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On location: Pirates 7, Cardinals 1, NLDS Game 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

ST. LOUIS — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, National League Division Series, Game 2

Series: Cardinals, 1-0

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Lance Lynn

Time: 1:07 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium

TV, radio: MLB Network (national), 93.7 The Fan, ESPN Radio 970

Here’s the official live box score.

Pirates:

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Cole, P

Cardinals:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Matt Adams, 1B
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Jon Jay, CF
  7. David Freese, 3B
  8. Daniel Descalso, SS
  9. Lynn, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel, Travis Sawchik, Chris Horner and I are on the scene.

Here was the Friday column, if you missed it.

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. tdb1977 says:

    Let go Bucs! Jump on the Cole Train and ride it to victory today. All aboard!!!! Trail pulls out at 1:07 sharp.

  2. Drew71 says:

    Well now. I guess it still is a platoon at SS.

  3. Arriba Wilver says:

    Seems like a good move after last night. If the guy you are using because of his glove doesn’t use his glove too good, try the better hitter.

  4. Drew71 says:

    I’m ok with it. Just a bit surprised based on Hurdle’s recent decisions.

    Not a cut. Just a comment.

  5. Drew71 says:

    And if Mercer can do a better job helping the starter get his curveball over the plate, that’s a-ok with me.

    That’s a cut.

  6. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m a little surprised, too, but . . .

    Didn’t take it as a cut. Mine was just a comment, too.

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    IGIT

    In Gerrit I trust.

  8. 21sthebest says:

    And I can’t help but wonder if Hurdle makes this move if someobdy else was pitching.

  9. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    TRIP-TRIP-TRIPLE PLAY FRIDAY!!!

    The Window will continue throughout the duration of the playoffs.
    September and October will be combined and all winners will be announced at the conclusion of the playoffs.
    ENJOY!

    ******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!!

    Line #1
    Total PITCHES THROWN by Gerrit Cole in today’s game
    Line is 99.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined HITS + WALKS by Jordy Mercer in today’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #3
    Total INNINGS PITCHED by Pirates Bullpen Pitchers in today’s game
    Line is 2.25

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & WIN THREE GAMES

  10. Drew71 says:

    Yesterday Rick Suttcliffe on MLB.COM was trying my patience with his tired analysis of AJ – BEFORE AJ’s meltdown – being unable to keep his head in the game when things went wrong. First inning walk. Barmes’ misplay. Two men on in the second. Yet each time in the FIRST two innings AJ didn’t come unglued. Suttcliffe seemed to be reading from his Yankees notes rather than watching the game.

    But Suttcliffe seemed to readjust from his memorized scouting report and eventually (I thought) got it right in the third. AJ couldn’t spot his breaking balls, especially his curve. That allowed a very good hitting team to sit on his fast ball.

    Wild or hard hit. Game over.

    At least that’s how it appeared to me. When AJ lost his curve, he lost everything. And that old New York Yankees Headcase story line had nothing to do with it.

  11. Nate83 says:

    Yeah!!!! Morneau’s batting clean up. Why does this one single move seem to be the exact definition of insanity.

    The guy is getting on base but has hit for no power. Bat him in front of Cutch. Byrd 4th, Walker 5th. Or move Alverez up to 5 and bat Walker 6. It really doesn’t matter. Just don’t bat Morneau clean up.

  12. Cole isn’t exactly a ground-ball pitcher at this point in his career, is he?

  13. I know it’s WRONG, but I’m a little happy that Bucs eliminated the Reds and that it helped lead to Dusty getting the boot. Didn’t like his “Managing style” and how it generally led to someone getting hit.

  14. 100 on the under for ALL three!

  15. War Horse says:

    It was shocking to see A.J.’s game fall apart in front of our eyes yesterday. I couldn’t believe how fast it happened. Like a car wreck. The game plan obviously was to save A.J.’s slider for later innings, but when he couldn’t get anyone out in the 3rd, Searage came out and told him to start throwing it. He did, but that didn’t work either.
    Why Clint Hurdle left him in for so long is a mystery. It has appeared for some time that Hurdle has been walking on eggshells when dealing with Burnett during games when he was tired, especially with the threat of another childish tantrum. In terms that our manager understands better than most, it’s time to start showing Burnett some serious “tough love” rather than “east does it.”

  16. War Horse says:

    “Easy does it,” is what I meant to type.

  17. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t believe so but he’s definitely not the ground ball pitcher that Liriano and Charlie are.

  18. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  19. Was Suttcliffe the one yesterday that said Morneau had great power in PNC Park with the short porch? Only to be told that he yet to hit a homerun since coming to PNC…

  20. Nate83 says:

    I was a little concerned after the second inning. He just didn’t seem as if he was able to command his pitches very well. After the hard Holliday double and the hit by pitch I was pretty confident he wasn’t going to get out of the inning.

  21. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t think game 2 is the time to experiment. Maybe game 3. The lineup worked during the 4 games with Cincy, and Walker and Byrd have done well in their spots for a while. I’d be hesitant to move 3 guys around and I’m not sure if it would have any affect on Cutch or anyone else. If anything, I might just flip Alvarez and Morneau but that doesn’t thrill me either.

  22. Steelag70 says:

    This team better be ready to play winning baseball today….yesterday was ridiculous….

  23. BDHumbert says:

    50 on the under on all three…

  24. Jim S. says:

    I agree. ICIT, but that SS thing is just a really tough call for him. He needs defense and he needs the stick. He just goes with his gut, and I don’t know how else to approach it. They both deserve playing time.

  25. Jim S. says:

    Actually, I think he is. I read that every Bucs starter would be in the Top 20 in MLB if they had enough innings.

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    “Nice and easy does it, every time. ” :)

  27. Jim S. says:

    + a million.

    Today, and for many years ahead!

  28. Lad 9 says:

    Under on all three also. For 100 toothpicks. Thank you Playoffs. GO Buccos!!!!

  29. Big B says:

    #1 – 100 on UNDER

    #2 – 50 on UNDER

    #3 – 100 on OVER

    Thanks.

  30. Kevin says:

    I still like the idea of a late inning/extra inning defensive replacement in Barmes… as long as he is still the defensive upgrade we believe he is.

  31. Jim S. says:

    Sutcliffe is so lazy. He arrived at all of his own MLB conclusions 15 years ago – just like almost every former player. Brenly Cowher did the same thing on TBS a lot yesterday.

  32. Kevin says:

    definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

  33. Jim S. says:

    I would flip either Walker and Morneau or Pedro and Morneau. (Ducking!)

  34. Jim S. says:

    Or, Jones and Morneau. What could that hurt at this point?

  35. Jandy says:

    well said!

  36. Jandy says:

    +++++

  37. Kevin says:

    I also agree.. morneau seems to still be good in OBP but clearly has no HR threat at this point. Why not put him in there to get on base in front of Cutch AND Byrd?

  38. Jandy says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Playoffs, you are EVIL :)

  39. Jim S. says:

    One thing we can usually count on from this bunch is they know how to circle the wagons. I think they will show up today. Part of seeming to not show up yesterday was that it was 7-0 heading to the 4th and a surgeon was dissecting them on the mound.

  40. War Horse says:

    Line #1 – 100 on the UNDER

    Line #2 – 25 on the OVER

    Line #3 – 100 on the OVER

    Many thanks.

  41. gregenstein says:

    definition of baseball insanity – throwing the same lineup out there everyday and expecting the same results each day.

  42. War Horse says:

    I like the Sinatra version from 1960, a very good year.

  43. Jim S. says:

    Great line, gregen!

  44. Damon says:

    I’m going to go 45 with the under on #1
    100 on the over for #2 and #3
    Thanks!

  45. War Horse says:

    The last time Lynn pitched against the Pirates was in late August (away) and he gave up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in 4 innings. The time before that, in mid-August (at home), it was 4 ER on 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

  46. bman says:

    @playoffs

    Line 1: 75 on the UNDER
    Line 2: 75 on the UNDER
    Line 3: 25 on the OVER

  47. Irish says:

    Kine 1 100 on Under
    Line 2 50 on Over
    Line 3 100 on Over
    Let’s Go Bucs!

  48. Adam Perry says:

    Burnett was bad yesterday. Embarrassing. Awful. But Hurdle was worse. Sometimes athletes just don’t have it on a given day. But a manager who never learns from his own mistakes is not acceptable, ever. He had been burned by keeping AJ in too many times in the regular season to make the exact same mistake on a bigger stage yesterday.

    I wrote maybe 1,200 words on it last night, wondering whether the Pirates won 94 games in spite of Hurdle’s in-game management, and management of the lineup, which I think has been pretty bad for too long, definitely too long if it makes Pedro Martinez laugh out loud.

    http://tinyurl.com/nllj2cm

    Cole can tie this series today, I know it. But I also know he should’ve started game one. No reason he didn’t besides not wanting to hurt AJ’s ego…which, again, was another example of Hurdle making decisions based on something other than giving his team the best chance to win. And the last month, no pitcher has given the Pirates a better chance to win than Cole.

  49. Drew71 says:

    He kept saying that Morneau was a key to the series for the Pirates.

    Good thing Morneau wasn’t a key to the Pirates stretch drive or they woulda been watching the playoffs again this season.

  50. Jim S. says:

    My tickets arrived for Sunday. Was very fortunate to get them.

    That seals it for today. Gerrit absolutely will win this game, so that I can be at PNC with family helping RTJR for a 2-1 series lead at approximately 7:30 Eastern on Sunday evening.

    I take nothing for granted in sports. Even though I am very optimistic about the future of this franchise, I know anything can happen and we may not have this opportunity again soon. Go Bucs!

  51. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Am not. Am not.

  52. Jim S. says:

    Abso-BUCN-lutely! If we have a lead late, in comes CB!

  53. Jim S. says:

    Drew:

    How was the boss this morning?

    So glad I did not take my business acquaintance in St. Louis up on the offer of going to the game yesterday.

  54. Bill Born says:

    100 on each line ,Please
    Line 1 Under

    Line 2 Under

    Line 3 over

    Win today and get the fans 2 more home games, at least.

  55. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window, well very quick turn around for game two today, hope the Buccos can swing the momentum back their way and take it with them to PNC.

    Line 1 – 100 on the UNDER

    Line 2- 100 on the UNDER

    Line 3- 50 on the OVER

    Thanks and Go Bucs.

  56. Drew71 says:

    And he comes across as a whiner.

    I’ll give him credit for not being stupid on top of lazy. He eventually picked up and reported on AJ’s REAL issue…control with his curve.

    He also raised the interesting point: no issue throwing AJ out in a later game because his hot and cold history makes it as likely that he’ll look like an ace next time out. He also seemed to make an even more interesting point that if AJ had been pulled when he should have been, he could have been considered for game four in Pittsburgh rather than his St. Louis house of horrors for game five. While I don’t think I agree but it is an intriguing thought.

    So I think you nailed it. Lazy. Rather than incompetent.

  57. JRay3 says:

    That is awesome! I just got a call from my Dad yesterday and he got us tickets for Sunday and Monday so I booked a flight last night to leave Phoenix tomorrow and am headed to the ‘Burgh to be a part of the excitement, can’t wait as I have seen a lot of Pirate baseball in person but never a playoff game.

  58. Jandy says:

    I too wanted Cole in for game 1. The kid just amazes.

  59. cmat0829 says:

    100 each:

    Line 1- UNDER
    Line 2- OVER
    Line 3 – OVER

  60. Jandy says:

    That’s so cool, JRayTre! Enjoy with your Dad..win or lose…but bring home the “W”!

  61. cmat0829 says:

    go check out the audio (i’m sure its on the web somewhere) of a drunk sutcliffe color analyzing a Padres game with Matt Vasgersian from a few years ago…. all-time classic… maybe Ernie Johnson can try drinking to improve how he sounds on a telecast….

  62. cmat0829 says:

    I think Lynn is a fastball- slider guy… much better matchup than the curveball of Wainright…. I expect the offense to come alive today…

  63. War Horse says:

    My humble guess is that even though it has not suited him in the past, Pedro should bat 4th in the absence of Morneau’s production there.

    Here are Pedro’s stats for the past three games.

    Alvarez, P .444 /.545 / 1.111 (4 hits in 9 at bats and 3 RBIs.)

    For the last 10 games:

    37 AB, 7 R, 12 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K .324 BA

  64. Steelag70 says:

    They have to show up today, plain and simple….

  65. Arriba Wilver says:

    The definition of insanity—to keep bringing up the definition of insanity.

    :-)

  66. cmat0829 says:

    My lineup options, select any of them:

    Marte
    Walker
    Cutch
    Byrd
    Pedro
    Martin
    Morneau
    Mercer

    Marte
    Morneau
    Walker
    Cutch
    Pedro
    Byrd
    Martin
    Mercer

    Marte
    Walker
    Morneau
    Cutch
    Byrd
    Pedro
    Martin
    Mercer

    Marte
    Jones
    Walker
    Cutch
    Byrd
    Pedro
    Martin
    Mercer

  67. Arriba Wilver says:

    He’s been heating up, no question. And when he does that, look out!

  68. Jason81 says:

    Line 1–100 on the OVER

    Line 2–100 on the UNDER

    Line 3–100 on the UNDER

  69. Jim S. says:

    NMR also tossed out the possibility of AJ giving us some quality innings in Game 4. I think that is an interesting thought. I would not start him in that game, but agree that AJ could benefit from the energy in the park.

  70. Tom P. says:

    +1 to both you and JRay. Have a great time.

  71. T.S. says:

    Watching the verbal exchanges/body language between the two on the days of AJ’s starts throughout the season tell me that Hurdle is a bit intimidated by Burnett.

  72. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    100 on the unders please

  73. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 NLCS tickets each on:

    Line 1. UNDER

    Line 2 OVER

    Line 3. OVER

    I got shut out today on tickets,

  74. A1C McG says:

    line 1 100 on under
    line 2 100 on under
    line 3 100 on over

  75. Jim S. says:

    You are right, War, that we have gotten to Lynn. I believe we knocked him around quite a bit last year as well. I don’t have Pedro’s numbers vs. him in front of me, and I could be wrong about this, but I thought he hit Lynn well.

    We have been able to work him hard and get his pitch count up. That is key today.

  76. Patrick(ri) says:

    This is for Bizrow. I was killing time reading Thursday’s WSJ, when I came across a sports article by Brian Costa. The article was a guide on who to hate in MLB playoffs. In the course of his analysis he said “. . .there is no “Bucco Nation. It’s just a bunch of excited people from Western Pennsylvania.” I thought Bizrow might want to send him the list to set him straight? We deserve as much hate as anybody.

  77. Kevin says:

    well.. when the result is a win, why not? But, just because you are somewhat successful doing it one way all the time, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t re-evaluate to come up with a possible better winning scenario.

  78. Jim S. says:

    Great!

  79. Jandy says:

    Welcome to the blog, A1C McG :)

  80. Jim S. says:

    Too funny, Arriba! Can’t stop laughing on that one!

