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Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (9-14) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (12-11)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, Radio: Root Sports, MLB Network (national), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

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. Baywatch says:

    Yessssss!!! Leading off again! Let’s see if i WHIFF as bad as Marte! OK … I think I can feel a whole lot better about our team of late, if I just go ahead and concede that we’re LOSERS again. I’m alright now.

  2. Lad 9 says:

    Lineups! Get your scorecard lineups!

    1. Jose Tabata (R) LF
    2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
    3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
    4. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
    5. Russell Martin (R) C
    6. Ike Davis (L) 1B
    7. Travis Snider (L) RF
    8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
    9. Gerrit Cole (R) P 1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
    2. Jon Jay (L) CF
    3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
    4. Matt Adams (L) 1B
    5. Yadier Molina (R) C
    6. Allen Craig (R) RF
    7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
    8. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
    9. Shelby Miller (R) P

    Gametime Forecast: 71°F • Clear • 0% PoP

  3. Thundercrack says:

    That’s going to be a tough lineup to go through once

  4. Thundercrack says:

    No Marte

  5. Brandie says:

    Possibly a good thing. Needs the break. Pressing too much.

  6. cmat0829 says:

    No Marte, no Mercer… two of the biggest culprits so far with the offense. Like it.

    Good Matt Adams is cleaning up, and after the game he will be cleaning up about 3 or 4 racks of ribs.

  7. Bizrow says:

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  8. Stuart says:

    Hey Bay!

    I’ve been thinking about the lineup, and what I would if I were the Mgr. My four findings for change:
    1. Marte should not bat lead off.
    2. Cutch should bat second. (Based on best hitter).
    3. Pedro should NEVER bat cleanup.
    4. Whenever possible, you should not have either 2 lefties, or 2 righties batting in a row.

    Against RHP
    1. Lunchbox (Polanco when he comes up).
    2. Cutch
    3. PRNW
    4. Davis
    5. Martin
    6. Pedro
    7. Mercer (or Steven Drew I hope).
    8. Marte
    9. Pitcher

    LHP
    1. Mercer
    2. Cutch
    3. PRNW
    4. Sanchez
    5. Pedro
    6. Tabata
    7. Marte
    8. Martin
    9. Pitcher

    Hey, I’m a retired guy.

    Stuart

  9. Thundercrack says:

    Twitter blowing up: Grilli on the 15 day DL. Oblique strain.

    Hughes back up

  10. Bizrow says:

    Crap, thanks for the update TC

  11. Bizrow says:

    Some news from MLBTR

    The Astros have sent 2013 top overall pick Mark Appel to extended spring training, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). The Astros say Appel isn’t injured, and they attribute his struggles to his adjustments to their tandem rotation system, but GM Jeff Luhnow calls Appel’s performance so far “a little unsettling .” Appel has posted a 6.23 ERA with 13 strikeouts and four walks so far with Class A+ Lancaster. Here are more notes from the West divisions.

  12. Bizrow says:

    Stuart, what day is it?

    Thanks

    Biz ;-)

  13. DK seemed to hint it was the CL, although he didn’t use those initials.

    Hughes pitched last night in Toledo. His usual 1 inning.

  14. cmat0829 says:

    typically dont root against a kid chasing his dream, but i would not be disappointed if this kid fell on his (Bor)-ass.

  15. Karen22 says:

    Convenience list casualty #2…NEXT!!

  16. Andrew says:

    Grilli to DL, oblique.

  17. Andrew says:

    And I cannot read.

  18. Sorry, 2/3 of an inning, 12 pitches and got his 4th save. So Melancon closes and Morris moves to the 8th inning or Wilson, Watson and Morris split the 7th and 8th or is it lefty-righty matchups?

  19. Arriba Wilver says:

    Travis’ lower body must be feeling a little better.

  20. Next would be Gomez.

  21. Andrew says:

    While Marte is struggling he has hit better than Tabata, and Barmes doesn’t exactly scream runs.

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    I like it when you’re decisive, Rev.

    ;-)

  23. Arriba Wilver says:

    Neal’s a genius.

  24. Baywatch says:

    I like it, Stuart! Semi-retired meself!

  25. Brandie says:

    Now that it’s out there I will need to avoid black cats and stepping in cracks to keep someone important from being CL casualty #3.

  26. Brandie says:

    Due to Public School Education? :)

  27. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the rosters or the LAD Lineup!

