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Final: Padres 5, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (87-63) vs. San Diego Padres (69-80)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Eric Stults

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Josh Harrison, 2B
  9. Locke, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

Comments

  1. 21sthebest says:

    Starling!

  2. JAL says:

    But not Burnett

  3. Jandy says:

    2 days in a row that’s happened lol…must be too much Starbucks ;)

  4. 21sthebest says:

    I think Burnett’s starting again. I think Hurdle reads the blog (Hi Clint!) and he’s ticked at those who wanted Burnett pulled sooner.

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    TUESDAY OVER/UNDER!!!

    ******PLEASE READ WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW******
    PLEASE PLACE YOUR “WAGERS” AS REPLIES IN THIS COMMENT BOX
    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!

    Tonight’s Line
    Total HITS + WALKS by Starling Marte in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Wild Card Magic Number: 6

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

  6. DanW says:

    He must have told Locke to STFD.

  7. toochca says:

    Should also add a line for “Bunts by Starling marte in tonight’s game”.

  8. cmat0829 says:

    lets go 100 over

  9. War Horse says:

    100 on the OVER.

  10. Jandy says:

    How does Marte do vs lefties?

  11. NMR says:

    wfnuoeqyrfgbuy!

  12. toochca says:

    I heard it the other night from our trusted announcers. I dont remember the exact number but I think it was over 400

  13. Damon says:

    Is that Hungarian?

  14. Tom P. says:

    4-3 Braves after 8.

  15. NMR says:

    Yes.

    “really friggin’ well”, roughly translated.

  16. toochca says:

    BA .407 OBP .474 SLG .605 OPS 1.079

  17. TCB says:

    75 under. Thanks.

  18. Damon says:

    I’ll take 100 on the over please – thanks!

  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thunder,

    I just got this e-mail – Groupon has a deal for mlb.com fans. You’ve been working behind the scenes, haven’t you ?

  20. Jandy says:

    Oh…thanks :)
    (including for the translation) lol

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    With two functioning hands, yes.

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 on the OVER, Playoffs.

    Thanks.

  23. Jandy says:

    ok I missed last night’s wager. So tonight, let’s go with 100 on the over.
    I wanna have a Marte Partay tonight :)

  24. Jandy says:

    he’s also a bean ball magnet….that counts ;)

  25. Jandy says:

    ZING!!!!!

  26. Damon says:

    So those kinds of “hits” count too?

  27. toochca says:

    Not sure Playoffs is counting those “hits”

  28. Tom P. says:

    5-3 Braves going to the bottom of the ninth. Two errors by the Nats in the top of the inning.

  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    Don’t think so since he sometimes lists HBP’s. Think it’s limited to bases on balls.

  30. Baywatch says:

    Afternoon, Brethren!

  31. diehard says:

    Pedro’s down to #7? That actually surprises me – but again, he’s entering month 3 of a slump. If he starts to hit, we’ll win the division.

  32. toochca says:

    Lead off Walk to LaRoche!!

  33. Dom says:

    100 UNDER!!!

    THANKS!!!

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    LHP—I think he’s been there a lot lately against lefties.

  35. NMR says:

    And Walker. And Martin.

    Frankly fairly amazing how relatively few good individual seasons regulars are having.

  36. toochca says:

    Single for Ramos! 1st and 2nd – No outs!

  37. Nate83 says:

    100 on the under. I hope I’m wrong but the entire team was under that total last night.

  38. toochca says:

    Rendon Walks!! Bases Full! Still no outs!

  39. TCB says:

    I agree.

    I expected a hot streak but it is beginning to look like I expected too much.

  40. Stuart says:

    Playoffs, give me a hundred on the under tonight.

    Stuart

  41. toochca says:

    Tracy grounds out 1b to Pitcher. 5-4 Runners on 2nd and 3rd!
    1 out. Span is up.

  42. toochca says:

    Walk off for Span!!

  43. cmat0829 says:

    error by simmons leads to NATS WIN.

  44. cmat0829 says:

    walk off for span? on an error? nah. we are cheapening ‘walk-offs’

  45. toochca says:

    I didn’t see the play until after. I saw it was what could have been an error and didnt see how it was ruled. My fault

  46. Dom says:

    Nationals win in the bottom of the ninth.

  47. cmat0829 says:

    good for the nats, getting a feel-good win in a city that needs a feel-good moment today. That said, this team needs to pretty much win all of their remaining games and hope the Pirates sweep the Reds to have a shot… too little too late for this squad but will be rooting for them vs. the Cards next week.

  48. NMR says:

    that must be a typo.

  49. 21sthebest says:

    Nuck the Fats!

  50. Nate83 says:

    Yes, very little about this team makes one think they would be 24 games above. They do a lot of the little things. They hit enough home runs and give up hardly no home runs, steal bases and prevent stolen bases, hold leads really well until lately and seem to score on other teams relievers and they force a lot of ground balls and play solid defense.

  51. NMR says:

    Walker is the most disappoiting to me. Crushed the ball in August and completely disappeared in September.

  52. Dom says:

    I thought you wanted them to win.

  53. NMR says:

    That pitching staff alone makes me think they would be 24 games above .500.

    Just think what merely competent offensive production would do.