  81. Jandy says:

    +many…send it to him, Biz..and tell him to suck my big toe after I step in doggie doo ;)

  82. Jandy says:

    ZING!

  83. Jandy says:

    Then it’s high time CH put on his big boy pants and put him in is place :D

  84. Kevin says:

    I like line #3 out of your possibles eventhough it takes cutch out of the top 3. Is Walker in cleanup that much of a no-no? Atleast Walker has HR capability…

  85. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Not surprised to see Jordy in there, why not?

    The lineup switch is easy. Swap Pedro and More-no

    You need an actual power threat behind Cutch. Cutch will be invisible in this series if they keep putting JM there. Thus far he as shown zero signs of power. So why would they even give Cutch anything to hit? Won’t happen. Can’t win with em. (Sorry had might Mike Singletary voice going on there)

  86. cmat0829 says:

    not wrong at all. DUSTY is a snake… and glad he’s gone. that said, Reds will be better with a better manager and there are plenty of those around.

  87. cmat0829 says:

    your eyes are better than mine. I definitely surmise Clint giving a veteran some leeway but i also see that for other players, including Cutch, etc. Not sure how to read ‘intimidation’ into it. but good for you that you’ve been able to diagnose that from afar.

  88. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    MLB Network talking about NWs connection to Clemente.

    We’ve heard it. But its an amazing story. America needs to hear it.

  89. cmat0829 says:

    What would a writer for the WSJ possibly know about (1) the MLB playoffs and (2) Bucco Nation? Opinion articles, especially lazy ones like that, are about as worthless as daytime talk radio. Not internet radio, DK!

  90. Jandy says:

    I found that link or someone posted it on here. Amazing indeed.

  91. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Just unreal….

  92. Jandy says:

    All three lines 100 Cole train units:
    Line 1 Under
    Line 2 Under
    Line 3 Over

    Thanks, Mr. Playoffs for keeping this going :)

  93. A1C McG says:

    tell costas ask maybe Cueto, Votto, Phillips or the recently unemployed Dusty Baker about Bucco Nation. I’m sure they have some thoughts

  94. Jandy says:

    fate…

  95. Jandy says:

    +many

  96. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Jim Kaat. Great analyst. Good voice of the game.

    A face for radio

  97. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Ha ha. A1C? Really?

  98. cmat0829 says:

    For those that are lucky to have MLB network, Costas and Kaat are setting up the game…so smooth, so good. Embarrasses TBS, especially Ernie Johnson. Very prepared, good info, balanced perspective.

    Net: Baseball isn’t like other sports, losing 9-1 isn’t a death sentence. If Bucs get a good Cole start and a split, they head home with Liriano who is great at home and Cards are not good vs. LHPs on the year. So you can go from game 1 blowout to Bucs having an edge heading home. I think the blog (most of us anyway) have the same perspective.

  99. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I find Byrd’s warm up swings unusual. If you haven’t noticed, watch.

    I think he was a Lefty in a previous life.

  100. Scott says:

    You’re exaggerating to a crazy degree with that blog post. It’s pretty obvious at this point that Hurdle is an above-average major league manager who happens to make some odd managerial decisions now and then. (Kinda the same way Bruce Arians used to make some odd choices as Steelers offensive coordinator – but now the team would KILL to have him back in that role…)

    Hurdle is a fantastic fit for this group of guys. You want somebody else? Be careful what you wish for…

  101. A1C McG says:

    well SrA now but didnt want to confuse people when i throw my bi-annual comment in here

  102. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yea but I can’t stand Costas.

  103. Wild Bill says:

    He could stand to grow his hair out a little.

  104. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Way to use the rank….

    Its OK.

    Where you at?

  105. A1C McG says:

    Dayton, OH not too far from home but far enough to buy the sports packages so i can watch the home town teams

  106. War Horse says:

    No one disagrees with you about Hurdle’s competence. It’s just that he does seem somewhat intimidated around Burnett. It’s a mystery, that’s all.

  107. Nate83 says:

    I agree. Around inning 5 yesterday I said to my son well it’s only one game, they will come back and get them tomorrow. He said but they are losing 7-0. I told him it doesn’t matter if you lose 1-0 or 7-0 it still counts as one lose. Both teams won about the same amount of games on the year so they are pretty close in talent.

    Hopefully they don’t lose 10-0 today. He won’t believe anything I tell him ever again.

  108. Dom says:

    If it is not too late, can I have
    #1 50 UNDER!!!
    #2 PASS!!!
    #3 25 OVER!!!
    THANKS!!!

  109. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Harold Reynolds: brilliant.

    Another reason to put Pedro behind Cutch in the lineup.

    I like it.

  110. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Wright-Patt?

  111. Dom says:

    DK agrees with my prediciton from yesterday that the Rays will be the WS winner.

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    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Du Bois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilkes-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy, Sharpsville, Erie, North Huntington, Bellfonte, West Mifflin, Kennywood, Pleasant Hills, Beechview (Mad Turk, No 200), Macgunie, Mechanicsburg, Uptown, Cambria County, Mon Valley, Salisbury, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Cranberry Twp, Garrett, O’Hara Township, McCandless Township, 115 Federal Street, Bethel Park, Harrison City, Penn Hills, Kittanning, Dover, Lebanon, Upper St Clair, Rennerdale, Oakland, Scranton, Moon (RMU), State College, Erie, Penn Twp, Stowe, Elizabeth, Hermitage, Easton, Carlisle, Finleyville, Belle Vernon, Madison, Sellersville, Waynesburg, Warren, Beaver Falls, Chambersburg, Green Castle, East Freedom, Leechburg, Banksville City, Ellwood City, Hollidaysburg, Bethlehem, Mars, Verona, Philipsburg, Phoenixville, Hippos Pond, Oil City, Verona, Hookstown, Squirrel Hill, Greencastle, Natrona, Charleroi, FREEDOM, Denver, Midland (the home of good food and many bars), Selinsgrove, Dormont, Scott Township, Blawnox, Arnold, Ligonier, Wells Tannery, Swoyersville, St Mary’s, Titusville, Shippingsburg
    The Philippines
    Rhode Island

    Serbia
    Singapore
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville, Charleston, North Charleston
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston, Katy, Plano, El Paso, Cedar Park, Pleasanton
    United Kingdom – Haslemere
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Uzbekistan
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield*, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie, Manassas, Newport News, Clifton, Glen Allen, Roanoke, Vienna
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Mt Olivet, Huntington, Parkersburg
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville
    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander
    Unknown – killa_cam7*

    416 confirmed locations represented in the blog, and a couple of strange places
    Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference, either thru talent or character or deeds.
    Nominations are always welcome
    Any Allegheny, Pirate, Crawford, Gray, Steeler or Penguin player in the League’s Hall of Fame, although if Jagr makes it some day, we gotta talk
    Stan “The Man”, from Donora
    Beano
    Lemonade Guy
    The Gunner, Mr Bob Prince
    The Great One, he stays regardless
    Mike Lange
    Myron Cope
    The Honorable Mayor Richard Caliguiri
    Kevin Mcclachety
    Mike Emerick
    Commander Hadfield, courtesy of the Space Station
    Fred Rogers
    Mario Lemieux, ditto to the Great One, he stays as an owner
    Chuck Noll
    Eddie Johnston, aka EJ
    Badger Bob
    Chuck Tanner
    Dick Groat, the best darn multi-athelete and announcer from Wilkinsburg/Swissvale
    Steve Blass
    Danny Murtaugh*
    Rocky Bleier*
    John Challis – Courage + Belief = Life
    All Servicemen and women that have been in battle, ever
    Sgt Doug Vitale
    Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band
    Barney Dreyfuss
    George Benson
    First Responders***
    25 countries
    46 states, plus the District of Columbia, missing 4 states, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, and Kansas
    Two planets, at least confirmed, and the Space Station
    Then there was that Cold day in Hell place
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    “Terrorists will always lose in America, the sooner they figure that out, the better”- truer words have never been spoken
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    10/3/2013 11:45 PM

    It this is truly a magical season, then Gerritt changing the path of this series makes a ton of sense.

    Beat Em Bucs

  113. theplanisworking says:

    100 Hippos on the following

    Line 1 — UNDER
    Line 2 — UNDER
    Line 3 — OVER.

  114. A1C McG says:

    yep

  115. Jandy says:

    Biz, we have Dayton, OH on the list?
    A1C McG says:

    October 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Dayton, OH not too far from home but far enough to buy the sports packages so i can watch the home town teams

  116. Bizrow says:

    Tell me where to send it to and I’ll do it

  117. stickyweb says:

    OVER line 1 for 100
    UNDER line 2 for 100
    UNDER line 3 for 100

    Thanks playoffs

  118. Steelag70 says:

    This Bucco team needs to approach today as a MUST-win elmination game…going down 2-0 to the Cards, who know how to finish off an opponent in the playoffs, well…it would be disastrous…

  119. Bizrow says:

    Thanks for keeping this up Playoffs

    I think I’ll pass, do not want to jinx the Buccos anymore ;-)

  120. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Military

  121. A1C McG says:

    wait we had someone on the space station

  122. Jandy says:

    416!!! WOW! +++++

  123. Bizrow says:

    No, I’ll add it to the master list at home tonight so I don’t get more combubulated than I usually do.

    Also need to add a 95 year old usher to the honor roll, Plan, what was that fellows name?

  124. cmat0829 says:

    why? in terms of play by play, hard to find someone better prepared than he is… good pace and lets the analyst speak plenty…

  125. Jandy says:

    +++++

  126. cmat0829 says:

    Harold Reynolds and Bill Ripken both predict a Bucco Win in game 2 behind a strong outing from Gerrit Cole…. LETS GO BUCS

  127. A1C McG says:

    I should be on there been following the blog for the past couple yeards and i see the base up there

  128. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    MLB Network guys picking the Buccos to win today. Have to say I agree. Feel very confident about the next 2 games. Charlie is the wild card. I don’t want a game 5.

  129. Milo Hamilton says:

    Phil Coyne.

  130. tdb1977 says:

    FYI – If you have a smart phone – you can download the ESPN Radio APP and listen to the game this way. Just thought I would share this with who can’t see the game.

  131. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Agree on his preparation, but I find his arrogance, constant reference to theYankees, and overall smug attitude too much.

    Also, I don’t think the takes a breath.

  132. tdb1977 says:

    There seems to be a bit of delay in the broadcast.

  133. JRay3 says:

    First two batters swinging freely at balls well in the dirt, have to force the pitcher to throw strikes.

  134. Steelag70 says:

    The same old bug-a-boo for this lineup…not being patient. You would think that they watched what the Cards did yesterday at the plate and follow suit…

  135. Bizrow says:

    Ok, thanks, and thanks Milo

  136. florida steeler says:

    Morneau is a damn joke.

  137. Jandy says:

    Damon, thanks for that link, it works for me here at the office :)

  138. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, Plan. ;) :)

  139. Naje says:

    Marte’s hacking early in the game doesn’t help.

  140. JRay3 says:

    I keep waiting for Morneau to produce a big hit, and waiting.

    Cutch with three of the Pirates five hits in first ten innings of series, going to need some help.

  141. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Easier said than done on Lynn’s nasty curve ball.

  142. Jandy says:

    why?

  143. Damon says:

    No problem…

  144. theplanisworking says:

    Biz, I also jokingly nominated Pluto as the third palnet, because a poster the other day was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out there.

    ;)

  145. cmat0829 says:

    Poor at bat by Marte… offered a bunt at a pitch that he could obviously see was going to be a FOOT outside and low….. just dumb. dumb, dumb, dumb.

    On Morneau, he is so good at working the count, laying off pitcher’s pitches… but he thought he was gonna get 3-2 fastball and he got a changeup or curve at 83MPH, hence the weak fly out to right. Good on getting into a workable count, bad on not being able to do anything with it.

  146. Jandy says:

    ha! Even has commercials ;)

  147. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Honestly, I’m more excited to see Cole pitch today than anything.

    I think the Buccos only need to get a couple to get the W.

  148. Jandy says:

    Nice start for Cole.

  149. Damon says:

    It’ll even post videos at the bottom of the screen of scoring plays. Sometimes it will even let you watch the game for 5 minutes or so….

  150. Steelag70 says:

    This team has to realize that the Cards starters will keep feeding those curves and off-speed stuff as long as the Buccos will chase them….

  151. Milo Hamilton says:

    Still waiting.

  152. cmat0829 says:

    wow, holliday PULLED a pitch that was on the outside part of the plate???? in the air? with RISP??? what the hell is going on??

  153. Dom says:

    Noooo!

  154. Naje says:

    Really? Two guys hack away and strike out and Morneau lines out to RF and he’s a damn joke?

  155. cmat0829 says:

    nice job Cole….lets score FIRST TODAY Buccos… how about a Byrd single followed by a DAYDRO DINGER???

  156. Jandy says:

    Good inning…

  157. Jandy says:

    I can handle that :)

  158. Steelag70 says:

    Whatever happens this season, this pitching staff is in excellent hands going into next year with Cole and Liriano leading the way…

  159. Jandy says:

    Naje I was gonna say that, but he wouldn’t answer me LOL

  160. Milo Hamilton says:

    I need to start seeing some K’s from our pitchers. This is a bad sign. Pitching to contact doesn’t get it done in the post season.

  161. Naje says:

    I really, REALLY could do without a 2:30 break in between each half inning of play. 150 seconds of commercials…every. half. inning. That’s 45 minutes of commercials, minimum, during every game.

    Turns a good two hour game into a barely tolerable 2:45 drawn-out affair… and that’s with no pitching changes/delays, etc….

  162. Steelag70 says:

    I will give Cole a pass on that in the first inning….he may have been a little too “up”…

  163. Jandy says:

    Hipposter is back :)

  164. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Thank you Jon Jay and the sun…

  165. Milo Hamilton says:

    John Jay is a horrendous outfielder.

  166. Steelag70 says:

    Plate discipline, plate discipline, plate discipline…

  167. Dom says:

    Pedro!

  168. Jandy says:

    ground rule double…did it bounce and go over?

  169. JRay3 says:

    El Toro another rip, double to put himself in scoring position, nice start to the series for Pedro!

  170. Steelag70 says:

    Come on Russ….

  171. JRay3 says:

    Wow, Martin gets a second chance with Molina gaffe, need to make it count here.

  172. Naje says:

    Good to see Martin swinging early at fastballs…. looked at two meatballs in his first at bat yesterday.

  173. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just got a call from a friend in the TV business pointing out the exact same thing. He already had it calculated into extra millions of dollars.

  174. Naje says:

    Man, taking the Reds pitchers’ recipe… make this bunch swing at junk/off-speed stuff.

  175. JRay3 says:

    Pirate batters just can not read a curve ball, making life too easy for Cards pitchers.

  176. Patrick(ri) says:

    Great! maybe Cole can hit a curve?

  177. Jandy says:

    I hope Cole whacks a gooe one and Alvarez comes in

  178. Steelag70 says:

    Time for Cole to help himself out…

  179. Naje says:

    See if Cole can wave a magic wand at the plate.

