All posts tagged "Rod Barajas"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Continues to Shine

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh’s pitching staff continues to shine this season. Entering game action, the staff ERA of 3.33 ranked No. 3 in the Majors, second in the National League trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.90). The bullpen’s 2.47 ERA is the best in the N.L. “Very impressive pitching all night tonight...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Barajas is Playing Up to Expectations

    When the Pirates signed Rod Barajas, Neal Huntington pointed out his game calling, receiving, blocking, and veteran leadership with the pitching staff, along with his power on offense. He's had a strange early part of the season, but so far Barajas is living up to those expectations. After going 1-for-4 with a...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Why are Teams Pitching to McCutchen?

    Center fielder Andrew McCutchen is having a huge month of May. Even after going 0-for-3 on Sunday, McCutchen is hitting for a .396 average (21-for-53) with a double, triple, seven home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage in his first 16 games this month. “I don’t know,”...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Verlander No Hits Pirates Through Eight

    Right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit. With one out, Josh Harrison took a 1-2 breaking ball for a single into center field to break up the no-no. Verlander went on to induce two groundouts for the complete game shutout. The only two...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Makes First Start Since Injury

    Left-hander Erik Bedard made his first start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals since his scheduled start was bumped back by two days due to back spasms. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven while throwing 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Need to Get the Bottom of the Lineup Going

    Clint Barmes PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- When signing veterans Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the offseason, the Pirates expected more from them than the numbers they've put up so far this season. Barmes and Barajas also expected more out of themselves. The Pirates need to get the bottom of the lineup going....

  • Game Recaps
    Barajas’ First Bucco Dinger Gives Pirates Walkoff Win

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off  at PNC Park against the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Staff Racking Up Punchouts

    The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9....

  • Analysis
    Taking a look at last night’s strike zone

    During the second inning of last night’s game, Pirates catcher Rod Barajas took issue with a ball that was called with Carlos Beltran at the plate. In turn, home plate umpire Angel Campos took issue with whatever comment Barajas made and tossed him from the game. Barajas was visibly furious, and manager...

  • Analysis
    Barajas’ first-pitch swing not as foolish as it seemed

    Rod Barajas stepped to the plate in the fourth inning last night, with the bases loaded and one out. The Pirates trailed 2-1 and Tommy Hanson was struggling with his control. He had walked the two previous batters, the most recent on only four pitches. Barajas stepped in, hacked at the first...

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