  54. Nate83 says:

    We have really faced a lot of left handers of late. With Marte back it would have been nice to see a line up with Walker and Morneau in to see what I’m sure Clint and the front office envisioned when the trades where made. That being said it will be nice to have a bench that includes those two guys and Tabata.

  55. tpbco says:

    If he’s entering month 3….it ain’t a slump.

  56. TCB says:

    I do not want to face the Reds in a winner take all game but I really would not want to face the Nats in one. Nats are getting hot and would ba a real handful.

  57. Nate83 says:

    Run differential is still in the 40′s. I would be surprised if many teams have finished the season 25 games over with that run differential.

    I like that they win like they do. Playoff baseball will involve a lot more 3-2 games then 8-5 games. I think the best stat they have going for them is the home runs against.

  58. Dom says:

    Plus, Strasburg would be the starter.

  59. NMR says:

    Like I said, even a competent offense would make that run differential a non-factor.

  60. Baywatch says:

    What about Lambo? :-)

  61. Arriba Wilver says:

    Walker against a lefty?

  62. Arriba Wilver says:

    Troublemaker. ;-)

  63. Nate83 says:

    Are you implying that slumps don’t last 60 games? He still leads this team in RBI so I personally don’t care what is batting average is. There is no difference between his strike out and Martin, Jones, Morneau, Walker hitting a shallow fly ball or ground out. None of them give us the result we need. The strike out is just more frustrating. I think he has been better of late despite the average not going up much.

    A Pedro 10 game hot streak would do wonders for our chances of winning the division. He is one of 3 players on the team that have the abilitly to carry a team for a period of time with Cutch and Byrd being the other two.

  64. Lad 9 says:

    100 on the under. Thanks Playoffs. Go Buccos!

  65. The Gunner says:

    Pedro has pretty much been asleep for way too long. We need him to quit being another Dave Kingman & snap out of his funk quick.

  66. Arriba Wilver says:

    Especially with the worst manager in the history of the game. ;-)

    (Couldn’t resist)

    If you’re reading, Clint, I’m definitely kidding.

  67. Nate83 says:

    I don’t have a problem with the line up. I agree with it. I was saying it would have been nice to face a right hander for Marte’s first game back. It would have allowed us to see the best offensive line up the Pirates have fielded in at least 10 years.

  68. NMR says:

    I think he’s implying that due to the lefty, Walker and Morneau are not playing.

    Which would’ve been nice to see with Marte.

  69. theplanisworking says:

    Or Presley. ;)

  70. Arriba Wilver says:

    Still not following you, Nate, on Walker.

  71. JohninOshkosh says:

    Tonight’s featured Death Match:

    Ronny Cedeno vs. Jordy Mercer

  72. The Gunner says:

    NMR – what do you think Walker’s problem is? He had been a major disappointment all year.

  73. JohninOshkosh says:

    Winner gets a free dinner with Bob Hasis.

  74. diehard says:

    Leading the league in HRs and the team in RBIs is built on a really good June. The other 4 1/2 months have been blah. No better than Jones, aside from that month, and he hits lefties as poorly as Walker is this year (or worse).

  75. The Gunner says:

    100 on the over / we sure have missed you, Starling

  76. Nate83 says:

    He may be a horrible manager but he sure can predict the record of his team. 95 wins seems possible. Just think if he could have just allowed someone else to make game decisions they would have at least 120 wins.

    For what few flaws Clint has I like him a lot and think he is the perfect man for this job. I admittingly was tough on him at the end of last year. It looks like I was wrong.

  77. Reading says:

    Hate to keep sounding the alarm, but the Nats won again. With 6 games left against Cincinnati, the Pirates better start taking care of teams like the Padres, or the Nats will blow right through the door the Pirates leave open.

  78. Arriba Wilver says:

    Oh, OK, I got it. He’s talking about the Padres’ choice of pitcher, not the lineup. My bad.

  79. Jason81 says:

    100 on the OVER, please!

  80. Nate83 says:

    He has had some big hits in the last 15 games. I know he is 0 for whatever in the other at bats but he has contributed more then others not named Cutch and Byrd.

  81. NMR says:

    Hi Clint!

  82. SeanAY says:

    They still need to make up seven games on the Pirates with 12 left. That’d be one hell of a magic trick. Not impossible or unprecedented, but I don’t think there’s need to sound the alarm.

  83. Nate83 says:

    If the Nats win out which is unlikely they end with 92 wins. The Pirates would have to go 4-8 to get fall behind them. If they do that they don’t deserve to make the playoffs. If the Nats stay hot they more then likely would go something like 10-3 and end up with 89 wins. The Pirates would have to go 1-11 to miss the playoffs. We just won 6 of 7. Everything will be OK.

  84. Arriba Wilver says:

    That wasn’t directed at you, Nate. Just a joke (sort of).

  85. JRay3 says:

    Nats are 7 back with 12 to play. So let’s play what if:

    Nats go 12-0, Pirates would have to go 4-8.

    Nats go 10-2, Pirates would have to go 2-10

    Nats go 8-4, Pirates would have to go 0-12

    Nats still play Braves for two, Cards for three and Dbacks for 3 all above .500 teams. Would be a miracle for them to catch Pittsburgh, just not enough time.

  86. Jason81 says:

    I was wondering if I missed the sudden shift in the standings that had left the Pirates in the 2nd wild card spot and on a Texas Ranger-like losing streak.

