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As little location as Axeford showed last season when I ( we ) saw him for both the Brewers and Cardinals,every time he would let that 98 MPH fastball go I would think " what could be done to straighten this guy out ? ". Those lights out 4 seam fastballs aren't anything to sneeze at !
3 months ago on Non-tender deadline: Remaining Pirates get offers, plus interesting non-tenders
Well said Pat. There were times this past season I almost came out of my seat with some of Hurdle's moves,but watching the other Managers it was easy to see a lot of the other guy's errors also.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Clint Hurdle is the NL Manager of the Year
@wkkortas :Plus 1 ,I would agree with you on both points.
4 months ago on Free agency, Wandy Rodriguez, and other things
Great work Pat. My words of consolation ? The Cardinals have to face Kershaw and Greinke with out Wainwright. All because of the Bucs.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Thank yous and programming notes
I have been a Pirate fan since I was 7 years old,and that was 63 years ago. I don't think that in all that time,and through all of their good and bad seasons,I have had more excitement and satisfaction than I have from this particular team.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5 Preview: Gerrit Cole vs. Adam Wainwright with an NLCS berth on the line
I would read all the less than enthusiastic comments about Cole while he was working his way up the ladder. Then I watched him pitch 4 games at AA and a few innings in ST this past March and wonder just who these people were watching. There would always be a couple of innings or series of batters where I would be telling myself," OMG,this guy is going to be the real deal ! " And then I would read some comments in a blog or in BBA that almost contradicted what I had seen.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on On Gerrit Cole
@JeffreyMccartney : should have added " after this season is over ". Umpiring is bad enough with out that Godawful " Pitch Trax " and bad camera angle they have that makes the calls look even worse than they are.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 4: Cardinals 2 Pirates 1
If I never have to watch another game on TBS,it will be to damned soon ! The play by play is terrible,and the color man just as bad. And that " Pitch Trax " ? What a disgrace.
mwr : you mean you would rather face Matinez than Rosenthal ( sarcasm font ) ??? " Thanks Mike " doesn't even come close to expressing my gratitude ! And to Richard U :By the I have watched every playoff game on TBS,and their Pitch Trax is no more than 6 " close to to reality. The Root Sports effect is much more accurate,and their camera directly behind the pitcher/catcher line makes it a lot easier to see the true strike zone in my opinion.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3
@mwr505 @JeffreyMccartney : I was thinking it would probably be " Jo - ey Jo - ey " myself. Either will work real well,young guys like that aren't used to a hockey crowd introduction.
5 months ago on NLDS Game 2: Pirates 7 Cardinals 1
Never been to a Pen's Stanley Cup Finals game ? Same atmosphere the way I have seen and heard it. The only point I would find problems with Pat is when you say that the Reds barely seemed to threaten Liriano. That foul ball of Frazier's that missed the foul pole by a couple of feet with two on looked pretty threatening to me ! Outside of that,I thought Liriano was tremendous.
5 months ago on NL Wild Card: Pirates 6 Reds 2
I hope a lot of folks consider that last paragraph Pat. I am usually more interested in the Minor League aspect of baseball,but this team had me hooked to the TV after ( and sometimes during ) the Curve's games !
5 months, 1 week ago on Game 162: Pirates 4 Reds 2
@LastingsMilledgeville : and I thought Steve Blass babbled on ! These guys lowered the bar to ground level.
5 months, 1 week ago on Two to go
Nobody will ever convince me that neither the home plate or third base umpire didn't know that Votto's checked swing didn't stop in time. The problem with calls like that and CB Buckner's out call against Christian Yellich of the Marlins the othe day are how much effect they can have on a single Wild Card game.
5 months, 1 week ago on Game 160: Pirates 4 Reds 1
As I said on another thread here yesterday,when it is SO obvious that the guy just doesn't have any command of either his slider or fastball,just get him out of there ! I can't remember any episode over the course of this season that annoyed me as much as that non-move did Wednesday.
5 months, 1 week ago on A few thoughts for the last off-day
CC : it's only terrifying if you would really like to see your favorite team advance in October's tourney. Just ask the Braves how terrifying it can be !
5 months, 1 week ago on Game 159: Cubs 4 Pirates 2
Plus 1 MWR. What Hurdle and Searage were seeing I have no clue,as it was as plain as the nose on their face as to what was going to happen when they left Liriano in. My question right away was : why are you leaving him in ??? And I no more than got it out of my mouth when McDonald crushed that pitch.
@wkkortas : but ,the question is : who makes the most questionable pitching moves ? Baker or Hurdle ? Most of the time,late is NOT better than never !
5 months, 1 week ago on Francisco Liriano guns for sweep of Cubs
DGL : you beat me to the punch with that comment. I also remember another comment or two as recently as August that as much as said that Cole would never be anything more than a middle to back end starter. Uh huh .....
5 months, 1 week ago on That Gerrit Cole is so hot right now
Good statement Pat. I have been watching the Curve since 1999,and it was pretty obvious to me that Bonifay's plans were being damaged by injuries and lack of money. Littlefield's orginization was a complete mess,and it was obvious just by the personnell at the AA level. The first seasons you could really see that there was a plan in operation were the 2nd half of ' 09 and of course,2010.Even though a number of those players are no longer in the orginization,it was obvious to me that someone actually knew how to plan for the future. No body was any happier than I was,and I really feel they will be even stronger in the next few years.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1