July 22: Brewers (48-46) @ Pirates (41-52)

So for those dying for something deadline related, chew on this: I got word last night that Larry Corrigan, a special assistant to GM Neal Huntington, was in Detroit to watch last night’s game between the Mariners and Tigers. With the Trade Deadline sitting just over a week away, Huntington’s top advisors are going to go watch the teams that the Pirates are most likely to deal with, so this is definitely something to keep in the back of your mind.

While it’s unknown who Corrigan was in Detroit to watch, my best guess is that it would be the Mariners. The Tigers’ primary need is for corner outfield bat, and the Pirates really aren’t the team to fill that need. Detroit is also looking for another starting option, so there is the chance that Ian Snell could be on their radar. This is pure speculation, however.

Seattle, on the other hand, is known to have been interested in both Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson for a while now, especially Sanchez. The Seattle Times reported earlier this month that another special assistant to Huntington, Marc DelPiano, was scouting a Mariners game on July 9. The Mariners still have to decide if they are sellers or buyers at the deadline, but if they decide to buy and go after the AL West title, the fact that the club dealt Yuniesky Betancourt earlier this month does give them some financial flexibility to take on the salary of say, Sanchez, if they wanted.

Stay tuned….

As for today’s news, notes and randomness:

  • Wednesday marks the final home game before the 4 pm Trade Deadline on July 31. That said, will this be the last time Pirates fans see John Grabow and Sanchez in home white uniforms? Just saying…
  • Neither Sanchez or Wilson have been approached by management concerning those contract extension talks. Both middle infielders said on Monday that they’d be open to continuing the talks if the Pirates were also willing to talk.
  • Wilson is out of the lineup again on Wednesday, though the tightness in his left hamstring has not worsened since Tuesday.
  • The Pirates need a win on Wednesday to claim their first series win against an NL Central opponent since mid-May. The Pirates are 1-9-2 in series against teams in their division this year.
  • Andrew McCutchen is tied for fifth among all NL lead-off hitters with 23 RBIs this season. Those have come in just 41 games. Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano leads the bunch with 32 RBIs in 70 games.

Pirates lineup

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Delwyn Young (RF)
  6. Brandon Moss (LF)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

 

Brewers lineup:

  1. Corey Hart (RF)
  2. Mike Cameron (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (2B)
  6. Bill Hall (3B)
  7. J.J. Hardy (SS)
  8. Jason Kendall (C)
  9. Jeff Suppan (RHP) 

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