The (Wednesday) Windup, Kang Kare edition

The Pirates created great panic in Korea by using their top three picks in the First-Year Player Draft on left-side infielders (two shortstops and a third baseman). Fans there grew alarmed that the Draft strategy was somehow a reflection on Jung Ho Kang.

Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. The Bucs, with the agenda of taking the best available athlete at any Draft stage, used their No. 1 on a shortstop (Cole Tucker) last June, too — with Jordy Mercer already firmly established as their guy. And, of course, quite a few prospects end up at a different position than how they are drafted (i.e., Neil Walker and now first baseman Josh Bell). …

Tonight’s lineup, without, surprisingly, Jose Tabata — lifetime 15-for-36 (.417) versus Kyle Lohse:

  • Polanco RF
  • Marte LF
  • McCutchen CF
  • Walker 2B
  • Kang 3B
  • Alvarez 1B
  • Cervelli C
  • Mercer SS
  • Morton P

The last day the Pirates and the Cardinals did not match either wins or losses when both played: June 1 (while the Brewers have been taking care of the Bucs, the Cards were losing two in Colorado). … 

Clint Hurdle refuses to attribute one run in two games against Milwaukee to the fact the Bucs were due to cool off after two weeks of lusty hitting.

“I don’t expect us not to hit just because we’ve hit,” Hurdle says. “I don’t believe in the law of averages.”

I didn’t get a chance to ask him how he feels about the law of on-base percentages. … 

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