Thursday, July 9, 2009

Trading Freddy Soon?

Sorry for lack of posts. As I am in the middle of switching jobs and not having cable is killing my Pirate updates.

Here is the last game the Pirates played. They lost 5-0 to Houston. Here is the recap. Here is the box.

Wandy Rodriguez went all nine innings for the complete game shut out. Charlie Morton took the loss for the Pirates after giving up five runs and ten hits through four innings of play. Not a big surprise when you throw 84 pitches and only 49 of them goes for strikes. Not a good outting at all after a few solid start. We will have to see how he bounces back next start.

Remember a few days ago when we talked about the streak hitting of the Bucs? Well, I do. And it is true again. The Pirates strung together five hits, and no player had more than one. That will not win you games. Bad hitting again by the Pirates.

On the flip side every Astros starter not on the bump last night got atleast a hit. The Astros 1-4 hitters each had two hits. That is how you win games. When your seven and eight batters are getting on and your top of the lineup guys produce you will win. It also helps when you don't strike out 11 times, like the Pirates did. Bad game to what is turning into a bad stretch.

Well it looks as if Freddy Sanchez might be on the move, sooner than later. The PG is reporting that Freddy could be delt at any time and the two teams that look to have a leg up are the Rockies and Giants, two teams fighting for the wild card spot.

Lets get this out of the way now. It is not a terrible thing to trade Freddy Sanchez. Yes, he is the teams best hitter. Yes, he is the lone All-Star rep for the Pirates. Yes, he is a great double play partner for Jack Wilson. But he is 31, not going to be part of the future, and his stock is as high as it gets.

When you rebuild a franchise you have to blow it up completely and start from brand new. That is what the Pirates are doing now. It hurts to lose good, quality players like this but think about this, is Freddy going to be around and in the same shape in 2011-2012 when all the talent is at the major league level? No, not at his age. It sucks, but it has to be done.

If your roof needs replaced do you just get 75% of it done and leave the bad 25%? I wouldn't think so. So why is this different? What on earth would you keep Freddy then trade him next year at a portion of the value. They are trading him at the high end when he is finally healthy.

Hell I wouldn't even mind if the Pirates picked up some of his contract either. Its not about money, its about winning. I will say this till I am blue in the face if I have to, .500 is not the goal. Winning is. It sucks, but it needs done. Give this new management a chance, they deserve it.

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