All posts tagged "Michael McKenry"

  • Season Recaps
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Catching

    The Pittsburgh Pirates backstops saw no lengthy injuries during the 2012 season, and they needed just two catchers for the entire season for the first time since 2000 (Jason Kendall and Keith Osik). The Pirates in 2011 used eight. Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry connected for 23 long balls. Only three National...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Karstens, McKenry Playing Wiffle Ball; Tabata in Better Frame of Mind

    When Jeff Karstens takes the mound, Michael McKenry is usually the guy behind the plate. It’s been that way for the past two seasons more often than not, but the two work well and have fun together. “It’s a lot of fun because there’s a lot of trickery involved, different aspects of...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Is McKenry Taking Over as the Starting Catcher?

    The other day I wrote about Michael McKenry, noting his strong numbers in a small sample size this year, and asking when he would be for real. In the article I noted that McKenry's numbers this year should give him more playing time, which would allow the Pirates to get a better...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McDonald Bounces Back in Loss; Correia to Make Spot Start

    The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Not Same Pitcher Since Injury

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Erik Bedard started the season out very strong in his first season as a Pirate. The lefty sported a 2.48 ERA over his first five starts in April and pitched more than seven innings twice during that span. But since exiting his seventh start of the season with back...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McKenry’s Hot Bat Making the Case For More Playing Time

    Since Rod Barajas was injured on a play at the plate in Philadelphia earlier this week, Michael McKenry has been making the most of his playing time.  When McKenry was acquired from Boston mid-June of last season, he started the majority of the remaning games behind the plate for Pittsburgh. In his first...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 11 Runs

    The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their three game streak on Wednesday after pounding out season highs in hits (14) and runs (11) en route to beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-7 at Citizens Bank Park. It was their first win in Philly this season and just their sixth over their last 26 games played...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Two-Out Hits Hurt Bedard

    After starting the first two months of the season off well, Erik Bedard has struggled in the month of June. Over five starts in each of April and May, Bedard posted a 2.48 and 3.91 ERA, respectively. However, after giving up four runs in the Pirates 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday,...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Have Struggled With Stealing on Both Sides of the Game This Year

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After starting the season off by stealing 13 bases, but getting caught 10 times, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knew the club needed to refocus. The Pirates were still getting caught about 50 percent of the time in the month of May. Pittsburgh isn't built with a lineup full of threatening bats,...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Surprise Win Off Chapman; Should Correia Move to Bullpen?

    Sometimes the game of baseball can surprise you. The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action just 3.0 games behind the first place Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. Despite a team average of just .223, which is ranked No. 29 in the Majors this season, the bats have started to heat up over their...

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