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Final: Pirates 5, Mets 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (39-39) vs. New York Mets (36-42)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Travis Sawchik 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.


  1. cmat0829 says:

    No lineup yet for the Bucs…wonder if they are waiting to see if Marte can go… if he can, we get first glimpse at the ‘where does JayHey play’ question… if not, JayHey in left and that is deferred….

  2. NMR says:

    “Marte jammed his right middle finger into Rodriguez’s foot. The finger was stiff, bruised and badly swollen Wednesday afternoon.

    “I’m not able to throw right now,” Marte said. “Maybe in a day or two.””

    24/7 with the low down.

  3. cmat0829 says:

    ok so that’s settled. not sure what the hold up is on the lineup then….. I’ll guess this:

    Polanco RF
    JayHey LF
    Cutch CF
    Neil 2B
    Ike 1B
    Martin C
    Pedro 3B
    Mercer SS

    Though if it were me, I think I’d go:


  4. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Well if it were me it would be…

    Jay Hay

  5. cmat0829 says:

    I like it

  6. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Jay-Hay seemed to enjoy batting leadoff – and putting Polanco right in front of Cutch might get him some better pitches to hit…

  7. JoeBucco says:

    FWIW, even though my posting has been a lot less frequently than it used to be, it still cracks me up every time I see “24/7″ used in a post. You guys are awesome.

  8. Stuart says:

    Hello Joe Bucco, Do you remember that the 24/7 was first used when Dejan left the Pirates beat to be a high-falutin columnist, and RB took it over? RB famously stated that he might not be able to match DK’s 24/7 coverage, and he was right!

    Don’t be a stranger.


  9. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Road Trip!

    For all of us Pedro fans…

    Altoona will be having a Pedro booblehead day Saturday July 5!!!!!

  10. NMR says:

    Ha, awesome. Shall we take wagers on what kind of expression said bobblehead will have? ;)

  11. Jim S. says:

    7-3 needs to be the minimum acceptable record for this homestand. Preferably, we go 8-2. NYM, AZ, PHI. It can be done, but it won’t be easy.

  12. Maz In Iowa says:

    Gregory Polanco RF
    Josh Harrison LF
    Andrew McCutchen CF
    Neil Walker 2B
    Russell Martin C
    Ike Davis 1B
    Pedro Alvarez 3B
    Jordy Mercer SS
    (Vance Worley P)

  13. Maz In Iowa says:

    Francisco Liriano (oblique) is lightly throwing off the mound on Thursday.

  14. Jim S. says:

    We know it’s ears will be covered by the hat. ;-)

  15. NMR says:

    Ah, that will be the true sign of attention to detail, Jim.

  16. Jim S. says:

    And, maybe for good measure, a flat-billed cap. Pedro rocks that look well. It’s not easy to pull off.

  17. NMR says:

    Crazy depth in that lineup. Only one player with an OBP lower than the current NL average of .312.

  18. The Gunner says:

    Agreed, Jim – it’s time to turn up the heat, brother!

  19. NMR says:

    My better half had me put one on at the store just for the laughs. And it succeeded. Darn kids these days. ;)

  20. Jim S. says:

    I also like that they can be moved around pretty freely.

  21. Tom P. says:


    RF: Curtis Granderson
    2B: Daniel Murphy
    3B: David Wright
    1B: Lucas Duda
    LF: Bobby Abreu
    CF: Juan Lagares
    C: Travis d’Arnaud
    SS: Ruben Tejada
    SP: Daisuke Matsuzaka

  22. Maz In Iowa says:

    If Brandie could put glasses on her avatar…would she have to change it from “Animal” to “Vanimal? :)

  23. Jim S. says:

    My son loves them. I have to admit, they have grown on me.

  24. NMR says:

    Yeah, my first reaction was that I didn’t like two low-average hitters directly behind walk machines Martin and Ike, but man, there’s no obvious other place to put them.

    Still think Ike makes the most sense at 2 and Harrison at 7 or 8. I like having a high average guy in the bottom of this order due to how many walks the middle guys take. But I don’t think this is that big of a deal.

  25. NMR says:

    Oh I own a few, but they’re comfortably curved. Very good quality hats.

  26. Jim S. says:

    Especially since we will have played 10 more home games than road games after this homestand.

    We’ve been 18-21 on the road and 21-18 at home. We need to start making hay at home, Gunner.

  27. NMR says:

    SP: Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Is this real life?

  28. Baywatch says:

    Hast Thou/Y’all Considered My Man, Vance Worley? Worley Bird Gotta Worley Gig!

  29. Andrew says:

    Petty point that will win me no friends, I think it is better to use non-pitcher numbers when looking at league averages, so the OBP for the NL is .320.

    So blog flash point Alvarez falls below league average.

  30. Andrew says:

    Could be a long one, 5.94 BB/9.

  31. Maz In Iowa says:

    I wonder if Pedro might have a thing about Mr Spock’s ears? :)

  32. Brandie says:

    Dang. Gonna be out of town. :(

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  34. Kris says:

    Tonight’s Bucco poll… Who ends the season with more wins, Worley or Liriano?

  35. Brandie says:

    Vanimal!!! Keeps pitchin’ like that… Man, can’t wait to see what the hobble head will look like. I will have to find a pic of Animal in shades.


  36. Roger says:

    Lol I’ll say Worley. Liriano track record is poor when it comes to not being able to put back to back good seasons. Jim Benedict apparently discovered a mechanical flaw in Worley from his 2013 season that was different from his 2011-2012 seasons in which he put up solid numbers. Plus, who knows how Liriano will hold up when he comes back. Obliques are tricky. Cueto last year went on the DL I believe 4 times bc of it. Worley has looked good and so has Locke. With the way Locke has been pounding the strike zone and with the way Worley has pitched, I’m in no hurry to see the 2014 version of Liriano return.

  37. Lonely Libertarian says:

    I’m betting that Liriano wins 6 for Toronto over the rest of the season – Worley same number for the Bucs

  38. KING says:

    Smartest thing Pirates can do right now…Let Cole close out some games. Other than Watson, Hurdle cannot trust the other relievers. Cole can bring it 98 mph, 99 mph & can work him up to starting. Pirates cannot afford to throw season away today anymore.