  87. NMR says:

    Couple things…

    The struggles against lefties. Obviously going to hurt the numbers, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he’s spent more time working on that swing.

    Nobody likes to hear this, but more than anything I think he’s just come back down to earth. You look at his “peripheral” numbers – walks, strikeouts, power, line drive rate, pop up rate – and they are as good or better than his career averages.

    Except this year he’s only hitting .281 on balls in play when previously he was anywhere between .320-.340. Major league average is around .290.

    Depending on how you want to look at it, the hits aren’t dropping as much this or…or they dropped more than should’ve been expected before.

  88. Nate83 says:

    I would hope Jordy wins that on the baseball field or in a caged octagon.

  89. theplanisworking says:

    This is for Lucky……………

    The Steelers had a 39 rating compared to an 11 for the Pirates.

    Now he has another number than the 8.3 he has been using. ;)

  90. NMR says:

    Yeah, you can put this one to bed.

    Thanks for doing the math, JRay!

  91. JRay3 says:

    Yes, and let’s not forget the Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 games, does not appear to be any meltdown from the team.

  92. JohninOshkosh says:

    2007 Mets gave up a 7 game lead on September 12. Lost the division outright on last game of the season.

    And that is considered historic.

  93. Nate83 says:

    I knew you where joking. I was firmly planting myself on your side of this particular fence. Clint has done a great job. No manager is perfect but the sum of his parts are pretty darn good. The team isn’t were they are without his leadership. His relationship with players is special and it seems as if they all trust him.

    Speaking of did anyone see Harrison’s reaction last night when asked about Dick Lebeau. He couldn’t even speak except to say he missed that guy after about 10 seconds of silence. I love stuff like that. It’s almost more important then winning games.

  94. Arriba Wilver says:

    Bite your tongue, DK . . . er, I mean JRay.

  95. JRay3 says:

    That indeed was historic and we are five days past that mark.

    Consider this….the Pirates on June 26th tied the Cardinals for first place with a record of 48-30.

    In the 72 games played since that time not one game has been made up for either team in this dead heat.

  96. Nate83 says:

    Football is football. They play once a week. People litrally drop everything to relax and get away for those 3 hours. Many divorces have happened because of football. It’s hard to justify giving up 21 hours a week to watch every baseball game.

  97. JD says:

    100 on the over please.

    Go Bucs!

  98. JohninOshkosh says:

    Good stuff.

  99. theplanisworking says:

    Calm down.

    I was using this in good fun to Lucky, who uses DK’s 8.3 number in the threads. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Or as JD always says……….. Chill, Relax.

  100. Brandie says:

    I would like 100 oven mitts on the over please!

  101. Nate83 says:

    Speaking of. Is the worse case scenerio for us to tie the Cards and have a one game playoff for the division and then either having to play the wild card game or have to start the next series with some of our pitchers having already pitched.

  102. Brandie says:

    Greetings Dan WD40! Welcome to our daily mind and productivity melt down.

  103. NMR says:

    The Marlins might not have a storyline as sexy as Epic Collapse II > Hoka Hey, but they are wayyy more dysfunctional right now…

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/17/3631355/miami-marlins-front-office-takes.html

  104. Brandie says:

    Good Evening Romper Room!

  105. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, Rosenthal called for the Marlins to do the right thing and let Beinfest go. The way Loria d*cks him around is unbelievable.

  106. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hey Brandie, top ‘o the evening to ya!

  107. Brandie says:

    Honored to be in the presence of Wisconsin’s finest!

  108. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Miss Muppet.

    Hope everything in your world is good.

  109. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    The Pirates need to stop making a hero out of pitchers that have no business being a hero.

  110. Brandie says:

    That would make a nice book title though…My Dinner with (Mr.) Hasis. I just can’t call him Bob. Mr. Hasis just fits better for me!

  111. Nate83 says:

    Sorry plan. My reply wasn’t meant to be directly at you. Just a general observation on the topic. Football is definately king. It’s the only one of the 4 major team sports that each game in the playoffs has an elimination. It’s hard to compete with that if you are game 2 of the NL championship. Everyone knows that there will be another game.

  112. JohninOshkosh says:

    Do you want to call my wife for me ?

  113. Nate83 says:

    I agree they have left AJ in there to long a few times this year. Last night I think it is hard to pull a guy before he has even given up his first run. You have to give him a chance to get the win in that situation. Unless he is just completely gased.

  114. theplanisworking says:

    Great read.

    How is Loria still an owner?
    Does he have photos of Bud?

    But the guy has worked for Loria for 13 years, so he had to know what he was getting into……………

  115. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, by keeping 16 games, it adds weight to each one.
    It makes it “must see” every week. 162 doesnt do that.

    Unless the Steelers keep losing…… then I fear the Food Network may get better ratings…………

  116. Brandie says:

    Lil Miss Muppet sat on her tuppet

    Eating pierogies n’at

    When along came DK’s Loony Bus

    And they said “Please come join us”

    And productivity took a back seat to that!

  117. None of that 39 share came from me. I only watched a couple of plays.

    But the fact we’re up to 11. Imagine that! The Pens game wasn’t on, right?

  118. theplanisworking says:

    I wonder if the Bucs overlook these pitchers? Dont respect them?
    It has happened all year, so I wonder what is going on.

  119. theplanisworking says:

    +many.

