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How/why can someone tout much about WAR (unless I'm missing something...)? Jason Grilli and Brandon Cumpton are both 0.8 positive WAR. Isn't this rating with regard to last season or does this somehow predict careers going forward?
1 month, 1 week ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
I rarely consider Game #5, 1972 as "The Bob Moose Game'. Rather, I nearly always remember the opposite field HR blast that Johnny Bench hit off of Dave Guisti to lead off that 9th inning. Once that happened the rest of that half inning deteriorated so quickly that by the time Moose unleashed the wild pitch I considered the contest to be over.
For me, that was the worst sports loss I have experienced and I'm 61. Something about having our hands wringing the necks of those hated Redlegs and then it all disappearing in almost an instant. It was personally devasting. And then Clemente's death less than 3 months later just added to the despair. No matter how tonight goes, I see all of these games vs StL as gravy. Just playing such meaningful games in October in such a competitive manner is enough for me after all of these too many years of wandering around in the wilderness cellar of MLB. That's not to say I won't be pulling extra hard tonight for Hurdle and his '13 men. Beat 'em Bucs!
2 months ago on The end is the beginning is the end
@wkkortas @Eephus Shoplifted might be a bit strong but I agree the Bucs skated around disaster in Game #3. Why I don't accept the "shoplifting" term so much in this instance is Matheny might be accused of leaving the merchandise out on the street corner rather than in his store. When he brought in reliever Martinez to start bottom of 8th against the heart of our order it was ours for the taking. Plus, with Craig out and Adams starting Matheny has virtually nothing of substance coming off of his bench that scares me.
Glad you mentioned Grilli's high sliders in the 9th. It was fortunate that they were almost too high to get a good swing on one or more of them when you're expecting hard Grilli stuff down around the knees.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3
@RichardUnderwood @mwr505 Well, if it was off by 6", wasn't it 6" on all four sides off the zone because there were high pitches called strikes and then similar high pitches called balls. There were low pitches called strikes and low ones deemed to be balls. The corners were even more problematic and it didn't matter on which side of the plate the ball was thrown or which side of the plate the batter stood. It was a real mess in my opinion, especially for a post-season game and that was the crew chief, Jerry Lane. He's supposed to be the most senior veteran ump who will get it right more often than most. Sheesh!
Liriano needs some rest. His stuff is not what it was. Plus, the HP umpire was incredibly inconsistent today - on both sides. That was awful to watch his strike zone move around like a moving target. Anyway, I hope Francisco can get an extra day of rest or two plus the five between today and his next start...And, no I'm not talking about him getting to rest the remainder of the offseason until early April, 2014!
Great, great game. Don't know what Cutch was thinking there in the bottom of the 8th but it was wonderful to see that lineup pick him up and score 2 after the base-running blunder.
The nice thing about playing these Cardinals is their bench is pretty unimpressive. Matheny doesn't have many offensive weapons coming off his bench and it looks like he's not getting the ball to the correct relievers either. Why did he go with Martinez in the 8th? Thanks, Mike. You really helped us when the game looked like it had turned.
@JeffreyMccartney Jeffrey...Thanks. I've got you by 21 years (there's that # again!) and my most glorious day in childhood was Oct. 13, 1960 as an 8yr old. A depressing day was the first time I walked into Three Rivers Stadium in the late summer of 1970. Yes, it was bright, shiny and new but where was all the character that was Forbes Field? Now, we have much of that character back plus a great deal of amenities that a fan at Forbes never would have dreamed of. Just getting that damn doughnut hole of a stadium imploded was such a great thing for my disposition. Anyhow, Beat 'em Bucs!
2 months ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
@bwzimmerman How about The Black PNC...?
2 months ago on NLDS Game 3 Preview: Francisco Liriano vs. Joe Kelly
The Black Sea works for me too. Or, The Black PNC....
Beat 'em Bucs.... I think we've got Cards fans worried.....Isn't it freakin' great!!!
