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Four MAJOR managerial mistakes last night:
1. Leaving right handed Kyle Farnsworth in to pitch to left handed $19 million per year Joey Votto.
2. Obviously, not switching Barmes for Mercer in 9th.
3. If Liriano was almost "out of gas" why not pinch hit Jones in the bottom of the 7th instead of having Liriano bunt?
4. Andrew McCutchen was hit in the bottom of the 8th. OK, if Liriano is "out of gas" just send him out there to hit the first guy, get ejected and then go to bullpen.
The season is 162 games long. In 162 games all your flaws will be exposed. It sucks that for the Pirates that exposure is coming in the last 11 games. Exposure will come, so you better start managing "by the book" and making every proper situational move. The Pirates may have gotten away with bad managing for the first 151 games, but now it is showing and costing games.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 154: Reds 6 Pirates 5
The really interesting question is if it looks like it will be the Reds / Pirates in the one (1) game play-in and since the Pirates / Reds play the last series of the year against each other do you set up your rotation for the one (1) game play-in and abandon the division?
1 year, 5 months ago on Neal Huntington on Gerrit Cole
OK, in a one (1) game play-in who is the Pirates starting pitcher?
I say A.J. Burnett.
Looks like only player to be ejected is Rod Barajas May 2, 2012.
2 years, 6 months ago on And so here we are again | August 2012
What I keep seeing around the blogs and hear people talking about is the night that Andrew McCutchen got hit in Cincinnati and no retaliation.
Since then his performance and that of the team has been terrible.
Why don't you write a front page article about this topic and solicit some input. What are other players saying who have been in the similar position. When the team does not have your back (and the Pirates did nothing to show they had his back) do you just kinda quit? Is this nothing at all and just something only a few people remember? Is it just coincidence?
By the way, who was the last Pirate player to be ejected? These guys just don't care. The manager might be ejected once in awhile, but players don't even seem to hardly argue. I think it is because most of them know they are just lucky to even be on an MLB team.
I don't understand how anyone can say they will "take" or "not take" where the Pirates are today. The only thing that matters is a World Series Championship.
You can say they have made or not made improvements, but must want more than improvement. And improvement by what measuring standard. Better through 119 games then they were last year? They do not give out anything for how you are doing through 119 games.
As you said above, 162 games separates the good teams from the bad teams. How you play through 119 games can be a matter of lots of things (e.g. scheduling, injuries to your opponents, etc.).
The Pirates, it appears, just do not have enough talent to compete over 162 games. And don't forget they have done this well without any injuries and every team suffers injuries.
Unlike you, I fear that finishing above 500 may not occur. The Pirates need 18 more wins to get to 82. The way they are playing now it is going to be very close.
P.S. I do believe in curses and think this whole thing is the result of that stupid PNC Park sign the greedy corporate bank placed behind homeplate.
2 years, 6 months ago on Parallel realities | August 2012
The Pirates had the best home record in baseball before this homestand!
Then stupid PNC Bank put that dumb sign behind the plate.
The sign is the JINX. It is in every camera shot and is stupid to look at. Greedy corporations want to cash in and jinx the buccos.
Of course, I cannot prove this, but I say remove the sign and see what happens.
2 years, 6 months ago on Yesterday and today | August 2012
Look ahead at the schedule. Even if the Pirates win today, then they get the Dodgers for 4 games. Who made better trades at the trade deadline?
Then they go to St. Louis (my pick to win the division) where they may well get swept. The Pirates, even with a win today, could easily lose 3 of 4 to the Dodgers and get swept in St. Louis.
Or things could improve. We will have to wait and see, but ever since the Pirates barely beat the Astros in Houston and left so many men on base on either third or second I have feared this coming.
Opposing teams have figured out that you don't let 22 beat you. Pitch to Barmes or Barajas or whatever 200 BA guy they have in the lineup, but don't give 22 what he likes to hit.
People have to remember how long the season is. Since the Pirates have done so bad for so long we take a few good months and go crazy in excitement.
Think about the NFL. Every year a team starts out 6-0 or 7-0 or 8-0 and then that team does not make the playoffs. It is how you do all year not just 4 of 6 months. Right now turning the page to the month of August has been a disaster.
The possibility exists that the Pirates may not even finish above 500. Yes I said it.
The reasons are multi-fold, but the pirates should have made much better trades at the deadline for real winners not unproven talent.
Sad to say it, but my prediction is that St. Louis wins the division. Then the Reds. Milwaukee may be too far back to be third, but if this continues it will be close.
Every team has losing streaks. The thing is when do they come? Sadly the Pirates losing streak is coming now and may last for awhile at the worst possible time.
2 years, 6 months ago on AJ the stopper | August 2012
@Carnegie Chip And KC went to the bullpen??
2 years, 6 months ago on Every game is important | August 2012
Maybe I should have said "burnt out" instead of "burned out"? which ever is correct.
Here is the reality: The Pirates pitching is burned out!!!
The Pirates have lost 3 of the last 4. What happened on Tuesday (with the Diamondbacks) and tonight (Padres) has me fearing that the arms are tiring and any chance at the playoffs is slipping away with St. Louis and LA coming on strong.
@GlassJaw I am not sure what you mean to suggest the phrase "star of the team" is from a 12 year old? If you mean that McCutchen is more of a star then A.J. I can see that, but you have to admit that AJ is certainly doing great.
In my opinion AJ performs and carries himself in a manner superior to the rest of the team (i.e. he is a leader) and is worth every penny he is paid.
2 years, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Pirate Revenge Tour 2012 | August 2012
Not only is it falling back of the Reds, but Cardinals and Dodgers are gaining in the wildcard and we play the Dodgers next week.
What do Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider bring to the Pirates? Getting guys that hit .200 at the trade deadline is stupid! The truth is this was the Pirates best chance in 2 decades to make the playoffs and they just cannot do it.
A.J. Burnett is clearly the star of the team and that is why he gets $17 million a year. You have to pay for good players and sadly the Pirates just cannot or will not do that. This season has been fun, but the trades at the deadline look like duds.
For a while now I have been wanting to write something about how it is time for Root Sports to grow up with their broadcasts. The Pirates are too good to be talking about the stupid stuff they talk about or showing a picture of a fan eating an ice cream cone when the count is 3-2 and there are two outs in the eight.
BUT, after watching the MLB All Star game on FOX last night I am glad we can watch the Pirates on Root Sports and not on FOX. If I had to watch the Pirates on FOX every night I would go crazy. I hate the promos for their stupid shows, all the love of Chevy, the worship of Budweiser, etc.
Root Sports may not be perfect, but they are way better than stupid FOX!
2 years, 7 months ago on Links and things for the off day | July 2012
No way should the Pirates EVER trade A.J. Burnett. No hitter will bring the wins he does.
2 years, 8 months ago on Kevin Youkilis will be traded soon and probably not to the Pirates | May 2012
How about this idea? Hanrahan is now at his highest value so while the team is in Detroit (a team than has lost numerous games to its bullpen) that the pirates offer Hanrahan + (Alex Presley or Garrett Jones) for a bat? I am not sure who Detroit can offer, but Pirates need a bat so maybe this is doable?
2 years, 9 months ago on It's time to take Kevin Correia out of the rotation | May 2012