    Hoping for a Pirates win over Mets say 5-3. HR Cutch HR Polanco.

    I believed in J-Hays talent early. Feel vindicated that he’s been given everyday role. Even Neal H admitted they undervalued Harrison.

    Love DK’s blog. Question:Do you think Pirates need a frontline starter or are they good enough? KING

  39. JoeBucco says:

    Yep, I remember… I was the one that got into it with RB that led to that conversation. So while I didn’t give him the nickname, I was the source of it. :)

  40. Kris says:

    You know something the rest of don’t?

  41. KING says:

    Great question Kris!!! I’ll say Worley more wins. He’s a blood & guts pitcher who has no fear on mound. Vanimal determined & focused…Another Neal H. steal. He’s a genius no question. Lucky to have him as GM. KING

  42. Stuart says:

    +++++ Always good to call out a layabout.


  43. Kris says:

    King. I agree that Cole is best closer we have…unfortunately he’s our best starter too. Maybe he can close his own starts. That way hurdle can stick to his “no complete game” policy.

  44. Lonely Libertarian says:

    I prefer to look at ISO – which is why Sanchez would be my everyday first baseman – expect more power from the corners than Ike delivers.

  45. Stuart says:

    I say Vanimal out duels Francisco.


  46. Brandie says:

    Itchin’ to see good things from the Buccos from the line up they are Fielding. As for a first line starter…depends on the money the management team is willing to part with to pay a player of pedigree. Also depends on how far they want the team to go, wild card, bona fide Playoffs contender, or World Series champion? If world series champion, then defense needs to play better on a consistent basis, baserunning needs to improve dramatically, and situational hitting (Read hitting with RISP) needs to continue to get better and no front line starter is going to accomplish all of that.

    Pardon my rambling. Have not listed anything in depth for a while.

  47. Brandie says:

    Disco Stu!

    So glad to see you!

  48. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Just a WAHG – IF Frankie can come back healthy which is huge if, he would be a logical chip to try and get some value back in a trade – Toronto is in the race and rumor is they are looking for pitching help – they have three quality prospects that Tampa says the want – all three – for Price. The poor man’s alternative would be to trade one of them to rent Liriano for the rest of the year.

    But of course Frankie has to be 100%

  49. Brandie says:

    Always liked Worley Safer on 60 Minutes.

    Whoops! Getting mixed up again.

  50. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Spot on Brandie…

    Defense is very weak at 3 positions right now…

    1. CF
    2. 2B
    3. 1B

    And yes Pedro would be bellow average – but relative to his position he is not as bad as the above 3…

    Marte would be an upgrade in CF – and Cutch’s relatively weak throwing arm less of a liability in Left…

    But this is probably a non-starter – “Face-of-the-Franchise” and other crap [Cutch sees the same defensive
    stats we all do – the fact that HE is not suggesting the move gives me a very different perception of him
    than I had a year ago].

  51. Bizrow says:

    With the Lunatic Nation list, we are only missing two states, the Dakotas.

    Don’t make me move there to get those states represented ;-)

  52. Maz In Iowa says:

    The Pirates lead all National League teams with a .354 on-base percentage (.360) and rank second in batting
    average (.276) during the month of June.

  53. Baywatch says:

    LOL, Kid!

  54. Maz In Iowa says:

    Bucco LHP Tony Watson has not been charged with an earned run since April 22nd. In the last 17 games, the Pittsburgh starting pitchers have combined to go 8-4 with a 3.19 ERA

  55. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pretty hard to think that Cole would be a better option than a guy who has not allowed an ER in over 2 months.Pretty hard to think tooter the Hurdle hasn’t noticed Watson is his best option as well….unless Huntington has a problem with Watson as well.Elementary my dear Watson.OR it could be I gotta thing with Iowa guys closing…….just like with Hanrahan too!

  56. JoeBucco says:

    @Biz… thought I mentioned it but never updated the global tracker, but I moved to Austin, TX last summer. Just noticed that we don’t have anyone already here on the list, so you can add me to it. Though if I was the only one in Westerville, Ohio, previously, then you may have to take one city off the list as well. I seem to think there was more than just me there though.

  57. War_Horse says:

    No, the defense is not very weak right now, as you claim. At 2B, Neil Walker has one error in 63 games. Cutch has 4 errors in 77 games.
    The team is 15th in fielding percentage in the NL because of the 60 errors. Pedro’s throwing problems are the cause of that. But the team’s DER (Defense Efficiency Rating) is 5th in the NL.

  58. The Gunner says:

    Talk about efficiency! Great 1st inning by Worley. And capped off by an outstanding effort by Pedro!!

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    No thread for the NBA draft ? lol.

    Counting on the Cavs to do the right thing. Will be disappointed if Jabari Parker doesn’t end up with the Bucks. Although, Andrew Wiggins has looked good in the team tryouts, so I’ve been told.

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    Bill Simmons is awful. Don’t understand how he has a job.

  61. cmat0829 says:

    i’ll just borrow NMR’s phrase on the Cole as closer idea: “Is this real life”?

  62. cmat0829 says:

    I DO like the idea of the Bucs opportunistically being BUYERS and SELLERS… if we can get Frankie back and healthy, and IF (big IF) we still are getting good starts from Locke and Worley… we could be in a position to flip Frankie and stock some prospects, while trading some of ours away for a Soria or Street (or I will have to swallow my pride, Papelbon).

    Feel free to skewer this one, it’s a new sudden thought I had and won’t be offended if it’s a stupid thought.

  63. cmat0829 says:

    Jayson Stark reported recently that the Pirates were among the teams scouting the Phillies for possible trades… who do yinz think are possible Philly targets (realistically) for us?

  64. cmat0829 says:

    I will agree relative to TV work, though I think Jay Bilas makes me want to vomit every time I hear his voice, so it’s a tough choice as to who is worse…. but his writing is outstanding. Grantland is well done.

  65. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks. Haven’t read him so I will defer to your judgment there.

