This is starting to just feel awkward. Almost like when you get two groups of your friends together that don’t really share the same interests and you try to do something together. I feel like I should be entertaining you or something but it just seems so hard when the Pirates are this pathetic.
I can think of myriad other things that are more enjoyable than watching the Pirates take their turn batting:
Popping off my finger nails.
- Watching Scott Hartnell score a goal.
- Speeding Tickets.
- Staring at the Sun.
- This idiotic commercial from Root Sports.
I could go on, but I believe you get the point.
Obviously the vast majority of people that see that moronic commercial are loyal and patient. Otherwise they would be watching the Yankees or someone.
At some point though we get tired of wasted summers no?
It’s not bad enough that the Pirates bats are so anemic, but they might get swept by LA? Honestly, I can’t stand LA. I can’t stand the Lakers. Can’t stand the Hollywood culture. Can’t stand the plastic people. Can’t stand gangs. Honestly I don’t feel like Los Angeles has any redeeming qualities? Traffic? Smog? Earthquakes?
If you think I’m being too much of a downer I suggest you read Mellie’s recap. In fact if you want to know what actually happened in the game last night it’d be a good idea to read her recap instead of just relying on my whining above!
It’s all up to Jeff Locke to salvage this series. And by salvage this series I clearly don’t mean salvage, I mean just make the failure more palatable.
Judging by recent history, no matter what Locke does the Pirates bats won’t do enough.
Locke made the team out of Spring Training due to a combination of injuries and solid pitching.
In my roster watch article on Jeff Locke I said they viewed him as a starter and that he’d have to really wow to make the rotation. He pitched well but wow is pretty generous. Injuries got him here and I expect he is on a short leash.
He will be on a short leash because he has been basically awful as a big league starter.
He didn’t give up a ton of homers in Spring, but that’s an extraordinarily small sample size. I think my biggest problem with this start is that he really hasn’t gotten actual game action yet this season. Rust could definitely be a factor.
As I’m sure you can imagine he hasn’t faced the Dodgers all that much.
Small sample size city!
His mound opponent will be Hyun-jin Ryu. We will call him Ryu.
Ryu is in his first year with the Dodgers. In case you’re wondering it’s also his first year in the MLB, he spent his first seven years playing in Korea.
While in Korea he was a seven time All Star and won the Strikeout title five times.
In his first outing with the Dodgers this season, the chubby Korean lefty did some things well, and some things bad.
That’s a lot of hits, but he didn’t walk anyone or give up a homer. We’ll have to see more though to really get a feel on how he’ll pitch in the big leagues.
I also don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that he misses his friend Ken. As you can see above they are very tight and it really must be tough to be away from him. Always looking over his back for Blanca and Sagat. I’d have trouble keeping guys off the bases myself.
You always know when his fastball is coming because he makes this sound.
Ryu is a lefty with four pitches. Hope you brought the No-Doz.
Here’s to hoping the Pirates light him up like Blanca!
First Pitch: 4:10 PM EST
Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, Prime