With one strong outing, Pittsburgh starter Mark Redman pitched his way into becoming the subject of trade rumors as Sunday’s deadline approaches.
Redman takes the mound for what could be his final start for the Pirates as they continue a four-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Redman allowed just six hits in eight innings of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Colorado. The 31-year-old left-hander, who won 14 games for the 2003 world champion Florida Marlins, is being shopped around by the Pirates as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
“I’m sure there were some scouts in the stands looking at me,” Redman said after Sunday’s performance. “It’s in the back of your mind, and you can’t worry about it. But I don’t think there’s a lot of pitching out there … and I have playoff and World Series experience.”
Redman snapped a six-start losing streak with the win. He was 0-6 with a 7.30 ERA in his previous seven starts, with his ERA rising from 2.80 to 4.24 during the slump.
“I want to win—I want to win here,” he said. “If I do get traded, all I can do is go out and pitch for whatever team I play for that day. I just want to win wherever I am.”
Redman is hoping for another strong start against the streaking Braves. Atlanta beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday for its fourth straight victory.
The Braves, who swept the Washington Nationals in three games heading into this series, have won each of the games during their winning streak by one run. They lead the second-place Nationals, who lost 4-3 to Florida on Friday, by four games in the NL East.
Chipper Jones drove in both runs for the Braves, and Macay McBride, the fourth pitcher Atlanta used in the ninth inning, earned his first career save by getting two outs after coming in with the bases loaded and one out. The multi-RBI game was the first for Jones since he came off the DL on July 18.
Jack Wilson scored the only run for the Pirates, who have lost three straight since a three-game winning streak.
STANDINGS (through July 28): Pirates - 5th place (tied), 20 1/2 GB, NL Central. Braves - 1st place, NL East.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Redman (5-10, 3.99 ERA). Redman is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in five career starts against the Braves.
BRAVES PROBABLE STARTER: Kyle Davies (4-3, 4.32 ERA). Davies is being recalled from Triple-A Richmond to make his first start since July 9. The rookie right-hander, who has made 11 starts for the Braves this season, had the longest outing of his young career against the Pirates on June 4, allowing six hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 1-0 win.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Jason Bay, .295 avg., 18 HRs and 68 runs; Daryle Ward, 56 RBIs; Matt Lawton, 16 SBs. Braves - Marcus Giles, .288 avg. and 62 runs; Andruw Jones, 32 HRs and 78 RBIs; Rafael Furcal, 32 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - The Pirates started the season with no rookies but now have five on the 25-man roster. … 1B Brad Eldred went 2-for-4 Friday, snapping an 0-for-12 slump. Eldred, who made his major league debut on July 22, had been 1-for-16 since singling in his first major league at-bat on July 22. … LHP Redman is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 starts on the road this season. Braves - RHP Jay Powell started the ninth Friday, but fell to the ground after throwing a wild second pitch. X-rays showed a severe elbow injury, and the Braves placed him on the 15-day DL after the game and recalled RHP Roman Colon from Triple-A Richmond. The Braves also optioned C Brayan Pena to Richmond. … 1B Julio Franco needs just one hit to become the 80th major leaguer with 2,500. … RHP John Thomson, on the DL since May 17 with a strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger, threw four scoreless innings Friday night at Single-A Rome in his second rehab appearance.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 20-32 on the road; Braves - 33-14 at home.
INJURIES: Pirates - OF Craig Wilson (hand), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Gonzalez (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Oliver Perez (toe), 15-day DL; LHP Sean Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP John Van Benschoten (shoulder), 60-day DL. Braves - C Eddie Perez (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Hampton (back), 15-day DL; RHP Thomson (finger), 60-day DL.