Jose Tabata, lineup construction and double plays

After a brief exchange on Twitter this afternoon, my interest was piqued. Jose Tabata has a history of producing ground balls on close to 60% of his balls in play. How many times would he hit into a double play over a full season if he batted second in the lineup, behind Andrew McCutchen?

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Evan Meek Named to the 2010 All-Star Game

It was announced today that Evan Meek will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ representative on the National League roster of the 2010 All-Star Game.  Meek is in the middle of a tremendous season in which he’s posted a 0.98 ERA in 46 innings of work, with an 8.2 K/9, a 2.2 BB/9, and a .183 BAA. Meek currently has the best ERA in the National League of all players with 30 or more innings pitched, and ranks third behind top...

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One Year Ago Today: Garrett Jones Debuts

A year ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates were fresh off their trade that sent left fielder Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals, with Lastings Milledge coming back to the Pirates.  Due to Milledge being injured at the time, and the Nate McLouth trade one month earlier, the Pirates only had Brandon Moss and Andrew McCutchen as their outfielders.  That prompted the call up of a minor league free agent who was having some...

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Ross Ohlendorf Will Be Super Two Eligible

MLB Trade Rumors discovered today that the Super Two cutoff after the season will likely be at 2 years, 124 days, which is the lowest the cutoff has been in years.  Following the 2009 season, the Super Two cutoff was 2 years, 139 days. Players who have more than two years of service time, but less than three years are eligible for an extra year of arbitration, as long as they are in the top 17% of service time of the players...

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Not Worried About Alvarez, Lincoln Yet

The big thing every Pirates’ fan has been looking forward to for the 2010 season has been the debuts of top prospect Pedro Alvarez, and top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln.  So far, those debuts have been a bit of a disappointment.  Alvarez is currently hitting for a .114/.158/.171 line in his first 35 at-bats, while Lincoln has a 6.00 ERA, and an 8:8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings of work. Pirates fans may have been spoiled...

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