Summary 57-105 F
Add a few minuses to that F, they need 11 more wins to be a D-. This team, which set a MLB record with their 19th straight losing season, did it in style: after winning their first two to take the division lead, they were 2 games over at 7-5, but then found their level, went 3-8 the rest of April and that made April their best month until September, when they went 12-15. There is not much hope that the streak will be broken in 2011. Want some “good” news? The Pirates won MORE games than their Pythagorean projection: that 57-105 record was “lucky”!
Hitters 46.5-115.5 F
This one needs more minuses still! They scored only 587 runs all year (3.62/G) and that is with a “big” September, as they were averaging only 3.46 through the end of August. They had only two batters rated as above average, 24-year-old secondbaseman Neil Walker and 23-year-old centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. The team WAS young, and a couple of other kids (Tabata and Alvarez) look like they can play, so there is SOME hope for the future, but not the near future.
Starters 65.5-96.5 F
On the pitching side (remembering that defense is included here) the only starters deserving of an even or better record were Ohlendorf (who was 1-11 in reality!) in 21 starts and McDonald in 11 starts. Charlie Morton, the youngest Pirate starter at 26 (no real kids here) was particularly notable as his 7.57 ERA (it is bad luck to have the ERA of a jetliner!) was a nifty ERA+ of 54.
Bullpen 81/517 C-
Here is the strength of the team. Meek, Hanrahan, Dotel and Lopez were all legitimately good, and this despite the fact that the bullpen threw 533 innings, a very high number, as the rotation threw only 863 innings, fewest by far in MLB (losing teams don’t have to pitch in the 9th on the road). As bad as their 57-105 record was, the bullpen brought it up by a number of games. An F bullpen and ordinary luck might have pushed this team down into 1962 Mets range.
|Paul Maholm||32||185.1||5.10||9 – 15||13.5 – 18.5|
|Zach Duke||29||158.2||5.72||8 – 15||10.5 – 18.5|
|Ross Ohlendorf||21||108.1||4.07||1 – 11||10.5 – 10.5|
|Jeff Karstens||19||107.1||4.78||3 – 10||8.75 – 10.25|
|Charlie Morton||17||79.2||7.57||2 – 12||5.25 – 11.75|
|Brian Burres||13||68.2||4.46||4 – 5||5.75 – 7.25|
|James McDonald||11||64.0||3.52||4 – 5||6.5 – 4.5|
|Brad Lincoln||9||50.2||6.57||1 – 4||1.5 – 7.5|
|Daniel McCutchen||9||43.0||6.49||2 – 5||2.75 – 6.25|
|Chris Jakubauskas||1||0.2||27.00||0 – 1||.25 – .75|
|Dana Eveland||1||5.0||5.40||0 – 1||.25 – .75|
|D. J. Carrasco||45||55.2||3.88||8||C+||30||10||3||2|
|Chan Ho Park||26||28.1||3.49||2||D+||15||9||2||0|