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As azibuck says, Jordy doesn't do the flashy stuff that shorstops are supposed to do--but he's clearly just as good or demonstrably better than at least 10 other shortstops in the league--that's a guy you can win with.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/february-2015/jordy-mercer-500.html
To paraphrase the old Barenaked Ladies tune "You can be my Clayton Kershaw..."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/january-2015/8903.html
It took Thomas Wolfe at least 500 words to descirbe unzipping his pants to take a piss.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/january-2015/under-500-words.html
I suppose you can at least think about bringing back Gaby at a lower price tag now that the Bucs have acquired someone who can play a few positions reasonably well and hit a little bit. I wouldn't make it job one or anything, but you can at least consider it.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/december-2014/pirates-acquire-sean-rodriguez-from-rays-dfa-gaby-sanchez.html
Nobody wants a Radhames in a box!
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/november-2014/pirates-dfa-ike-davis-and-fill-out-40-man-roster-for-rule-5-deadline-plus-radhames-liz-and-pedro-florimon.html
I'm sure Duke can manage that triple-slash line against right handers in 2015.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/november-2014/zach-duke-got-15-million-from-the-white-sox.html
At least it's only a year--I know A.J. was hurt last year, but that's what happens to pitchers in their late 30s. It could work, sure, but I think it's more likely not to.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/november-2014/pirates-bring-aj-burnett-back.html
Even if the unlikely happens and Martin does come back, this is an OK deal--Cervelli is pretty much everything you'd want in a backup catcher with the exception of power...well, that and he gets concussed if he sneezes too hard. Still, someone has to catch 162 games in Pittsburgh next year, and if the Bucs get lucky Cervelli can give you league-average and maybe a bit more for 80 games. There aren't too many free agent options that offer the same porspect.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/november-2014/pirates-trade-justin-wilson-for-francisco-cervelli.html
I'm just afraid that GM will absolutely lose his gourd and go 6 years/100 mil for Russ, which I find both plausible and absolutely berserk.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/november-2014/heyman-russell-martin-wants-five-years-pirates-going-to-unusual-lengths.html
I'm thinking if any organization says "Call the low strike!", it's the PBC.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/low-strikes-are-making-the-strike-zone-huge.html
With the exception on Hayden, I'm mystified how any of the other players citied have the first thing to do with the 2014 version of the Raiders, as they were picked by GMs who are gone, played for coaches who are gone, and blesed by an owner who is dead, and you can't get more gone than that. Unless you're contending that Gallery put a voodoo curse on the Raiders on his way out the door, there's no there there.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/five-draft-picks-why-the-raiders-wont-make-the-playoffs.html
@Carnegie Chip Well said, Chip. This beats the ever-lovin' hell out of debating whether to non-tender Xavier Nady or not.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/nl-wild-card-game-giants-8-pirates-0.html
@BobRoss1 I think you're underestimating what Baumgarner accomplished last night; not only was his line excellent (10K, 1 BB, 4H), but he was following the Tom Seaver playbook and getting strike one all night long--he was ahead in the count on just about everybody. Some games you just get beat, and you need to tip your cap to the other guy ; to call this game "a huge step back...in any hope of developing into a real world series contender" is a extreme overreaction to one game.
Is it too early to get all Bill Russell with it and go puke in the bathroom?
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/the-2014-national-league-wild-card-game-theres-not-much-left-to-say.html
Why do I have the feeling that Bob Smizik is going to ask his nurse "Robertson! Why the hell isn't Robertson playing first tonight?"
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/bob-robertson-and-the-giants-tonight-everyone-matters.html
@nickjuneau24 If he starts nibbling and is taking enough time to write a sonnet between pitches like he does sometime, ithe mental and physical health of Pirate fans isn't safe either.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/pirates-officially-announce-edinson-volquez-as-wild-card-game-starter.html
After reading this article, I can see why your avatar is designed to keep you anonymous.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner
Last year was just-happy-to-be-here; let's run the damn table this year.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-157-pirates-beat-braves-3-2-and-clinch-their-second-consecutive-playoff-berth.html
"Good Red Sox! Roll over! Play dead!"
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-151-pirates-9-red-sox-1.html
This club is going to do something wild, whether it's a ridiculous run through the post-season or a heart-breaking collapse at the finish, and I suspect it will lead to open-heart surgery for me either way.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-150-pirates-4-red-sox-0.html
It would still be perfectly acceptable to go to the bullpen without it resulting in Pirate Nation breaking out in a cold sweat.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-146-pirates-4-phillies-1.html
If nothing else, at least the Phillies are trotting out Jerome Williams, another example of their commitment to youth.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/a-late-recap-game-144-phillies-4-pirates-3.html
My cardiologist also agrees that it is time for the Pirates to play a little more consistently.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-143-pirates-6-phillies-4.html
As Stan Coveleski said so many years ago...Lord, baseball is a worrying thing.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-137-cardinals-5-pirates-4.html
Ike looks more like a young Alec Guinness than Guinness did,, though I think Guinness may have taken fewer pitches.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-133-pirates-3-cardinals-1.html
To sum up: relief pitchers are fungible, games like this are not.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-131-cardinals-3-pirates-2.html
Just in! Pirates steal Dave Giusti from the Cards for Carl Taylor!
