See, the sun did come up today. Many of you probably saw it on your way home from Mellon Arena in the wee hours.
I got two types of email/texts/Facebook messages in the wake of yesterday’s 20-0 debacle against the Brewers. The overwhelming majority (OK, it was all of them except one) echoed this message from Pirates fan Bruce Decker: “The Pirates organization stinks so badly that my season tickets look like a bad investment, but I did it again. I am as stupid as people who think the Feds will protect our currency.”
Here’s another point of view from Internet reader Larry Berg, of New Berlin, Wisc.: “As a Brewers fan with a soft spot for the Pirates and who remembers Pirates greatness, I wish it had been any other team than yours. I especially wish it was the Cubs. Pittsburgh is long overdue for a playoff ball club. Don’t give up. Support your team, Pirates fans. I wish you all the luck, except against the Brewers. I’m sure you understand.”
— Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas is here to shore up the bullpen. Righty Kevin Hart also will be called up from Indy to start Saturday. Will there be more of a shakeup? Not likely. The Pirates are willing to wait out Ross Ohlendorf’s back injury, are willing to be patient with Charlie “Best Stuff on the Team” Morton, and really don’t have a lot of bona fide options at Triple-A.
— Imagine how much worse things might be if the Pirates had found a taker for Zach Duke this past offseason.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (7-8) – 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Ryan Church lf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Ryan Doumit c, 6. Jeff Clement 1b, 7. Delwyn Young 3b, 8. Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.58) rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss
Astros (5-10) – 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Jeff Keppinger 2b, 3. Lance Berkman 1b, 4. Carlos Lee lf, 5. Hunter Pence rf, 6. Pedro Feliz 3b, 7. J.R. Towles c, 8. T Manzella ss, 9. Roy Oswalt (1-2, 2.37) rhp