchez: .457 WPA
2. Nate McLouth: .268
3. Adam LaRoche: .202
4. Jason Jaramillo: .175
5. Sean Burnett: .111

Other Stuff

-I’ll be going down to Lynchburg tomorrow to see the Hillcats in action. I’ll be providing live Twitter updates on the progress of Pedro Alvarez, Matt Hague, and Jordy Mercer, along with photos from the game. Actually I hope there is a game, since they’re calling for rain all day tomorrow. If anything I’m going to take advantage of the All-you-can-eat night at the park and have a hamburger or two during an anticipated rain delay.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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