  66. cmat0829 says:

    As long as Tony pitches the 8th or 9th, I’m content. The 9th is not always the toughest inning or the toughest matchups. I would personally LOVE it if Clint kept teams guessing and mixed and matched with Tony and Marky Mark…

  67. Maz In Iowa says:

    Good thing the Bucs don’t prescribe to my thought process.I’ve always alluded to achieving my goals.Thing is I’ve always said………….”if you want to achieve your goals in life …..set those goals really low” :)

  68. SteelerMI says:

    Are you serious?

  69. SteelerMI says:

    Meant for lonely not War

  70. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  71. cmat0829 says:

    OK, most teams have some version of the Pirates’ “Z”, and the Pirates “Yes, Yes, Yes” has drawn some criticism but what’s with the Mess and their rally towels in the dugout after every hit? that’s mind-numbing.

  72. cmat0829 says:

    D’Arnaud ‘chased’ that one.

  73. cmat0829 says:

    Wow, Mets send the AARP-member Abreu challenging JayHey’s arm…. and pay the price. Still 0-0 at PNC.

  74. RB says:

    Wonder if Pedro is feeling the heat from Harrison’s rise? He’s hustling harder than usual this evening.

  75. JRay3 says:

    It doesn’t matter where you play JHay he just makes play after play.

    I’m starting to believe he could play any position on the diamond well, just a baseball player.

  76. Maz In Iowa says:

    Bastardo?Cause a team can never have enough of them

  77. Reading says:

    No arm in LF. No, it’s all a mirage.

  78. cmat0829 says:

    nice throw, good form in the outfield. Cutch needs to watch JayHey and learn. that play was 40% JayHey 60% the aged Abreu lumbering home. But we’ll take it.

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wait a minute. He’s still out ?

  80. cmat0829 says:

    Blog headline after the deal:

    Nutting: Cheap Bastardo; Pirates bypass Papelbon, pick up Antonio.

  81. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jan Wannstedt looking lovely tonight.

  82. cmat0829 says:

    surprised Terry Collins didnt request the review… helped that Abreu was about 30 feet from home plate when the ball got there. Mets 3B coach went to the Leyva school apparently.

  83. KING says:

    J-Hay throws a strike!!! Out at the plate!!! You wonder how these coaches & scouts & stuff didnt implement J-Hay sooner.

    How do you BUCS fans spell J-Hay? I spell it J-Hay…Some go with Jay Hay or Jay Hey or Jay-Hay. Seen it 5 or 6 different ways.

    Martín just got hit with pitch. Hope Ike comes through. KING

  84. Radio wave says:

    Feels like it will be a four hour game.

  85. Maz In Iowa says:

    No expression Pedro needs to show a lil power

  86. Maz In Iowa says:


  87. The Gunner says:

    Maybe next time, Maz

  88. cmat0829 says:

    plenty of time between pitches to check out the NBA draft. Just seeing what the players are wearing is worth the click over. Cavs took 7 weeks with their #1 pick then still used all their 5 minutes plus some to pick Andrew Wiggins. Now Parker will go to the Bucks.

  89. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pedro……reminds me of Robin Trower………”Bridge of Sighs”

  90. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m happy.

  91. Milo Hamilton says:

    Off to a rocky start so far. Worley’s living on borrowed time. Needless to say, I will not be grading on a curve this homestand.

  92. tomf says:

    another MLB player whining about a called strike

    with a postage stamp sized strike zone

  93. cmat0829 says:

    NBA DRAFT: Priceless. Joel Embid picked #3 by Philadelphia. ESPN cuts to green room for a close-up reaction. Embid stares into camera expressionless. Almost looks angry. #3 is a high pick for him given his foot and back issues, what was he expecting? Maybe he hates Philly?

  94. cmat0829 says:

    Rockier than Worley scattering 4 hits is the Pirates not threatening vs. Daisuke. O needs to get going.

  95. Wild Bill says:

    Just watched the Sixers draft Joel Embiid, and the kid looked disappointed – which they blame on satellite delay.

    If Adam Silver doesn’t work out as Commissioner, he has a great future playing Yoda in Star Wars remakes.

  96. Maz In Iowa says:


  97. Florida Steeler says:

    Think he wanted to go to the Lakers.

  98. Wild Bill says:

    One of the truly horrible teams of recent years – what’s not to like?

  99. cmat0829 says:

    Big difference in $ but ok. I’m sorry but he has Greg Oden written all over him. Foot issues and back issues for big guy.. I say ‘stay away from that’. But good luck Philly.

  100. JohninOshkosh says:

    ESPN and Bill Simmons do know that Chicago and Milwaukee are separate cities and Milwaukee is not a suburb, don’t they ?

  101. Maz In Iowa says:


  102. cmat0829 says:

    Bucs draw First Blood .. credit to Vanimal for the sac bunt, Mercer for aggressively moving to 3B on wild pitch, Polanco for pulling the grounder to score the run.

  103. Maz In Iowa says:

    Might the only run this game

  104. Thundercrack says:

    Pedro hasn’t been the same since the Home Run Contest.
    It’s David Wright’s fault.
    I’m at the game. I’ll be sure to boo Wright. ( and maybe Pedro too)

  105. JRay3 says:

    Great illustration of what solid fundamental baseball can generate.

  106. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tell Pedro to start acting like he cares, will ya.

  107. Reading says:

    Ducas Luda is becoming an annoyance.

  108. Milo Hamilton says:

    Obviously the Mets kept the right one.

  109. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Bobby Abreu still in the league?

    Always liked that guys swing

  110. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  111. cmat0829 says:

    Byproduct of Duda determined to beat the shift… determined to go other way and he gets the cheapest of all HRs possible.

  112. cmat0829 says:

    yes but dont tell the Phillies, they are trying to get older.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    I see Travis D’Arnaud is as awful as his brother. That’s somewhat comforting.

  114. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    He’s not. He has the stuff, but that’s not where you want him.

    You’re not building up arm strength as a closer to become a starter.

    Digging deep on that one.

  115. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    took the words right out of my mouth.