  28. Stuart says:

    I have thought each of the last 4 days was Friday; today, I was right!

    In the end Bay and Biz, what does it matter?

    Stu

  29. Stuart says:

    Bay, this is my fifth official retirement. Unsure if I will need a sixth!

    Stu

  30. cmat0829 says:

    Is ‘tandem rotation system’ the next analytics-based innovation in MLB? The Rockies tried it a few years back, called it ‘piggyback’ I think, but they found out that SUCKY PITCHERS, no matter how used and in what combination, just SUCK. So they abandoned it.

    I get the concept, keep pitch counts down, etc. but I highly doubt pitchers like Appel are fond of being a ‘tandem pitcher’. And I can only imagine how pitchers like AJB might react to being in a tandem.

  31. Stuart says:

    Rev sometimes it can be incisive to be derisive, but I don’t mean to be divisive!

    Stu

  32. Bizrow says:

    Let me ponder that ;-)

    Church maybe?

  33. cmat0829 says:

    No idea what Clint would do, but based on how they have been used so far, Melancon closer, Watson sets up, with Wilson/Morris mix and match for the 7th. And I guess Hughes leaps past Gomez/Stolmy for occasional late-inning action in tie games or with Pirates leading…. Gomez/Stolmy mostly mop up and long relief.

  34. Bizrow says:

    Just mentioned it due to the PBC history with the guy and all the talk on can’t miss prospects (as I duck)

  35. cmat0829 says:

    So Stu, when Polanco arrives, does he slot into Snider/Tabata’s spot in your lineups?

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    Says Miss Penn Hills. :)

  37. cmat0829 says:

    Not sure where we left off on the “what would an extension for Pedro look like”, but reports are Sandoval (big ol Panda) of the Giants is seeking something in the neighborhood of 5 years, $100M. No idea if he’ll get that, or close to that, but you better believe Boras isn’t going to be starting the bidding any lower for Pedro.

    I’ll stand by my opinion that it will take an annual salary of $20-25M to even get Boras’ attention. This is all supposing Pedro has the 2014 that he is projected to have.

  38. cmat0829 says:

    Not disagreeing over the long haul, but my eyes need a break from watching them both try to hit. Let’s give Marte a weekend off…. and perhaps Mercer also. Let ‘em come back in good-for-the-hitters Camden Yards in Baltimore.

  39. Bizrow says:

    I like Lurch, but it does not appear as though we have much BP depth right now in the minors

  40. Thundercrack says:

    Just watched Polanco’s first at bat tonight. He grounded out.

    He’s obviously not ready. Needs to experience failure.

    I can confirm: He’s still tall

  41. Andrew says:

    Fair point.

  42. 21sthebest says:

    Don’t watch his next at bat and let’s see what happens.

  43. Andrew says:

    Catholic school, I struggle to type too, my knuckles are all deformed.

  44. cmat0829 says:

    what is the status of mazarro?

  45. Bizrow says:

    Not on the 40 man roster

  46. Bizrow says:

    You have no lucky hat this season

  47. Arriba Wilver says:

    My comment was not meant to be derisive, Biz, so I hope it wasn’t divisive. Just me being me. (And kind of a shout out to Foo). :-)

  48. You didn’t hold your mouth right.

  49. Karen22 says:

    Yes-Gomez. And I’ve heard that the definition of “oblique” is: the “can’t-get-’em-out” muscle. ;)

  50. Milo Hamilton says:

    He gunned a guy down at the plate if that’s worth anything.

  51. Bill Born says:

    Did you see him throw Esposito out at home?
    What a gun.

  52. Brandie says:

    Sharp witt Karen!

  53. theplanisworking says:

    Polanco not in St. Louis tonight.

    Guess we can’t discuss that either. ;)

    Need a good outing from Cole.
    Pirates can’t keep losing games in the standings. (Disclaimer: I know it is only April.)

  54. Brandie says:

    Good evening Captain Plangaroo!

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    The only thing missing in that broadcast booth are pom poms.

  56. tdb1977 says:

    Yup. Its getting nauseating listening to them talk.

  57. The Gunner says:

    They are just trying to perfume a pig

  58. Lad 9 says:

    BRANDIEEEEEE! And Captain PLANtastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy! Good evening my friends. Need some good sports vibes this week. Let’s go Bucs! Free Polanco!

  59. Wild Bill says:

    1st pitch double play grounders make me think of He Who Must Not Be Named, who instead doubled his last time up.