    At least you sat on a tuppet, and not a Hippo. ;)

  120. theplanisworking says:

    It was on the CW station, so not many people saw it.
    I would imagine it got a 1 share.

    But I thought the 11 would excite you. ;)

  121. Reading says:

    Then there’s always 1964.

  122. Reading says:

    I hope you all are right, and that I’m being ultra paranoid. Just can’t forget going from tied for first last year to ten games out over an eleven day period or so.

  123. It does. DK won’t acknowledge it though. The last one he gave was 7 something.

    :D

    This calls for a list.

    (Just kidding)

  124. JohninOshkosh says:

    Broke the back of Philly for years.

  125. Brandie says:

    Top 10 Reasons For A Bold Reaming!

    Any takers?

  126. 1. Dissing a sport you don’t like
    2. Thinking the Pirates are anything but number 3 in Pgh.

  127. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    100 on the under please

  128. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    whoa……..agreed.

  129. Arriba Wilver says:

    Some names?

  130. Brandie says:

    3. Three words…the front office!

  131. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Agree 100% about the pitching. As shown in last nights game, pitching is the name of the game.

  132. Karen22 says:

    100 – OVER

  133. theplanisworking says:

    Arent we on enough lists??? ;)

  134. Karen22 says:

    But he hasn’t even hit righties well of late. It looked like he was barreling it up for awhile in August & got his BA up over .260, but he’s just been awful lately.

  135. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Nice job JRay……I dont care about the Nats. Let’s get the division.

  136. Karen22 says:

    The FACT is, it IS all in the math. Therefore, not impossible. It ain’t over till the fat lady raises the Jolly Roger!

  137. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Insteresting match up tonight.

    To me, the key is Jeff Locke and his walk totals. If he keeps the ball down and continues to nibble at the corners, he could be very effective, like his last start. However, he misses his target and elevates his pitches, we could be in for a looooonnnggg night.

    I dont have a problem with this lineup, especially against the LHP. Nice to see Marte back in the lineup. Will be interesting to see how his timing is. Might take a couple of AB’s to see him actually do something effectively. I wouldn’t mind seeing him try to bunt his way on board, with a LHP, depending on his delivery, push one down 1B line.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  138. JRay3 says:

    Let’s not forget the Cardinals lost to a pitcher that was making a spot start and was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA last night.

    The Pirates lost to very good pitcher who has an above .500 record on a mediocre team.

    It happens.

  139. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Cashner.

    Oh wait, he’s actually a good pitcher.

  140. NMR says:

    I disagreed with the whole “who would work for Nutting?” meme on the premise that there’s only 30 of these jobs in the world.

    But even at his “worst”, Nutting never tried to sabatage baseball decisions. Who would willingly take a job under Loria?

  141. NMR says:

    But he’s not a Dodger, so Daq doesn’t know who he is.

  142. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    No way they overlook any pitcher…..

  143. JRay3 says:

    Totally agree, when I saw Locke pitch in St Louis upon his return you could see from his bullpen the stuff is there it all comes down to command with him.

    He is a pitcher who wants to stay right on/off the corners so a liberal strike zone helps.

    Really curious about Marte as it seems it is a case of him having to tough it out with this nagging injury so I hope he can deal with pain and has a high threshold and doesn’t try to protect it, has to be able to go all out.

  144. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Oh OK.

  145. theplanisworking says:

    They seem to play like it sometimes.

  146. NMR says:

    I cringe at the Jeff-Lockes-problem-with-walks logic, only because the reaction seems to be that he simply needs to throw more strikes.

    I think “just strikes” could make him worse than he is even now.

    Jeff Locke needs to improve his command, not control. Simply throwing the ball over the plate, as to limit his walks, would be terrible for a guy with his stuff. See 2012.

  147. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Locke doesn’t have overpowering stuff, so needs the “Tom Glavine” type of strike zone.

    The question is, how much pain is Marte in? Personally, if I’m the pitcher, I’m throwing inside, much harder to turn on an inside pitch with a hurt hand. I’d be living inside on him.

  148. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Oh absolutely. again, isn’t overpowering, if he had a high 90′s FB, sure, but he’s not even close to that.

  149. JRay3 says:

    The Pirates were last tied for first place in 2012 on July 18th with a record of 51-40. They did not fall 7 games back (the lead they currently have) until August 15th with a 64-53 mark.

    It took them 26 games last year to lose 7 games and that team was no where close to as good as this year’s squad.

  150. pattonbb says:

    +1(hit shutout)

  151. defil21 says:

    I want to have dinner with Mr. Hasis we can share our favorite I hate Leyva stories! We could write a book, and I’m sure it would be a best seller!!

  152. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    If this was the Tigers or Dodgers lineup, I can see that arguement. It could still be the case of the unknown. Many of these pitchers they face they are unfamiliar with.

    Pitching always has the advantage in those cases.

  153. Patrick(RI) says:

    1. Beware the curve ball!
    2. If you have a seat down the 3rd baseline, be very aware when Marte is at the plate!

  154. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Ask Joe Girardi.

  155. Pucknutz says:

    100 over

  156. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yes, these things are always more complicated than “throwing strikes.” Cole throwing strikes is great so long as he gets them to swing and miss. Don’t know for sure, but my guess is Locke needs to get them to go for pitches that end up out of the zone, but which appear at first to be in the zone.