  180. Wild Bill says:

    Steelag has it right. If we keep on flailing at the curve, we keep getting more.

  181. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I was watching Marte catch that fly ball earlier and thought how difficult it has to be to readthe ball off the bat. Jay backed my thoughts up.

    Also, Lynn’s curve ball is nasty. At least for the 1st go through of the lineup, the guys aren’t picking it up.

  182. cmat0829 says:

    WAY TO GO GERRIT

  183. Jandy says:

    YES!!!!!!

  184. Bizrow says:

    Yeah, the commander, can’t remember his name

  185. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    After today’s start, Cole will be the Pirates #4 hitter

  186. Dom says:

    1-0 good guys!

  187. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bad defense leaves the door wide open.

  188. JRay3 says:

    Yes sir, leave it to Cole to take matters into his own hands, helping his cause with big two out RBI single. This rookie quickly becoming a personal favorite.

  189. cmat0829 says:

    that one seemed like it hit off the wall, not sure jay gets it if he runs back right away…maybe? not sure.

  190. Naje says:

    Unbelievable how terrible the product becomes with 45 minutes of commercials INSIDE the game. Nearly unwatchable… lulls fans to sleep.

    90 seconds MAX for those breaks.

    DK: Billion times worse in person, Naje. Just interminable. So awkward.

  191. Jandy says:

    Now Marte,if Cole can do it so can YOU!

  192. Patrick(ri) says:

    What a break. Now Neal needs to make it hurt.

  193. Jandy says:

    dittos here JRay Tre

  194. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    No offense, but that’s not brilliant analysis.

    Its the 1st time through the lineup, let’s see how they adjust.

  195. Steelag70 says:

    Cole is dare I say, “Hershiserish”???

  196. NMR says:

    It is sad watching guys lose the physical ability to perform.

    Morneau should get all the credit in the world for trying to adapt, but the guys just doessn’t have anything left.

  197. Naje says:

    +1…. it’s not the outs you make, it’s the outs you give away that hurt the most in the playoffs.

  198. Jandy says:

    UGH walker…

  199. cmat0829 says:

    dang… walker had a shot there to do some damage… and do in Matheny’s managing move to walk Mercer…. need to be just a smidge more patient Neil with bases loaded.

  200. Milo Hamilton says:

    And they don’t take full advantage.

  201. Wild Bill says:

    Neil! Had to help the guy out by going after the first pitch.

  202. Steelag70 says:

    The kid just lives for the big moments…a true “gamer”…that winning fire in the belly…

  203. JRay3 says:

    Scratch out one, had chance for much more, but overall good inning as they made Lynn work a bit.

  204. Patrick(ri) says:

    Looks like the teams traded places from yesterday.

  205. Steelag70 says:

    This may be all that Cole needs. ;)

  206. Milo Hamilton says:

    Disagree completely. Got a fastball down the middle. They have to be more aggressive early in the count to make them change their pitching pattern.

  207. Baywatch says:

    Cole! How many times has he done that, with his BIG BOY PANTS self! Watching on this mlb.network SUCKAGE! They just give you four camera angles and a “quad” feature with no multiple cameras working together. $4.99! Last time I got burned that bad was when someone sold me a baggie full of oregano! LOL!

  208. Wild Bill says:

    You’re right, it’s obvious. Let’s hope we do adjust.

  209. Milo Hamilton says:

    He HAS to swing at that pitch.

  210. Steelag70 says:

    Except that the Cards really made them pay…

  211. Naje says:

    Here’s a throwback name that I’d love to see Cole aspire to, at least in this postseason: the 1985 version of Brett Saberhagen. What a run he had through the playoffs and world series.

  212. NMR says:

    Yeah, I’d hate to experiment with that guy hitting behind Cutch…

  213. Baywatch says:

    Hey, Milo! :-)

  214. Patrick(ri) says:

    Probably worried about getting behind in the count and having to chase the curve.

  215. Steelag70 says:

    With his hitting ability, I would even dare to mention Orel Hershiser in ’88…

  216. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Who’s Lawrence McCutchen?

  217. Naje says:

    Yep… can’t let a straight fastball go like that…had a little late movement on it, but tough not to swing at a strike like that.

  218. Baywatch says:

    Former running back with the Rams … maybe late ’70s?

  219. Naje says:

    former Rams running back… and a darn good one.

  220. florida steeler says:

    Damn it–Neil

  221. Steelag70 says:

    Gave the Steelers fits in SB 14….

  222. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Shhhhh

  223. Milo Hamilton says:

    Threw a TD on an option pass against the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV.

  224. Patrick(ri) says:

    Kaat is a breath of fresh air, even if he has a pitcher’s view of where the outside corner of the plate is.

  225. JRay3 says:

    8 pitch AB for Jay but Cole wins the battle. Seven of those pitches were strikes, like how Cole is attacking the Cards hitters and mixing things up.

  226. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Bay !

  227. cmat0829 says:

    I’ll agree with your disagree…so now I agree with you and disagree with myself! “upon further reflection…..” :)

  228. JRay3 says:

    Nicely done Gerrit…1-2-3 in the second. Through two innings Lynn at 40 pitches, Cole at just 27.

  229. theplanisworking says:

    Nice pitching by Cole so far.
    I say he gets the potential Game 5 start.

  230. Patrick(ri) says:

    Or Babe Ruth, way back when.

  231. Drew71 says:

    Darn. Pirates have a pitcher up second this inning.

  232. Lad 9 says:

    Absolutely love him. It is rare that you get a bulldog with talent. More often you see a guy like, say, The Fort that has all of the heart and very little talent. Or the reverse, Jose Guillen with talent to burn and the heart of an artichoke. When you get both?? Something really special. Props to Mr Huntington for getting the pick right.

  233. Baywatch says:

    I’m with you, NorCal. He is indeed prepared, which is good, but he comes across with that “I’m Mr. Universe In The Sports World” delivery. I’d like something toned down a bit from Greg Brown, but more of an every man than Costas.

  234. Jandy says:

    +++++

  235. Nate83 says:

    That’s a little harsh. Although Cole does have a few more RBI’s then our clean up hitter.

  236. Baywatch says:

    +++++++++++++

  237. Dom says:

    Morneau with a base hit.

  238. cmat0829 says:

    inexplicable 0-2 fastball from Lynn to Morneuau and Justin gets a base hit.

  239. Jandy says:

    and Morneau is on…c’mon Byrd!

  240. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Lynn didn’t walk anybody with bases loaded.

  241. Drew71 says:

    see? you all have me to thank for that single.

  242. Jandy says:

    C’mon Petey!

  243. Dom says:

    Byrd with a Homer!

  244. cmat0829 says:

    DAYDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUCCOS HAVE A 3-0 LEAD

  245. theplanisworking says:

    PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3=0 Good Guys !

  246. Brent says:

    Nice

  247. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    PEDRO!!!!!!!

  248. Baywatch says:

    Pedro! Having his way with Los Cardinales again!

  249. Wild Bill says:

    Pedro!

  250. Jandy says:

    YES!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  251. JRay3 says:

    EL TORO with a two run bomb- quickly adding his name to Bucs postseason lore….his second of series, who doesn’t want that bat around for some time!

  252. Jandy says:

    Hi Brent :)

  253. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Jandy. Sorry I didnt answer you above…….. had to catch up on the comments.

  254. Damon says:

    Oh my…. Pedro getting hot at the right time!

  255. Milo Hamilton says:

    He keeps leaving that fastball up there …

  256. Jandy says:

    wrong guy Dom :)

  257. cmat0829 says:

    Big, Big 2-out thunder from Pedro…

  258. Baywatch says:

    Is anybody getting a replay they’re talking about on the mlb network? Did I REALLY get burned worse than I thought?

  259. Dom says:

    *Pedro

  260. JRay3 says:

    Cutch with 3 hits in series, Pedro with 3 hits in series….6 of 9 hits from those two superstars!

  261. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Seems as though the Pirates didn’t have to make the adjustments.

    Lance Lynn did that for them.

  262. cmat0829 says:

    here comes an RBI double from Jordy.. I feel it…

  263. Tom P. says:

    Does Pedro have more homers than Barry Bonds did as a Pirate in the postseason? It’s a series now, ladies and gentlemen.

  264. JRay3 says:

    El Toro now with 3 of the teams four RBI’s.

  265. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Or batting 4th?

  266. Milo Hamilton says:

    Would someone tell Matheny it’s too soon to have someone up in the pen ?

  267. The Justice Avenger says:

    Just saw the score and was pleasantly surprised. A nice start.

  268. JohninOshkosh says:

    Playing for a contract. :)

  269. cmat0829 says:

    i must’ve been feeling something else :)

  270. Brent says:

    Hello Jandy

  271. cmat0829 says:

    Shelby Miller should STFD

  272. Baywatch says:

    Does Lancy Lynn remind anyone BUT ME of Christopher “Alright, Think We’re Gonna Make It” Cross?

  273. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yep. Took Barry 20 games to hit 1.

  274. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1

  275. Jandy says:

    You must have confused him with Barmes ;)

  276. Baywatch says:

    LOL!

  277. JRay3 says:

    Going into the series most would have agreed he is the one guy that can carry a team if he gets hot.

  278. Steelag70 says:

    Petey is hot at just the right time!! El Toro Grande!!!!

  279. Milo Hamilton says:

    Think it might,
    just work out this time.

  280. Baywatch says:

    LOL!

  281. theplanisworking says:

    What, Barmes felt something also? ;)

  282. Steelag70 says:

    Have to do the same thing we did vs the Reds…just keep adding on runs each inning…

  283. Baywatch says:

    Up here, Milo! Woo-Hoo!

  284. cmat0829 says:

    that was before the clear and the cream

  285. Baywatch says:

    Wouldn’t it be really cool to beat them about 15-0!

  286. cmat0829 says:

    yep, keep adding my friends, keep adding.

  287. Jandy says:

    :thwap:

    :P

  288. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Way lost in that AB

  289. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Keep adding, but I’m extremely confident in Cole.

  290. Baywatch says:

    Kitty Kaat when he first starts talking sounds JUST LIKE the Reds color guy … Welch?

  291. Baywatch says:

    Big Boy Pants! Cole!

  292. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Whoa..

    Is that inning really over?

  293. Jandy says:

    Nice, Cole, nice :)

  294. KJX says:

    Keep pouring it on Buccos!

  295. Wild Bill says:

    Cole like a hot knife through soft butter that inning.

  296. JRay3 says:

    Wow Cole just erases Carpenter on three pitches. Through three 37 efficient pitches for Cole who appears to be in complete control.

  297. Steelag70 says:

    Wow….Cole doing what Wainright did yesterday after getting the lead…taking total control….the stuff of a true ace…

  298. Dom says:

    We’re winning!

  299. cmat0829 says:

    Brantley, perhaps? except when Kaat says stuff, it makes sense and is balanced perspective

  300. JohninOshkosh says:

    97 MPH!!

    There’s your K, Milo!

  301. KJX says:

    Cole is going to be something special this post season….just have a feeling about it.

  302. Jandy says:

    Yes, Dom, we are…how’s your stomach???

  303. Dom says:

    Great! These five game series are not as worrisome.

  304. Dom says:

    Lance Lynn has already thrown over 60 pitches.

  305. Jandy says:

    *****ATTENTION*****
    Newbies and lurkers, we want to chat with you. If you post your hometown, Bizrow will add it to the list of Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum.
    Don’t be shy, we don’t bite :)

  306. cmat0829 says:

    The more I see Cole, the more I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. He has plenty of talent, but he also has “IT”. That shut down inning was huge. He thrives on big moments and that is what a true ACE is.

    The best part? He’s the leader of this staff for YEARS TO COME… and Taillon is on the way.

  307. The Justice Avenger says:

    And I’ll raise you another 15, Bay!

  308. Steelag70 says:

    Agreed!!

  309. KJX says:

    Not sure I like this tag team they are doing on the radio.

  310. theplanisworking says:

    YES YOU DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  311. cmat0829 says:

    Adams gobbled up Marte’s grounder like a deep dish pizza…..

  312. Iceman says:

    Also playing on the ESPN website. Thanks for the info as I’m not at lease able to listen to the game.

  313. JohninOshkosh says:

    When batting, pitchers never squawk at called strikes!

  314. Jandy says:

    *****ATTENTION*****
    Newbies and lurkers, we want to chat with you. If you post your hometown, Bizrow will add it to the list of Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum.
    Don’t be shy, we don’t bite :)

  315. KJX says:

    Not really a newbie, but admittedly a lurker from time to time. I’ve been around before and over on the “other site” as Bucco_Jax.

    Hometown: Sharpsville, PA

    DK: Welcome!

  316. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Bob Costas repeats more of the same info more than anybody.

  317. NMR says:

    Bahaha…

    Almost made me feel better about our leadoff hitter’s inability to get on base.

  318. Jandy says:

    nuh uh! :P

  319. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome.

    Nice to have someone from the Shenango Valley on here.

  320. Jandy says:

    Thanks, KJX, we’ll make sure Biz sees that you’re represented. We’re welcoming all the migraters from the other blog :)

  321. Jason says:

    I’m at work, and cannot watch the game. Has Cole been using his curve? I see he only has 2 K’s through 3.

  322. Baywatch says:

    Let’s Go, Bucs! If you get it up to 8-0, I’m gonna make a peanut butter and soda run! It ain’t JINE IGGLE but it’s the next-best thing for down here!

  323. Jim S. says:

    Wish I had the luxury of all of you in Pittsburgh of being able to couple a Pittsburgh radio broadcast with MLB Network video. Bob Costas is a legendary announcer, but he’s a St. Louis guy. So, is Jim Kaat. The first 2 innings today were brutal. Everything was viewed through the prism of Cardinals greatness. A couple of examples:

    1) Clint Hurdle has been in MLB for 40 years, but Costas boiled his career down to his one year with the Cardinals – and how it was unfortunate to be sandwiched between 2 of the many Cardinals pennants.

    2) Kaat telling us how the Pirates don’t have nearly as many Gold Gloves on the field as the Cardinals, who had the fewest errors in the league. Immediately thereafter, Jay mis-judged Pedro’s blast into a double and Yadi Molina lazily missed an easy pop-up. That didn’t stop them from telling us how great each of those guys are with the glove, though. Anyone who thinks the Cardinals are even close to the Pirates in the field is out of his mind. Molina is great, but that was awful.

    Plenty of other examples. Everything just seems to be coming from the perspective of how wonderful the Cards are. Fortunately, now that the Bucs have taken control, they have had no choice but to call it straight up.

    I don’t think this is really intentional on their part. They just don’t know much about the Pirates and they didn’t bother learning much. Makes it less enjoyable for 50% of the audience, IMO.

