Womp womp womp. I guess games like that are bound to happen when you only score one run but two outs away from a win and not only did the Pirates lose but they destroyed the bullpen.
Some great defense will basically be forgotten due to how this game played out. Pedro Alvarez was atrocious at the plate. 0 for 6? Wow. But his defense was stellar and he possibly saved a few runs yesterday. What was really shocking though was Andrew McCutchen going 0 for 6. That’s hard to fathom at all.
If anything we can be a bit happy knowing that both of those guys probably aren’t going to be that bad too often. This offensive swoon is also doing something very important. Highlighting to Neal Huntington what this team is going to need. An actual, honest to God, high end stick or two. I like Travis Snider as much as the next guy, the Pirates can’t make that trade again. That was a different time, for different reasons.
Does it take a huge trade right now though? Absolutely not. The Pirates could immediately upgrade their bench by optioning Michael McKenry to AAA and calling up former first rounder Tony Sanchez. This move would improve game calling and defense behind the plate and probably provide a better stick. It’s a clear upgrade in both aspects of the game.
Another way to upgrade the bench would be to call up Matt Hague. Hague reminds me of Steve Pearce and could be a legit platoon option. He is definitely a better offensive option to Brandon Inge, a guy that is completely done at this point.
Brandon Cumpton is going to have to pitch his heart out today if he wants to win. With the crappy at bats we’re getting from just about everyone outside of Jordy Mercer and the bullpen getting heavily worked last night it’d be nice if he could shut down the Reds.
Cumpton pitched pretty okay against the Dodgers. That’s it. It was a positiveish start for the kid, not great, not horrible. He kept the Pirates in it, which is all we can ask for a young guy that probably isn’t ready for the bigs.
To help him out a bit the Pirates optioned Alex Presley to Indianapolis for reliever Duke Welker. Possibly a temporary move but who knows. Presley has been decent at times for the Bucs so I’d expect to see him back unless Jose Tabata is healthy.
I guess it’s good they brought up a reliever since Michael McKenry will be doing the catching today…….
Cumpton is likely pitching for another start here. Jeanmar Gomez had a great rehab outing with Altoona, throwing five innings of no hit ball.
Homer Bailey will bring his losing record into the last game of this series. Buuuuuuurn.
Bailey definitely isn’t having a bad season, just that dopey record thing biting him in the butt.
He’s kind of having a career year in many respects.
Bailey threw a no no against the Pirates last year. He can suck it.
You’d think those numbers last year would be better considering he threw two complete games.
He has dominated the Pirates over his career though. In fact the Pirates finally tagged him with a loss for the first time last year.
I have him right on the verge of being a Pirate killer. He has one foot over the line.
The key will be our lefties. If we get another performance like Pedro had last night it’s going to be a long day. All five homers Bailey has allowed have come off lefties and he has some pretty clear splits.
|vs RHB as RHP||168||154||9||30||6||1||0||10||45||4.50||.195||.248||.247||.495|
|vs LHB as RHP||197||180||27||50||14||1||5||13||42||3.23||.278||.327||.450||.777|
I guess Andrew McCutchen might be a key as well.
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