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Resop wants ‘five or 25′


BRADENTON, Fla. — Reliever Chris Resop will start today against the Phillies. His goal? “Five innings or 25 pitches, whichever comes first,” Resop told me with a smile. Jeff Karstens will pitch in a minor league game at Pirate City. This way, Karstens can get in as much work as he can — he’s gone five innings in his past two outings, and is shooting for six or seven today — against the minors guys and the relievers also can get their work in against the Phils.

»»» I got a text last night from lefty reliever John Grabow, who yesterday opted out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers. Grabow always said he enjoyed pitching for the Pirates, and reiterated he wouldn’t mind coming back. However, the Pirates so far haven’t shown any interest. GM Neal Huntington has indicated there’s nothing on the free-agent market that they would chase after doggedly. Part of the reason is there’s mostly table scraps on the market at this stage. Another reason is the Burnett trade pushed the Pirates a lot closer to their payroll budget for the year; Huntington needs to save some bullets for the trade deadline, just in case.

»»» No cuts today, but I get the feeling there could be a few moves made Wednesday or Thursday.

»»» BTW, the Astros cut lefty Zach Duke this morning. Duke had been in the running for a long-relief job, but was shelled in his last outing.

Spring game No. 23: Pirates v. Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.

Pirates (8-14): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Josh Harrison ss, 3. Jose Tabata rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Casey McGehee 1b, 6. Yamaico Navarro 2b, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Matt Hague dh 9. Michael McKenry c. Chris Resop rhp

Also scheduled to pitch: Joel Hanrahan, Daniel Moskos and Ryota Igarashi

Phillies (10-13-3): 1. Shane Victorino cf, 2. Placido Polanco 3b, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Jim Thome 1b, 5. Laynce Nix lf, 6. Pete Orr ss, 7. Brian Schneider c, 8. Freddy Galvis 2b, 9. Cliff Lee lhp



  1. PetroSteel says:

    Interesting that two former Bucco players in their (so called) prime are looking for a job today!!! Maybe, this FO and their scouts know more than some of us think???

    I just hope that they got it right with Pedro.

  2. Tony says:

    So far after two innings of play, Cliff Lee has struck out 1 batter. Does anyone wish to venture a guess as to who that may be?

  3. PetroSteel says:


    It was the pitcher??? right???

    Aw no…It was Pedro wasn’t it???

  4. SouthSideBucsFan says:


    The way things have been, it may as well be the same thing.

  5. Tony says:


    Having Pedro in the lineup is like having 2 pitchers in the batting order, except that the real pitcher is batting 9th and Pedro will be batting 6th.

    Seriously, what is mangement thinking here? They are not doing Pedro any favors by making him look bad every time he steps up to the plate. They are not doing the team any favors by having a gaping hole in the lineup. They are certainly not doing our fans any favors and they are certainly not sending a strong signal to the baseball community that they are serious about winning.

  6. PetroSteel says:

    Breaking News!!! Pedro get’s a hit!!!

    My thought on Pedro is if management thinks he should go north than let’s see what happens. I say take him north. Maybe, just maybe, he will get through this.

  7. Tony says:


    I believe taking Pedro north is a big risk; both for the Pirates and for his career. Batting .143 is one thing, striking out almost 1 out of every 2 ABs is what is most troubling. Add to that a continuation/regression from last year’s poor performance and you have to be concerned that Pedro’s issues are very fundamental and not merely a slump. If Pedro goes north and bats .150 in the month of April, and strikes out at the same alarming rate, his confidence is likely to be permanently destroyed. He would be better off in Indy trying to rediscover his batting stroke on less formidable pitching and building up some confidence. The Pirates can’t afford to waste the month of April with a #6 hitter that is a drag on the lineup. Add to that, his shaky fielding performance and I believe that the Pirates are making a flawed decision.

  8. keith says:

    Altoona is north

  9. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Tony- Facing less formidable pitching does not increase one’s self worth. The only way to actually build up his confidence is to send him north and let him face legit pitching. MLB pitching. I do see your point as to it hurting his confidence if he struggles, but do we really need to be concerned with a MLB players confidence? Confidence builds on good ABs, struck out or home run, doesn’t matter. You can still strike out and have a good AB. That’s what builds confidence. Not sending someone to AAA.

  10. John Lease says:

    Bring back Duke and Grabow

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