  157. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Exactly right AW.

    Locke needs more movement to be successful.

  158. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I think Cole has made great strides on his secondary pitches. Over time, any MLB hitter can hit high 90′s fastballs, keep them guessing, and their screwed.

  159. Patrick(RI) says:

    Any truth to the rumor that Leyva is down in the storage room looking for leftover Bonds & Kendall body armor?

  160. Reading says:

    Then it was 2011 when the Brewers won 20 out pf 22 and the Pirates lost 10-12 in a row after the All Star break and dropped like a rock in the standings because each loss coincided with a Brewers win. It was a historic fall from first. Of course, I’m probably confusing my epic collapses, but hey.

  161. defil21 says:

    One could only hope.

  162. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Article on starting rotations for the Playoffs or the stupid win and your in game.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/40432/how-are-playoff-rotations-lining-up

  163. theplanisworking says:

    50 Hippo-sized oven mitts on the UNDER

  164. kr70 says:

    100 over and thanks

  165. Irish says:

    75 on Over
    Here’s hoping he’s feeling great… Let’s go Bucs!
    Thanks, Playoffs.

  166. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window. A dozen games is all that remains from here to the finish line and we continue to be in a dead heat, does not get any more exciting night in and night out than this.

    Tough line tonight, Marte was red hot before going on the DL, but how is the hand exactly?

    75 on the UNDER

    Thanks and GO Bucs!

  167. Reading says:

    Starting with the Jerry Meals says he’s safe game, the Pirates went from tied for first to 10 games out in 13 days, which was a record for quickest fall from grace.

  168. JRay3 says:

    With return of Marte to the lineup thought it would be fair to post something I read earlier:

    The Bucs went 15-9 during Marte’s absence from the lineup with Tabata getting the lions share of play in LF and hitting lead off.

    During that span Tabata hit 33-109 .302 with 9 XBH’s took his SLG% from .381 to .411 and his OPS from .716 to .743.

    He seems to be another of the perpetual whipping boys but I thought he did a very nice job filling in and not missing too much of a beat.

  169. 21sthebest says:

    So did I!

  170. JRay3 says:

    They did, but very different team, they did not have close to the rotation the Pirates throw out there today, and were worse at quite a few positions – C, SS, 1B, LF than they are today.

    The 2011 team was just overall not a very good team that happened to play well over their heads for a brief period early in that season.

  171. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I agree. He took advantage of his opportunity. Good to have available

  172. cosmo says:

    100 under

  173. Patrick(RI) says:

    And, he can swing with both hands. Sure hope Marte can do the same AND that he does not make his injury worse. I assume the trainers have signed off on this.

  174. Brandie says:

    Evenin’ Professor!

  175. Arriba Wilver says:

    No question.

  176. JRay3 says:

    Bucs wearing the ’71 throwbacks on Clemente Day….nice touch.

  177. Milo Hamilton says:

    I also tip my mustard colored cap to him.

  178. theplanisworking says:

    +21.

  179. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope all is well Plan.

  180. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I’m sure they have.

  181. Brandie says:

    Very classy. Let’s hope that 1971 mojo is working. Jeff Locke’s hair is straight out of 1971!

  182. theplanisworking says:

    As much as can be expected, Milo.
    Thank you for the shout out.

    And, right back at you, also.

  183. theplanisworking says:

    So is your hair. ;)

  184. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Pirates are an organization that usually shows class. I don’t believe there is a more beloved Pirate than Clemente.

    I do love the Sunday throwback uni’s as well.

  185. Brandie says:

    Pam Grier I am not! :-)

  186. Milo Hamilton says:

    Eric Stults is winless with a 5.40 ERA over his last 10 starts. NO excuses tonight.

  187. Brandie says:

    Tell it Brother Milo!

  188. Milo Hamilton says:

    6.42 over his last 6 starts.

  189. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Just looked up Jordy’s stats against lefties. Wanna talk about crushing? 1.1+ OPS against lefties. Batting over .400

    We all know about Cutch and Gaby’s numbers’ against LHP, but I didn’t pay any attention to the great JM.

    I think Eric Stults is going to have his hands full tonight.

  190. JRay3 says:

    Pirates 17-12 in games started by LHP this season.

  191. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    That could’ve been a good image to take on……J/S

  192. Brandie says:

    Mercer took it to the North side Notch. Almost but not quite. Got a feeling though.

  193. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    +12

  194. Brandie says:

    I’ll think about it. Maybe change the handle to Cleopatra Jones!

  195. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I’m stuck with GameCast right now, until I can get home. Looked like it went deep.

  196. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I like it!

  197. theplanisworking says:

    You go, Jackie Brown !!!! ;)

  198. theplanisworking says:

    Now I know rehab fails………………
    Just saw the Pirate Santa raising the “Ho Ho Roger”.

    I picked the wrong week to stop taking amphetamines.

  199. Brandie says:

    Gotta grow out my fro though. I know my husband would love it! My mom and dad both had Afro’s that big!

  200. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Looking over the lineup, it’s very impressive against LHP.

    JHay-.389 (small sample of 36 ABs)
    Marte- .407
    Byrd .340
    Gaby .323
    Cutch .392

    I like our odds. Great numbers by those guys.

  201. Brandie says:

    What have you been smoking’ Hippo?

