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Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Texas Rangers - Across The Sea

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The Rangers come home trying to win a series for the first time in September against a Pirate team trying to clinch a winning season

It's either you or us
It's either you or us
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Series Schedule:

Monday, September 9 7:05: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Yu Darvish

Tuesday, September 10 7:05: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. LHP Martin Perez

Wednesday, September 11 1:05: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. LHP Matt Garza

If you believe that there are an infinite number of universes with an infinite number of possibilities therein, then there's a universe that exists where come Oct. 31, this will transpire:

Game 1

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  0  0    0  2  0    0  0  0     2  5  1
Texas Rangers          0  1  0    0  0  2    0  2  x     5 10  0

    PITCHERS: 
      PIT - Burnett, Mazzaro (7), Wilson (8), Morris (8) Melancon (9)
      TEX - Darvish, Ogando (8), Cotts (8), Nathan (9)

               WP - Yu Darvish
	       LP - A.J. Burnett
             SAVE - Joe Nathan
   HOME RUNS: TEX - Kinsler, Rios
              PIT - Marte

  ATTENDANCE: 49,264


Game 2

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  1  0    0  2  0    0  2  0     5  7  0
Texas Rangers          0  0  0    0  0  0    3  0  0     3  8  2

    PITCHERS: 
      PIT - Liriano, Watson (8), Mazzaro (8), Melancon (8), Grilli (9)
      TEX - Holland, Feliz (8), Scheppers (9)

               WP - Tony Watson
	       LP - Derek Holland
             SAVE - Jason Grilli
   HOME RUNS: TEX - none
              PIT - Alvarez, Jones

  ATTENDANCE: 48,988


Game 3

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at PNC Park

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Texas Rangers          1  0  0    0  0  0    0  1  0     2  5  1
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  1  0    4  0  0    0  2  x     7 13  0

    PITCHERS: PIT - Locke, Morris (8), Wilson (9)
              TEX - Garza, Frasor (7), Soria (8), Cotts (8)

               WP - Jeff Locke
	       LP - Matt Garza
   HOME RUNS: TEX - Beltre, Cruz
              PIT - Jones, McCutchen

  ATTENDANCE: 41,012


Game 4

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at PNC Park

                      1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9   10 11    R  H  E
                      -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -    -  -  -
Texas Rangers         0  0  0    0  2  0    1  1  2    0  1    7  9  0
Pittsburgh Pirates    2  0  0    0  0  4    0  0  0    0  0    6  8  1

    PITCHERS: 
  TEX - Perez, Frasor (6), Ross (6), Ogando (7), Feliz (8), Scheppers (9), Nathan (10), Cotts (11)
  PIT - Cole, Mazzaro (7), Wilson (8), Melacon (8), Grilli (9), Watson (10), Morton (11)

               WP - Joe Nathan
	       LP - Charlie Morton
             SAVE - Neal Cotts
   HOME RUNS: TEX - Beltre, Pierzynski, Profar
              PIT - Alvarez, Byrd (2), Morneau 

  ATTENDANCE: 39,951


Game 5

Monday, October 28, 2013 at PNC Park

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Texas Rangers          0  0  0    0  2  0    0  0  0     2  5  1
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0     0  2  0

    PITCHERS: TEX - Darvish, Nathan (9)
              PIT - Burnett, Watson (8), Melancon (9)

               WP - Yu Darvish
	       LP - A.J. Burnett
             SAVE - Joe Nathan
   HOME RUNS: TEX - None
              PIT - None

  ATTENDANCE: 40,975

Game 6

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  0  0    0  2  0    0  0  0     2  5  1
Texas Rangers          0  0  0    0  0  1    0  0  0     1  3  0

    PITCHERS: PIT - Liriano, Grilli (9)
              TEX - Holland, Scheppers (9)

               WP - Francisco Liriano
	       LP - Derek Holland
             SAVE - Jason Grilli
   HOME RUNS: TEX - none
              PIT - McCutchen

  ATTENDANCE: 49,623


Game 7

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

                       1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                       -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
Pittsburgh Pirates     0  0  2    0  2  0    0  0  0     4  7  1
Texas Rangers          0  0  0    1  0  1    0  3  x     5  8  0

    PITCHERS: 
    PIT - Locke, Cole (7), Melancon (8)
    TEX - Garza, Ogando (6), Cotts (7), Scheppers (7), Feliz (8) Nathan (9)

               WP - Neftali Feliz
	       LP - Mark Melancon
             SAVE - Joe Nathan
   HOME RUNS: TEX - Moreland, Beltre
              PIT - Martin, Inge

  ATTENDANCE: 50,034

Wouldn't it be fun if that universe were this universe?

