Giants vs. Pirates stat pack

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Giants vs. Pirates stat pack

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The Giants are 17-16 all-time at PNC Park including winning 5 of their last 7 in Pittsburgh. Earlier this season the Giants took 2 of 3 from the Pirates in home opening series at AT&T Park.

San Francisco GiantsLast 6 Games
SF Opp
Wins 1 5
AVG .267 .299
RGM 3.0 5.7
HR 2 10
Starter's ERA 6.49 2.66
Blown Saves 2 0

Giants BullpenLast 14 Games
5.45 ERA
.288 Opp Avg
4 Saves
3 Blown Saves
5 Home Runs
1.65 WHIP
Scored upon in 10 of 14 Games

Santiago CasillaLast 6 Appearances
2 Saves
3 Blown Saves
28 Batters Faced
15 Reached Base (11 Hits, 3 Walks, 1 Error)
2 Home Runs
.458 Opp Avg

Barry Zito
Last 2 Starts Previous 3 Starts
Rec 1-1 0-3
IP 13 14.1
Hits 8 23
HR 0 5
Runs 1 17
Walks 9 8
K's 7 6

Barry ZitoCareer vs Pirates
6 Starts
1-3 Record
3.25 ERA
.261 Opp Avg
2 Career Starts in Pittsburgh: 0-2, 3.18 ERA

San Francisco History
Highest Batting Avg before All-Star Break
Barry Bonds 2004 .365
Willie Mays 1958 .358
Rich Aurilia 2001 .356
Melky Cabrera 2012 .356
Jeff Kent 2000 .355
Willie Mays 1960 .353
Barry Bonds 1993 .348

Last season on the morning of July 26th the Pirates were 53-47 and percentage points ahead of the Cardinals for 1st place in the N.L. Central. That night the Buccos lost in Atlanta in the bottom of the 19th on a horrible call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Pittsburgh never recovered from that loss, going 19-43 the rest of the way to finish the season 72-90, their 19th straight losing season (a North America Pro Sports team on-going record).
Most Consecutive Losing SeasonsNorth American Team Sports
MLB Pittsburgh Pirates 19 1993-2011
MLB Philadelphia Phillies 16 1933-1948
NBA KC Sacramento Kings 15 1983-1996
NHL Vancouver Canucks 15 1976-1991
MLB PhiladelphiaKC A's 15 1953-1967
MLB Baltimore Orioles 14 1998-2011
NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 1983-1996
NHL Chicago Blackhawks 14 1946-1960
NHL Detroit Red Wings 14 1973-1987
NBA Detroit - Ft Wayne Pistons 14 1956-1970

The Pirates 2 game lead in their division is the largest division lead since April 21, 2002 when they had 2.5 game lead. It is their largest division lead after April since winning the Central by 9 games in 1992.

Pittsburgh PiratesLast 9 Games
8-1 Record
31 Run Differential
.325 Team Avg
7.6 RunGame
16 Home Runs
4.05 Team ERA

Highest Winning Percentage in Home Games
Pirates .675 27-13
Rangers .643 27-15
Dodgers .628 27-16
Nationals .622 23-14
Giants .619 26-16
Andrew McCutchenLast 18 Games
.459 Average
5 Home Runs
7 Doubles
1 Triple
17 RBI
.500 OB
.784 Slug
Season: .356 Avg - Leads N.L.

N.L. Batting Leaders
Andrew McCutchen PIT .35593
Melky Cabrera SF .35582
Carlos Ruiz PHI .35510
David Wright NYM .35395

Erik Bedard has been a much, much better pitcher at home this season:

Erik BedardThis Season
Home Road
Starts 7 9
Rec 2-2 2-7
ERA 2.31 6.60
Opp Avg .216 .308
HR 0 8
Quality Starts 5 0

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

NEW YORK -- For everyone who thinks spring training is too long, help is on the way - a little, anyway.

Spring training will be shortened by two days starting in 2018, when new restrictions in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement take effect on game times for regular-season getaway days.

The voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players will be 43 days before the major league opener instead of 45, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press. For other players, the date will be 38 days ahead instead of 40.

The change was tied to spreading each team's 162 regular-season games over 187 days, up from 183.

Players' association Assistant General Counsel Matt Nussbaum said the union's goal was to create more days off during the season "in a way that doesn't just chew up offseason days."

"We have heard for years and I'm sure we will continue to hear that spring training is too long, that guys are really ready to go well before opening day, but I think what the commissioner's office would tell you is that there are big challenges for the clubs in substantially shortening spring training because they have various commitments to put on a certain number of games," he said Monday.

Late arrival times ahead of regular-season series openers also were addressed.

Starting in 2018, the latest possible start time on getaway days when either team is traveling to a game in another city the next day or a home off day will be calculated by subtracting the time of the flight over 2½ hours from 7 p.m.

There are cutouts for Sunday night games broadcast by ESPN and games after June 1 at Texas' current home ballpark - where the Rangers avoid afternoons for much of the season because of the heat.

Another new rule for 2018 says no game in the original schedule may be set for before 5 p.m. when a team played the previous night in another city starting 7 p.m. or later. There are exceptions involving flights of 90 minutes or less for home openers and holiday weekends. Current cutouts are carried over for up to six exceptions each season at Chicago's Wrigley Field and rescheduled games involving flights of 90 minutes or less.

"We fully recognize that our players play a very demanding schedule, and we're always looking for ways to ease the burden on players while at the same time scheduling games at a convenient time for our fans to watch them," MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said.

Sunday night games on holiday weekends followed by afternoon games still seem likely to occur.

"We have contracts with various national broadcast partners that limit our ability to schedule day games in certain instances," Halem said.

Nussbaum said if the players had their way, there would be "a flat rule that says all getaway games are day games" but understand why that would cause difficulty for teams.

"There's still going to be some challenges in the schedule," he said, "but we think what we've done with these two prongs is pare back the most egregious of the travel."

As part of the agreement, one game in the major leagues may be scheduled each year on the Thursday after the All-Star Game starting in 2018.