    I love Chase’s athletic ability, but that seems to be all he has.

  116. Parrothead says:

    Well, the Mets definitely kept the right guy and suckered Pittsburgh to take their washed up cast off.

  117. cmat0829 says:

    Vanimal not as sharp – clearly – tonight… we get to see if he can grind through one…

  118. cmat0829 says:

    we need to get better at prospect hype… Jays suckered the Mets into that one… Yankees I think are the absolute best at building up their prospects….

  119. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Pirates scouting the Phillies.

    I was originally going to suggest Jimmy Rollins, but then I compared the numbers to Jordy and he’s not that much different. Still seems to run like the wind though.

    Defensively, they’re not much different, but I think JR has more range.
    Offensively, Jordy’s BA is about 20 points lower.

    Probably not worth the added $$$

    Best investment is always in SP and that’s what they need to address, sorta.

    These fill in guys are doing a great job.

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey guys – DON’T SWING.

  121. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Cause that’s what it was…….

  122. cmat0829 says:

    not sure what was uglier… dice-k’s pitch or neil’s swing.

  123. cmat0829 says:

    Pedro: WAIT FOR THE PITCH then make it 4-1

  124. Maz In Iowa says:

    “Botox” Alvarez could salvage this

  125. cmat0829 says:

    Pirates LITTLE LEAGUE a run, take bat out of Pedro’s hands. But i’m glad they did. Kinda.

  126. Andrew says:

    Wow Mets, that was so predictable.

  127. JRay3 says:

    And the Bucs “steal” the lead right back as Ike stays in run down long enough for Cutch to plate.

  128. cherokee23 says:

    Walkie called that one!

  129. cmat0829 says:

    fastest I’ve ever seen Ike run.

  130. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Look at the UZR/150 numbers – errors are not the best metric…

    Pedro has throwing problems – but he gets to a lot of balls that others do not…

    Both Walker and Davis are not making the plays that they should make – and even
    tonight – a really good first baseman comes off of the bag and catches Pedro’s throw – yes it
    is an error and rightfully so – but Davis is not a good defensive 1st baseman.

    And if you think Cutch is a good CF I am sorry – you have not been watching – too many singles
    have been turned into doubles – too many runner moving up – and the range is down…

  131. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    KInda agree…

    Pedro gets paid for the 3 run bomb, that was a good opportunity.

    At least they got a run.

  132. Maz In Iowa says:

    Hmmm Hurdle must not trust Pedro…:)

  133. cherokee23 says:

    Another sign of little faith in Pedro from Hurdle. Hurdle been doing a lot of little things lately in that vein

  134. cmat0829 says:

    yep but my confidence in the 3run bomb waned when he watched a 79mph meatball hanging curve go past him for strike one. not sure the Bucs have watched a scouting report, they seem to be waiting for the fastball…and I don’t think Dice-K has one.

  135. cmat0829 says:

    right but if a team is gonna give you a run…

  136. Maz In Iowa says:

    What kind of look did Pedro have on his face as this was unfolding?

  137. Stuart says:

    Hey Brandi good to see ya!

    How’s the job?

    Anything heaving your bisons?

    I know you’ve been busy. Still glad to know you’re around.


  138. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Oh I agree. Not that Im confident he would’ve done anything besides K or rolled over to the 2B, but I don’t think you can take the bat out of his hand in that situation.

  139. Lonely Libertarian says:

    I hate to be so agreeable – but I have thought that getting Street or Soria would be the best use of our chips. Starters are not the problem right now – Sadler is depth and even Kingham in an emergency. Putting Melancon back in lower leverage 8th inning role should help him – if not Watson moves to that spot.

  140. cmat0829 says:

    Daniel Murphy at the plate. Did you catch his comments about a contract extension? Essentially he said “I already have more money than I can spend. More than my son can ever spend. It isn’t about the money it’s about being somewhere for 4 years with at bats….”…. fully expect Boras to have sent a horse’s head to his home and the union to disavow him. But good for him.

  141. KING says:

    Bucs fans–Who gets the RBI on that strange Cutch run to home?

    Pirates winning 2-1 now. Looks like a down to the wire kind of a game. Hope they bring in Watson to close it.

    Davis knocked it down.Nailed Met at 2nd. Collins going to challenge. Changes mind. Wright hits into double play. Worley Grade A- through 5. KING

  142. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Milwaukee is a suburb – lots of Chicago folks have moved to the North to get better beer – tired of Old Style…

  143. cmat0829 says:

    nice tidy DP from David Wright and Vanimal is through 5. He’s tiptoeing thru the raindrops a little this game but you have to do that every once in a while.

  144. cmat0829 says:

    pretty sure there is no RBI , but Cutch would get a steal.

  145. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    You take it while you can get it..

  146. The Gunner says:

    Probably a relieved look – it took pressure off of him

  147. Nate83 says:

    Hey everyone, I just got tickets to see the Pirates against the Padres in August. I’m bringing the entire family and making an entire weekend out of it since it’s a good 4.5 hour drive. Any good suggestions on what’s good to do in Pittsburgh for a 6 and 11 year old? Thanks ahead of time.

  148. theplanisworking says:

    As a Sixer fan, I say they blew it.
    Foot issues, back issues, now attitude issues?
    Last year they traded for Noel, with his multiple injury issues, and didn’t play a single play. Now, Embiid may not play this year.

    Maybe I need to root for the Washington Generals?

  149. cmat0829 says:

    HA! Pedro with both a line drive base hit AND a seeing eye single thru the shift… both.

  150. The Gunner says:

    Worley is doing Ok tonight, maybe he can get thru 7. Geez, Pedro just got a bingle

  151. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    that’s RBI, SB for Cutch.

  152. theplanisworking says:


    congrats on getting Parker.
    Bucks did much better with their pick than Philly.
    Can’t wait to see what the #10 pick is ……………. (sarcasm alert)

  153. JRay3 says:

    For having to wiggle out of some innings, Worley just one run in 5 innings tonight as he pieces another quality start together and boasts a 1.93 ERA to boot.

    Nice acquisition I would say.