  324. Brent says:

    Grew up in the Big “E” otherwise known as Emporium Pa Now live in St Johns Florida

  325. Jandy says:

    I <3 Cole too :)

    lol

  326. The Justice Avenger says:

    LOL! Don’;t scare away the newbies, Plan :)

  327. Jandy says:

    Thanks Brent…Biz will make sure you’re represented as well :)

  328. Jim S. says:

    Yes, 2 3-pitch whiffs with it in the 3rd.

  329. KJX says:

    It is a thriving metropolis.

  330. cmat0829 says:

    that he does. repeat information. information, that he already said, he says again. no doubt about it. Costas delivers data duplicatively. Over and over. Bob belts out bits of banter that he has previously pitched.

  331. Jandy says:

    I hope they keep boasting, and it keeps biting them in the butt…karma is a beyotch ;)

  332. Jim S. says:

    Maybe Morneau should lead off, NMR.

  333. Arriba Wilver says:

    So you ‘re saying you’re doomed?

  334. JRay3 says:

    Actually he is doing a very nice job of mixing his pitches, sprinkling in the slider, change, keeping the Cards off balance and making it very difficult for them to put a good swing on something.

  335. Jandy says:

    I bet he sounds like a broken record, too ;)

  336. cmat0829 says:

    Adams, all joking aside, is decent with the glove. He covers a lot of ground :)

  337. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Beltran smart hitter.

    Realizing the shift was on tries to lay one down and get on base. Solo shot there does him no good but add to his stats, which if you don’t know them by heart, you’re not listening to Costas

  338. Jandy says:

    Hmmm..interesting

  339. NMR says:

    Nice.

    Cards just do not strike out much.

  340. theplanisworking says:

    LOL!

    And dont forget the Valleys “Riviera”… Shenango River Lake

    ;)

  341. Jason says:

    I like seeing that. Guess I shouldn’t expect the Cards to strike out very often.

  342. Jandy says:

    Another nice inning :)

  343. Milo Hamilton says:

    The post season is all about pitching. Profound stuff, huh ?

  344. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Well played sir

  345. theplanisworking says:

    I have never liked Costas………… on any broadcast.
    It stinks I cant mute him today.

  346. JRay3 says:

    Cole just dominating, goes 90,87, 92 than 99 to get Adams to hit weakly to second. Having his way with Cardinal hitters and doing whatever he wants to them.

  347. Jandy says:

    sounds kinky, JRayTre! ;)

  348. NMR says:

    I’ve heard goaltending has something to do with NHL Playoff success. Care to comment?
    :)

  349. Jim S. says:

    Well, now, the story has become Pedro and Cole. They have no choice but to adapt.

    And we just got the obligatory Tom Walker/Roberto Clemente story.

  350. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    He’s done well.

  351. JRay3 says:

    And really like knowing Liriano is up next!

  352. Steelag70 says:

    The Cole Train keeps rumbling down the tracks….

  353. theplanisworking says:

    Coming from the woman who bites new posters……………..

  354. Patrick(ri) says:

    I agree with you about Costa, but Kaat has always struck me as objective and even-handed AND willing to check his assumptions(like on the bad call Holliday just got).

  355. War Horse says:

    Cole has retired 11 in a row through the 4th.

  356. cmat0829 says:

    I tend to zone out on the ‘stories’ so while I won’t argue your points Jim, I am enjoying Costas and Kaat’s call. I think they have been pretty balanced – they keep saying over and over again that the Bucs get today’s win, the 9-1 game is meaningless and the Bucs have the edge in return to PNC…. they mention the teams have split 20 games… etc.

    Kaat is superb analyst and Costas is clean and easy to listen to. Contrast that to Ernie Johnson who caused my ears to bleed the other night…or even Dick Stockton who has a good voice but has a very hard time following the action and gets calls wrong a lot.

    Ernie Johnson and Chris Berman should be forever banned from play by play… they are great studio guys but…..

  357. NMR says:

    Literally.

  358. Jandy says:

    Not I? Who else here is a woman?
    :looking around:

  359. Steelag70 says:

    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I do believe that in each game that Cole has knocked in a run, he has won.

  360. Jandy says:

    ALL ABOARD!!!!

  361. Jim S. says:

    Teams without someone in the net never win in the playoffs.

  362. theplanisworking says:

    Keep looking……. new glasses on the way. ;)

  363. cmat0829 says:

    Adams was waiting for a meatball from Cole…not a fastball down the middle, but an actual meatball. It’s lunch time and big guy is hungry.

  364. NMR says:

    Only if a RHP is starting.

    Can’t have a LOOGY susceptible lineup.

    :)

  365. Jim S. says:

    Oh boy!

  366. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Johnny Ray III — I shot you an email earlier today. Did you get it?

  367. Jandy says:

    Pfffftt!! :P

  368. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Thought he had it there.

    More no is swinging the bat well today.

  369. Jandy says:

    Woah! Morneau with a double :)

  370. JRay3 says:

    Morneau goes off the wall for a double, his second hit of the game, just missed getting it out.

  371. theplanisworking says:

    Morneau with a nice dubble…………..

    2 hits today. He must read those trashing him on this here blog………. ;)

  372. Jandy says:

    C’mon Byrd!

  373. Steelag70 says:

    Slim pickins’ at the buffet today for him then….

  374. Jim S. says:

    Ok, Morneau has something to prove. He and Pedro need to both bat 4th. I don’t know what all you detractors were talking about the last few weeks. :-)

  375. Patrick(ri) says:

    +++++++

  376. Dom says:

    RBI Double for Byrd.

  377. theplanisworking says:

    Byrd with another dubble………….

    4-0 Good Guys.

  378. Jandy says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  379. cmat0829 says:

    wow, who is playing RF for STL? Was Beltran playing in the stands??? how did he not get Byrd’s ball in right center?

  380. florida steeler says:

    Buccos have trouble hitting a curveball.

  381. hockeymonster says:

    Niiiiiice……

  382. Jim S. says:

    Costas just can’t bring himself to accurately describe the drives to the gaps by the Bucs.

  383. Baywatch says:

    Who the HECK does Kaat think he is, saying the Pirates will swing at more bad pitches than the Cardinals … even though it’s true!

  384. Arriba Wilver says:

    Well, Mprneau must have been reading here. Finally delivers a solid double.

    And Byrd follows.

    Good lineup order. ;-)

  385. Baywatch says:

    Y’all tell me what the WYRD is!

  386. NMR says:

    eh, warning track power… :) :) :)

  387. cmat0829 says:

    he knocked over a food truck in the clubhouse between innings.

  388. Jim S. says:

    Bad knees. No range.

  389. Steelag70 says:

    C’mon Daydro….keep it hot!!

  390. JRay3 says:

    Byrd ground rule double, brings Morneau home and the trade deadline duo gives the Buccos the 4-0 lead!

  391. theplanisworking says:

    We posted the same thing within a minute of each other.
    Be very afraid………….

  392. Jandy says:

    BYRD BYRD BYRD BYRD BYRD

  393. Jim S. says:

    We are seeing the other side of the Cardinals OF. You know, the part that is never mentioned? Their range has to be the worst in MLB.

  394. The Justice Avenger says:

    I mentioned on here a week or so ago – the guy is developing into a complete player -both with his arm AND bat. Agree with your thoughts, cmat

  395. NMR says:

    Matheny apparently missed learned nothing from yesterday’s game.

    PULL. HIM.

  396. cmat0829 says:

    On that fly ball by Byrd, did you notice how Lynn was waiting for Beltran to catch the ball? Beltran didn’t even run full speed and Lynn was shocked.

  397. NMR says:

    YIKES. “anything”

  398. theplanisworking says:

    +++++

  399. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    WTP

  400. Milo Hamilton says:

    Here comes Mr. Softstuff induce a double play guy.

  401. The Justice Avenger says:

    come on russ…long ball…or a single, too.

  402. Jim S. says:

    But, of course, as Jim Kaat pointed out, they win Gold Gloves and don’t make errors. :-)

  403. Jim S. says:

    Should be used to it by now.

  404. theplanisworking says:

    He heard you………….

    5-0 Good Guys.

  405. Jandy says:

    WOO-HOO Russell!

  406. The Justice Avenger says:

    Ok, so who thinks Cole gets the start if the Series returns to St. Louis for Game 5? I am raising my hand…

  407. Damon says:

    There’s that contagious hitting again – keep it going!

  408. Baywatch says:

    MY FAVORITE MARTIN! “Doodle-Doo-Doo Doo, Doo-Doo Doodle, Doo Doo, Doo-Doo!”

  409. Jim S. says:

    I guess we need to keep it up in that case. :-)

  410. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    As some said yesterday, I’ll say it today.

    Ball game.

    Riding high on the Cole-train. This is almost what I expected. I didn’t think the Pirates would score this many.

  411. JRay3 says:

    Did not know you had emailed, just checked it and sent you a reply.

  412. Jandy says:

    Wouldn’t it be wild if Cole got another hit??

  413. The Justice Avenger says:

    thanks, plan…i am at work and trying to work and watch, too.

  414. Jandy says:

    I don’t know that he will, but he SHOULD :)

  415. Jandy says:

    Well, bummer, but at least he hit it

  416. Steelag70 says:

    Martin has hit the Cards well this season with clutch hits…

  417. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Bob. The atmosphere in Pittsburgh will be great. Can’t leave out St. Louis. “Always top of the charts here.”

    Really? No one sits on their hands more than Cardinals fans. It’s just their way. I have never seen a crazy atmosphere in Busch. It is always full, though – even in April.

  418. The Justice Avenger says:

    Can’t give the ball to AJ again…maybe I’m wrong…happened once before… LOL!

  419. Jandy says:

    Cole 51 pitches, 36 strikes 15 balls.

  420. Patrick(ri) says:

    This game would be 10-0 if A J had put a bigger hurt on Adam’s foot.

  421. casper in a-town says:

    Watching the game at work and lurking as usual. Nothing like reading all the good comments above to enhance the game.

  422. Jandy says:

    same here Justice…and it sucks!

  423. KJX says:

    Who is the game 3 starter for STL?

  424. The Justice Avenger says:

    Always thought they had great fans in St. Louis. They do know their baseball there.

  425. Steelag70 says:

    Agreed……..let AJ pitch someinnings in game 4 if necessary. I have a feeling that if the Cards are down 2-1 going into game 4, we will see Wainwright…

  426. Jim S. says:

    Yep, works with big leaguers just like Little Leaguers.

  427. Jandy says:

    Hey casper, good to see you :)

  428. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    I LIKE THIS KIND OF PARTY!!!!!!!YESSS COLE NOW IS USING HIS OFFSPEED PITCHERS, NASTY AND EL TORRO IS HOT!!!!!!!

    ABOUT AJ I AM OVER HIS TUFF GUY ACT AND WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE CLUBHOUSE AND HIS TATS, THE GUY LET HIS TEAM DOWN IN TH WORST WAY AND I AM OVER HIS BIG GAME TALK AND ON FIELD FAILURES !!!!!!!!

    5-0 LETS GO BUCS

    WE ARE FAMILY YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  429. Steelag70 says:

    Matheny hasn’t said yet….I would think it may be Kelly…

  430. Drew71 says:

    I don’t know why these guys don’t play like this every day.

    Every day.

  431. Jim S. says:

    Sweet.

  432. The Justice Avenger says:

    Hmmm…interesting thought Steel…

  433. casper in a-town says:

    Right back atcha, Jandy!

  434. KJX says:

    Kelllll—EEEEE

    Kelllll—EEEEEE!!!

    Yep, that will do just fine :-)

  435. Baywatch says:

    Jim, are you able to see the replays on your broadcast? I’m unable to on mine. I hear them talking about them, but I’ve got nothing coordinated here. Just 4 camera angles to choose from plus their “quad.”

  436. Patrick(ri) says:

    Except for AJ, of course.

  437. OldSoldier21 says:

    That’s good, right? ;)

    Just got in after an hours commute. LETS GO BUCS!

  438. Kevin says:

    he’s hitting it hard at the very least… can’t believe I was more nervous about Cole than I was about Burnett. silly.

  439. Jandy says:

    DARYL! :)

  440. Jandy says:

    Freakin Molina…Grrrr!

  441. casper in a-town says:

    Geez. As soon as I post, Molina goes deep. Back to lurking.

  442. KJX says:

    As part of the Cueto Chant on Tuesday. I submit the above to the home crowd Sunday!

  443. The Justice Avenger says:

    crap…

  444. Damon says:

    D’oh

  445. OldSoldier21 says:

    Molina takes Cole deep, let’s see if it rattles him……

  446. Jandy says:

    very good, SOldier…pull up your chair..sit a spell :)

  447. Jim S. says:

    Ball is jumping. Molina had no business going deep on that one in normal conditions. I still say it favors our hitters, though.

  448. Kevin says:

    ha! my sister was watching those.. I have the DVR’d version to look forward to when I finally get home from work at 6pm.

  449. Jandy says:

    we can’t expect them to go scoreless…stick around casper, silly ghost :P

  450. OldSoldier21 says:

    Cole says STFD Jay! Good recovery. Take notes AJ…….

  451. theplanisworking says:

    :D

  452. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Cole’s demeanor helps make him. He’s a rookie with a veteran mindset.

  453. Jandy says:

    Cole did good, came from a 3-1 to strike out Jay…

  454. Hell Unleashed says:

    Keep Calm; Buc On…

  455. Steelag70 says:

    So similiar to yesterday…Cards big lead and Pedro goes deep…I think the end results will be the same, this time in the Buccos favor. ;)

  456. kr70 says:

    Cole or AJ, I think if we win today it will be a moot point. The nation will be in for another treat when we get home…. Liriano clap clap clapclapclap liriano

  457. KJX says:

    It’s amazing how delay my SiriusXM broadcast is…Molina is just coming up to the plate.

  458. Jim S. says:

    June Cole might have gotten a bit rattled. October Cole, not so much.

  459. Kevin says:

    ouch.. your caps make my eyes hurt.. but I agree with your sentiment.

  460. theplanisworking says:

    I called for this too.
    He is doing a better job.

    And forget this “rookie” stuff too.
    he has handled the pressure of a pennant race very well.

  461. Jandy says:

    wow…

  462. KJX says:

    Kelllll–eeeeee!!!!

  463. JRay3 says:

    No harm as Cole settles right back in and gets three straight after giving up solo HR.

  464. Jandy says:

    Well said, Jim.

  465. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Kind of disagree with that. Cole left it flat and right down the middle. Molina is a good hitter, made him pay.

  466. OldSoldier21 says:

    Ahhhhhh, so it is possible to give up a homer and get the next 3 guys out, like that ooops never happened. Wow, I learn something new every day!

    5-1 BUCCOS

  467. Baywatch says:

    Up here, Daryle!

  468. theplanisworking says:

    Greetings to the Austintown Plaza! ;)

  469. Jandy says:

    You gotta take the CAPS with DARYL :)

  470. KJX says:

    Yeah it’s bad. I watch everything either through MLB.tv at home on my XBox and i have the same problem if I watch twitter.

