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Those pitcher WAR numbers are absurd. Put the 2008 staff (only 12 WAR worse according to BBRef) on this year's team and they win maybe 70 games.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
Thanks for changing that black background. That would have been a dealbreaker.
3 months ago on 82 wins
(nods, lifts glass slightly in your direction)
Conspiracy theory: Hurdle can be petty and vindictive (actually, I do tend to think this, so not so much conspiracy...) and Snider's injury bothers him from a "I expect you to tough it out" standpoint. Especially the timing, as I think he "suffered" it right before a game. So when Snider says he's ready, Hurdle is saying (without saying) 'oh no, no, you need more rest Mrs. Snider, we'll make sure that's good and healed...' He might be trying to send a message to the whole team that they have to fight through minor things.
Inge, god, empty is right. And thank you for calling him a liability anywhere but 3rd. He can "play" 2B, but so can Josh Harrison. I just hope Mercer keeps hitting and forces their hand on McDonald/Inge/Barmes. When NFW is back I'd much rather see Mercer and Harrison than McDonald and Inge.
7 months, 1 week ago on Brandon Inge's first two weeks (or: where is Travis Snider?)
I thought river cam pretty clearly showed the guy standing straight up and half-twisting to the side, having the ball clank off his hands, and then him bring his hands down on the railing. It was a bad call, and it was obvious on replay.
8 months ago on Game 12: Pirates 10 Reds 7
Re: Carleton's piece, that also concerns me about Kyle McPherson, and why I think he will start in AAA. It'll cost less to DL a guy in the smalls rather than pay him MLB minimum and have him accrue service time. I say McFear's a Locke to start in Indy.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Jeff Karstens has a sore shoulder
I love this blog. Why can't the comments work right?
10 months, 1 week ago on Pirates close to deal with Jonathan Sanchez
I know the post is not about him, but Tony Watson is, umm, well, you're right, "not great". But he's pretty flippin' good. I know he was somewhat overaged at AA in 2010, but there is nothing in his record from that point on that indicates he anything other than very effective. 93mph sinker, plus slider, can get righties out? Yes please. Clint needs to find him another 15-20 innings this year.
That said, here's hoping Sanchez pitches his way onto the club.
Re: Locke, if not now, when? I know someone could bunt their eye out in ST, meaning both Locke and McFear could be in the rotation, but I'll roll those dice. Someone could shake out as a short term option later in ST. A minor (or major) trade could be worked. Embrace youth.
10 months, 1 week ago on The Francisco Liriano deal is still not done
Why are the O's "stupid lucky jerks"? I get lucky -- I don't agree, but I get it. But stupid jerks? They have one thing we don't for sure, a MLB manager.
1 year, 2 months ago on Here come the playoffs
Who's that guy that always said this? I don't always read the comments here so excuse me if he's said it recently:
They're still shitty.
1 year, 2 months ago on Game 141 Precap: F*ck you, Pirates | August 2012
"...and starting Kevin Correia on the pitcher's mound; both of these things work against the Pirates' functional chances to win a baseball game."
Here's what bugs me so much about that. We're 27-22 over the last two years when Correia starts. And check the run support argument with the facts; when he pitches well, the team wins. And whether by quality start or game score or, y'know, runs, a KC start has a better than 50% chance of being good enough to get the team a win.
He doesn't strike anyone out, that's really the sole argument that feeds the xFIP/he's awful narrative.
1 year, 3 months ago on This is an opportunity | August 2012
@WilliamPearce You know what would REALLY teach them a lesson? If you stopped commenting on them altogether. I mean, just talking about them is foolhardy and unwise. You should not say another word about the team until they win the World Series and thus have proven they actually made an effort. Seriously, give it a try.
1 year, 3 months ago on A long, ugly weekend for the Pirates | August 2012
This is defeatist. And yet, appropriate. Maybe we can kill two birds with one stone.
2013 potential pitchers (does not include all likely pitchers, like Jared Hughes, etc.)
Karstens -- is he your guy? I think he should at least start the year in the rotation.
