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Post-game: How to solve the offensive woes?

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Clint Hurdle, welcome to the Pirates.

Hate to say it, but others already are after watching the last two games. They just smacked of what everyone around here has been seeing for all too long.

But change is a process, and now we get to see what Hurdle can do to get these guys out of their slump. It isn’t like they were routinely scoring in double-digits the first 10 games, winning 5-4, 4-3, 3-1. But at least they were winning. That’s now something they haven’t done in four straight games and only once in the six-game homestand (it would have been seven games if not for Tuesday’s rain-out) that started last Thursday.

They are going on the road, and they had success in their season-opening road series at Chicago and St. Louis, so there is that. And Hurdle had the pitchers out on the field today practicing the same bunt play that Kevin Correia misplayed the night before, so he’s not one to let problems fester.

Here’s what Hurdle had to say about the at-bats and what they may need to do:

“There’s that fine line of getting a good strike, of swinging at what you’re looking for. Whether we’re being too selective, I’d have to look at some more tape from tonight. You try to simplify when things aren’t going well. Maybe we need to start dividing the plate in halves, just look away and stay away, look in and stay there instead of trying to hit everything.

“I think sometimes you fall into those sequences where you’re trying to hit everything. Randy Wolf had a pretty good fastball, threw a couple 3-2 changeups to (Neil) Walker the second time he put the barrel on, threw the cutter, threw the curveball. You just have to give up on something, eliminate something and zone in. Whether it be up or down or in and out, we have to simplify things. I believe that we’re trying to hit all the pitches. We’re trying to hit too many pitches, too much of the plate.”

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Comments

  1. That is interesting but I have this to say about Hurdle – so far he has given up on two games in the 9th. The 1st when he did not run for Jaramillo and he was thrown out at home as the tying run and last night when he did not hit for Rodriquez. So what if he did not have a SS to replace him, 0 for 7 and totally overmatched, PH and hope to win and if you tie at least you tried to win! Great managing!!!!

  2. TAG says:

    Same Old Pirates!! Win the opener, win the 1st series opener, then the bad product reveals itself. No disrespect to Clint Hurdle as he would have taken over any situation to become a manager again. But this is the usual Bob Nutting way of running the Bucs. Don’t spend a dime, schedule some reunions from great teams and players of the past (which there were a lot of them), have some gimmicks like the $35 all you can eat section to sell the tickets, lose the usual 90-100 games and clear a 12-15 million dollar profit. I hate to admit it, but I can’t even fool myself into believing that maybe we could be competitive. So let’s please quit talking about the offensive woes or maybe next week it will be the bullpen, starting pitching or defensive problems. This team is what it is, and has been a triple A team. It’s pretty bad when reading about Big Ben’s wedding and Hines Ward’s DWTS is more exciting than Bob Nutting’s Pirates.

  3. Chuck H. says:

    Nothing that the Pirates do surprises me anymore. They couldn’t even win inTriple A, or
    Heaven forbid, DoubleA. They might even have a problem in the rookie league. I thought, just maybe, this would be their year to at least be competative, but it all boils down to spending some money on a few established major league players, ones that can hit consistantly or pitch a game without walking in the go ahead run or worse. Garret Jones is very disappointing. When he first came to the Bucs, he showed great promise, but now, I think I could strike him out and I am 83 years old. You have to get rid of some people who run the team and put some in who can run a successful season. I could go on and on, but hey, this is all known about the Pirates.

  4. Paul says:

    The most disappointing aspect of this so far, aside from knowing and predicting this would happen the moment Hurdle was hired as manager and know his reputation for mismanaging his lineups especially the top of the order, is that it’s mostly avoidable.

    Neil Walker is still having a decent season for a second baseman at the plate but the stretch of the last 11 games where he’s driven in 5 runs while leaving 16 on base while walking 3 times and striking out 15 is clear evidence his skill set means he should be no where near the top of a batting order…

    This while hitting behind a guy who’s put up an on base percentage near .500 since the first game of the season and

    Matt Diaz who was signed to be the right handed platoon partner in RF should never be hitting against right handed pitching and yet that’s were he’s gotten the vast majority of his at bats.

    Garret Jones one of the couple of players in the lineup who consistently walks and gets on base regardless what else is happening with his game hitting sixth and seventh with only 29 at bats so far?

    Sure this isn’t a playoff caliber offense yet but it’s bad management that is keeping them from scoring even the runs they should be with the hits and walks they are getting. Clint Hurdle has done just about everything possible to minimize the potential offense that is available.

  5. If we would have had Hurdle 3 years ago instead of Russel , we would be contending right now. Tired of the same old bucs routine the times are changing and Hurdle will be the reason behind it.

 
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