  154. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Kennywood of course

  155. Lonely Libertarian says:

    The writing is what he is great at – one of the best baseball books is

    Worth your time to read – a collection of edited columns around the 2004 series.

  156. The Gunner says:

    and he can hit, too!

  157. theplanisworking says:

    Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette (PG).

    I need a drink……..
    So does the city of Philadelphia. :(

  158. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    You don’t see that enough, IMO.

  159. RalphM says:

    Carnegie Science Center

  160. cmat0829 says:

    no idea what the future holds, but he’s young… like the way he bunts and hits at the plate…seems like a good athlete…. maybe it was Chez Dumpster but me likey so far.

  161. Nate83 says:

    Yep, If he does nothing else this year after this game and never contributes again he will be well worth the pick up.

    If he continues to keep his walks down and can keep the ball in the park he could be a nice 4 or 5 starter for this team the next couple years for a fraction of the cost of any free agent picked up to serve the same role.

  162. JRay3 says:

    And he can hit

  163. cmat0829 says:

    TOTALLY AGREE. And the union should shut their yappers about it. It’s his right to pick where he wants to play.

  164. cmat0829 says:

    UMP favoring the 60year old Dice-K against our young phenom Polanco. come on Gregory MAKE HIM PAY.

  165. cmat0829 says:

    Travis makes Ryan Doumit look like Johnny Bench.

  166. JRay3 says:


  167. Brandie says:


    Watching the game with hubby. Good to see Vanimal hitting. Been super busy. Been thinking about you. Thanks for all of your support.

  168. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was wrong. This D’Arnaud is worse than his brother. Stinks.

  169. cmat0829 says:

    Just say D’Nooooooo.

  170. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Sandcastle, water slides and such – down on the south side – very nice group of stores and eateries nearby – and some places to stay….

  171. Nate83 says:

    I thought of Kennywood but I was looking for more quantity. Wanted to get a number of things in. Not to mention we live close enough to Cedar Point that they have been there a number of times. Thanks anyways.

  172. cmat0829 says:


  173. JRay3 says:

    And that ball was POLANCO’d

  174. The Gunner says:

    You may kiss it goodbye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  175. cmat0829 says:

    He did make him pay. In yen.

  176. Nate83 says:

    Had that on my list. Thanks.

  177. Maz In Iowa says:

    El Coffee!!!

  178. cmat0829 says:

    So is this when the Mets wave the white towels vs. twirling them?

  179. Brandie says:


  180. theplanisworking says:


    Kids always love a zoo.

  181. Nate83 says:

    I’ll look into that. Thanks.

  182. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m with you on this, WH.

  183. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    Bingo. Still under control.

  184. cherokee23 says:

    That was awesome. I love that kid!

  185. cmat0829 says:

    El Coffee put a JOLT into one and the Bucs brew a 5-1 lead. Sponsored by Starbucks.

  186. Thundercrack says:

    I was just about to complain that Polanco only has 2 extra base hits.

    Never mind

  187. Stuart says:

    Great B!

  188. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    So sweet….

  189. JRay3 says:

    This has turned into a dangerous NL lineup.

    Boasts a few guys who can change complexion of games with one swing.

  190. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Pretty sure they’ve done that since game 1

  191. Wild Bill says:

    Great at bat after the two low strike calls.

  192. Brandie says:

    Kenny Powers knows all about sweet.

  193. Milo Hamilton says:

    That really looked like Darryl Strawberry.

  194. cmat0829 says:

    Bummer, Cutch charged one to left field but Abreu had time to position his walker and make the catch. Polanco did exactly what the Bucs should do to Dice-K’s junkballs…. take the trash out of the park!!

  195. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’ve been watching, and I think you’re nuts. Not that he’s perfect, but pointing him out as a problem is waaaayyyyyy overdone.

  196. cmat0829 says:

    it did. i’m cringing because i hate all that is the mets of that era, but sweet swing indeed.

  197. Maz In Iowa says:

    But only one who can’t change facial expressions. :)

  198. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    that’s right baby……….i’m the sweetest thing!!

  199. cmat0829 says:


  200. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Is this a serious topic?

    Are people really upset by his lack of expression?

  201. Stuart says:

    Carnegie Science Center is next to the ballpark. A lot of great stuff for the kids, also have an excellent IMax.


  202. Arriba Wilver says:


  203. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    All game changers in my book…

  204. cmat0829 says:

    now Vanimal can settle in and give us 7…and if efficient he can go the 8th.

  205. Maz In Iowa says:

    Smiley face.Hello.Is every post taken seriously?Yikes!!

  206. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    If Polanco can be a DS, I’ll take it.

    Without the off the field issues of course.

  207. cmat0829 says:

    i look at it like pro wrestling or watching reality TV….some watch for enjoyment and some just truly BELIEVE. So it is indeed serious to the true believers, yes. But for the rest of us, pass the popcorn.

  208. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    he’s at 81 so far.

    7 is the best case right now…

  209. Arriba Wilver says:

    I watched Fargo. Does that count?

  210. cmat0829 says:

    nah, the new Hurdle lets em go past 100 pitches. but i won’t complain about 7.

  211. JD says:

    + 100 AW. Cutch might not be Willie Mays, but he’s better than most.

  212. Brandie says:

    Getting raises and more responsibility. Very happy. Hope the world treats you well my friend.

  213. Nate83 says:

    Yes they are and it does seem extremely silly. Tim Duncan doesn’t change expression, Heath Miller doesn’t change expression, Albert Pujoles rarely changes expression. It’s really has no correlation to if a player cares or is trying. It’s simply a personality trait.

  214. radio wave says:

    I know Cole is going Saturday. I understand there has been a time change for that game, what is the new time? Who is pitching tomorrow? On Sunday when we have tix? Thanks

  215. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’m good with 6, but if they can go further, that’s even better.

    end of the inning at at 89 pitches.

    I’m good with either decision at this point, except for Grilli coming in.

  216. twentytwo22 says:

    Worley gets them 1-2-3 after the 3-run HR.

