Brief and to the Point …
>> The Friday column collects thoughts on the Steelers’ now-complete OTAs and minicamp, headlined by Ben Roethlisberger’s apparent reverse on the playbook.
Really would love to have a good Steelers discussion down in comments today. This will probably be the last time for a while there’s this much fresh material.
Let’s get it started with three questions:
1. Why would this defense be better at takeaways than the 2011 unit that was the NFL’s worst?
2. How would you use Isaac Redman and Chris Rainey?
3. Who will win the Baron Batch Award for most-discussed player in Latrobe?
>> The Pirates getting swept in Baltimore, right after the high of poking into first place Sunday night, still doesn’t have that here-they-go-again feel for me. Not yet.
Next two games in Cleveland bring James McDonald and A.J. Burnett to the mound, and the Indians are throwing three guys with ERAs of 4.70 or higher. Yeah, I know that latter number usually doesn’t matter even when it’s 6.70 or higher, but it’s better than the alternative.
How about the Pirates at least get the weekend to salvage their season?
>> If you’re still lamenting the Pirates not taking Matt Wieters all these years later, I’d suggest you look at it a bit more broadly: The Daniel Moskos pick was a big reason Dave Littlefield lost his job. And the public wrath and humiliation wrought by that pick was a huge reason, I believe, this management team has gone wild to sign high draft picks.
Ask yourself if you’d rather have had Wieters (and Littlefield, possibly), or Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, etc.
>> Here’s the chat transcript from yesterday.