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Pirates Pregame: Alvarez, Barmes Sit Against Gallardo

Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes will both sit today in favor of Brandon Inge and recently-recalled Jordy Mercer. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the move was made because Alvarez and Barmes historically have struggled against Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Photo Credit: David Hague

Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Photo Credit: David Hague

“Our lineup is extended better that it has ever been before as far as being able to hit deeper,” Hurdle said. “(Alvarez) is 0 for 15 against Gallardo. Barmes along the same lines. I’ve watched them go to bat against the guy for two straight years and this is the third year. We’ll try something different.”

MLB.com’s Tom Singer dug up the numbers for Alvarez and Barmes against Gallardo.


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Jordy Mercer was recalled from Indianapolis this afternoon when the Pirates placed John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list. McDonald left last night’s win against the Brewers with discomfort in his lower back.

Mercer, of course, had just left Pittsburgh when Neil Walker was recalled from the disable list, but finds himself back at PNC Park and playing his preferred position with McDonald hurt and Barmes not in the lineup.

“It’s another sign of the improvement within the organization and the strength within the organization,” Hurdle said. “Johnny Mac’s issue came up all of a sudden. You watch that guy take that swing of the bat and hit the ball, OK. Two minutes later the trainer is pulling on my shirt saying he can’t play, his back is locked up.”

Hurdle said having a guy like Mercer that he can plug in without having to allow for a tranisiton from Triple-A to the big leagues is a an added bonus.

“As you dig into the situation, (McDonald) going down, you don’t draw those up,” he said. “To have a guy you can go and get in Mercer that is still fresh, just left. It’s a feel good and I’m able to plug him back into the lineup as well which is another benefit.”

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Lineups:

Milwaukee (16-21, 4th National League Central)

1. Aoki rf
2. Segura ss
3. Braun lf
4. Ramiriez 3b
5. Lucroy c
6. Gomez cf
7. Weeks 2b
8. Gonzalez 1b
9. Gallardo p

Pittsburgh (22-17, 3rd National League Central)

1. Marte lf
2. Tabata rf
3. McCutchen cf
4. Sanchez 1b
5. Walker 2b
6. Martin c
7. Inge 3b
8. Mercer ss
9. Rodriguez p

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Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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  • http://twitter.com/AJ21PSU AJ21PSU

    Garrett Jones is also on the bench vs. a righty. Are his numbers just as bad against Gallardo?

  • vanderbilt

    I hate to say this because i am a big Pedro Alvarez fan, but i really think that the Pirates should not play Pedro much at PNC Park. I don’t know if it is the background or he tenses up. He hits so much better away from PNC park with a lot less strikeouts, save for the first away series. Like i said, i hate to say this since i will be coming to PNC Park soon to see Pedro play!

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