  202. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

  203. theplanisworking says:

    You really do NOT want to know!

  204. Brandie says:

    Never tell me the odds! (Or the evens for that matter!)

  205. Brandie says:

    Must have been hams!

  206. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    1 pitch to the pitcher?? Way to make Locke work. Thank you!

  207. Brandie says:

    Picked the wrong week to stop drinking kool aid.

  208. Milo Hamilton says:

    Lloyd Bridges, ladies and gentlemen.

  209. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I was speaking of opposing pitchers.

  210. florida steeler says:

    Stults looks like he is in a slo -pitch softball league.

  211. JRay3 says:

    Gaby starts the inning off with a single through the left side, glad CH has him in the lineup versus the LHP, his numbers all season against the southpaw have earned him these starts.

  212. Milo Hamilton says:

    With every inning they go without scoring, the pressure ramps up exponentially on Jeff Locke. And frankly, he doesn’t need that right now.

  213. Brandie says:

    He needs to concentrate on making quality pitches.

  214. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe Cashner & Stults will be inducted into Cooperstown the same day.

  215. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bingo.

  216. theplanisworking says:

    :D

  217. Reading says:

    Get Gomez up. Nice going.

  218. theplanisworking says:

    Always loved his work.

  219. Brandie says:

    Jed Jurko…What a Jerk!

  220. +1

    Clint needs to channel his inner Sparky Anderson and play Capt. Hook. These games mean too much now. We can build Locke’s confidence another time.

    The last confidence-building game was the JMac game last season and that didn’t work out very well for all concerned.

  221. Brandie says:

    Planny Frattare!

  222. Especially in that movie.

  223. Reading says:

    Positive note: not being perfect-gamed tonight.

  224. Brandie says:

    You have to be cruel to be kind sometimes. Locke needs distance and Hurdle needs to strap on the big boy pants and make that happen!

  225. Mrevo says:

    The freaking Padres, we need to exact some serious revenge on them.

  226. theplanisworking says:

    Wasnt Peter Graves in that movie also??

    Roger Roger, Vector Victor.

  227. Brandie says:

    And there’s your silver lining!

  228. theplanisworking says:

    Careful, Lucky.
    Criticize Clint and you will get on another list !! ;)

  229. Brandie says:

    Yes! Awesome movie. I speak jive like Mrs. Cleaver now!

  230. Brandie says:

    A Bold Listin ‘.

  231. Brandie says:

    The Padres did not get the memo that they are supposed to roll over.

  232. defil21 says:

    Howdy ma’am!

  233. theplanisworking says:

    BYRD!!!

    Assist to the stumblin’ Padres!

  234. Brandie says:

    Love the avatar!

  235. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oops, shooting Blanks.

  236. JohninOshkosh says:

    Joey: I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense.

    [Kareem gets angry]

    Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.

    Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.

  237. defil21 says:

    They might have now I sent it to them UPS.

  238. Brandie says:

    BYYYYYYYYYYRRRRRRRRRDDDD MAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!

  239. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll bet the replay shows he got in there.

  240. Brandie says:

    You are Wisconsin’s Finest. Though I do like the handle Johnny Wisconsin. Makes you sound like a gangster farmer!

  241. toochca says:

    Nope!!

  242. theplanisworking says:

    Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

    Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?

    Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

    :D

  243. Milo Hamilton says:

    Glad to see the Padres having a productive batting practice session.

  244. JohninOshkosh says:

    The writers and directors, Jim Abrahams David Zucker
    and Jerry Zucker are all from Wisconsin and went to the same high school together. The Zuckers both went to, wait for it, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  245. defil21 says:

    Thank you!!

  246. Milo Hamilton says:

    Locke shouldn’t go back out there.

  247. Mrevo says:

    Reds up 4-0 in the first. Yep, that’s what good teams do to bad teams.

  248. Jandy says:

    I was typing agree…and look at that K

  249. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Lol

  250. JohninOshkosh says:

    24.2 % of the opening day MLB rosters were comprised of Latinos not born in the USA. One third of tonight’s Pirate starting lineup are Latino.

    Robinson most certainly affected society as a whole greater than any other player. But it is hard to argue that any player impacted the composition of the game more than Clemente, the most significant Latino ever to play the game.

    Maybe it’s time for Selig to reconsider having 21 retired league wide.

  251. Jandy says:

    And fly out

  252. Jandy says:

    He then kills it with another BB

  253. theplanisworking says:

    NUnny!!!!

    Welcome to the Airplane movie festival.

    :)

  254. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    He gets pulled if the runner makes it 2nd. Well except for that steal. Now you have an open base. See if he chases.

  255. Jandy says:

    Lol I was reading and laughing :D

    Hi Hipposter!

  256. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Not a bad inning for Locke there. He’s at 89 pitches.

    Pirates still in the game. 3 walks. A problem he’s had all season.

  257. Jandy says:

    Wow. Nice bunt!

  258. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Nice bunt by Marte. Down the 1b line.

    Good idea

  259. theplanisworking says:

    You need to work your miracles for the Bucs!

    I dont want to start any “FIRE” chants tonight. ;)

  260. Jandy says:

    I’m praying…pulling my hair…and sending good vibes…not much more I can do, friend!

  261. Brandie says:

    Sister Mary Rasputin. Good to see ya!

