Well hello friends. It’s been a week since we last did this and let me say, it’s been a big one. Marlon Byrd, John Buck, and yesterday’s acquisition of Justin Morneau have really changed the look of this team. The bench is better. Catching depth is better. Rightfield is better.
If you wanted “all in” you’ve gotten your wish. No more complaining about what they could have done, who they could have gotten, not knowing “when to win”.
Rosters expanded today. The Pirates will have three more faces in the dugout today. Kyle Farnsworth signed a minor league deal with the Pirates about two weeks back, he’ll be in the bullpen.
Farnsworth is the craziest Mormon on the planet.
Eat your heart out Goldberg.
You can also see Farnsworth setting up Jeremy Affeldt for the Dudley Death Drop.
And who could forget that time that classic fan kick that ended up spraining his knee? He ended up on the DL after that temper tantrum.
This is the guy we need to trot out there against the Reds.
In addition to Farnsworth our friend Travis Snider will return from the Disabled List today. He has been sidelined with a brusied vagi…. toe.
Snider has hit quite well in his rehab stint, hopefully he can find a way to carry that over to the big league field. If he sees the field.
The third player is today’s starting pitcher. Kris Johnson. I honestly though Johnson should have stayed up and took a few Jeff Locke starts to be honest. He came in, out of the pen and gave the Pirates six innings. A quality start if not out of the pen.
Frankly, it was a shitty result for Johnson. He deserved a win, but the Pirates couldn’t score. I hope Neal Huntington remedied that fact for this start.
I like Johnson. I have a hard time thinking he is a viable starting pitcher moving forward at the big league level, but I think he is useful as starting depth, and as a long guy out of the pen. He’s been fantastic as a starter in Indy this year though, so there could be something there.
He wouldn’t be the first guy that made an adjustment with the Pirates and rejuvenated his career.
He’s been pretty tough on lefties but he’s been pretty good against righties too in AAA.
vs. lefty – .224/.263/.272
vs. righty – .243/.320/.333
The Cards have never faced him either. A potential positive for the Bucs.
Joe Kelly will go for the Cardinals riding a streak of three straight quality starts.
Since taking what appears to be a full time starting gig he’s been really freaking good.
.247 BAA, 2.24 ERA, 6-0 while the team is 8-1. Good numbers bro.
It’s weird to me when a guy is a mediocre reliever but then he’s suddenly a really good starter. That’s Joe Kelly.
He was also the pitcher of record in the 13-0 demolition of the Pirates a little while back. Because of his crappiness as a reliever he has a loss against the good guys.
He’s familiar with the Bucs, or more importantly, they’re familiar with him.
First Pitch: 1:35 PM EST
Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-M