With his team looking ahead to next season, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon has put his pitching staff on notice.
“All the guys in the rotation are competing for their jobs next year,” McClendon said. “And I don’t want to hear they are trying. I can get a truck driver in here and have him try.”
The Pirates staff has a 4.58 ERA, good enough for just 20th in the league. With their current 12-game road trip taking them to hitter-friendly ballparks in Colorado, Houston and Philadelphia, the Pirates’ starting pitchers will be hard-pressed to improve upon those numbers.
Redman is one who should take heed to McClendon’s warning. He has seen his ERA rise from 2.80 to 4.51 since June 15. Redman is 1-8 with an 8.08 ERA over his last nine starts, but his lone quality start in that stretch was a 3-0 victory over the Rockies on July 24. The 31-year-old southpaw allowed six hits over eight solid innings in the win.
While their pitchers have been less than impressive of late, the Pirates offense has scored a combined 47 runs over the last six games, including Tuesday’s 12-4 win in the series opener.
The Pirates have hit well at Coors over the last few seasons, scoring a combined 52 runs in its previous five games, winning four.
Jason Bay homered and had four RBIs in Tuesday’s opener, and is batting .367 (11-for-30) over his last eight games.
“This is an offensive ballpark and it just happens that we just come here and put up runs,” said Bay. “We come in with the same approach, but a few more fall in here and there to blow it open. I don’t know of anybody that wouldn’t like to hit here.”
The Rockies are in last place in the lowly NL West, but their 28-35 mark since June 1 is the best in the division.