Jesus Christ, what wouldn't be amazingly impressive outing for Brown and Walk?
Sanchez had a so-so start for a 4th starter, kept us close and then ran out of gas. Now Gomez is in and it's hard to shake the idea that he's just going to mop up the rest of these innings while the Pirates offense flounders.
We'll have to get lights-out A.J. tomorrow, otherwise we're going to be in danger of starting the season with an unsightly deficit. But, still way early to be saying much with a strong opinion. Gomez did look pretty solid as a long relief guy.
I gotta stop going to games. I don't go to many, but I swear the Pirates haven't won a game I've gone to since about 2007...and haven't scored more than 3 runs in any of those games. I'm contemplating sitting tomorrow's game out just because I want to see the Pirates actually win a game while being in the same city as I'm in for once...also I have something else going on that I should go to anyway.
In my lifetime I think the Pirates have had more than 6 runs in a game I've gone to once...and that was against a team that doesn't exist anymore.
Every time I see the Pirates in person that percolator starts inside me. When I watch this team on TV I always keep a calm and fairly upbeat attitude about things, but when I see them in person I turn as jaded as, well, Jaded-fan and I do have to admit...my fuse is getting low. As of right now the Pirates 2nd best hitter is Clint Barmes...who is 2 for 9. McCutchen and Barmes are the only hitters on this team with a batting average above .167 right now...and not even McCutchen is going to get glowing praise from me because he has the green light to call his own steals...and he tried to steal 2nd in the 8th inning of a 3 run game. That's inexcusable. I know he's feeling the speed thing right now, but that's not only needlessly risky, it accomplishes nothing if you succeed when the tying run is still on ****ing deck.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
maybe I shouldn't be upset that I can't see the Bucs here in SC. Might be a fair excuse to become a fan of another team I have never cheered for a team outside of Pittsburgh before. Frankly, the idea that its even possible makes me kind of nervous
The team has horrendous plate discipline and has for years. Is this something that is caused by a system wide emphasis on other things or are these just the wrong players? We had one guy in the system who was solid at drawing walks and he was shipped out in the Wandy trade. Right now they're having debates on who's the best for the #2 slot with the best being a 320ish ob% to pick from. Is it lack of preparation for the pitchers they're facing? I really wish there was some sort of organizational emphasis on this because it's the single most glaring problem with the team.
That's a good point and is something that should be addressed. Marte in particular needs to improve in this regard, but he's the type of player who is going to need to get a lot of playing time, and go through some struggles, to max out his potential, which is different than a leadoff type hitter, but that's where we're at right now.
A blessing would be a SS with good plate discipline and defense, who could be the leadoff hitter.