  471. casper in a-town says:

    Good point, Jim S. Cole has matured more over a few months than a lot of pitchers over a couple years. He’s strong mentally. Reminds me of a young Clemens.

  472. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLAYOFF BASEBALL BUCNATION!!!!!!!!!!!

  473. kr70 says:

    he’ll be dropping the ball, maybe pooping his pants

  474. theplanisworking says:

    WHAT DID YOU SAY??????????????? ;)

  475. KJX says:

    Though it allows me to win alot of on-the-stop bets with my friends watching the game. ;-)

  476. Steelag70 says:

    Don’t like to see Molina getting hot though….lol.

  477. Jandy says:

    And marte with a walk :)

  478. Steelag70 says:

    Remember, Cole was a big part of helping UCLA to the CWS…kid knows how to pitch in big situations….

  479. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Roger that good buddy.
    Just shot ya one back.

  480. Jim S. says:

    Groat said this morning that Cole is one of those rare guys who developed quicker with the big boys than he probably would have in the minors. Spot on.

  481. OldSoldier21 says:

    Daryl, this is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill! You are not dreaming, take a breath, relax and enjoy! YOUR BUCS are really playing for the big prize. ;)

  482. The Justice Avenger says:

    Anyone see “Gameday” had Cole pitching to Walker…LOL.

  483. OldSoldier21 says:

    ….and the angel opened the 7th seal, the skies turned as black as sack cloth…. :0

  484. casper in a-town says:

    Imagine if we could transplant his head on guys like McDonald, Morton and Locke. While Charlie’s been pitching lights out, I always feel like he’s one pitch away unraveling due to his mental make up.

  485. Jim S. says:

    Walker hit that pop higher than the arch and it looked for a second like it might drop. Awful OF.

  486. The Justice Avenger says:

    It is so hard to get our hands wrapped around this…the Pirates are in the NLDS.

  487. cmat0829 says:

    Cole left a cookie (no Adams, that ain’t for you!!!) middle -middle and Molina did what you are supposed to do with those… hit em hard and hit em far. Cole contained it and that’s huge.

  488. Kevin says:

    say what you will about Marte swinging at every busted pitch… he still finds his way on base.

  489. Jandy says:

    Nice…Marte steals second :)

  490. cmat0829 says:

    imagine if they had to play Adams in RF…though he might be faster than Beltran.

  491. JRay3 says:

    Marte using his legs to get into scoring position, great opportunity here to get run right back.

  492. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Great pitch to run on.

    Replay shows the big difference between Cutch and Marte.

    SMs jump is ridiculous.

  493. OldSoldier21 says:

    Marte steals 2nd. Cutch with an RBI opportunity!

  494. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    AGAIN CALL ME CRAZY BUT MARTE WILL BE MORE VALUABLE THAN AMAC IN 2 YEARS, I LOVE HIS ALL AROUND GAME WITH A ARM AS WELL, LOVE CUTCH BUT MARTE IS OUR RICKEY HENDERSON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  495. Jim S. says:

    These announcers already took credit for Hurdle as a one year Cardinal in his 40 years of MLB. Now, they just swiped Dick Groat from us. I know he had good years in St Louis, too. But, they just can’t concede much good to the Bucs.

    Marte steals on Molina, and we are treated to how Molina doesn’t let anyone steal. Well, except for the guy who just did it.

  496. Steelag70 says:

    Nice to see that…nice to have Marte back healthy…

  497. theplanisworking says:

    Marte steals second, and what do Costass, and Kitty Kaat talk about? How their beloved cards have 200 less stolen bases against them.

    Nice to listen to the Cardinals home announcers……………….. NOT

  498. Jim S. says:

    You’re crazy.

    And I mean that in a good way because I really like Starling.

  499. cmat0829 says:

    Marte stole on Axford there Jim.

  500. Jandy says:

    woah..another walk :)

  501. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Daryle has been around for a long time. Comes and goes and is always BOLD about it.

  502. Jim S. says:

    I know, cmat. But, just like Molina’s missed pop earlier, they used the occasion to hammer home how great Molina is. I just think it is over the top.

  503. theplanisworking says:

    Bad enough the game is on MLB network.
    We have to listen to these asshats too.

    Just amazing some people want Cost-ass in the Commissioners office.

  504. Bizrow says:

    Got it, thanks for signing in Brent

  505. theplanisworking says:

    Bob Walk?

  506. Wild Bill says:

    Fun to see Axford struggle and get pulled after those years he closed on us in Milwaukee.

  507. Nancy52 says:

    Maybe I should be glad I don’t have MLB network and have
    to listen to the Pirate “homers.”

  508. Jandy says:

    You’re right, it is.

  509. cmat0829 says:

    I’ll settle for Marte having a growth curve like Cutch did after his 2nd season (first full) in the bigs…. settle in, Bucco fans, we are gonna be good for a while. Affordable rotation, esp with Taillon and likely Glasnow on the way… affordable bullpen…. and some $ off the books (Jones, Garett; Barmes, Clint) to go after a RF or 1B to plug the gap before Polanco arrives.

  510. Jandy says:

    LOL you’re on a roll, Hipposter :P

  511. Milo Hamilton says:

    DAYRLE, you’re missing some letters.

  512. Damon says:

    Would you pinch hit Gabby here?

  513. casper in a-town says:

    I think it’s his cousin, Plan.

  514. Jim S. says:

    Pitched around Cutch to set up the lefty-lefty, knowing Clint won’t take Justin out.

  515. Jim S. says:

    You bet.

  516. Jim S. says:

    And I’d thank Justin for his great day.

  517. Damon says:

    probably should have….

  518. Patrick(ri) says:

    Why doesn”t that just enhance Marte’s effort? There are two teams in this game. I just respectfully disagree that these guys are showing bias.

  519. Jandy says:

    Boo No more grounds into a DP

  520. theplanisworking says:

    I am so tempted to mute them, and have some local mimes do play-by-play…………..

  521. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Thought the same thing on the SB.

    So as Kaat quipped about most SBs being stolen on the pitcher, which I agree with, shouldn’t most of Molina’s caught stealings go to the pitcher as well?

  522. Bizrow says:

    Ok, is it time to start counting outs yet?

  523. The Justice Avenger says:

    can’t leave a guy at second for sure. Need to get that run back.

  524. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sorry, DARYLE. Much better.

  525. theplanisworking says:

    :)

  526. Jandy says:

    Hey Nancy :)

  527. The Justice Avenger says:

    makes me a bit nervous, Biz…

  528. theplanisworking says:

    Ever seen a Hippo roll?

  529. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    So basically, nobody should broadcast these games. 1st TBS is terrible and now MLB Network.

  530. Steelag70 says:

    Cole will keep rolling…

  531. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Bob Costas will never need Cialis or Viagra.
    Just watching the Cardinals is puts him in the “mood.”

    I hope Jim Kaat has enough space in that booth.

  532. The Justice Avenger says:

    :)

  533. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I have been since the Pirates scored 3

  534. Jim S. says:

    Don’t ask a guy to do what he can’t do. Justin can’t hit LHP. Thank him for doing a great job vs. the RHP and send Gabby up to do what he does – hit .300 with power and high OBP vs. LHP and see if he can put the game away.

    I know what Clint is doing. He figures he may already have enough runs and Justin is thought to be the better fielder. But, that killed a possible game ending rally.

  535. The Justice Avenger says:

    +1

  536. cmat0829 says:

    dont want to ruin a perfectly good rant on the announcers, I tend to like this pair, we could do a lot worse (maybe a 3-man booth of Chris Berman, Ernie Johnson and Tim McCarver???), but not sure I am in on the “Molina is not that good” bandwagon. He is very good catcher defensively, slowed noticably this year by the knee, but no doubt pitchers have a big part in the running game, but Molina is best in the bigs at throwing and footwork etc.

  537. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    64 pitches starting the 6th?

    Geez

  538. Baywatch says:

    I think I would, too. I mean Morneau’s had his chance, and lefty-left, it’s time for Sanchez.

  539. Dom says:

    Cutch!

  540. The Justice Avenger says:

    ++++++

  541. Dom says:

    That’s what the nats fans thought in the last game of the NLCS

  542. NMR says:

    Nobody in their right mind will pitch to Cutch with men on base as long as Morneau is behind him.

    That simple.

  543. OldSoldier21 says:

    We can start the countdown @ T minus 9 outs….. Kind of like NASA did, when they had a space program……

  544. cmat0829 says:

    Im good with this crew for all Pirates games….

  545. OldSoldier21 says:

    Now that was funny!

  546. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    No argument there.

  547. JohninOshkosh says:

    Anybody think Beltran belongs in HOF after he hangs it up ?
    SI made a good case for it earlier this year.

  548. Dom says:

    Per MLB Gameday: Gerrit Cole may be running out of gas after 71 pitches; his fastball has dropped from a high of 99 to as low as 87.

  549. Patrick(ri) says:

    Now Kaat is trying to argue Cutch didn’t showboat the catch. Next thing, you know, Costa will point out Cards have only two hits, but ram home the fact Molina hit a home run! Will he stop at nothing to promote the Cards?

  550. theplanisworking says:

    Lest see. TBS was putting people to sleep, when they werent butchering the telecast.

    Today we have 2 cardinal announcers……….. praising the cardinals water fountains, while ignoring the Bucs.

    And you defend this? How about some competent announcers that arent homers for the opposing team.

  551. NMR says:

    I beg to differ on the fielding comment….and the great job against RHP.

    But your comment is spot on.

  552. JRay3 says:

    Yep, would have liked CH to show confidence in Gaby and reward him for all he did during season, that was his situation there.

  553. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Compared to what else is out there, I agree.

    I can’t stand Costas, but I sure don’t want Joe Buck.

  554. Damon says:

    Thing is, you need to scratch and claw for every possible run out there in the playoffs because you can’t let any game get away. 5-1 isn’t insurmountable, no matter how Cole is pitching.

  555. Bizrow says:

    Deal

  556. Jandy says:

    WOW 100 mph 2 seamer

  557. Dom says:

    Well, I guess I look foolish since he just threw a 100MPH pitch.

  558. NMR says:

    I promise you Gerrit Cole did not throw an 87 mph fastball.

  559. casper in a-town says:

    He just hit 100 mph.

  560. Jim S. says:

    Be honest, cmat. You know I didn’t say anything close to that. All I said was the praise is so over the top that even when he doesn’t do well, like on the missed pop, they feel they have to reinforce his greatness. Are they doing that for any of the Bucs?

  561. Jandy says:

    did ya see the 2 seamer 100 mph dom?

  562. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Don’t think I defended anybody.

    But considering what else is available. I’ll take these guys.

  563. cmat0829 says:

    classic battle – Cole vs. Beltran. Cole pitching his ass off, Beltran battling.

  564. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Not even close.

  565. casper in a-town says:

    Agreed. The announcers do their best to tell us what the pitches are. They do at times miss hard sliders, cutters, etc., that look like fast balls but have movement.

  566. Jandy says:

    YES! Got him looking!

  567. cmat0829 says:

    BEAUT-I- BUCN-FUL pitch to strike out red-hot Beltran. Now keep this on Holliday’s hands and we’re done.

  568. JRay3 says:

    Absolutely HUGE K of Beltran there by Cole, showing ice in the veins.

  569. Steelag70 says:

    Cole can smell it!

  570. Jandy says:

    2 100 mph pitches in a row…a 2 seamer and a 4 seamer wow

  571. Jim S. says:

    You don’t think CH feels Justin is the better fielder? Or, do you think he isn’t the better fielder?

  572. theplanisworking says:

    Your choice.

    As is my choice to not like them.

    Or are you going to insult again me like you did yesterday?
    If you dont like my posts, move along. Not hard to do.

  573. Damon says:

    100 two pitches in a row!!! Dude is a beast…Verlander-ish…

  574. Steelag70 says:

    WOW!! Cards just got run over by the Cole Train!!

  575. JRay3 says:

    Cole bringing 100 MPH heat in the 6th and 83 pitches in, getting stronger as game goes on.

  576. KJX says:

    H-E-A-T

  577. Jim S. says:

    Justin did a great job vs. Lynn, didn’t he? Single and ball off the wall.

  578. casper in a-town says:

    Great point by Costas, saying that workhorses like Verlander and Cole can hit top speed as the game gets into the late innings. This kid can throw with the best of them deep into the game. I just worry about location.

  579. OldSoldier21 says:

    I am start like this kid, a lot!

  580. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    I WILL USE COLE TONIGHT ON MLB THE SHOW , MY GOD THE KID IS NASTY!!!

  581. JohninOshkosh says:

    Look at you, girl. Using “2 seamer.”. :)

  582. JohninOshkosh says:

    Look at you, girl. Using “2 seamer.”. :)

  583. Steelag70 says:

    If the rest of the baseball world didn’t know who Gerrit Cole was before today, they certainly know about him now!

  584. cmat0829 says:

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: GERRIT COLE.

  585. Patrick(ri) says:

    Cole is cool.

  586. theplanisworking says:

    Cole and Liriano are doing the best job down the stretch by far.

    If there is a Game 5, Cole needs to start it.

  587. Jandy says:

    :standing ovation:

  588. JRay3 says:

    You betcha Gerrit Cole, gets out of the sixth and fires another zero on the board. Would not mind another run or two here.

  589. cmat0829 says:

    how dare he take attention off of cole by focusing on verlander. give me Ernie Johnson! Costas sucks!!!

  590. Wild Bill says:

    Very, very impressive. And a STFU to the crowd.

  591. Jandy says:

    +++++

  592. JRay3 says:

    I second that remark!

  593. KJX says:

    Agree completely. AJ needs to start at home, or at least away from STL

  594. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Oh we’re sensitive again today.

    My bad.

    My choice would be Vin Scully with a decent side kick, but that won’t happen.

    Costas, who I can’t stand, is really knowledgeable of the game. Kaat as well.

    Agree that TBS absolutely butchered there telecasts.

    I thought Chip Carey usually does their games. He’s not bad.

  595. Jandy says:

    I wish I could SEE this…dayum…how many did he hit 100 mph on?
    Amazing…

  596. The Justice Avenger says:

    Agree…some insurance would be good.

  597. Jim S. says:

    Close, but I think just a bit short for now Osh.

    Do you picture him as a Met, Card, Astro? Vagabond.

  598. The Justice Avenger says:

    said that earlier, too, plan. I totally agree with you the more we see cole today.

  599. casper in a-town says:

    Costas may suck. But I doubt that Cole will mind being mentioned in the same sentence as Verlander, LOL.

  600. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oopsy.

  601. Jim S. says:

    Plus, keep him fresh.

  602. JRay3 says:

    Great hustle by Byrd to get to second on that, and the Cards defense strikes again.

  603. Patrick(ri) says:

    Freese is really cool!

  604. The Justice Avenger says:

    ok…is cole the number 1 or 2 or 3 guy come 2014?

  605. OldSoldier21 says:

    BYRD with the proverbial home run in an elevator shaft ends up on 2nd. HOOOOOAH!

  606. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Oh my!

