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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Mon May 20, 2013 12:39 pm

pfim wrote:
Rocco wrote:I apologize to any sensitive posters or journalists for talking about the Pirates, but Hopeless is hitting .300/.330/475 in May. I'm going to assume he's juicing and am totally okay with it.


Good thing the Pirates have shown patience with him.


Paying him $5M forced patience.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Mr. Colby on Mon May 20, 2013 6:15 pm

Pirates relievers have pitched the 2nd most innings in the league - 155.

Hopefully we can continue to get longer starts out of our starters that we have been lately so they don't die in august and september again.

Although those 155 innings haven't been too labor-some for at least 3 of the relievers
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ulf on Mon May 20, 2013 6:16 pm

Everyone feel free to complain about not using melancon and grilli when we aren't ahead.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Mon May 20, 2013 7:13 pm

Mr. Colby wrote:Pirates relievers have pitched the 2nd most innings in the league - 155.

Hopefully we can continue to get longer starts out of our starters that we have been lately so they don't die in august and september again.

Although those 155 innings haven't been too labor-some for at least 3 of the relievers


It's starting to level out a little bit as starters are getting deeper into the game. Right now with Gomez in the rotation they don't have a long man to soak up 2-3 innings in a non-competitive game. That problem should solve itself once Morton or Pitching God Karstens returns. They also have relievers in AAA like Black and Welker to turn to this year if people fade (not including Jared Hughes who may or may not be salvaged). Whether or not the team will turn to them over this year's version of Chad Qualls or Takahashi is another matter. I get that it's risky to turn to a rookie late in the year but hard throwing guys in the system should be utilized. I'd like to see them get a LOOGY at some point since Wilson tends to walk too many guys and MATW can't be trusted. I worry about the walk rate of the pitching staff more than the innings logged.

In 2011, the Pirates were under .500 from April 18th until June 8th, then spent the next 2 weeks around .500 until June 24th and stayed over .500 until August 3rd as a 10-game losing streak swallowed them whole. Last year they were under .500 from April 11th until May 30th, and stayed over .500 until September 19th. Obviously this could all go to hell at a moment's notice, but if they keep expanding their window of good play one of these years they will have too many wins banked before they fade to finish under .500.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby RxBandit66 on Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm

I thought that exact thing last year when they were 16 games over .500 in mid-August. Last year J-Mac went to crap, Cutch and Walker struggled, and the bullpen got tired.

This year, they have stockpiled a few more arms, and are basically winning with Walker completely sucking and Cutch/Blimpo only hitting in spurts. If it's true that Karstens is close to returning and Morton is throwing 97 mph, then this year I think they can maintain it.

As a matter of fact, with Cole on the horizon too, they may get help from an unexpected source late in the season, and may finish comfortably above water.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 3:14 pm

Contreras back off the bereavement list. Hughes back to AAA. I hope he didn't touch anything in the Pirates clubhouse and infect it with his suck.

Marte is getting the day off and Sanchez is in the lineup against a RHP. Walker is batting 2nd even though he's in a right funk. Snider's on the team to hit righties and he is on the bench. I don't understand Hurdle sometimes.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Dickie Dunn on Tue May 21, 2013 3:32 pm

Rocco wrote:Contreras back off the bereavement list. Hughes back to AAA. I hope he didn't touch anything in the Pirates clubhouse and infect it with his suck.

Marte is getting the day off and Sanchez is in the lineup against a RHP. Walker is batting 2nd even though he's in a right funk. Snider's on the team to hit righties and he is on the bench. I don't understand Hurdle sometimes.


I get that Marte has appeared in all but one game this season, but why give a day off after a day off?
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 3:38 pm

Dickie Dunn wrote:
Rocco wrote:Contreras back off the bereavement list. Hughes back to AAA. I hope he didn't touch anything in the Pirates clubhouse and infect it with his suck.

Marte is getting the day off and Sanchez is in the lineup against a RHP. Walker is batting 2nd even though he's in a right funk. Snider's on the team to hit righties and he is on the bench. I don't understand Hurdle sometimes.


I get that Marte has appeared in all but one game this season, but why give a day off after a day off?


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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ulf on Tue May 21, 2013 7:07 pm

The plan was to give him Sunday off to get 48 hours off but cutch was scratched, so he gets today off.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 7:36 pm

3-0 Cubs. Somehow the 8th and 9th hitters drive in runs for Chicago.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ulf on Tue May 21, 2013 7:37 pm

Wow. That was just sad.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 7:46 pm

El Blimpo was up over .200 but had to correct that quickly by striking out.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 7:50 pm

Garza strikes out the side. The good news is he's on a pitch count. Just stay close enough for Marmol to show up.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 8:06 pm

Wonder if Sweum will let Garza go deeper than planned to keep his no-hitter going.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 8:24 pm

No one can hit Garza except Cutch who keeps hitting the ball hard but at people. This sucks.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Barmes breaks up the no-hitter. He gets a 24 hour reprieve from a derogatory nickname.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ulf on Tue May 21, 2013 8:49 pm

pedro just tied a world record.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 8:54 pm

These are the types of games that make me want to punch things.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 9:01 pm

El Blimpo is up with the bases loaded and one out. How many pitches until he hits the GIDP?
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 9:07 pm

El Blimpo draws a bases loaded walk. 3-1 Cubs. Now Basura Caliente is up to put out the fire for Chicago.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue May 21, 2013 9:16 pm

GRAND SLAM FOR TRAVIS SNIDER! HE MIGHT HAVE POWER AFTER ALL!
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Lt. Dish on Tue May 21, 2013 9:16 pm

:shock:

Take that, jags.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Beveridge on Tue May 21, 2013 9:18 pm

Guess Snider responds to being benched.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby kovyfalcon27 on Tue May 21, 2013 9:19 pm

Bullpen killin' Buccos!!!!!
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue May 21, 2013 9:23 pm

Love me some Snider
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