In a game where a team scored eight runs and lost I’m seeing a lot of blame misplaced.
You can talk about the insane number of men left on base last night but THE PIRATES SCORED EIGHT RUNS.
Blame. A.J. Burnett. A 3.0 run inning? Are you serious? Burnett did absolutely nothing to disprove the notion that he sucks in big games.
At the deadline I screamed as loud as I could that this team would go as far as the staff allowed it. You’re seeing the proof right now. How many eight run games would the Pirates have lost pre-deadline? Not many.
You can add as many bats as you want, if the pitching doesn’t do most of the heavy lifting it’s gonna be bye bye in the playoffs.
So now we need a HUGE start from the embattled Jeff Locke.
It’s a real testament to how good his first half was when his numbers are still quite good.
So much bitching about Locke starting this game, as if there was someone else. History tells us that Francisco Liriano sucks on long rest.
History also suggests the Cardinals struggle against lefties. That plays into Locke’s hands.
So Locke makes sense. Because he’s the best option. Unless of course you want another Kris Johnson start.
He might not be the option you want, he’s the option you have. So suck it up.
I actually think we might get a little surprise tonight. It’s been the story of the season. Someone unexpectedly stepping up.
The Pirates are 2-0 in his starts against the Cardinals although he hasn’t exactly looked like an expert.
In fact in his most recent start he didn’t even last long enough to qualify for a win.
Okay. So maybe it’s a little risky. Again though, there aren’t a ton of options here.
Those were his only two career starts against the Cardinals.
But hey, his only start at Busch Stadium was really good.
And by the grace of God himself the Pirates will get to face Adam Wainwright.
Looking at the numbers you wouldn’t normally think that’s a good thing but hear me out.
Listen to this shite! Wainwright has a 5.81 ERA over his last five games. On top of that opponents are hitting .273/.323/.438/.761 in that span. Boom, punk.
What’s ultra-groovy is that he hasn’t gotten a decision yet against the Bucs. Now, he hasn’t pitched bad mind you, but he hasn’t exactly dominated the Pirates like you’d expect.
And for his career he’s been a disaster against the Pirates.
So yes, the Pirates might have a chance tonight! Either that or they’re just going to sit on number 81 for the rest of the season.
First Pitch: 7:15 PM EST
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