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First Pitch: Who Could Replace Meek on the Roster?

First Pitch: Who Could Replace Meek on the Roster?

After tonight's game, the Pirates optioned Evan Meek to Triple-A. The team will make a corresponding move tomorrow.

Clint Hurdle prefers to have two left-handers, so the favorites to replace Meek are Daniel Moskos and Doug Slaten. Moskos is on the 40-man roster, so no corresponding move would need to be made. Slaten is not on the 40-man roster, so a spot would have to be cleared if he was added.

Statistically, Slaten has had a much better year than Moskos in Triple-A.  He's got a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio. Moskos has a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings, with a 6:7 K/BB ratio. Surprisingly, the struggles for Moskos this year have been against left handers, with a .333 BAA. Slaten has a .200 BAA versus left handers, and a .107 vs right handers.

Slaten does have the advantage of being a few years older than Moskos, and having more experience. But that experience includes a career .241 BAA and a .666 OPS against left handers in the majors.

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