The most exciting thing during last night’s game was the twitter rumor that reliever Brian Wilson was spotted at the Pittsburgh Airport. I’m a huge fan of a Brian Wilson deal, especially with an open spot on the 40 man roster. No lose situation.
Who knows if it’s true or not but that game was pathetic. Pathetic hitting, questionable pitching, weird Clint Hurdle moves (why did Gaby Sanchez start against the righty, why did Travis Snider pinch hit for Jordy Mercer?) . It had everything that makes me want to pull someone through the radio and yell in their face. Jeff Locke walked more people than a boy scout in New York City at an AARP convention.
Henderson Alvarez dominated the Pirates. There has got to be a problem coaching these guys because you can literally expect them to be shut down thoroughly by guys they haven’t seen before.
It’s not like Alvarez isn’t somewhat of a known commodity, he made 31 starts last season.
Hopefully Charlie Morton has better luck against one of the worst teams in baseball.
It should be noted that the Cardinals did recently drop two of three against the Marlins. The Pirates just might be trying to keep up with them.
Ground Chuck is coming off his second good outing in a row and his third straight 6 or more inning outing in a row.
Is he the weak link in the rotation? That’s to be seen. You can’t judge anyone after seven starts but he is showing some of what made him so successful in 2011 so don’t write the guy off yet.
What worries me is that his platoon splits are starting to creep up again.
Can you really rely on a guy that is not only poor against lefties but completely and utterly gets crushed by them?
Morton has faced the Marlins in each of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. To say this is a completely different team, with a completely different ballpark would be an understatement.
I’d expect him to see a heavy does of lefties today.
Tom Koehler is another guy the Pirates will probably struggle with because he’s kind of new to the scene.
Koehler isn’t young, he doesn’t have a lot of big league experience, he hasn’t had a lot of big league success. He’s mostly been used as a reliever in fact.
Even his minor league numbers aren’t very impressive. This is a guy who spent two years getting rocked at AAA and then made another four starts there this season.
He appears to be a AAAA, fringey reliever who is starting now.
He is exactly the type of guy the Pirates struggle with but should knock around.
I’m not going to sell him too short though as he pitched an absolute gem against the Rockies in his last outing.
He has struggled big time at home in his career, he’s never gotten a win in Miami.
That sounds like just the type of thing the Pirates can change for him.
He’s never faced anyone on the team…. gulp….
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