    Brutal sun, glad this has actually gone in the Pirates favor.

  607. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    2

  608. theplanisworking says:

    I am sensitive when you insult me for no reason other than to cause trouble, which you frequently do.

    TYhe things you accuse me of, and insult me for, you do the exact same thing.

    Lets do each other, and the blog a favor, and not respond to each others posts. You dont have to like my posts, and I dont have to read you insulting me.

    What say you? Or is that request being too sensitive?

  609. The Justice Avenger says:

    come on petey…

  610. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Awesome

  611. OldSoldier21 says:

    Petey moves Byrd to 3rd with a 4-3 ground out. Cards bring the infield in…….

  612. JRay3 says:

    Very productive out by Pedro there against the LHP, gets Byrd to third with one out, great chance to scratch across the gift.

  613. The Justice Avenger says:

    Frankie is still number one…

  614. Steelag70 says:

    Ok Russ…let’s do it again….

  615. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Nor Cal.

    I acknowledge Yadi’s greatness as a catcher and hitter. He’s the only catcher better than Martin.

    No mention of Martin’s fielding prowess yet, BTW. Just sayin’.

  616. Wild Bill says:

    Well done, Russ.

  617. OldSoldier21 says:

    My favorite Martin with a SAC fly to right, 6-1 good guys…..

  618. Jim S. says:

    Cards make a mistake and everyone does their job in the Bucco lineup to move him over and in.

    Remember when we could not buy a sac fly for months?

  619. JRay3 says:

    Big Sac Fly from Martin there, all he needed to do, Bucs have five run advantage once again.

  620. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Maybe when he was 14

  621. Steelag70 says:

    BEU-TI-FUL!!

  622. Kevin says:

    RUN SUPPORT!!!!

  623. cmat0829 says:

    MISTAKE by Cards… need to walk Martin there to set up the double play, not let Martin hit the sac fly…. 6-1 Bucs is getting dangerously close to 9-1 Cards… almost polar opposite of yesterday

  624. Jandy says:

    RBI sac…nice

  625. JRay3 says:

    Fundamental baseball at its best being shown there.

  626. cmat0829 says:

    First guess managing time

    Cole to start the 7th? Or Wilson? My choice – Cole.

  627. Jim S. says:

    +++. Great offensive day by the Big Bull.

  628. Dave G says:

    Just got home. Listening to ESPN radio feed.

    Byrd scores on Martin sac. 6-1 Pirates!

  629. Jandy says:

    go with Cole..he hasn’t faltered yet.

  630. Jim S. says:

    Great call, Old Soldier!

  631. OldSoldier21 says:

    Watson warming in the pen? Sanchez in the on-deck circle. Let the second guessing begin if he comes in……

  632. theplanisworking says:

    ++++

  633. casper in a-town says:

    Agree. Go with Cole.

  634. irishjim says:

    Cole is the obvious answer. So that pretty much guarantees Hurdle will pull him.

  635. Jim S. says:

    Good question. I think CH will say Liriano.

  636. Jandy says:

    Good job, Jordy :)

  637. theplanisworking says:

    Go with Cole, have pen ready.

  638. Dom says:

    Good game for Gerrit!

  639. Kevin says:

    Maybe Cole will just come in and get the first out. Then they’ll bring in Watson for MOLE-ina

  640. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I am wrong again, lol.
    Gabby PH for Cole.

  641. OldSoldier21 says:

    Cole is done for the day. Six STRONG innings…….

  642. Jandy says:

    Nooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Let Cole in!

  643. casper in a-town says:

    Good call, Irish! Although I can’t argue with Tony Watson coming in.

  644. JRay3 says:

    Absolutely have no issue with Gaby PH for Cole here….Cole went deep into the tank in 6th to get out of inning, turn it over for last nine outs to one of teams strengths – back end of the pen.

  645. NMR says:

    I believe Clint thinks Justin can hit lefties, and that is why he lets him bat against lefties.

    And I do not believe Justin is an appreciably better fielder than Gaby.

  646. NMR says:

    Certainly did.

    I’ll assume you understand I’m taking far more than one game into account with my opinion.

  647. casper in a-town says:

    I thought the same, but can’t go wrong with the “glue,” Jandy. At least I hope.

  648. cmat0829 says:

    I agree. If Cole had allowed a hit to either Beltran or Holliday, he would’ve been pulled in the 6th and none of us would have argued. He dug deep to go 100+ to get through 6, 2 lefties due up, so go with Watson.

    Watson – Melancon – Grilli is the plan at this point.

  649. theplanisworking says:

    Only 86 pitches, 56 for strikes.
    Looked poised all game.

    If I remember correctly, wasnt there some disappointment when he was drafted? Didnt some people want his teammate bauer drafted instead? Or am I mis-remembering?

  650. Milo Hamilton says:

    DK says Cole left it all out there in the 6th.

  651. Lad 9 says:

    I would have run Cole out for one more with a quick hook available. But I can’t even see the game here at this little slice of hell called WORK so what do I know……

  652. Jim S. says:

    Set up a DP down 5? The infield had to be in, and it was.

  653. cmat0829 says:

    second guessing by pirate fans? nooooooo…can’t be.

  654. Jandy says:

    yes our Pen can close it out :)

  655. The Justice Avenger says:

    we have 676 posts today…

  656. OldSoldier21 says:

    9 outs to go folks, buckle up folks. Watson gives up a lead off single to Adams.

  657. Milo Hamilton says:

    Watson was really shaky on Tuesday.

  658. Jandy says:

    Dang, I gotta go…home is 10 minutes away…hope I don’t get a speeding ticket :)

  659. JRay3 says:

    I’d have to agree with that assessment, he threw harder that inning than any of the previous five.

    He also has pitched a lot more innings this year than any previous season of ball, and team is still going to need more from him.

    Smart move all around.

  660. cmat0829 says:

    second time today i will admit i was wrong. i still think you go after mercer and not martin, but good for us!

  661. The Justice Avenger says:

    c ya….

  662. casper in a-town says:

    Do we have 324 left in us??

  663. Jim S. says:

    One more was my thinking, plan.

  664. The Justice Avenger says:

    Nervous….

  665. cmat0829 says:

    are those gravy stains on adams’ uniform?

  666. dlh says:

    too slow on Burnett with the hook…too early on Cole…imho

  667. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yeppers

  668. theplanisworking says:

    Lol. I think every teams fanbase does.

    I just cant remember what happened at the time of Cole’s drafting.

  669. Jim S. says:

    Getting ahead of myself. But, does anyone think CH might be thinking he needs Cole for a possible Game 5 start and decided to bank an inning for that night?

  670. irishjim says:

    not if Hurdle is running things…we all get the hook early

  671. cmat0829 says:

    ok first out. exhale.

  672. The Justice Avenger says:

    record numbers on tuesday!

  673. OldSoldier21 says:

    8 outs to go……

  674. theplanisworking says:

    Possible.

  675. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hanging out with Zagurski again.

  676. SeanAY says:

    I recall many a naysayer arguing that Cole wasn’t even the best pitcher on his college team, let alone in the draft. And of course, when Bauer hit the fast track to the majors, those same folks were quick to point out how they KNEW ALL ALONG that Bauer was a stud and Cole nothing special.

    And yet, here we are on October 4, watching Cole blow away the Redbirds.

  677. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yup

  678. Steelag70 says:

    I was thinking the same Jim…the still big unknown with Cole is if he wil hit some kind of wall in the postseason….so not burning him up is the right move…

  679. Lad 9 says:

    You are correct Plan. Cole’s record his last year at UCLA did not match Bauer’s, and there was noise about Dylan Bundy too. Even up to the last couple of weeks prior to the draft there was a contingent that did not want the Pirates to take another pitcher and favored Anthony Rendon. I think NH got it right…

  680. OldSoldier21 says:

    7 outs to go…… a K to J

  681. cmat0829 says:

    nope. too much analysis on this one. Cole was in a bit of trouble in the 6th, bullpen was up, he worked HARD to get through it. CH decided that’s it. Probably impacted by the stupid decision yesterday to leave AJ in somewhat, plus the timing of the game. But I doubt there was anything other than today’s game situation at work in this decision.

  682. KJX says:

    pretty sure you nailed that one.

  683. JRay3 says:

    How many times has Costas missed a strikeout today not knowing the count? Not his best performance.

    7 outs to go.

  684. casper in a-town says:

    How many on Tuesday, Justice?

  685. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Kinda went both ways. I think the other guy had a better record some crap like that.

  686. KJX says:

    He needs to stick to the Olympics

  687. Jim S. says:

    +++

  688. cmat0829 says:

    LOVE TONY W… BUT CANNOT WALK ANYONE WITH A 5-RUN LEAD. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER>

  689. Milo Hamilton says:

    3-2 changeup with a 5 run lead. Blech.

  690. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Not at all. Plenty of opportunities to do so today

  691. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Sean. I couldnt remember the details, but I did remember that Cole wasnt a slam dunk pick.

    Agreed, Cole is becoming an ace, where is Bauer anyway? (Doesnt matter). ;)

  692. Jim S. says:

    Probably so.

  693. JRay3 says:

    Nice thing about when Pirates get to this part of order, not a lot of options on the Cardinals bench.

  694. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Lad.
    My memoery doesnt allow me to remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

  695. OldSoldier21 says:

    A walk after being ahead 0-2. I hate that!

  696. theplanisworking says:

    1178.

  697. theplanisworking says:

    HA!

  698. theplanisworking says:

    HA!

  699. OldSoldier21 says:

    Yup, left a bad taste in my mouth, too…..

  700. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Extremely sensitive.

    I do not recall insulting you. Unless calling someone sensitive an insult.

    Pure disagreements, sure. It happens.

  701. Arriba Wilver says:

    :-D

  702. Dom says:

    Six out to go!!!

  703. Jim S. says:

    I will say Watson had a bit of control issues there. But, other than the Adams liner to start it, he looked pretty overpowering. Maybe it is “shadows” time?

  704. JRay3 says:

    And Watson wiggles out of it and gets his three outs for the day. Just six more to get.

  705. Lad 9 says:

    And I was wrong yet again and happy about it! Six more. (Breaths deep)

  706. Wild Bill says:

    Descalso the drama queen!

  707. OldSoldier21 says:

    6 outs to go, good guys 6 – them other fellers, 1.

  708. cmat0829 says:

    NICELY DONE TONY.

    Pretty clear CH is going with Watson 7 – Melancon 8 – Grilli 9 approach with Wilson and Morris ready in the background…. Gomez and Mazarro if needed before the 6th and in extras. I think we are in good shape there. Need starter to go 6 strong.

  709. irishjim says:

    Great point, and really could decide the series.

  710. The Justice Avenger says:

    I am as nervous as cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I agree with you guys about not walking people this late in the contest.

  711. Bizrow says:

    Crap, come on Bucs lets salt this away with a few more runs ;-)

    I’m getting too old for this stuff…..

  712. OldSoldier21 says:

    Fun, isn’t it?!?

  713. The Justice Avenger says:

    yep…what Plan said…it was just nuts Tuesday night. Let’s get a repeat!

  714. florida steeler says:

    These announcers are a pleasure compared to that idiot Dick Stockton.

  715. War Horse says:

    The Pirate hitters are not giving one another the “Z” sign when they get hits.
    Does anyone know why?

  716. The Justice Avenger says:

    LOL! Good line, Irish…

  717. Dom says:

    Homer by Marte!!!

  718. Bizrow says:

    737 posts so far and the six I want most to see are 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and Raise it

  719. theplanisworking says:

    MARTE PAR-TAY!

    7-1 good guys !!!!

  720. OldSoldier21 says:

    MARTE PARTAY!!!!!!!

  721. Milo Hamilton says:

    Marte Partay !

  722. cmat0829 says:

    and then bauer came up that very first summer and pitched for the dbacks and lots of folks moaned about (1) picking Cole and (2) Pirates slow progression of picks through the minors. Bauer was traded by the Dbacks because Kirk Gibson couldn’t stand his BS and I think he may be in Cleveland but not sure.

  723. Jim S. says:

    Marte HPB, Walk, SB, HR!!

  724. AJS says:

    Let’s have a Marter Partay!!!

  725. JRay3 says:

    Its a Marte Parte, and Starling answers the question in one batter why Mathena elected to name Wacha his game four starter.

  726. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry I usurped your identity………..

  727. The Justice Avenger says:

    Waited 20 years for this!!

  728. cmat0829 says:

    Watch today’s game in the mirror, you will see yesterday’s game.

  729. Steelag70 says:

    PAAAARRRTTTTTAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  730. AJS says:

    That is not to insinuate Marte is a marter…just that I have fat fingers!

  731. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    I LIKE THIS KIND OF PARTAY – MARTAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE!!!!!

  732. JRay3 says:

    Too excited…meant to say Matheny

  733. florida steeler says:

    Good one–says it all.

  734. The Justice Avenger says:

    +1

  735. cmat0829 says:

    the cycle!

  736. Jim S. says:

    Has a nice ring to it. What a difference a day makes!

    Nobody circles the wagons like the 2013 Buccos!

  737. Steelag70 says:

    I know these teams are pretty even, bu this is just weird! lol

  738. The Justice Avenger says:

    Amen, Biz!

  739. Dave G says:

    MARTE!

  740. OldSoldier21 says:

    And you can hear a pin drop at Buach…. I like it, I like it very much……..

  741. JRay3 says:

    What a difference a day makes!

  742. Jim S. says:

    The Marte Cycle is like the Gordie Howe Hat Trick from back in the day. Good call!

  743. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Gotta love the Pirates response today. All starts on the mound.

    I felt yesterdays game was going to the Cards anyhow, but would’ve been bonus if the Pirates could’ve squeaked by them.

    Pitching wins, offense makes it exciting.

  744. cmat0829 says:

    he is not an idiot but he is 1000 years old. he was old when he was the voice of the nba on cbs in 1980.

  745. DARYTHEPIRATEFAN says:

    CUTCH GET A DAMM HIT

  746. The Justice Avenger says:

    thought this from watching gameday. interesting.

  747. theplanisworking says:

    IS IT JUST FANTASY???

  748. OldSoldier21 says:

    Of course, that’s BUSCH, fat fingers and these little keys don’t always get along…..

  749. Lad 9 says:

    I understand. I can remember stuff like that but can’t remember a 3 digit number that I calculated 20 seconds before…

  750. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Pirates have scored in all but 2 innings. Good recipe.

  751. cmat0829 says:

    they do it for doubles and RBI hits… haven’t even looked for it to be honest…. you say they arent doing it for doubles today?

  752. AJS says:

    The ESPN dudes are saying that they were told Cole wouldn’t throw more than 100 pitches. I know he was at least getting close to that.

  753. The Justice Avenger says:

    well we are getting a split…hopefully…and that i am very happy with…

  754. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Caught in a land slide? (Or am I not allowed to respond, ha ha)

  755. Milo Hamilton says:

    … only 24 hours.
    Brought the sun, and the showers.
    Where there used to be rain.