  217. Maz In Iowa says:

    I'[ve put up with multiple levels of crap for over 20+ years.I believe I’m due a certain amount of levity before someone goes “Machado” on me…….kidding…..again. :)

  218. Nate83 says:

    Walker? maybe even Martin?

    Deep, deep line up. Nobody hits for a ton of power but almost everyone on the team seems capable of 15-25 HR’s and they have good speed as well.

  219. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I get the smiley face part, but I’ve seen it mentioned a few times today.

  220. JRay3 says:

    Getting used to these Bucs starters easily pitching into the seventh inning of games.

  221. JD says:

    Nothing wrong with hating Philly.

  222. Florida Steeler says:

    They better keep Worley–he can even bunt. Must have leaned that some other place.

  223. Milo Hamilton says:

    Saturday’s game is 4:05. Volquez is pitching Sunday.

  224. Andrew says:

    Cumpton tomorrow, Volquez Sunday, and I think it is 4:05 Saturday.

  225. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I thought about both of those guys, but neither have the potential impact as those 4, IMO.

    They’ll both have their moments, but I see them more as secondary pieces to those 4.

  226. cmat0829 says:

    come on, Grilli SHOWS EMOTION. who wouldn’t want that/

  227. Lonely Libertarian says:

    The Children’s Museum – my grand daughters LOVE this place…

    3-15 so your guys might enjoy…

  228. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I agree. It’s a ridiculous thought.

  229. Andrew says:

    #38 Overall prospect coming into this season, Neil Huntington trade target in three years.

  230. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yep, the owners should keep more of the money. [sarcasm]

  231. cmat0829 says:

    since June 5, I believe only 3 times has a starter not pitched into the 7th. Liriano’s injury is one, Volquez drubbing vs Reds is one…can’t remember the other one. But it is very rare that Clint is yanking these guys after 5 anymore.

  232. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pass the popcorn

  233. cmat0829 says:

    Got a half cheese half caramel from Nuts on Clark from Midway airport… i’ll share.

  234. cmat0829 says:

    LOL. IN all fairness, going from prospect to big league producer is HARD. But Travis doesn’t pass the eye test. I’d still trade Snider – Travis for Travis trade – straight up.

  235. The Gunner says:

    Don’t think any body was warming up – Vanimal will stay in for the 7th and that will be it

  236. Brandie says:

    Good things for this team if they are able to keep it together.

  237. Arriba Wilver says:

    So does Maz. Sheesh.

  238. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    ha! true statement

  239. KING says:

    Right Brandie! Polanco will become a Paul Bunyan type legend pretty soon. Beating out infield hits, hitting balls 450 feet etc.

    Years from now, Bucs fans will be talking about Polanco like they did of Clemente & Babe Ruth. A 5 tool talent. Sky’s the limit for Polanco. 3 run prodigious blast. KING

  240. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    It has more to do with their performance than CH.

  241. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  242. The Gunner says:

    That’s the way it should be, JRay!

  243. cmat0829 says:

    NICE DP cleans up Pedro’s inability to snare Chase’s brothers hit….and Lurch can sit down.

  244. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Fine by me.

    It helps that he was at the bottom half of the Mets lineup, with an obvious PH spot for the pitcher.

  245. Arriba Wilver says:


  246. radio wave says:

    Thanks to both you and Milo.

  247. cmat0829 says:

    yes, but early in the month and in May Clint pulled some in the 6th just a wee bit quickly…it did come in the stretch of poor pitching and Clint trusted his pen more than his starters then, but it’s a combination…starters better, pen scuffling a bit, so Clint opting to stick with starters and not be so anxious to get into the pen.

  248. radio wave says:

    Is Worley this year’s Liriano?

  249. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well, Vanimal can unpack.

  250. JRay3 says:

    7 innings, 1 Run, 100 pitches and now a 1.74 ERA.

    Just superb and all of a sudden this rotation looks much deeper than many May have thought a few weeks ago.

  251. cmat0829 says:

    and Cumpton can use his suitcase.

  252. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Fair enough…….

  253. Brandie says:

    Good evening in Bucco Land. Who would have picked Vance Worley to be dynamite?

  254. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sorry, Ryan, you understood the comment better than me. My bad.

  255. Jandy says:

    Gotta see if I can talk hubby into going ;)

  256. Arriba Wilver says:


  257. twentytwo22 says:

    When you hear that dopey delirious noise from the crowd it can only mean one thing.

  258. JRay3 says:

    We will witness Cumpton’s farewell start tomorrow.

    Nice to have a guy like him as your #6 to be called upon when needed. He also has to be in play for ’15 rotation.

  259. Jandy says:

    Let’s hear it for Worley Bird, he pitched a great game.

    Busy paying bills and doing hubby’s paperwork, but have the game on. Had to pop in :)

  260. JRay3 says:

    Those wondering about Travis Snider’s value just look up his PH stats.

  261. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    How dare you question my authority/knowledge….

    kidding of course.

  262. Maz In Iowa says:

    Lunchbox on fire

  263. Jandy says:

    His mother :)

  264. Maz In Iowa says:

    Still no Hanson at Altoona

  265. cmat0829 says:

    roh-ro, here comes another set of Snider sucks retorts.

  266. Jandy says:

    Must be the hot sauce ;)

  267. Milo Hamilton says:

    So when did Travis Snider turn into Del Unser ?

  268. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    On both parts. Has to be considered for 2015.

    Him 4 with possibly Worley #5.(depending on the rest of the ways performance)

    Cole, FA, Morton, Cumpton, Worley…interesting thought.

  269. Jandy says:


  270. Nate83 says:

    Just checked it out. That is perfect for my boys. They love places like that. We are members at a place called imagination station that looks a lot like this place. Thanks.

  271. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Snider sucks…..

  272. cmat0829 says:

    YES, he isn’t going far. Best for him to stay stretched out in INdy vs. being the long man in the pen. Don’t shoot me, but isn’t Cumpton or Locke also in play if the Bucs swing a deal for a top starter? have to thing young pitchers who have major league success would top off a deal with a couple of stud prospects.

  273. Andrew says:

    Why sacrifice there?