  262. Jandy says:

    Brandecita! Good to see you sistah!

  263. Brandie says:

    Somebody needs to do something bold, bold and crazy!

  264. theplanisworking says:

    Well now that the Fun and the Nun are here, I can go…………..
    ;)

  265. Jandy says:

    Nnooooooo!

  266. defil21 says:

    Maybe Bryd can hit a 3 run HR.

  267. Jandy says:

    a well placed hit is two runs as well :)

  268. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, I will grow an Afro !!!

  269. Brandie says:

    The Fun and The Nun…Sounds like a 70′s moviec starring Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, etc.

  270. Milo Hamilton says:

    Making this stiff look like Warren Spahn.

  271. Jandy says:

    No way I stink, I just took a shower :P

  272. defil21 says:

    or strikeout :(

  273. Jandy says:

    Hippo with an Afro! Priceless! Do we get Kool Aid with that?

  274. Brandie says:

    Smooth, Hippo! Maybe a TWA, Teeny Weeny Afro!

  275. theplanisworking says:

    Nope………… Jerri Curl. ;)

  276. JRay3 says:

    Byrd trying to do a little too much that AB as he swings at ball four twice.

  277. Jandy says:

    devil’s Spahn

  278. Brandie says:

    Check out worth1000.com. Type disco hippo. Totally worth it!

  279. Jandy says:

    does that come in Cherry?

  280. Patrick(ri) says:

    A little reality check from Blass: this should be a shutout.

  281. defil21 says:

    I jinxed him dang it.

  282. Jandy says:

    things don’t always go according to reality ;)

  283. theplanisworking says:

    No. Peach. ;)

  284. Jandy says:

    my fav!!!!

  285. Brandie says:

    Like Coming To America…Soul Glo…Your hair will be quite juicy!

  286. theplanisworking says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

    Man, that looks like me !!!! :D

  287. theplanisworking says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

    Man, that looks like me !!!! :D

  288. Jandy says:

    ZING!!!

  289. Brandie says:

    Reality is a totally abstract concept on this here blog.

  290. theplanisworking says:

    Sounds fun !!!

  291. Jandy says:

    Dig the peace tattoo on your rump ;)

  292. Patrick(ri) says:

    True, but what still keeps me awake at night is the spectre of playing a one-gamer in the Queen City. If we don’t start hitting, that is the likely result.

  293. Jandy says:

    that’s the point :)

  294. Brandie says:

    Isn’t it awesome? Potential avatar?

  295. theplanisworking says:

    Dig my shades !!!!

  296. Jandy says:

    oh! Dig those too ;)

  297. theplanisworking says:

    I am having problems with Gravatar.com
    Cant change pic due to password issues?

  298. Brandie says:

    Makes me smile. ROTFL!

  299. Brandie says:

    Maybe their site is a little wonky?

  300. Reading says:

    Cards winning. Reds winning. Nats winning. Pirates … no.

  301. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pirates are averaging 3.26 runs per game in September. Their worst offensive month of the season. And that’s after the trades.

  302. theplanisworking says:

    I just tried again, so we will see.

  303. Karen22 says:

    WHERE’S the OFFENSE??!! This is making me nuts! We look DEAD.

  304. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    That keeps you awake at night?

  305. Milo Hamilton says:

    And Andrew McCutchen is hitting .420 this month. And is clearly irritated.

  306. Jandy says:

    CLEARLY

  307. theplanisworking says:

    Hey!!

    I am here !!! ;)

  308. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Must’ve hurt the team chemistry

  309. Patrick(ri) says:

    One of a long list of things.

  310. Jandy says:

    who is the a**hole at first?

  311. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Out.

    Hurdle should’ve got tossed there. Fire the team up

  312. Jandy says:

    umpire I mean

  313. JRay3 says:

    If MLB is paying attention Tim Wlke will not be permitted to umpire playoff baseball, two missed calls wholly unacceptable, the deterioration of good umpiring.

  314. Jandy says:

    it’s more the neighbor’s dog barking…he just uses the Bucs for an excuse ;)

  315. Milo Hamilton says:

    How many times do you have to pick a guy off before you pick a guy off ?

  316. JRay3 says:

    “Welke” although whatever his last name he is awful, changes whole complexion of the inning. Just poor.

  317. Jandy says:

    Obviously forever if you’re the Bucs

  318. theplanisworking says:

    Happens to 60% of umps.
    I say have the bottom 20% of umps be replaced every year.
    Light a fire under their butts.

  319. Jandy says:

    Wake’s just being a d*ck now.

  320. theplanisworking says:

    I have 1000 nicknames, and now I have 100 pics.

    LOL!

  321. Milo Hamilton says:

    And now you’re forcing Bryan Morris to actually retire batters. Iffy at best.

  322. Milo Hamilton says:

    Never trust a Welke to do a man’s job.

  323. I’m one of his biggest supporters. But we need about 8 of these last dozen. No time for stretching people out.

  324. Jandy says:

    Welke? wanker?

  325. JRay3 says:

    Padres 4, Welke 1, Pirates 2.

    These guys need to step up, time for the offense to steal one and bail staff out.

  326. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    At least they’re still in striking distance.

    Though that might be tough tonight.

  327. Brandie says:

    Not the safest plan!

  328. Reading says:

    Thanks Ump for the four, count ‘em, four missed calls that resulted in a guy scoring who should never have been on base. Thanks.

