My Dad is constantly saying this:
“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”
That quote is from Tommy Lasorda.
I do actually agree completely with the quote. Not just because it’s been repeated to me hundreds of times in my life either. Last night, was that other third for the Pirates.
Jeff Locke pitched well enough to not get immediately yanked from the rotation. Not much better, but good enough when he needed to be. Justin Wilson did not have his best control last night, a problem we are going to see with him for a good portion of the season I’d think. Still, the damage was never really inflicted.
Recap of last night’s game.
Boys are up for this series. There were questions last year about what caused the collapse. There probably isn’t one answer but I will go to my grave (dramatic, huh?) insisting that when Aroldis Chapman plunked Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates didn’t respond at all it was a major, major part of the collapse.
There was no cohesion. It became less a team and more a group of individuals. I hope they learned their lesson. It appears they did because they will be going for the sweep today.
What needs to happen today is a sweep. Today isn’t the day for one of Clint Hurdle‘s Sunday “I Quit” lineups. Let’s trot a Major League lineup out there for once on a Sunday. Just because it’s kid’s day at PNC Park doesn’t mean you have to fill the lineup card up with little league talent.
Phil Irwin will make his big league debut in this one.
If Filthy Phil was Dominican you’d probably never believe he was only in his 20’s. He looks to me like he’s probably 35 if I’m going off that picture.
I like Irwin. I like the fact the Neal Huntington is bringing him up despite having an open spot on the 40 man roster.
After all Brooks Brown is available.
Irwin has had a bunch of success at every level. He has pretty average stuff, but gets by on his good command of the strike zone.
|AA (2 seasons)||12||11||3.33||33||30||191.2||16||27||152||1.122||8.8||0.8||1.3||7.1||5.63|
|AAA (2 seasons)||4||0||2.33||5||5||27.0||1||8||33||1.185||8.0||0.3||2.7||11.0||4.13|
|A+ (2 seasons)||6||0||2.01||11||11||58.1||3||12||46||1.046||7.6||0.5||1.9||7.1||3.83|
|A (1 season)||6||3||3.35||23||20||113.0||9||20||111||1.053||7.9||0.7||1.6||8.8||5.55|
|A- (1 season)||1||2||2.12||10||7||29.2||1||6||32||1.112||8.2||0.3||1.8||9.7||5.33|
The Pirates do like him. They chose to protect him in the Rule V draft so I believe this is more than just calling up a guy whose turn it was in the rotation. I think they have some faith in him and he could be auditioning for a legitimate shot in the coming months.
Good on him. I’m sure if his dad hadn’t been speared through the heart by a Stingray he’d be so proud.
He’ll be squaring off against Mat Latos.
Latos is coming off a very strong first year with the Reds, a year I really would salivate over.
Mat Latos does it all for me. He’s been really consistent, eats innings, doesn’t walk a lot of guys, strikes out batters. Just a solid workhorse type guy that will always give you a chance. A guy that will give you a quality start greater than half the time.
|SDP (3 yrs)||27||29||3.37||72||429.2||39||135||413||108||1.154||7.6||0.8||2.8||8.7||3.06|
|CIN (2 yrs)||14||4||3.45||35||222.0||27||66||198||122||1.153||7.7||1.1||2.7||8.0||3.00|
And he’s just 25.
Latos dominated the Pirates last season, holding Pirates batters to a line of .167/.286/.227. In 19.1 IP he allowed just two XBH to Bucco batters.
All three were Quality Starts.
Pirates fans will find no relief in his career numbers either. He has a 4-0 record in six starts against the Pirates lifetime, with a .199/.283/.279 line against.
This is why using a Sunday lineup will probably lead to disaster.
We won’t even get a break due to homefield advantage. Of those four wins in six games, three of them have come over the course of three starts at PNC Park where the Pirates hit .186/.260/.271 against Latos.
First Pitch: 1:35 PM EST
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