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Just as important is noting that Ryan Doumit is the worst defensive catcher in terms of framing over the past five seasons. I never doubted his competitiveness, just his ability.
1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Morning Required Reading: Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks on Pitch Framing
And now it's official, we've signed the Clint Barmes of catchers.
3 months, 1 week ago on Olney: Pirates close to trading for Chris Stewart
I remember the post where you wrote about how you were thinking of giving it all up, but then decided to keep at it. I'm glad you did.
I hate to say it, but I bet I wasn't alone when I thought it was over when the Bucs didn't win Monday.
And this team was pretty freakin' good for not being able to hit. They did a nice job of compensating by being outstanding on defense, including pitching, and by improving their base running over previous years. We didn't like the ending, but this season was a hell of a lot of fun.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
You watch, I'm calling it right now. Daydro will be the hero Monday in game 4. Bet on it.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 3 Preview: Francisco Liriano vs. Joe Kelly
One of the great things about AJ IS the "Sit the **** down!", though. It's not that we can be guaranteed that he gives 100%, because everyone on the team is giving 100%. And anyhow AJ's 100% might not be good enough to win. It's that natural showmanship. In the end, we're sports fans because it's fun to be a sports fan, and we like watching players who we can see are laying it all out. I know they are the best in the game, from Cutch to Lambo every one there earned it with physical, mental, and emotional talent. But the part that makes it EXTRA fun to watch, the icing on the cake that over the course of two seasons leads to 40,000 fans chanting "KWAY-TOE!" is "SIT THE **** DOWN!"
5 months, 1 week ago on AJ Burnett and the road to the NLDS
@bwzimmerman Wouldn't AJ be pitching on 3 days rest then? Man, I dunno about that one. I'd rather have Cole on Sunday, but I'm just some guy.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The final week
Okay, I'm knocked over by those games because I expect this team to win them. Better? Sorry I made a common fan's mistake by assuming the team's persona as mine. Hell, I would have expected the 2008 team to win that one.
I bet you I've been watching as long as you have, and likely longer, but I don't think that is a useful statistic. Our gracious host here has been watching since I was in my 40s, and he is far more astute than I am.
Don't get all bent out of shape about it. I'm the guy who wrote that if they got to 80-60 and lost the next 22, the sun would come up the next day. But that game last night, it was wrenching.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 154: Reds 6 Pirates 5
@lee1943 I would prefer to be devastated by it than satisfied with it, if that's what you're asking. And I think the players themselves would consider accepting it because they weren't expected to do better than 82 wins an insult.
Now, on the scale of things that would upset a player, a fan's insult, especially a backhanded one like that, is somewhere below a mosquito bite. But still. We're knocked over by it because we expect to win those games.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 154: Reds 6 Pirates 5
@PatStuart Ahhhh, I'm just mouthing off. I know winning is the best solution.
@PatStuart How about Kyle Farnsworth? He isn't going to be on the post season roster.
Just another way to be a Pirates fan.
How about the cards coming back to tie the Rockies, then giving up 4 in the bottom of the 8th? I'd rather run into the buzzsaw that was Cashner last night. He was dealing. Yeah, he was helped by the Pirates' propensity for aggressively striking out, but that kid was going to beat any team on the planet last night. The Bucs' only hope was to get him into a high pitch count in the later innings, and he never got there. No hits, one hit, four hits, it wouldn't have mattered: he was quick, efficient, and accurate.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 150: Padres 2 Pirates 0
@mwr505 You do know that the Reds have the best defense in baseball this year? They turn more balls into outs than any other team, Pirates included. They'll have their bad games, like any team will, but those guys are really good. They get to more balls and make fewer errors (3rd best in MLB).
Marte and Cutch are awesome, but Marte had a Little League drop and Cutch had that ball skip past him that led to 2 runs and a guy on 3rd. Both errors led directly to losses. It doesn't mean they suck, though.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 149: Pirates 3 Reds 2
Grilli's lower velocity is definitely a concern, but the first two
batters of the inning didn't seem to notice the lost mph. They looked
PitchFX says the umpire got that ball right. It was close, but it was outside. The one that Rizzo hit, that was a damn good pitch, right on the edge in the lower inside corner with lots of movement; the guy just nailed it, is all. A moonshot.
Son of a gun, I'd told Mrs that I was going to take last night off, and I wound up checking the score on MLB At Bat and then watching the rest of the game after the bang-bang-bang. Oh well.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 147: Cubs 5 Pirates 4
Aaaaaaand, Cards lose!
Nice game by Locke, really nice. What I think he is doing again is working quickly, taking less time between pitches. He seemed to slow down in July and August.
I love seeing him and AJ together during the game. If Locke learns the knuckle curve he'll be unhittable. But just absorbing the attitude, that works for me.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 146: Pirates 3 Cubs 1
I don't necessarily want to see the Bucs make a habit of giving up 4 or 5 runs, but it's nice to see them give up 4 or 5 runs and win. That is a promising sign this time of year, actually.
6 months ago on Game 145: Pirates 7 Rangers 5
I've tried to write something in response, but every time I've tried I've looked at it and thought, "That's just about me."
The beauty of what you've done is written about yourself, but made it about all of us. Thanks.
6 months ago on 82 wins
Yeah, I should have said "For me....". It's been a long time, hasn't it! Cheers, Eephus! Raise it! 19 more to go, then October baseball!
6 months ago on Gerrit Cole and Yu Darvish face off as Pirates look to snap losing streak
@Eephus The proper response is a satisfied inward smile, and a good night's sleep after a rough weekend.
@mwr505 I know what you're saying, but they aren't pretenders. They've played even with the best teams in the NL to this point. Those other teams, their falterings came earlier in the year. The Bucs, theirs have been the last 20 games. But right now, everyone is pretty much even. Anything can happen, starting tonight.
But yeah, the Bucs need a break. Beating Yu Darvish 1-0 would be a good start. Let's go Gerritt.
6 months ago on Game 142: Cardinals 9 Pirates 2