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my big fear at this point is that too much of the team's success was a result of tactics - notably the shifts and pitching staff construction to take maximum advantage of them. The utility was so clear, I'd be stunned if there isn't mass adoption across the league, killing the advantage we got from them.
1 month, 1 week ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
I was in college, sitting on a shitty couch in a dingy dorm basement and lept out of my seat when Carmelo hit that ball. I thought I knew pain when Braggs pulled it back but a couple of years later I'd learn what pain really was.
2 months ago on A brief rundown of the long and mostly unhappy history of the Pirates/Reds postseason meetings
"Short term results, you say. OK EVERYONE GATHER ROUND FOR BUNTING PRACTICE.... YES, YOU TOO, ANDREW."
2 months, 1 week ago on A few thoughts for the last off-day
Out of the valley.
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1
I want someone to throw a stick in the Nationals' spokes too. I need at least one weight lifted from my shoulders.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Recovery
I don't think everything is mutually exclusive, though. I don't "mind" the loss or even the 1 hitter because Cashner WAS dealing and it is just bad luck that the few times the Bucs made solid contact, the Padres defense did the work (thinking Barmes' line drive and McCutchen's DP ball specifically).
On the other hand, Hurdle DOES always seem to give AJ just enough rope to hang himself (Grilli, now, too). On the third hand, faith in your staff is important. AJ and Grilli would probably be furious if they were treated like September callups and that can't be ignored completely.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 150: Padres 2 Pirates 0
Can we lower AJ's hard number? Because everyone seems to notice his effectiveness slipping a couple of batters before the number comes up.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Neal Huntington on Gerrit Cole
When he showed up the Bucs were up by SIX.
3 months ago on This is it (for now) part 2: AJ Burnett's turn
I don't want to know that Morneau is in Pittsburgh until he comes out of the dugout into the on deck circle to pinch hit in the with with a runner in scoring position to a standing ovation. I also want the Pirates to be winning by five runs already.
I am the last remaining Pirate fan with faith in Jeff Locke.
3 months, 1 week ago on Waivers claims and other links
It seems unthinkable but in a late-and-close game, with runners on base, if a lefty is brought in to face Pedro, I want Hurdle to consider a pinch hitter.
3 months, 1 week ago on Game 130: Giants 4 Pirates 0 (a late recap)
@Operation Shutdown That is basically how I became a Pirate fan in Queens in 1979. It was mostly the Little League experience but having it reinforced with a WS win didn't hurt.
3 months, 1 week ago on Game 127: Pirates 3 Giants 1
Locke is having trouble locating pitches. Particularly against righties, too much lands outside, failing to come back over the plate and then he overcompensates a bit and can leave balls over the plate. THAT SAID, he had some really terrible ground ball luck in the 4th. The Pill single that set up the two runs in the fourth went about 20 feet despite a swing for the fences and he was equally unlucky that Blanco didn't hit the ball hard enough to get a DP before Moscoso's AB. As fortunate as he was that Sanchez caught the liner to end the inning, he was unlucky to have multiple baserunners at all.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 127: Pirates 10 Giants 5
@Eephus That's exactly how I think too. Outlast the starter, beat up the pen.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Gerrit Cole and Jose Fernandez: The Rematch
Gerritt Cole's pitch count is under control, he is getting plenty of rest between starts, they are pulling him from games before things get dicey. TNSTAAPP and all that but he is being handled with appropriate care. I'm not worried that a couple of extra weeks of work are a genuine danger to him, especially if he ends up in the bullpen for the Very Important Games That Need Not Be Named Yet.
4 months ago on Tuesday morning links
I'd be more worried about Cumpton if the Cards weren't also sending a AAAA pitcher to the hill.
4 months, 1 week ago on Game 105: Pirates 2 Cardinals 1
I can handle a loss like this. The early, frustrating RISP problems aside, the error-laden first inning was an anomaly and AJ was pretty great after that debacle, and the comeback was something to behold. I actually missed the bottom of the 9th - was the FC before the homer a possible DP?
4 months, 1 week ago on Going for the sweep, plus today's rumors
I was thinking the same about Olt. He'd kill for Pedro's MLB strikeout percentage in the minors. He was in AA for a couple of games, and while he had 4 or 5 XBH in 13 at-bats, he struck out SIX times. Yeesh.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Warning: It looks like a seller's market
SF scored 3 in the first on Cincy in the second game of the doubleheader so we may still pick up a half-game tonight.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 98: Pirates 5 Nationals 1
We may as well assume we're going to lose against Kershaw. perfect low-pressure opportunity for Cumpton
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Brandon Cumpton gets a tall task in his big league debut