  756. JRay3 says:

    How do you spell 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates – R E S I L I E N C E

  757. AJS says:

    I agree. He knew he was done after that half inning and ramped it up.

  758. Dave G says:

    Sunday’s game is at 4:37 PM

  759. JRay3 says:

    That was the goal going in, six outs from Mission Accomplished

  760. The Justice Avenger says:

    +1…ALL season long. Well said JRay…

  761. cmat0829 says:

    mmmm Matt Adams wants to know what you are making Milo and he says “dibs on licking the bowl”

  762. Jim S. says:

    I believe you had seaweed, plan. You hippos have nasty diets.

  763. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I think I’ll take that

  764. War Horse says:

    I have not seen a single Z since this series started. Don’t recall seeing one against Cincy in the playoff either. The TV directors cut around their shots quickly, so I may have missed the signs, but not that I know of.

  765. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  766. AJS says:

    ESPN announcers just said that. They also are questioning whether or not they actually throw morton in game 4 since he is 0-2 against the Cards this season. I highly doubt they go back to AJ on short rest after that dud.

  767. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Boom. On top of the Matt Adams jokes.

    Like it

    Num, num, num

  768. Dom says:

    Why did they change it

  769. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sometimes he leaves us in too long, too. :-)

  770. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Wong way…

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  771. OldSoldier21 says:

    Indeed. You almost forget how excruciating playoff baseball is. Every pitch is so important. 5 outs to go!!!!!!!!

  772. Milo Hamilton says:

    Ryota Igarashi is very surprised at the Pirates success this season.

  773. OldSoldier21 says:

    4 outs to go!!!!!

  774. cmat0829 says:

    86

  775. Dom says:

    3 to go!!!

  776. OldSoldier21 says:

    3 outs to go and home field advantage goes bye-bye. :)

  777. JRay3 says:

    Very encouraging 1-2-3 turned in by Mark the Shark…on to the 9th we go, 7-1 good guys.

  778. theplanisworking says:

    HA!!

  779. Dom says:

    Will NH win GM of the year?

  780. Patrick(ri) says:

    Looks like Melancon is rested and ready. Morris in the 9th?

  781. cmat0829 says:

    W-L Record? that meaningless stat???

  782. Wild Bill says:

    Mark looking like his good old self.

  783. cmat0829 says:

    who cares, pretty sure NH doesn’t

  784. Jim S. says:

    I’ll say it again. No one circles the wagons like the 2013 Bucs.

  785. Bizrow says:

    Daryle, if anyone deserves this type of feeling, its YOU ;-)

  786. OldSoldier21 says:

    Are you feeling it, Dom?

  787. The Justice Avenger says:

    NO..not at all!

  788. Kevin says:

    It’s almost JUSTIN WILSON time!?

  789. cmat0829 says:

    Grilli. need to keep these guys sharp. he last pitched on tuesday, off day tomorrow.

  790. theplanisworking says:

    I wonder if he just had a case of the yips late in the year?
    He has done much better recently.

  791. The Justice Avenger says:

    MLB has no idea what they are doing!

  792. The Justice Avenger says:

    Nope…Grilled Cheese…

  793. Wild Bill says:

    Maybe worn down a bit?

  794. AJS says:

    So that it doesn’t get burried up in the threaded stuff…those asking about the removal of Cole, the ESPN radio announcers are saying that they were told by Hurdle that he wouldn’t throw more than 100 pitches. I don’t know what his pitch count was but I know it was close and he left it all out there in the 6th knowing he was probably just about done.

  795. War Horse says:

    Assuming that Grilli puts his foot down in the 9th, I think it’s essential that the Bucs win both of the home games. We do not want to come back here and face Wainwright again. I think what happened today has been the difference between Cole and Lynn. Hurdle, by the way, has done nothing worth criticism, IMHO.

  796. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Game 5, if needed will be next Tuesday.

    Cole needs to start.

    This isnt June. It’s the playoffs.

    NLCS rotation needs to shift as well. Move em all up 1.

    Liriano, Cole, Morton, AJ.

  797. Patrick(ri) says:

    So, ARod is not happy with the assault on his rep by MLB, it should have happened years ago. Hope he spends most of his millions on lawyers fees!

  798. theplanisworking says:

    We may never know.

    But the Pen seems to be back to normal.
    Only thing that counts.

  799. JohninOshkosh says:

    To quote plan: $$$$

  800. NMR says:

    I wonder if there is value in limiting the amount of times a hitter sees a reliever?

    I mean, obviously these Cards have faced Grilli before, but I’d imagine that seeing him 2, 3 times in succession could be an advantage.

  801. JRay3 says:

    +1,000,000′s

  802. The Justice Avenger says:

    ohhh…their three big bullies are coming up….

  803. JohninOshkosh says:

    ++++

  804. Wild Bill says:

    Matheny coolly and calculatedly thinking: “We’re getting our a$$ kicked”.

  805. Jim S. says:

    + many. Totally agree.

  806. theplanisworking says:

    Playoff baseball is a great time to forget A-Fraud.
    He pulled this stunt for publicity purposes.

    I hope he gets suspended, loses his money, and has to bum food off Zagurski at the local Golden Corral.

    :)

  807. AJS says:

    Wow that’s a little harsh on AJ. We know he is capable of putting his foot down. You would rather pitch Morton? I know he has been good down the stretch but I still have my concerns with him against good hitting. Good hitters can find a way to put that sinker through a hole.

  808. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m used to watching the Yankees do this post season thing, but their guy is a very bad example. :)

  809. The Justice Avenger says:

    I’ll raise you a million, more, JRay

  810. Wild Bill says:

    Agree on all, WH.

  811. theplanisworking says:

    +++++

  812. Jim S. says:

    I think over a weeklong series there is. Easy to remember what he threw in certain situations vs. facing him a month ago. But, who knows?

  813. cmat0829 says:

    me thinks we thinks too much. Rosenthal pitched the 9th last night… Mujica today…. keeping relievers sharp > anything else.

  814. The Justice Avenger says:

    Yep, John…good point…

  815. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Exactly.

  816. NMR says:

    Defense makes their plays and we’re not even having the conversation.

  817. florida steeler says:

    We have to worry about this Kelly kid–he has been real tough on us this year.

  818. AJS says:

    Why am I worried about Grilli right now, especially given a 6 run lead?

  819. cmat0829 says:

    OJ called and said ARod needs to just go away and to stop being ridiculous with his claims.

  820. Jim S. says:

    My take was he was a little off for a couple of weeks, plan. But, it wasn’t like they were crushing him. Had a lot of balls dropping in. It was all singles.

  821. AJS says:

    But Frankie going again back at home I like.

  822. Jim S. says:

    I almost feel like he can only trust so many young guys at a time in the playoffs. He trusted Cole today. Wilson is too much.

  823. OldSoldier21 says:

    2 outs to go……

  824. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I heard Grilli and Walker’s were former MLB pitchers

    I wonder if they ever played together.

    Repeat, repeat

  825. Sarah says:

    Deep breaths, shallow thoughts!

  826. Dom says:

    The cards are awfully upset at the umps today.

  827. NMR says:

    I’m still not sold Grilli is 100%, fwiw.

  828. cmat0829 says:

    great use of pitchtrax by mlb… on tbs having it always up is distracting.

  829. Patrick(ri) says:

    Perhaps because even before he got hurt, he was not as effective in these situations? Looks tough, today.

  830. War Horse says:

    Grilli is pumped!

  831. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Dads. Hate when I mess up sarcasm

  832. NMR says:

    Ha, you have a point…

  833. irishjim says:

    It’s not a series til the away team wins one! PNC should be even more crazy. Headin to game 4 I hope it’s a series clincher (for the right team).

  834. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yes. Look at AJs history in the playoffs

  835. NMR says:

    I just get an uneasy feeling about guys seeing Grilli’s slider for the 3rd time in a row.

  836. cmat0829 says:

    for no reason

  837. NMR says:

    With a six run lead?

  838. OldSoldier21 says:

    1 out to go – Cards don’t like the strike zone……

  839. AJS says:

    Strike 3! Fist pump from Grilli! Raise the jolly Roger!

  840. NMR says:

    Worst feeling is when you notice a typo the second after clicking submit.

  841. Naje says:

    Then they don’t like strikes. Waaah waaaah.

  842. Arriba Wilver says:

    Nice to here Grilli’s speed is back up.

  843. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    ++

  844. AJS says:

    Jumped the gun on that one. Listening at work got distracted. Thought that was out number 3.

  845. florida steeler says:

    Wally Bell has ben very consistent today and has not been wrong often.

  846. Dom says:

    The Pirates win!

    The Pirates win!

    The series it tied at one a piece and we’re coming back home to Pittsburgh!

    Pedro with two RBIs. Martin With two RBIs. Marte was on base three times. Eight of the nine guys in the Buccos lineup had a hit.

    Cole shutdown St Louis in six inning.

    The Cards didn’t stand a chance!

    Two days to go till game 3!

  847. OldSoldier21 says:

    Home field advantage now belongs to the PITTSBURGH PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  848. Sarah says:

    NIIIICE

  849. JRay3 says:

    Behind six dominant innings from the Cole Train and the big explosion from El Toro’s bat the Buccos even the series with the Cardinals at a game a piece with a 7-1 victory at Busch Stadium this afternoon and there was nooooooooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Buccos take over home field advantage as the series moves to Pittsburgh for games three and four at PNC Park. After the off day tomorrow the Pirates will host game three and will have their ace Francisco Liriano taking the ball.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  850. Bizrow says:

    Nostrabizus prediction – We’ve seen the last of Busch Stadium till 2014.

    This is it folks, the turning point in the series ;-)

  851. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Grilli

    Raise the Jolly Roger!!

    Cole goes game 5*

    *if needed

  852. Milo Hamilton says:

    That will make a long ride out to Derry a lot more pleasant.

  853. cmat0829 says:

    RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to all those lurking but not posting today, the series is not over. Bucs going to PNC tied 1-1 with Liriano on the bump!

  854. JRay3 says:

    Was hitting 94-95 on the gun, very encouraging.

  855. AJS says:

    He’s been consistent anyway. Based on the ESPN announcers, mostly Sutcliff, he agrees it is off the plate but thinks the Cards have seen it enough today to know they have to swing at that.

  856. irishjim says:

    +

  857. The Justice Avenger says:

    Feeling better, Everyone?!!! YES! Travel day tomorrow and let’s rock PNC like Tuesday night!!!

  858. theplanisworking says:

    RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER!

    AND HIPPO!

    Cole dominated, pen shut the Cards down.
    Now we get Frankie at home…………. and that crowd!!!!!

  859. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Like it

  860. NMR says:

    Scares me a bit. Seems like he got a 3 mph bump the moment playoffs started.

  861. cmat0829 says:

    have to believe the quick turn and a noon game (local time) was a plus for the Pirates…always best to get back on the horse quickly after being bucked off.

  862. KJX says:

    RTJR!!!! Game 2 goes to the Good Guys!

  863. Kevin says:

    I woulda put in Wilson… what the heck. Give him the work so when we need him at home, he’ll be game ready.

  864. Arriba Wilver says:

    *Hear.

  865. The Justice Avenger says:

    Cole is the man, today! The guy is amazing.

  866. cmat0829 says:

    and Matheny gets 2 days to calmly stew in his juices and plan for the bedlam of PNC Park.

  867. Wild Bill says:

    Can’t wait to see the Bucs and the PNC crowd on Sunday!

  868. Lad 9 says:

    Raise it! Nice to see the Grillmaster strike out the side. Coming back to the Burgh in great shape and I can’t wait to be there on Sunday! Go Buccos.

  869. cmat0829 says:

    And alert the WSJ, members of Buc Nation sited at Busch…..

  870. Steelag70 says:

    EAISE IT HIGH!!!

  871. Steelag70 says:

    Grilli may be back!!

  872. theplanisworking says:

    We are counting on Nostrabizus to do better on this prediction than Playoffs window. ;)

    Gotta love it!

  873. Jim S. says:

    Nice close out.

  874. AJS says:

    Strike 3! Fist pump from Grilli! Raise the jolly Roger!

    For REAL this time!

  875. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Thought same thing

  876. kr70 says:

    pirate fans TURN IT UP!

  877. Jim S. says:

    Me, too. I can’t get there until the day of, so we might be pulling into town and heading right to the game.

  878. Tom P. says:

    That’s what good teams do. Nice job, Buccos. Of course, because the Cardinals are also good, they will come back fighting in Game 3. Just think, there will be playoff baseball in Pittsburgh on October 7.

  879. florida steeler says:

    Sutcliff is wrong–pitch tracker on mlb showed Wally was correct on every single late strike call.

  880. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  881. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Hard to mess with the lineup after today’s game after producing from top to bottom.

    I wouldn’t mind swapping Pedro and More No. But its worked out for both today.

  882. War Horse says:

    The MLB Pitchtrack has shown him to be accurate with strike calls even with the narrowest of margins.

  883. NMR says:

    His history in the playoffs resembles the pitcher he was AT THE TIME.

    I do not believe AJ is the same pitcher.

  884. florida steeler says:

    Love your spelling of Morneau!!!!!

  885. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yup

  886. NMR says:

    Hope that is a healthy elbow talking and not playoff adrenaline.

    Could be ugly if he’s overthrowing with an elbow still in recovery.

  887. Dom says:

    Just 10 more wins to go!

  888. NMR says:

    The best thing about baseball is that you play every day.

    The worst thing about baseball is that you play every day.

  889. War Horse says:

    +++++

  890. NMR says:

    Hey Jim, I won’t be around for the weekend threads so let me wish you and yours a safe and happy trip.

  891. Jim S. says:

    I installed a “do over” button on my laptop.

    I just never use it, obviously.

  892. toochca says:

    Bob Walk already has stated Wear Black on Sunday. I will add, wear it Monday as well!!

  893. Steelag70 says:

    Looks like Wacha will pitch against Charlie on Monday….

  894. Jim S. says:

    I like your idea of AJ backing up Morton in middle innings on Sunday. But, Cole has to go in #5, if there is a #5.

  895. War Horse says:

    All but one or two of the close calls at the plate seemed to go to the Bucs.

  896. Baywatch says:

    Yeah, I think he’s getting pretty close. Just cutting it (the cheese) first few times out. He’s pretty close to grilling it now.

  897. NMR says:

    When Pedro is hot, there aren’t many guys in the league who make better cleanup hitters.

    We all know this team can’t pass up scoring runs.

  898. Jim S. says:

    Oops! Meant Monday (Game #4).

  899. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Pittsburgh pronunciation

  900. Sarah says:

    Not to get ahead….but does this raise a discussion re Cole in Game 5 vs AJ?
    Given AJ’s less than stellar outings in St Loo?

  901. DJ says:

    Cole was a beast today, as anticipated.

    Let’s take it in 4 games so there is no need for Clint to make any Game 5 decision on a starter. I would be unbelievably disappointed if Clint tried to play the middle with an “AJ goes as long as he’s not in trouble because I have Cole in reserve” approach.

