Pedro Alvarez had a rough day at the office in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.
He also left seven runners on base, which isn’t what the Pirates are looking for from their biggest run producer. Though he does have six homers and 13 RBI on the season, he’s slashing a putrid .175/.297/.476.
Charlie Morton had a rough outing in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on eight hits in his six innings of work.
Morton walked a pair while striking out three on the night. Most of the damage came during a three-run uprising in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Scooter Gennett. Morton, still winless on the season, will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday’s start against the Reds at home.
Gio Gonzalez limited the Cardinals to just one run over seven innings Friday in a 3-1 win.
Nice to see after he was knocked around for six runs last time out. Gonzalez gave up just four hits (three of them singles) and one walk. The only run scored on an RBI single by Mark Ellis in the fourth inning. He struck out seven batters in the victory. Gonzalez now owns a 2.88 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 25 innings across four starts. He'll get the Angels next week.
Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Friday for his fourth save of the season.
Soriano issued a one-out walk to Mark Ellis, but he was able to get Shane Robinson to ground into a double play to end it. The veteran right-hander hander has a 10/1 K/BB ratio over seven scoreless frames so far this season.
Michael Wacha took the loss Friday after giving up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings against the Nationals.
The Nationals pulled ahead in the bottom of the seventh inning after Wacha threw a wild pitch and Yadier Molina made a throwing error. Rough way to lose. Wacha gave up five hits (including a solo home run) and no walks while fanning seven batters. The 22-year-old owns a 1.73 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio in 26 innings across his first four starts, so he has been worthy of the hype early on.
Anthony Rendon launched a solo homer in Friday's win over the Cardinals.
Rendon is off to a fantastic start this season, hitting .313 ( 21-for-67) with 10 extra-base hits (three home runs) and 13 RBI in 17 games. We figured he'd be a good bet to hit for average this season, but the early power is a pleasant surprise.
Mark Ellis had an RBI single and a walk Friday against the Nationals.
Ellis has made two starts since coming off the disabled list, but youngster Kolten Wong should still get most of the playing time at second base. Look for the 37-year-old to get spot starts against left-handers, like he did Friday night against Gio Gonzalez.
Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Nationals on Friday.
Craig had two of the Cardinals' five hits on the night. The 29-year-old has now hit in seven straight games, though this was his first multi-hit game of the season. We expect the RBIs to be there soon.