  274. Jandy says:

    Worley Bird

  275. cmat0829 says:

    thanks. you are quick at the keyboard (or pad) tonight.

  276. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Bad sac bunt there…5-1 late in the game, took the bat out of your best hitters hands.

    Not sure if that was by design or JHay did it himself, either way, not a huge fan of the play.

    Unless of course Walker does something with it.

  277. Nate83 says:

    My son is afraid of birds. He got attacked by one while feeding them nectar at the Columbus zoo, but thanks for the suggestion.

  278. radio wave says:

    Was Locke sent down?

  279. JRay3 says:

    Don’t forget Locke who is a lock pardon the pun for the rotation.

  280. Jandy says:

    :sigh: friggin Walker…

  281. cmat0829 says:

    to load the bases with 1 out for Neil. But it didn’t work out. Neil not a great game today, but stuff happens.

  282. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    here for ya buddy……..

  283. Brandie says:

    Dripping with hot sauce!

  284. Jandy says:

    I didn’t know they made jerky pops

  285. JRay3 says:

    The curse of the #4 spot in the lineup continues, let JHay bat cleanup he does everything else.

  286. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’d still rather have Cutch batting with a RISP, than Walker with bases loaded.

  287. Nate83 says:

    I knew Maz was joking. I saw the smiley face. I was just responding to Ryan’s comment of if this was an actual issue people make a big deal about. I never responded directly to Maz.

  288. cmat0829 says:

    now that it was made public, management definitely will let it simmer a day or so longer otherwise they lose face. really a nonstory. no one knows what he did, but I for one am pulling for more coaching discipline in the minors, not happy with how often the Bucs blow the fundamentals. If he needs help focusing mentally, then so be it. Otherwise, the blog will be on fire when he pulls frequent Martes when he comes up.

  289. JRay3 says:

    No, believe he is slated to throw Tuesday in opener of Dbacks series.

  290. Andrew says:

    That move is fine if you want one run, but it completely kills any chance at a big inning. Don’t really need one run up four.

  291. Milo Hamilton says:

    He’s still here. Cumpton will probably go back to make room for Cole after he pitches tomorrow.

  292. Maz In Iowa says:


  293. Milo Hamilton says:

    There is absolutely no reason for Tony Watson to be pitching right now. None. Zero.

  294. cmat0829 says:

    here’s the problem with Clint. No need for Watson here with a 4 run lead. Go with Lurch, see what happens. Bucs add on, you can mop up with Stolmy or Gomez…. Mets creep closer you can bring Watson in. You can have your choice for the 9th either Watson or Marky Mark..

  295. Jandy says:

    OK back to it, carry on Loonies!

  296. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    I’d trade either one, or both, for a top of the rotation guy.

    My favorite out there is of course David Price, but I’ve liked him since he came up. So I’m not sure that counts.

    But the possibility to have him and Cole at the top of the rotation? Good grief

  297. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    was thinking the same thing here. NO need for Watson in this situation, but he’s the “8th inning” guy.

  298. JRay3 says:

    Thought the same exact thing.

  299. cmat0829 says:

    i will give 30% benefit of the doubt on this one… given Mets only down 4 and the heart of the order up this inning. wanted to close the door on them and make the 9th easier. But only 30% for that.

  300. Nate83 says:

    Colorado just scored 4 to go up 4-3 on the Brewers in the 4th. Why do I dislike them so much? Even if the Pirates had a record of 0-78 I would still watch the scoreboard to see if the Brewers lost.

  301. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    You’re right, I did forget about Locke

    But do they go into the 2015 season with Cole, Locke, Morton, Cumpton, and Worley in the rotation?

    Maybe to start, add later….again, I think it has a lot to do with how Locke, Cumpton and Worley perform the rest of the way.

  302. cmat0829 says:

    It will still take 2 very very good prospects (Glasnow and Bell?) PLUS Locke or Cumpton to get Price I would think… but I”m terrible at estimating cost of trades…..

    I think the biggest thing Cumpton and Locke (Locke I like stuff-wise better than Brandon) gives NH is ability to let some of the pitching prospects go in a trade… If Taillon coming back from TJ (big if) is as advertised, then you most definitely can let Glasnow, Kingham, etc go

  303. cmat0829 says:

    Dangerous to project pitching from one year to the next, but you can be sure Cole, Morton and Locke are penciled in for 2015 rotation. Another spot is being held for Taillon, timeline around July. The challenge is having a number of capable guys (Cumpton, Worley, Pimentel, Kingham, Sadler) vs. going all in for a pitching stud and letting the chips fall where they may. I’m leaning toward Cole, BigNamePitcher, Morton, Locke, Worley.

  304. JRay3 says:

    Maybe Bucs 38-96 record vs them since ’07?

  305. Andrew says:

    Yeah I don’t get it and if the score stays the same we’ll Melancon in the 9th, not the best use of the bullpen.

  306. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    30% sounds about right.

    still a wasted spot if you ask me…dont use them unless you need too or if they haven’t worked in awhile.

  307. The Gunner says:

    Price would look good in a Bucco uni but, the BMTIB won’t go for him

  308. cmat0829 says:

    I am rooting big time for the Rockies, but how can that pitching keep the Brewers under a dozen runs a game in that bandbox? Have to hope Morneau and Tulo hit enough bombs to outslug the smug Brewers.

  309. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh is that all ? :)

  310. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I dont even try to guess what the price tag would be for guys, not my thing, but I’m game for your plan.

  311. twentytwo22 says:

    Everytime I watch them on the scoreboard it’s a pitcher with a 5 ERA. Terrible.

  312. cmat0829 says:

    I think you are right. He makes something like $17M this year I think and might make $20M next in arbitration. They DO have the money for him and it would only be through next year vs. long term commitment but if they were struggling to pay $14M for AJB as that being too much for one player, then yes the Price is out of their range.

    But I have to believe NH (human nature) is itching to make his mark with a move like this at one point…he’s patiently stocked the fridge with prospects…dipped his toe with the Morneau and Byrd trades…. and repeatedly asked about Stanton last year. It would certainly be a jolt to this team and 2015 team and then you pick up a draft pick with the QO if it still exists. But yea, odds 5% at best.

