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@PatStuart The host is decided by head-to-head record. The Pirates and Reds are 8-8 against each other, so more than likely seeding will be determined by whoever wins two games this weekend.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Pirates are going to the playoffs
2 months, 3 weeks ago on 82 wins
@azibuck Thanks for keeping me in line for so many years!
@Eephus Hey! Where is azibuck?
@DoctorGeeves Whoa whoa whoa, less grumpy? Let's not raise the bar too high!
Thanks, though; it really means a lot to hear from guys like you that have been reading this site almost from the word go. You are all what kept me going through the toughest stretches.
@mwr505 When Justin Wilson comes in and strikes out a lefty in a big situation, it's because Justin Wilson is awesome. When Pedro strikes out against a lefty in a big situation, it's because he's "K-dro" and his act has to change.
4 months ago on Game 112: Pirates 4 Marlins 3
@wkkortas Yup, pretty much exactly where I'm at.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Cardinals, the playoffs, and the trade deadline
@innkeeper4 He is striking out less often right now, I'm saying that his career numbers indicate that that's probably unsustainable.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 89: A's 2 Pirates 1
@PirateCaptain Taillon's pretty impressive, but not many guys can hit 102 on the gun.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Can we talk about this rationally for one minute?
@NateRose I get your point, Nate, which is why I can spend so much time pointing out why this trade might be dangerous for the Pirates and still end up on, "Yeah, Stanton is awesome, I still might pull the trigger." All I'm saying is that when you ship this much talent off to another team, you really have to consider all the scenarios. It's true that lots of recent "prospects for talent" trades work out in favor of the talent, but not all of them do. The Braves' trade for Mark Teixeira was awful. The Angels would surely love to have Jean Segura back right now instead of those 13 starts they got from Greinke.
I'm not opposed to trading good prospects for help, particularly very talented long-term help like Stanton can provide. I'm mostly just nervous about trying to find that help at the one position in the field that I'm relatively certain that the Pirates can man long term. Obviously it's rare when a team might be willing to part with a guy like Stanton, which makes this potential scenario unique. I'm just pointing out that the Pirates have to be measured in everything they do and take all scenarios into consideration.
All that said, who wouldn't love to see Stanton launch a ball off of whatever they're calling the Steakhouse in left field now, and to do it in a Pirate uniform?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Pirates, Giancarlo Stanton, and trading prospects
Don't mind me, just testing things out.
@benharris64 And then he'd go into a slump after the Derby and fans would blame it on him being in the derby and not on his 35% strikeout rate.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Pedro Alvarez is on fire, but nothing is changing
@TomBrenholts I didn't mean that it was Piratey, just that waiting for the other shoe to drop is one of the toughest parts of being a Pirate fan right now.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 72: Reds 2 Pirates 1
@JamesSantelli I haven't had a hit since high school, either. Wonder how I'd fare against Lincecum.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 54: Pirates 8 Giants 2
@Savage_Beast Thank you, sir!
6 months, 1 week ago on Game 54: Pirates 1 Tigers 0
@battlingbucs Hurdle acts like Watson has no platoon split at all and should pitch to righties and lefties equally; that is patently untrue. Righties have an OPS of 100 points higher than lefties against him. He should generally be used as a lefty specialist. That's all I meant by calling him a LOOGY.
As for Melancon; you're right that he was due up, but that was Hurdle's fault, too. He could've double-switched Mercer for Inge when Melancon came into the game to get Inge's bad glove off of second base and to anticipate Melancon needing to throw more than one inning. He could've used his bench like a logical person and had Gaby to pinch hit for Jones instead of Snider (Jones is, career-wise, much worse against lefties than Snider) or maybe he could've let Marte hit for himself, double a run in, and not have to use his bench at all that inning after Tabata.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 35: Mets 3 Pirates 2
@SteveGiufre It's always fun when someone accuses me of being 1.) wrong and 2.) vaguely racist when I INCLUDED A LINK IN THE VERY POST THAT THEY'RE COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT PROVES THEM WRONG.
9 months, 1 week ago on When will we see Gerrit Cole in Pittsburgh?
@AndrewSmalley I actually was referring to the Buster Olney thing about Cole and Taillon, worrying about their contract status. I pointed to "fans" because that's who's going to be wailing about it on May 20.
The problem with the pitching depth is this: Burnett and Rodriguez are old, McDonald is unreliable, Karstens and Liriano are fragile as heck, and I'm not sure that McPherson or Locke are any good at all. Just because you have seven pitchers doesn't mean there's depth. I think the rotation could be an abject disaster this year.
@burningriverbaseball That's my favorite part! It was the advanced scouts that were doing the spying!
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9 months, 2 weeks ago on Taiwanese scouts caught spying on South Korean team prior to World Baseball Classic | February | 2013 Articles
@forsjef OPS+ is OPS normalized to 100.
1 year ago on Rosenthal: Pirates agree to terms with Russell Martin