Locke -- I was very impressed by Locke when I saw him whiff 10 Rochester Red Wings. He may not have #1 stuff, but he's mastered AAA and if I'm any judge of demeanor and body language, he knows it.
McPherson? I'm all for not rushing guys, but he's got a broad base of training now. If they keep him in AAA for service time issues to start next year, I'd still anticipate his arrival in June 2013. With 102 starts in the smalls already, I'd like to see him get his feet wet in the bullpen right now. This is not crazy -- this used to be the way starters broke in WAY back in the 1970's. Get used to big league hitters. Get exposed to how things work in the bigs. Yet do those thing at a lower-pressure, 1-2 innings at a time pace. If a player has any juice at all, this builds confidence. If he doesn't, he's not the guy you want on your team anyway.
Wilson -- I'd have him in the bullpen now, but keep him as a starter in AAA to start next year. By June, he'll either have shown that he's still not consistent enough to start in the bigs, but could be a good reliever, or he'll have developed even a small amount more consistency and could be in the mix to start.
Irwin -- will start in AAA, but for how long? By June 2013 he too will be closing in on about 100 minor league games.
Leroux -- enough experimenting. I think he's shown enough to at least get a shot at starting full time. But again, he should be in the bullpen now, or certainly next year.
Cole -- if he spends the entire year in AAA, where I assume he'll start 2013, something's gone wrong. But if you want to leave him out of the discussion, that's OK too.
Morris -- should be in the bullpen now, definitely next year.
There are 13 names who could reasonably be expected to see time in Pittsburgh in 2013, roles TBD. All but Cole and Black have already seen time in AAA. Even the short-time AAA guys are pretty well-seasoned. I don't think any of these can be considered "rushed" advancements. I don't mean they're all guaranteed success. Some may need more seasoning, but right now it's reasonable to think they could handle some sort of MLB duty by June 2013.
Now, Back to the Present -- which guys could help RIGHT NOW? Who can help stop this fade? I think several could have helped stop it before it started, but that's water under the bridge I guess. I'd still do the following:
Waive Correia and Bedard. Call up Locke and Morris.
1 year, 3 months ago on And so here we are again | August 2012
NOW can we dfa Correia, please? !
1 year, 5 months ago on An opportunity presents itself | May 2012
@DoobyDoobyDoo @Andy Don't misunderstand me, I'd love to see Locke and Owens get a shot. I'm just railing against Correia-hate. 7/12 Game Scores above 50. Regarding luck and regression, he is what he is. Nothing in his peripherals will change that. When he spots his fastball and changes speeds, he gets ground balls and is efficient. When he doesn't, he gets hit hard. I won't shed a tear when he's gone, which I'm guessing will be soon. I just never understood the level of vitriol directed at him because (in a very basic sense) he doesn't strike guys out. Sites like WHYGAVS and their visitors will never appreciate a guy like Correia. And I really don't mean that as a dig at them or a compliment to Correia. I'm saying I understand it.
What I don't care for is "can we *DFA* him *already*", after he "ate" six innings and gave up 4 earned runs. It wasn't a good effort, but it also wasn't a shelling over less than 4 innings (which he's done before, I GET IT). Comments like that just strike me as irrational, as if he does this every time out when in fact he doesn't.
I'd like an upgrade from him too, and with the service time (super 2, such that it could still exist) issue about to be up, I'm sure we'll get a chance to upgrade with either Owens and/or Locke.
1 year, 6 months ago on Game 61: Orioles 7 Pirates 1 | May 2012
@Andy Coulter Right, because 7 above avg starts out of 12 is just not going to work.
Two things. I think boras is ultimately planning a lawsuit one way or another.
And if appel signs, no way a Stanford junior starts in WV. Brief stop in short season ball then Bradenton.
1 year, 6 months ago on Day 2 of the 2012 draft reveals the Pirates' Mark Appel strategy: hardball | May 2012
Read this twice, still looking for the bad news.
1 year, 6 months ago on Charlie Morton to the disabled list, the Brewers loom | May 2012
"hit that Western blot"
I'm old. Is this slang for have sex with a non-Asian hottie?
1 year, 6 months ago on Game 38: Pirates 5 Nationals 3 | May 2012