So why is Eldred sitting? I didn't criticize McClendon last week when Eldred wasn't playing, because I assumed that Daryle Ward was being showcased for a possible trade. But the trade deadline was two days ago, and we haven't seen Eldred since.
Also, Ryan Doumit isn't in the lineup again, and he's been in the lineup only once in the past five days. Having these guys on the bench while stiffs like Daryle Ward and, to a lesser extent, Humberto Cota and Jody Gerut play will not do the Pirates any good.