  60. DJ says:

    Yep. He knew Austin Meadows was gonna slip.

  61. Milo Hamilton says:

    .422

  62. Wild Bill says:

    Some of you guys were talking about this the other day, but the more I watch Ike Davis, it does seem like somebody cloned Adam LaRoche.

  63. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ahhhh

    Pedro with a beautiful stop and an ugly throw.

  64. Brandie says:

    Sending good gravy vibes your way.

  65. DJ says:

    Classic line, TC.

    For what it’s worth, Tom Morello likes his new gig and so do I.

  66. Brandie says:

    Great description Kenny Powers!

  67. Wild Bill says:

    Mud Hens aren’t idiots. Now they walked him.

  68. DJ says:

    Dean Treanor: “But the small things, he needs to work on — his leads, when to be aggressive.”

    He might as well have added “. . . and to make sure his shirt is tucked into his pants.”

  69. The Gunner says:

    Don’t hold your breath for an early arrival

  70. Wild Bill says:

    Nice patience by Walker.

  71. The Gunner says:

    Another squandered opportunity

  72. Patrick(ri) says:

    Why not let this Miller guy try to pitch out of these jams instead of whacking the first pitch? Not to criticize the reigning MVP.

  73. Wild Bill says:

    What the Hades is it with going after the first (low) pitch against a pitcher struggling with control issues?!?

  74. Stuart says:

    Cat,
    I’d bat him lead off R or LHP.

    Stu

  75. Patrick(ri) says:

    I like Walk, but it is also possible, Miller will get things straightened out — especially if the Cards pick up another run or so. (Walk’s comment that Miller won’t stay lucky)

  76. Thundercrack says:

    Morello won me over on Tuesday night.

  77. Patrick(ri) says:

    This guy could hit 800 against the Pirates. They seem unable to keep him from slapping the ball to right field — 2 years now!

  78. Wild Bill says:

    Credit where it is due; good throw by Snider.

  79. Thundercrack says:

    I rail about the poor throws from outfielders all around MLB.

    But that was a great throw by Snider.

  80. Patrick(ri) says:

    He has made several good throws this season. His toe must feel better?

  81. Thundercrack says:

    He feels Polanco breathing down his neck. :-)

  82. Patrick(ri) says:

    Don’t you think his lefty status puts more heat on Tabata?

  83. The Gunner says:

    You have to wonder about Snider & his leg problem. How can such a young guy have so many physical issues?

  84. Patrick(ri) says:

    Bailey should change his name to Fred.

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    Martin’s knee keeps buckling.

  86. DJ says:

    Ghost of Tom Joad an absolute classic. Never seen anyone from Harvard play the axe any better.

  87. Wild Bill says:

    Right, that didn’t look good.

  88. The Gunner says:

    Add Martin’s knee to the ever growing list of Bucco troubles

  89. Patrick(ri) says:

    The Al Oliver video reminds me of why I am a Pirate fan.

  90. The Gunner says:

    FYI – Brown erroneously mentioned earlier that Al Oliver played for the Charleston Charlies.

  91. Wild Bill says:

    Nice play Ike; no hyperbole by Brown needed, but we get it anyway.

  92. Patrick(ri) says:

    I recall Johnny Pesky saying Clemente hit the consistently harder than anybody he had seen since T. Williams. I’ll bet Oliver was close to both.

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    Columbus Clippers.

  94. Patrick(ri) says:

    Don’t hear Walk saying Cole cannot stay this lucky?

  95. The Gunner says:

    The Bucs could use a player of Al Oliver’s caliber to spark this nonexistent offense

  96. Patrick(ri) says:

    Is Cole the only 300 hitter we have? Just asking . . .

  97. The Gunner says:

    Oliver played for the Columbus Jets in 1968. The Columbus Clippers replaced the Charleston Charlies in either 1975, 1976,or 1977.

  98. Patrick(ri) says:

    Did they have trouble getting walk to report from Hawaii?

  99. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thanks Gunner. Had my Columbuses mixed up.

  100. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Gerrit Cole and Shelby Miller will be doing this against each other for many years to come.

    I love a young pitchers dual. The Buccos need a mistake pitch by Miller to take the lead.

  101. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Can you review a HB?

  102. The Gunner says:

    Ha ha, I think I remember something about that. That was around 1984, that Pirate team was ravaged by age & the Dale Berra/Dave Parker drug trial.

  103. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Matt Holiday is up there with Ryan Braun on the “I can’t stand” list.