Sorry. I had the B-R transactions page from 1969 open.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/lets-try-this-again-trade-deadline-open-thread.html
I believe the original title of a certain well-known Stephen Vincent Benet short story was "The Devil and Ray Searage".
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-105-pirates-5-giants-0.html
Well, if the Pirates are going to get to 90 wins, they're gonna have to dance with who brung 'em, because I don't see a lot of help on the trade market; if the possibility of Weekend at Morneau's, Part II is the best option, there's just no there there.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/the-2014-pittsburgh-pirates-first-half-not-good-or-bad-but-enough-of-both-to-be-maddening.html
I'm not sure the Pirates need Suzuki to back up Russell Martin.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner
The leading scorer for the legendary 2003-04 club? Dick Tarnstrom. The leading scoring forward? The ever-happy-to-be-here Aleksey Morozov. That 2003-04 attendance figures show the exact number of masochists living in the 'Burgh at that time.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
If nothing else, the Pirates at least figured out how not to screw up the bullpen usage in high-leverage situations--just don't have them.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-91-cardinals-5-pirates-2.html
Anytime Frieri's HR/FB rate wants to start regressing to the norm would be nice.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-90-cardinals-5-pirates-4.html
Michael Martinez isn't the poor man's Josh Harrsion as much as he is the wretched homeless person's Josh Harrison.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/clint-barmes-to-the-disabled-list-with-groin-injury-michael-martinez-to-take-his-spot.html
That homerun...I remember flat-out ridiculous, and it looked just like that.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-84-pirates-5-diamondbacks-1.html
Given Harrison, Locke, and Worley's performance to this point of the season, I'm guessing NH took out a second mortgage on his eternal soul.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-83-pirates-3-diamondbacks-2.html
It was nice to see Worley embracing the Ray Miller mantra by working fast, throwing strikes, and changing speeds...and thank God it was him matched up against Dice-K instead of Volquez; a game with those two on the mound might last longer than the Mezozoic Era.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-79-pirates-5-mets-2.html
@steve_010 National League pitchers hit .123 last year, and with pitchers not hitting in the minors, it's not going to get any better. As far as the so-called "strategy" involved with having the pitcher bat ...well, strategy involves choices, and if you have someone in the nine-hole who can't do anything with the bat, you have almost no choices at all. The DH is a good thing, and it's time for the NL to get on board.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-78-rays-5-pirates-1.html
As an aside, I was listening to the Rays feed of the game on radio last night, and not only are the Tampa radio crew both unknowledgeable and unfunny, I have never heard anyone dog their own player like these guys did to Yunel Escobar. Single up the middle? Time to talk about how poor his range has been this year. Marte gets a hustle double? Y'know, Escobar could have had the tag down faster. Yunel hits a hard single that only a nice play from Cutch keeps from being a double? Gee, it's nice to Escobar running hard out of the box, and isn't great how Andrew McCutchen plays hard all the time? I was waiting for them to implicate Escobar in the JFK assassination. Look, I hate blatant homers as much as the next guy, but I've never heard anything like the way they constantly mofo-ed Escobar in my life.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/game-76-pirates-8-rays-1.html
Jason Grilli, closin' like Greg Norman.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-72-pirates-4-reds-3.html
At some point, the Pirates have to realize that "closer" is not the same thing as having a Cloak of Invincibility; if Grilli's not getting the job done--and he isn't--it's time to try other options.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-70-reds-6-pirates-5.html
Can't we do an SEC thing and schedule the Cubs 50 or 60 times a season?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-66-pirates-4-cubs-0.html
While a 28th-round draft pick isn't likely to make The Show, let alone provide a lot of long term value, you're still crapping a draft pick away for 15 minutes of publicity. That's not what good organizations do.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/2014-articles/just-call-him-johnny-baseball.html
Drafting for need is an NFL strategy; I'm a bit leery of this pick.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/pirates-go-way-off-map-select-arizona-high-school-shortstop-cole-tucker-with-24th-pick.html
It is still awfully difficult to watch Volquez' starts--even last night he was really grinding, and if he didn't have some stretches where he was locatng his breaking ball very nicely, it might have gotten ugly. His fastball command is still spotty at best.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/game-46-pirates-3-nationals-1.html
@mwr505 Maybe he's reading Treinen's mind--Harrisburg's no great shakes, but anywhere is better than Syracuse.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/edinson-volquez-tries-to-stay-in-the-rotation-against-the-nationals.html
@TomBrenholts1 As opposed to the Mets, who turfed the reasonbly useful Kyle Farnsworth two days before his contract became fully guaranteed so they could save 750K. God, what a Mickey Mouse organization.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/the-return-of-wandy-rodriguez.html
When you get to the point where you're only chucking that fastball up there at 87 or so...well, it's tough to have separation between your "hard stuff" and your off-speed pitches, and if big-league hitters can time your stuff, it ain't gonna be pretty. If I was Pedro Allvarez, I'd be decked out like Marc-Andre Fleury, just in case.
I'm singing "Always look on the bright side of life" in my very best Eric Idle voice.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/game-27-orioles-5-pirates-1-game-28-orioles-6-pirates-5.html
Well...heck, yeah. There's obvioulsy something wrong with being a contender and starting the season with the right corner of the diamond featuring The Two Travises and Jose Tabata, Fourth Outfileder For Hire, but the Bucs problems to this point can't be summed up in the phrase "Whither Polanco?"
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/slow-starts-gregory-polanco-and-everything-else.html