TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Monday's scouting report: Pirates at Padres

Pirates/MLB Videos

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 5:42 p.m.
 

X-factors

• Through the first 56 games, the Padres pitching staff had a 3.25 ERA, the fifth-best mark in the majors and fourth-best the NL behind the Braves (2.98), Giants (3.07) and Nationals (3.21). The Padres bullpen had a 2.30 ERA, second-best in the majors behind the Nationals (2.17). Padres relievers help opponents to a MLB-best .206 batting average.

• Padres OF Will Venable went 4 for 4 on Saturday against the White Sox. It was the first time in 726 big league games that Venable went 4 for 4 or better. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Venable's father, Max, never had a 4-for-4 or better game in his 727-game career in the majors from 1979 to 1991.

THE BUZZ

Instead of flying, the Pirates will take a two-hour bus ride to San Diego after Sunday's game vs. the Dodgers. Travel attire is a superhero/comic book theme — Clint Hurdle will wear a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” T-shirt — with shorts and sandals encouraged.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates trade Snider to Orioles for minor league pitcher
  2. Korean star Kang could be financial windfall for Pirates
  3. For Pirates, NL Central test just got tougher
  4. Pirates SS prospect Tucker making progress after thumb surgery