  104. Patrick(ri) says:

    Looks to me like Martin is setting up inside this at bat.

  105. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Not far enough

  106. Patrick(ri) says:

    Take it back.

  107. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looks like Martin’s left knee. He shook it when he got up after blocking that pitch.

  108. Patrick(ri) says:

    What is gained by playing a catcher who is hurt – especially in the knee(s)?

  109. The Gunner says:

    We’re in even more trouble without Russ @ less than 100%

  110. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’d be ok with a breaking ball or off speed pitch here.

    Or just blow him away, but I think he’s sitting dead red.

  111. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    He’s a catcher. There isn’t a game he plays that he’s not hurt. Otherwise he’s not doing his job.

  112. Patrick(ri) says:

    A sad era. The only time I quit following the team. Sublimated by stumbling around tennis courts.

  113. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Wow I thought that was in the gap for sure…

  114. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Time for a mistake pitch.

    3rd time around for meat of the order.

  115. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Remember Matt Holiday when we complain about terrible OFers.

    Of course, he gets paid for his offense, which I would greatly take over 2/3 of our OF.

  116. Patrick(ri) says:

    There’s your mistake pitch and a Holiday Special, too.

  117. Andrew says:

    Matt Holliday, fielding.

  118. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I actually thought the mistake pitch was the FB to Walker that he missed.

  119. Patrick(ri) says:

    Can the order Pedro not to swing? The lack of control this pitcher showed tonight was eased by over anxious
    Pirates (Snider, Cutch & Pedro all helped him out, IMHO).

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is pathetic.

  121. Patrick(ri) says:

    Martin can hardly remain upright, post- swinging. This is nuts.

  122. Chuck H says:

    Yeah, I can see Mercer or Barmes hitting into DP but not Cutch. The whole team sucks. Another wasted effort by a Pirate starter.

  123. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And there you go.

    That was the 1st I saw him favor the knee.

    Good pull. Might see Tony back up.

  124. The Gunner says:

    That is an understatement, Milo. Uh oh, Martin is out of the game.

  125. The Gunner says:

    A far cry from when you said: “He’s a catcher. There isn’t a game he plays that he’s not hurt. Otherwise he’s not doing his job.”

  126. Patrick(ri) says:

    I was thinking how often the Pirates won games like this last year (immaculate deflections, etc.). Holiday gave us one, but we failed to take advantage.

  127. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Yup.

    When it becomes a detriment to the team, time to pull.

  128. Milo Hamilton says:

    By the way, nice job by the front office botching the Grilli situation. Leaves them a pitcher short tonight.

  129. Patrick(ri) says:

    Can Cole play SS? 1B? Bring some fire to the game more often.

  130. The Gunner says:

    Here come the big boys – it’s time!!

  131. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m guessing they’ll bring up Mazzaro. Indy is in extra innings & Vin hasn’t been used.

  132. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Outstanding base running there.

    No way Tabby has time to get to 3rd on that run down.

  133. Patrick(ri) says:

    SS had too big a lead on Tabata.

  134. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    The bottom line says Hughes.

  135. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    This is the bad part of this pass ball. Takes the bat out of the best hitter on the teams hand.

    Set up a Pedro DP.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  136. The Gunner says:

    Tabata did fine. Pedro is due to break up this game.

  137. Patrick(ri) says:

    Brown seems surprised that they would choose to face a .173 hitter.

  138. Milo Hamilton says:

    The league voided the move because Hughes can’t be used. They tried to back date it to Monday & Hughes was on the team Monday. Oops. Front office made a boo boo.

  139. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    That’s awesome.

  140. Carlos Danger says:

    Man oh man. I can’t believe pedro didn’t even give a defensive swing there.

  141. The Gunner says:

    STFD K-dro

  142. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    He struck out, here’s my shocked face.

  143. Milo Hamilton says:

    Chris Stewart has no chance.

  144. Patrick(ri) says:

    Is Freddy Sanchez available to teach these guys how to hit, especially down in the count?

  145. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ummmm

  146. Stuart says:

    Backward K. Or “clutch K”.

    Now Stewart?

    Good bye aw for Cole.

    Stuart

    Stuart

  147. The Gunner says:

    The BMTIB won’t pay him

  148. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    The upstanding was sarcastic in reference to Marte.

    The infield was back, playing for a DP, let the ball get by the pitcher before he commits.