  313. Milo Hamilton says:

    What a coincidence. A drone flying over the ballpark while Tim Neverett drones on.

  314. cmat0829 says:

    I know we bitch about Nutting, but the Monforts are dreadful owners…and Dan O’Dowd make Kevin Towers look like a great GM. Big thing is that they really should bring the fences in (yes I said in) and eliminate all the cheap bloop hits that happen in that park because the outfield is so vast and they all play so deep there. If a ball is hit with any type of topspin it is going out anyway, no need to make it go 420 feet to center field. A triple many times is as good as a HR.

    They just get enamored with the effect the stadium has on resurrecting offense (overpaying for Cuddyer for example, and the jolt that Morneau has gotten) that they forget to stuff the staff with sinker ballers and flame throwers.

  315. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Never easy, always a lot of big IF’s. I do like the idea of adding a FA in off season.

  316. The Gunner says:

    Oh how sweet it is!!!!!

  317. cmat0829 says:

    nothing better than a full house at PNC chanting LETS GO BUCS as the team closes out a home win. RAISE IT>

  318. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well, you can’t have a 10-0 homestand without winning the first one.

  319. JRay3 says:

    Behind seven innings from Vance Worley who turns in another quality start and a three run blast from Gregory Polanco the Bucs down the Mets 5-2 in the opener of this four game series and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are back to a game above .500 at 40-39 and have won 5 of their last 6 games while evening the season series with the Mets at 2-2.

    The Pirates will look to make it two straight tomorrow night when Brandon Cumpton toes the rubber for the Pirates.

    Go Bucs!

  320. Maz In Iowa says:

    Raise it!!

  321. cmat0829 says:

    #RAISINGTHEBAR love it!

  322. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    They’re losing almost $21 off of the budget from 4 pitchers this season.

    Without projected pay raises for some, this deal might not be that far out of reach.

    Not including possibly losing Russell Martin.

  323. cmat0829 says:

    NOW this is cool. Full house waiting for fireworks get to salute Polanco as star of the game. NICE.

  324. Lonely Libertarian says:

    unless they do the smart thing and DFA Grilli…

    Six man rotation – with “starters” available on days 3-4 off to fill innings – or maybe even close in the case of Cole…

  325. Jim S. says:

    If you’re into these sorts of stats …

    YTD, Cutch is #2 in MLB in % of hard hit balls. JHay is #4.

    For the month, Cutch is #1 in MLB at 31.6%.

  326. DJ says:

    Polanco on 1st PNC Park HR: “He throw me a slider right in the middle. I swing.”

    Love this kid.

  327. Jim S. says:

    Polanco’s post game interview was great. It’s good to be Gregory Polanco.

  328. Jim S. says:

    Amen to that!

  329. The Gunner says:

    Polanco seems like a nice, respectful young man. He’s gonna be a good one for sure………maybe better!!!

  330. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Cole will not close a single game this year.

  331. Jim S. says:

    Clint just can’t help himself with the bunts. Not a great move there, even though it worked. Horrible all the times it hasn’t worked.

  332. Jim S. says:

    I agree. He’s a great kid from all indications, Gunner.

  333. DJ says:

    His joy is infectious.

  334. Jim S. says:

    I continue to maintain that the most important part of a Manager’s job is how he handles the interpersonal aspects of his job. And, it appears to me that Clint gets as much out of his guys as any Manager.

    But, enough with the sacrifices already. Highest OBP in the league and we give away a couple of outs almost every night.

    And, Watson should not have pitched the 8th nor Melancon the 9th. Gomez and Hughes could have nailed it down. Of course, I suppose that means they would have missed out on a Hold and a Save.

  335. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I wondered if JayHay’s sac bunt was called or if he did it on his own, either way, I disagreed with it on a 4 run lead.

    I also thought someone other than Watson should’ve pitched the 8th. Same reasons as above.

  336. DJ says:

    Walk to Cutch pretty predictable.

    Surprised Clint went that direction.

  337. Jim S. says:

    Glasnow might be the best of the bunch. No way do you give up him and more for. 1.5 years of Price. Huntington is trying to make this success last, not try for a WS and then have it crumble.

    St. Louis doesn’t make deals like that, and they perennially contend.

  338. Jim S. says:

    I’m not. He always does it.

  339. Jim S. says:


  340. DJ says:

    Prospect hoarder.

    The Price is Not Right, so I’m with you.

  341. Andrew says:

    I honestly think this is the dumbest suggestion I’ve read on the internet is some time.

  342. DJ says:

    Did he forget who was on deck?

  343. stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I won’t say that….he’s entitled to his opinion. I dont like the idea myself, but I’ve read some much dumber

  344. KING says:

    Raise The Jolly Roger!!! Pirates win 5-2!!! Worley continues to impress & shuts down Mets. Pirates rotation playing Can U Top This?!

    This is one of those times where competition brings out the best in players. Nobody wants to be sent to AAA.

    Melancon got big 3 outs & Pirates have 40 wins. Polanco 3 run HR bomb sealed the win. KING

  345. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, JB, my son and his family live in Cedar Park, we were there recently, a beautiful town

  346. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, JB, my son and his family live in Cedar Park, we were there recently, a beautiful town

  347. dennis g says:

    Another Bryan Morris?

  348. KING says:

    I was listening to the FAN & they cited source talking about Bucs interested in pitcher Brandon McCarthy D’Backs & AJ Burnett. Should be interesting if AJ comes back to Pittsburgh.
    Great Bucs victory Tonight. KING

  349. Jim S. says:

    Looks that way.

  350. Jim S. says:

    I think McCarthy would be a nice pickup, as he has had a ton of bad fortune for how well he’s pitched this season. But, I don’t think we need a starter right now. We’re getting by quite well, and Cole and Liriano are on the mend.

    I think we need bullpen help. Our Manager apparently only trusts 2 guys in the own.

  351. Jim S. says:

    Last sentence should have ended with “2 guys in the pen.”

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