    If it gets to Game 5, play to win . . . and from the very start. It is clear Cole gives us that best chance.

  902. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Anyone still watching MLB Network, was that DK asking Matheny a question about Cole?

  903. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I agree. But I wonder if batting him 4th gets in his head.

  904. DJ says:

    Agreed. The ball is rocketing off his bat.

  905. toochca says:

    Walk and Brown were discussing the possiblities during the last 3 innings of the game. I don’t see how it can’t be a strong possibility considering it will be 5 days!!

  906. Jim S. says:

    if there is a Game 5, it has to be Cole. Based simply on merit, it has to be Cole. I’m not saying AJ is not capable of getting it done. I’m also not saying Cole can’t go out and lay an egg. But, does anyone really think right now that AJ is a better option that day?

    I also realize that AJ will take that as a slap in the face, and it could kill any chance of him re-signing with the Bucs in the off-season. I think that is a chance we have to take.

  907. War Horse says:

    Interesting ALDS game in Boston. 2-2 in the 4th.

  908. Kevin says:

    +1 my thoughts exactly… now the cards have to think about this loss for the next 48 hours as they travel to what will surely be an extremely exuberant environment at PNC.

  909. Sarah says:

    couldnt tell….maybe…

  910. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I always look at lineups in 2 parts.

    Pedro would be the 2nd #3 hitter in the lineup. He’s been successful in that spot. Hate to move him. Like that power there.

    But I love the idea of him behind Cutch.

  911. Jim S. says:

    Might have been, Nor Cal.

  912. NMR says:

    I’ve always thought that was false logic.

    Pedro is inherantly streaky, we all know it. I haven’t seen any evidence that he’s come out of a slump once being moved out of the 4 spot.

    Trick is to ride hime while he is hot.

  913. DJ says:

    Answer to your question: No.

    Like Vokoun over Fleury last spring. It is that obvious.

  914. Dom says:

    I want Boston to win as I think they’ll be an easier opponent but I think the Rays will win that series and the WS for that matter.

  915. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I hope he’s not, but didn’t show that yesterday

  916. NMR says:

    Where is that button!

  917. Jim S. says:

    I keep thinking I have to get to that game, War. But, I can’t drag myself away from even the post-game coverage in St. Louis. Can’t get enough of that ANSWER BACK performance by Clint’s guys.

    BTW, I think Clint pulled every correct lever today. He was right to get Cole out, even though I wondered at the time. Jordy had a nice defensive game. One smooth play up the middle. He also had a single. Most importantly, the Cards intentionally walked him to bring up Cole for the RBI single. I doubt they would have walked Barmes there.

    A lot of us wanted Morneau moved out of #4 and that is still up for debate. But, he had 2 very nice hits off Lynn. Marte did a lot of good things today.

    Plenty to like today.

  918. NMR says:

    Was yesterday much different than how the Cards have handled him the rest of this year?

  919. Jim S. says:

    Well said, DJ.

  920. NMR says:

    Crazy…

  921. Jim S. says:

    If we ever got to a series vs. the Rays, Dom, I do believe we would shut down their offense big time.

  922. Dom says:

    Matt Moore is almost at 80 pitches and just let up 4 runs in this inning. Why dont they replace him?

  923. War Horse says:

    Jim, being a New Englander, where I grew up (mostly) and went to school, I am a Red Sox fan in the AL. A Bucs-Sox WS would bring me back to the States to shuttle back and forth.
    I love to read what DK says in print, rather than watch post-game shows on TV. then the other columnists, from Pittsburgh and elsewhere. My cats and I will be celebrating today’s win for the next 48 hours or so. What a good day this has been.

  924. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I agree. I also don’t like moving him from the spot he’s in.

    I’m good with either move.

  925. Baywatch says:

    Is it just me, is there actually the possibility, MATHEMATICALLY, that we can win this thing at PNC on Monday? Now THERE’S a different tenor from yesterday!

  926. Baywatch says:

    Uh … Yeah, Bay, last I checked 1+2 = 3!

  927. Jim S. says:

    Been discussing it since about the 4th inning here, Sarah. In fact, now that I think of it, we were discussing this morning as well.

    The consensus is how do you not start Cole in a Game 5, if it comes about?

  928. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    5-2 Boston

  929. Jim S. says:

    Gotta hear it from Cutch. What if he goes Wear Gold on us?

  930. Sarah says:

    Hmmm…..confess I am not a baseball junkie so I’ve no real clue…Has COle shown consistency or will this be a coin flip?? He sure looked calm and overpowering today….but I’ve not been watching every game all year….

  931. Jim S. says:

    + a gazillion!!

  932. toochca says:

    Never know!!

  933. Jim S. says:

    At least you didn’t flip it and say “No More.”

  934. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, man! Mucho appreciado!

    My son has a fall ball game Sat evening, weather permitting. So, it will be an early Sunday trip.

  935. DJ says:

    Surprisingly, MLB Network just addressed the Game 5 scenario I absolutely don’t want to see, as I posted at 4:32 p.m. above.

    Clint needs to play to win from the start if it gets to Game 5. None of this “AJ starts with Cole in reserve” silliness.

  936. theplanisworking says:

    I have no real clue…………. how did you know how to Describe me?? ;)

    Cole has looked good since late August. He was lights out in September.
    Based on AJ’s postseason numbers, I am in favor of starting Cole.

  937. Jim S. says:

    Oh my! Shuttling back and forth to see all the games sounds like a dream vacation, War. How often do you get to the states?

  938. theplanisworking says:

    In todays “unfortunate” category……………

    Matt Harvey has elected to have Tommy John surgery, and will miss the entire 2014 season.

  939. Lad 9 says:

    Will post my seats when I get home and if you are close and want to stop by I will buy you an adult beverage!

  940. Jim S. says:

    Perfect answer, plan!

    What he said, Sarah.

  941. Sarah says:

    So its our consensus that Cole is really the Hot Hand here?

    Should we have put him in Game 1 then? Or was it just AJs turn in the rotation?

  942. Jim S. says:

    ICIT. = In Clint I trust. Also means, In Cutch I trust.

  943. theplanisworking says:

    Perfect because of the first sentence, Jim !!!! ;)

  944. Lad 9 says:

    Actually glad to see in a way. I was afraid he was going to try to rehab it and pitch, and I didn’t see any good coming from that. I think this wil be better for him in the long run.

  945. Jim S. says:

    Well, savor this win all. It is but one of 3 we will get in this series. After that, the sky is the limit.

    I will be off-line for the weekend. Go Bucs! Happy Buc-tober!

  946. DJ says:

    Thanks, Jim, and I’m with you all the way on this one.

    Appeasing a well respected and appreciated veteran versus giving your ball club the best chance to advance to the next round. It really would come down to that for me. A non-decision in my mind.

    I also love the fact that Cole went 6 innings and the Cards never got another crack at solving him in the 7th.

  947. DJ says:

    No. AJ was the right call there, and I’m glad he was. We were not going to beat Wainwright yesterday. And now we have a little mo headed to PNC Park.

  948. theplanisworking says:

    It will……….. most rehabs never seem to work.
    Still a shame to see this…………

  949. toochca says:

    Have a great weekend!!

  950. OldSoldier21 says:

    Jim,

    Indeed a lot to like from today. Seeing Cole step up and shine, and Alvarez hit the ball well are both very good signs. I wasn’t concerned about the thumping yesterday, the scores simply don’t matter – how they respond is all that matters. They came out and took home field advantage away, just like I had hoped they would. Making it a laugher was just icing on the cake……

  951. Fred Rossano says:

    As Hurdle says, “We shower well,” Today was a perfect example.

  952. Jeff King says:

    Your math is correct, sir!

  953. Jeff King says:

    Martins Ferry, Ohio

  954. JHadar says:

    All I know is that yesterday I couldn’t watch

    and today I couldn’t watch

    for entirely different reasons.

    The reason I don’t subscribe to MLB is that they black out six teams here — both Chicagos, St. Louis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, and Kansas City… Minnesota’s the closest one — it’s a 3-hour drive.

    So I followed the game on gameday, and that kept me informed — but if there’s a worse way to sit through a ballgame I don’t know what it is.

    Back home for the next two. I like our chances.

  955. BDHumbert says:

    What a great day – and great game…

    I will be at the game Monday and hoping to clinch the series…

  956. tdb1977 says:

    Players want another blackout on Sunday. I guess if your going, it might be a good idea to wear black and be very loud and very vocal. Let the Cardinals know they have come into a bees nest and they will need to earn these victories.

  957. War Horse says:

    Usually about once a year. Was last over for a week in February. Nice country. Nice folks. Would love to spend some time in Pittsburgh. Only three days altogether: the three middle games of the 1979 WS (two of which we lost).

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    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township, Warren, Oregon, Wintersville, Austintown, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base*, New Philadelphia, Powell, Canton, Salem, New Albany, Bloomingdale, Powell, Howland, Grafton, Northwood, MiddletownDayton
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    The Philippines
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    Uzbekistan
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    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander
    Unknown – killa_cam7*
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    Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference, either thru talent or character or deeds.
    Nominations are always welcome
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    Beano
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    The Gunner, Mr Bob Prince
    The Great One, he stays regardless
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    10/4/2013 5:36 PM

    Did I miss any new sign ins?

    Beat Em Bucs

  959. Non-baseball, non-hockey night.

    For those who don’t have HS football to watch tonight or anything else out of the house, you might relax with “Now You See Me”.

    Good flick. Clean. Only a little foul language.

    Holds your interest and it’s fast moving if you can stand to see Woody Harrelson acting 20 years younger than he is.

  960. +1

    Couldn’t watch at work.

  961. bizrow says:

    JH, I’ll follow via telegraph as long as the results are what they were today ;-)

  962. theplanisworking says:

    If you did miss any sign-ins, Jandy will get them for you. :)

  963. theplanisworking says:

    If you did miss any sign-ins, Jandy will get them for you. :)

  964. twentytwo22 says:

    I’m surprised the Pirates had the courage to take the field today against a great team that plays real baseball.

  965. twentytwo22 says:

    Joe Maddon agrees with Clint Hurdle’s handling of Burnett yesterday.

  966. theplanisworking says:

    I may watch “The Mask of Zorro”

    Fast-moving, and any time you get the chance to watch Anthony Hopkins act, it is truly a bonus.

    That, and I am not a Woody fan.
    Just need popcorn………

  967. And Netflix.

    Woody isn’t the main character. Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg are the headliners.

  968. tdb1977 says:

    And those Pirates took it right to them today. Cole was a beast. Pedro with another BOMB. Morneau with 2 hits. The bullpen didnt give anything.

    On the other hand, the Cardinals were making all the mistakes today. Jay didnt take a good route to the Pedro’s double. Molina saw the wall come closer than it was and short handed the foul ball. The third baseman completely misplayed the high fly ball that allowed Byrd to get to second on the error.

    Baseball is such a funny game.

  969. OldSoldier21 says:

    Brookville, PA

  970. theplanisworking says:

    Enjoy, Reverend.
    Hope you and the missus have a godd time with the movie.

  971. Pucknutz says:

    Like your thinkin there biz. LOL

    Ornery old coot that I am I pretty much followed it that way. (Well, just watched the box score on the Trib sports page between hands of solitaire w/a deck of 51).

    I have MLB network on my cable but I was POed at them for #1 a 1:00 game #2 just having it only on MLB. I sure fixed them dint I? :)

    Bucs won – only thing that counts !!!

  972. Arriba Wilver says:

    To show how lame I am, I am planning on watching the Wild Card game. I haven’t seen the TV version.

  973. Might try Zorro, Plansky. We saw the other last night. You enjoy, too.

  974. toochca says:

    I won’t spoil it for you by telling you who won then!!

  975. bizrow says:

    Thanks for logging in

    Now at 420

  976. bizrow says:

    That is why baseball is the best game

    (As I duck, as Dejan might be checking)

  977. Karen22 says:

    Hubby and I had a marvelous afternoon nursing some cold ones and munching on goodies at the bar of the local Ruby Tuesday’s – two screens in our faces. And the Pirates won on BOTH!!

    What a definitive answer to yesterday’s clunker! Dejan can use the same Morning Java headline tomorrow: “Like day and night”

    Sail on, Buccos!! Blackout storm’s a’comin’ in the Burgh!!

    :D

  978. Karen22 says:

    +97!!

  979. Karen22 says:

    You guys are so lucky!!

    My hubby just got notified that he DIDN’T get tickets. Bummer!!

  980. likeabugonarug says:

    Happy Buctober, one and all. A sweet turn-around today.

    And wow……..over 1000 posts! So what is the record?

    Kevin

  981. Arriba Wilver says:

    I saw the live version. ;-). Curious how it played on TV.

  982. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    HUGE effort and win.
    Raise it!….And bring it back to the Burgh.
    My only question is will the chant on Sunday be Kelly?….Or Joey?!

  983. JHadar says:

    Biz —

    I did follow it. Just not my favorite way.

  984. Hell Unleashed says:

    G. Cole-i spread his filthy stuff today! Cardinals will be sick the rest of the series.

    Go Buccos!

  985. Chuck H says:

    WarHorse: Hurdle has been doing that same thing all season long, with all starting pitchers, not just Burnett. I’m watching a game, either on Root Sports or on Gameday,
    and I’m screaming for a relief pitcher to come in, but it doesn’t happen until the enemy
    scores another couple runs. Hurdle is either not smart or stubborn as h—.

  986. twentytwo22 says:

    With these starting times MLB is treating this series like Award shows treat categories that get a passing mention accompanied by a still picture of people holding their awards along a hallway wall.

    If the Pirates win this series I want a team picture that looks like that.

  987. Arriba Wilver says:

    Pirates. 96

    Hurdle. 69

  988. pattonbb says:

    the truth hurts.

  989. Thundercrack says:

    I listened to a little more than the first half of the game on the radio, then followed the rest with Gamecast at my desk at work (with the audio on sometimes). Here are just 2 thoughts I had while listening:

    1) Nick Leyva must have the windmill going strong today

    2) Remember when a lot of people were worried that the Pirates would send Cole back down to the minors to delay service time and prevent super-two status. #theregime

  990. tdb1977 says:

    Hey! This was win number 96 for the year. Clint didn’t predict this, he only predicted 95 wins!

  991. tdb1977 says:

    Thinking about putting it on this evening as well. Looking for something to settle down to for the evening. The TV version is different from the live version, yes?

  992. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yes, lots. But it does a pretty good job of capturing it. Not nearly as loud, though. And I expected to see more of the towels, etc. It was wilder than the TV showed, but that’s probably true of most sporting events, I would guess. Funny, though, like the Woos throughout the season the Cue-To came across pretty good.

  993. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

    Great story.

  994. Naje says:

    Indeed… an ERA under 1.5 in last 5 starts…

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  996. John Lease says:

    Showed his route on the MLB network this morning.

    Looked like Nyjer Morgan’s attempts.

 
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