  149. Carlos Danger says:

    That was a huge let down. But typical of the young season so far. Situational hitting is terrible. I (obviously mistakenly) blamed Jay Bell last year. Guess it is on the players.

  150. Stuart says:

    Meant good bye Win for Cole.
    Stu

  151. Reading says:

    The insurmountable one-run deficit once again.

  152. Patrick(ri) says:

    Lol. Batting coaches work cheap, don’t they?

    Geez, Cards give us two guys in gift wrap and we cannot even get a fly ball. Or the bat on the ball, for that matter.

  153. chethejet1 says:

    Bucs are sliding and mistakes are magnified. Lack of timely hitting is not something that is suddenly reversed in one game. Just no moves to be made and Clint has to continue to stress contact and situational hitting. I suspect this year will be a lot of close losses.

  154. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    The blame should be on the players, not a hitting coach at the MLB level.

    If these guys don’t know how to hit at this point, a hitting coach isn’t going to teach them.

  155. Reading says:

    Basically, once the other team scores– Ballgame.

  156. Stuart says:

    Hey Boras, how about telling your client he can’t raise his avg, or get important RBIs with the bat on his shoulder with two strikes!

    Stuart

  157. Johnstown Russ says:

    @patrick; that was the same thing I said! Brown almost couldn’t beleive they would pitch to Pedro.

    Bases loaded and one out and the modern day Dave kingman lives up to his reputation.

    Tony Sanchez might be back. Would not surprise me if Martin is on the DL tomorrow

  158. The Gunner says:

    I can’t watch any more of this game – good night to all!

  159. Reading says:

    So, once they’re six-games under, it will take a week of wins to get back even. Then a new losing streak to go back under by a week’s worth of games. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  160. Carlos Danger says:

    I know what you are saying. I guess I was just thinking that Searage seems to be able to correct minor flaws in the deliveries of the pitchers as a pitching coach at the MLB level and has great results. It would be awesome if we could find a similar trait in a hitting coach.

  161. Reading says:

    Stupidly thought the days of counting the theoretical number of consecutive wins to get back to .500 were over. Oh well.

  162. Reading says:

    Does anyone else think Gaby will K?

  163. Carlos Danger says:

    I do now.

  164. Reading says:

    Curses. I didn’t predict a backwards K.

  165. Stuart says:

    This is a last place team that has seen the last of .500 for this season.

    How about that extension for Pedro? Me to.

    Stuart

  166. Jucofan says:

    Oh no, we suck again!!

  167. theplanisworking says:

    Didn’t get to see any of the game. But I do have a sliver of good news ….

    Even if the Pirates lose, they won’t fall into the Central Division cellar. Hated Brewers leading the Cubs 5-2.
    Baby steps, I guess.

    For every good thing that happened to the Pirates last year, the opposite is happening this year. Lose a 1-0 game. Last year, the Bucs would have won it. Last year, healthy. This year? Not.

    As you were………..

  168. chethejet1 says:

    Man when you are swept at home by the Reds, and then go on the road and get shut out, it is time to shake up the lineup. Cutch lead off, Walker and then ? Ike fourth, Marte has to drop to 5 and Pedro has to drop to sixth. Polanco at Indy is killing them not having a bat ready to go. That decision for purely financial reasons will haunt this franchise if they keep losing.

  169. Reading says:

    With the next five games on the road. Double-digit deficit on the way.

  170. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  171. Baywatch says:

    He’s actually my favorite Pirate, Ryan! He’s a decent person, I think. I heard an interview with him a couple years ago, and he made a favorable impression on me.

  172. Larry Piotrowicz says:

    Anyone worried yet? Starters are 3-11. Team average in the .220′s. Scored 2 or less in 12 of 24. Given up 3 or more in 18 of 24. 3-12 in last 15 games. 9-15, 8.5 back. I know. It’s only April. But is there reason to believe things will change? Rodriguez, Grilli, Martin injured. Don’t want to hear about Polanco. No reason to believe he’ll hit in Pittsburgh like he is in Indy. Too soon to bring up expecting him to save the team. Unrealistic expectations unfair pressure. Wait until June 15. If they’re still contending, he’ll be a nice addition. If not, it’s the perfect time to plug him in with lowered expectations, then you can trade Snider, Tabata, and GSanchez for prospects.

  173. No Pirates offense, they don’t win, and Jason Grilli’s out with a strained left oblique. Who needs this?! Good night all.p

  174. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Once again….A big, fat zero.
    But we’re told it’s all a mirage, so I won’t believe what I’m seeing till this all lasts….5, 10, 20, 50, 80, 120 or 162 games.

