**Pedro Alvarez’s is third in PAs this season behind Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen. His triple slash line is .207/.267/.435, for an OPS of .702. Since May 1, it’s .232/.288/.537, an OPS of .836, which would be the highest on the team.
**Starling Marte has already been hit by pitch 14 times this year in 266 PAs. He was hit three times last year in 182 PAs. Last year’s team leader in HBP was Clint Barmes with eight.
**Pirates pitchers are an incredibly bad .067/.089/.067, .156 OPS on the season in 134 PAs. They have no extra base hits, 1 RBI (Wandy Rodriquez) and 11 sacrifices hits to their credit.
**Of the seven pitchers who've pitched the most innings for the Bucs thru 62 games, the highest WHIP belongs to Jeff Locke at 1.191.
**Bryan Morris is 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA and a WHIP of 0.892 in 24.2 innings. Surprisingly he only has 12 strikeouts to go along with 12 walks (three intentional).
**If Gerrit Cole starts as expected on Tuesday, he will be the 9th pitcher to start a game for the Pirates this season. In each of the past two seasons the Bucs used 10 different starters. In 2010 they used 11, in 2009 they used nine.
**As a team Pirates pitchers rank second in the NL in strikeouts and 15th, dead last, in walks.
**The Pirates 40-man roster currently consists of 43 players, with Charlie Morton, Phil Irwin and Jeff Karstens on the 60-day disabled list. The Bucs currently have 6 players on the 15-day DL. Expect a good deal of roster shuffling over the next month. It will start this week when Gerrit Cole and Morton are added to the active roster and the 40-man. My guess is John McDonald and Mike Zagurski are DFA’d.