@JeffreyMccartney @LastingsMilledgeville First of all, the abomination that was Three Rivers Stadium did not seat 60K. As I recall capacity was a shade above 50K for baseball. The economy in W.PA in the early 1990s was not the greatest and the stadium experience at gorgeous PNC vs how it was at the dreary doughnut hole of Three Rivers is like comparing a glorious Christmas morning to a depressingly gray day when you might have buried one of your parents. And, you reference Atlanta playoff tix sales in 1992....The Braves were just beginning to be competitive after being a doormat to mediocre team much of the two decades previous. Their fanbase was building rapidly in the early 1990s. Check the playoff tix sales for Atlanta in recent years and even this year. Yes, the capacity at Turner Field is quite a bit more than PNC but the Braves do not now regularly sell out their post-season playoff games. The Pirates were not the beloved franchise in the early 1990s that they are now. The bad years of drugs and poor play in the early to mid-80s was still tarnishing the Pirate brand and, to be honest, there were not many players on those Pirate teams managed by Leyland that were friendly, outgoing fan favorites - at least compared to the Pirates of 2013. Yes, it's wonderful that the crowd at PNC seems to be a bit younger than those that sat in the seats at Three Rivers. But, possibly the ages are very similar - it's just that this year's team makes everyone look and feel younger when they happily back a winner in maybe the loveliest MLB ballpark in all the land.
@LastingsMilledgeville This is standard procedure stuff for StL fans and that's fine. They've been to the WS more often lately than the Buccos have had a sniff at .500 ball. I'd just as soon have them Cards fans laid back and asleep at the wheel as the big Bucco Cole Train runs right thru them if there is a game #5.
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
@JeffreyMccartney Perhaps "Joey, Joey, Joey..." might get under his skin even more?
@wkkortas Dick Stockton hasn't called a game well in decades.....He's still banking on his 1975 Game #6 WS call when Fisk hit the 12th inning homer.
What am I missing? The column above says the Cards aren't going to use Michael Wacha or Shelby Miller in this series....That seems preposterous but okay by me. Wacha is a nasty young hurler who would most likely throw a shutout against our Pirates if he's on his game. I don't get that one...
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 2 Preview: Don't Panic (Gerrit Cole vs. Lance Lynn)
Where are the comments?
Well put, Pat. No one performed all that well today. I'll give it up to Gomez for hanging tough in a lousy situation and Pedro did hit a bomb but it's only one game - as is the one on Friday. Go get 'em, Cole!
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 1: Cardinals 9 Pirates 1
@AndreMarc To heck with 1990. The real sad post-season loss to the damn Cincy Redflegs was Game #5 (clinching game) in 1972 when the Bucs blew a 1 run lead in the bottom of the ninth on a Johnny Bench solo blast off of Guisti. Later that inning Bob Moose's wildpitch brought home the winning run. Those two teams were evenly matched and all their games were tight. The other sad note to that game, Roberto Clemente walked off of an mlb field as a proud Pirate for the very last time.
2 months, 1 week ago on NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2
@lee1943 Yes, I hate to admit that I agree with the Dustpan (Baker) about much of anything but Frazier's long shot that just missed clanking off the foul pole might have put a whole different spin on the game. But, I also got the sense that the Redlegs couldn't wait to be done with that game, the season and each other. Is it my imagination or do the Cincy players look unhappy most of the time? Is that what having to play for the Dustpan eventually creates?
@JeffreyMccartney So, how stupid was it prior to 1969 when one team out of ten won their league and advanced to the World Series? That's 2 teams out of 20 if you do the math. All these playoffs do is create more $$$$, more interest and more baseball, sometimes coming close to the month of November. In 1960 Maz hit his WS Game #7 HR on Oct. 13. This year, we'll be just getting started with the best of seven LCS.
2 months, 1 week ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
Nicely done, Pat. Yes, I too often dwell on those few games that we should have won but all teams can point to their disappointing losses so it pretty much evens out. What a glorious year it has been to be a Buccos fan. I think in mid-June when they swept the Angels in Anaheim and came back to win that game on Sunday was when I began to believe that this could be a different kind of year.
Now we need to look at Cueto as just another Redlegs pitcher and mash the snot out of his stuff tomorrow night like we did to most of their other hurlers in Cincy this past weekend. I would think we have proven to most mlb followers that this '13 Pirates thing is not a fluke!
I keep asking....Which team will win more games in October....the Pirates or the Steelers? I hope by a wide margin it's the Pirates - Beat 'em Bucs!
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 162: Pirates 4 Reds 2
94-68 has a nice ring to it. Because I get greedy I see Marte dropping that lazy fly ball in 9th inning in StL and the 9th inning meltdown a week ago Friday at PNC aided by Mercer's wild toss and think we should have at least 2 more wins but that's over now....Tuesday is everything. We have got to get to Cueto before he gets to us!
2 months, 1 week ago on A truly meaningless game
@Danny Carlino She added so much to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont telecasts too! (snark)
2 months, 1 week ago on Michelle Beadle is reportedly in the process of leaving NBC
@Sean Hoffman So half the shows on ESPN are good? I'm not watching the right half I guess!