  329. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Glad HBs weren’t on the over/under

  330. theplanisworking says:

    You call?

  331. Arriba Wilver says:

    Presley would have moved out of the way.

  332. Reading says:

    That’s BS. We’re losing. Somebody on SD may as well take one.

  333. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is brutal.

  334. Milo Hamilton says:

    We already hit their pitcher in the head. Must have made him think he was Cy Young.

  335. Brandie says:

    Honored you took Disco Hippo as your avatar!

  336. The Gunner says:

    Morris stinks

  337. Milo Hamilton says:

    + 5’6″

  338. Karen22 says:

    I can’t WAIT for replay, actually…had enough of crap umpiring!

  339. theplanisworking says:

    :D

  340. Brandie says:

    Way to stir the pot Heigh Ho Wilver!

  341. Milo Hamilton says:

    I love Mark Melancon, but he’s clearly delusional.

  342. Parrothead01 says:

    You wish the Pirates would take their bats out of cold storage and score some runs, but it doesn’t look like its going to happen. They have put their bats away for the winter to soon this year. To many automatic outs in the line up- Alvarez, Martin, Walker.
    How many times do we see Pirate batters, can’t call them hitters right now, pull outside pitches for weak ground balls.

  343. Karen22 says:

    I changed the channel. Can’t watch this anymore. ‘Nite all. ;(

  344. The Gunner says:

    yep, Cutch is not a happy camper. Another subpar performance by Locke tonight. Both the Cardinals and Reds are winning tonight.

  345. theplanisworking says:

    Yes it is.

    Wonder if those who defended the Bucs today, when someone said they make unknown pitchers look like Cy Young, defend them again tomorrow after yet another unknown pitcher looked like Cy Young?

    Smh.

  346. Brandie says:

    A**hole, Umpire. Practically interchangeable.

  347. Brandie says:

    Your avatar went from The Fonz to The Fro. You are bold, bold and crazy!

  348. Jandy says:

    dayum right!

  349. Brandie says:

    Sweet dreams Karen.

  350. theplanisworking says:

    I dont know……………..
    I am just a Hippo.

    :)

  351. Jandy says:

    where’d that come from?

  352. Jandy says:

    Night lady!

  353. Milo Hamilton says:

    He was going thru his pre-warmup routine. :)

  354. Brandie says:

    Kotsay beats the shift!

    That is some total Bull Shift!

  355. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1. Hard to believe that watching the Pirates bat has morphed from agony to boredom– in the middle of a pennant race!

  356. Jandy says:

    wanker strikes again

  357. Jandy says:

    oh lol

  358. Mrevo says:

    Just ambarrassing themselves right now.

  359. Reading says:

    Really tired of ex-Pirates playing games of their lives.

  360. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I have seen enough.
    Another bum looks like Cy Young against us.
    At least we scored.
    No one got killed.
    No animals were hurt on pup night.

    And, Brandie showed me a new avatar. Good Times.

    Good Night all.

  361. Parrothead01 says:

    It is getting hard to watch . Maybe I can get a refund from MLB.com. Morneau is looking more like a Ludwick pick up every day.

  362. Reading says:

    About the mathematical certitude that the Nats won’t go 12-0 and the Pirates 0-12 ..

  363. Reading says:

    We can’t even get unbroken bat hits.

  364. Jandy says:

    SWeet ones, Tattoo ;)

  365. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh well. About to watch a motorcycle gang murder, rape, pillage & brutalize their way through Charming, California. That out to make me feel better.

  366. Reading says:

    Welke said dude at second was safe. He dissented from the out call.

  367. John Lease says:

    I’m confident that Morneau will pinch hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to pull it out.

    Since he’s just as good as Byrd, ya know… :)

  368. Jandy says:

    that’s impossible unless 3 others get hits before he does :)

  369. Reading says:

    Routine outs all night long. If dude in RF doesn’t trip, another goose egg.

  370. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    That actually takes place close to me, but Charming is not a real place. Stockton sure is though.

  371. Baywatch says:

    HAPLESS hasn’t come to mind for awhile in describing the Pirates but it sure bud does tonight! ONE HIT since the third, and THAT a bunt single … Didn’t Eric Stultz star in The Mask?

  372. Reading says:

    Need another walk.

  373. Baywatch says:

    Finally! Lambo! Just go ahead and hang 2 more runs up there, Boys!

  374. Reading says:

    Tired of that guy, too.

  375. Baywatch says:

    Bummer!

  376. WVStarship says:

    A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs.

  377. Reading says:

    When does Cole pitch again? Need a stopper.

  378. John Lease says:

    If only Barmes had played the whole game, I’m sure it would have turned out better…

    (sarcasm alert)

  379. The Gunner says:

    Another choke job is in process by the Bucs

  380. Thundercrack says:

    I attended the last two games.

    I know our offense has stunk. But also think the Padres have played 2 really good games.

  381. Thundercrack says:

    Bryan Morris should not pitch in any inning after the 4th. And he may not even be on a post season roster

  382. Milo Hamilton says:

    Russell Martin appears to have hit the wall. Hard.

  383. Karen22 says:

    Did “hits” include HBP?! That happens nearly every game with Marte (as it did last night).

    I’m lobbying to drag myself out of the cellar!

 
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