  175. And in the meantime, Polanco is hitting .420 in the minors but they won’t call him up to save money. And Andrew McCutcheon is striking out one of every three at bats. And Jason Grilli’s out with a strained left oblique and they might lose Russell Martin with tightness in his left hamstring. And the Bucs struck out 9 times last night in the late innings. Now who needs any of this nonsense?! Goodnight all, and let’s hope that Coach Dan Bylsma’s giving the Pens hell yesterday will do some good tomorrow.

  176. Arriba Wilver says:

    Ya gotta admit, though, they are getting consistent. ;-)

  177. No argument there.

  178. radio wave says:

    Nine days ago I asked if it was a must win weekend. Now 8.5 games back I am asking, Is the season over?

  179. bpn8pitt says:

    I’m gonna wait until June. But your point is valid.

    Been frustrating, that’s for sure.

  180. Thundercrack says:

    Looking at last night’s box score the Pirates had nine players, not pitchers, that had a batting average of .250 or less.

  181. radio wave says:

    tc: does Drew still post on the blog?

  182. Don’t say anything about Polanco. DK as much as called us stupid on Twitter for even talking about him.

    He says we don’t understand the economics, etc. of baseball.

    Shame the economics don’t include some wins.

    Is this usin he’s a-talkin about? Us dumb fans, uneducated in the finer things of sports?

    “I’ve read and heard a lot of passionate arguments to bring up Polanco from people who demonstrably don’t know rules/system/cost or anything.”

  183. Thundercrack says:

    No RW. Drew is taking an extended break from the blog.

  184. Too small a sample size.

    #snapshot ?

  185. Thundercrack says:

    Lucky,
    Twitter doesn’t count.

    :-)

  186. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Caps have fired George McPhee & Adam Oates. The only reason I bring this up is that yesterday I posted that Ted Leonsis doesn’t fire GM’s.

    Wrong again.

  187. Like spring training I guess. Unless your name is Lambo.

    And I’m on record for NEVER saying to bring Polanco up now. I just like to make people aware of what we have in the minors that would have been up in the past that would make a difference in the anemia that has been our offense the last four games and several others this season.

    I know the Pirates don’t have 15 mil to waste like other teams. I’m glad they’re not that stupid. They showed enough stupidity in their roster move or lack thereof yesterday for an entire season.

  188. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    As consistent as the sun coming up….As consistent as Monday following Sunday….As consistent as the Nutting Regime placing themselves in the “bottom feeder five” of MLB team salary.
    That’s consistency….

  189. radio wave says:

    If Wandy can’t come back, is Compton MLB ready?

  190. Thundercrack says:

    Based on his performance the other day, I would say he is ready.

  191. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Technically, you weren’t wrong. They simply aren’t renewing McPhee’s contract – not the same thing as firing.

  192. Right! And “Passing Away” is not the same as dying.

  193. The countdown begins:

    41 DAYS UNTIL PIRATES SAFELY BRING UP GREGORY POLANCO TO APPEAR IN A PIRATE UNIFORM!!

    {because NOW is not nearly as important as 6 seasons from now!}

  194. Who could ever wisely predict that dude?!

  195. Careful, Groat. You may get a bold twitter reaming from the boss.

    Plus, didn’t you know, he’s working on a lot of things? Base-running especially. Good he hasn’t watched any Pirate games on that aspect.

  196. hockeymonster says:

    My-lo, you think i gotta shot at the gig?

  197. J Walter Weatherman says:

    What will we have to talk about after the Pirates bring up Polanco and the team still stinks?

  198. Milo Hamilton says:

    From 24/7: Looks like Martin to DL. Brilliant to let him play looking like that last night.

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    The second part is from me.

  200. You’re as optimistic as the weather, man.

    (At least the Weather Channel)

    ;)

  201. Great. We’re reduced to Chris Stewart. Montana better get more than one start a week.

  202. Milo Hamilton says:

    It would be hypocritical if he doesn’t.

  203. Milo Hamilton says:

    How about this.

    Grilli to DL – Tony Sanchez takes his spot. Martin to DL – Jared Hughes takes his spot.

    Gotta hand it to Neal on that one. Well played.

  204. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, I nominate you for GM …. of something.
    Anything.

    Living or dead.
    You have my vote.

 
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