Here's a breakdown of the pitching match-ups against not our 'Rates for the next three days:

  • Yu Darvish: 12-7, 12.02 K/9, 3.31 BB/9, .259 BABIP, 83.7% LOB, 3.32 FIP, 2.78 xFIP, 4.3 WAR - Last three starts: 10 runs allowed in 18.2 innings
  • Gerrit Cole: 6-7, 6.50 K/9, 1.87 BB/9, .305 BABIP, 71.4% LOB, 3.32 FIP, 3.40 xFIP, 1.3 WAR - Last three starts: 7 runs allowed in 19.1 innings

Advantage: I'm looking forward to seeing Yu Darvish mad. I'm looking forward to seeing Gerrit Cole pitch. This seems like a fun match-up for baseball fans.

  • Martin Perez: 9-3, 5.97 K/9, 2.46 BB/9, .284 BABIP, 76.4% LOB, 4.11 FIP, 4.02 xFIP, 1.4 WAR - Last three starts: 7 runs allowed in 20.0 innings
  • Francisco Liriano: 15-7, 9.20 K/9, 3.51 BB/9, .295 BABIP, 76.9% LOB, 2.75 FIP, 3.09 xFIP, 3.0 WAR - Last three starts: 11 runs allowed in 15.0 innings

Advantage: Another top flight starter in 2013 going up against Martin Perez? Can't wait.

  • Matt Garza: 9-4, 8.01 K/9, 2.22 BB/9, .275 BABIP, 74.7% LOB, 3.87 FIP, 3.65 xFIP, 1.9 WAR - Last three starts: 10 runs allowed in 21.0 innings
  • A.J. Burnett: 7-10, 9.72 K/9, 3.20 BB/9, .308 BABIP, 71.4% LOB, 2.82 FIP, 2.97 xFIP, 3.4 WAR - Last three starts: 10 runs allowed in 17.1 innings

Advantage: A.J. Burnett is having a fantastic season but he's 7-10. Matt Garza is having a fairly ho-hum season but he's 9-4. This game is a fine example for why pitchers' wins and losses shouldn't be a thing that we care about too much.

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Pittsburgh Pirates (8-61, 2nd Place in NL Central)

Rangers' Record vs. Pittsburgh: N/A (Haven't played since 2010)

Pittsburgh's Recent Results: 0-3 swept on the road by the St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh's 2013 Road Record: 36-36

Ballpark in Arlington Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 113/104 - Runs: 111/112

SB Nation Pirates' Blog: Bucs Dugout

Match-up: (as of 09/09) Rangers Pirates Advantage
Batting (RAR) -16.2 (12th) -18.6 (13th) The Byrd Man's Revenge
Base Running (RAR) -4.0 (17th) 4.5 (10th) Next stop: Respectability
Starters (RAR) 69.2 67.1 Of course this means each team will score a bunch of runs
Bullpen (RAR) 60.7 (2th) 27.3 (14th) I miss making Mark Melancon sad
Defense (UZR) 29.7 (5th) 7.5 (15th) Do the Pirates have a David Murphy?
Overall (UZR + RAR) 139.4 87.8

The Pirates are basically the National League Rangers

Questions to Answer:

  • Are the Pirates your National League team this season?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (As Adrian Beltre goes, so go the Rangers.)
  • Over/Under: 1.5 appearances by Lance Berkman in this series?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Yu Darvish tonight as he tries to shake off a bad outing against Oakland last week?
  • Yea or Nay: Do the Rangers win their first series in September even at the cost of damaging the Pirates' playoff positioning?