Monday, August 31, 2009
In game one the Pirates got a good effort out of Daniel McCutchen but could not scratch together enough hits to give him his first major league win in his major league debut. McCutchen went six innings and giving up only three earned runs and striking out five. Joel Hanrahan pitched two really good innings striking out four. He has really been pitching well and he showed why he is in the game in important spots.
With two outs and a runner on third Jesse Chavez threw a wild pitch to plate Darnell McDonald and the Pirates loss. The Pirates 1-6 hitters went a combined 0-24 with six strikeouts and four walks (two by Lastings Milledge).
McCutchen averaged about 91 on his fastball and go it up around 93. I feel once he gets some innings and gets to learning how to pitch he can be an affective pitcher and possibly pick up some more velocity. We will have to track him throughout the rest of the season, but it could be worse.
Game two was not much to be talked about as the Pirates fell behind early and could not recover. Paul Maholm spotted the Reds a three spot in the first inning and that was pretty much all they needed to set the table on a day that the Pirates offense just wasn't there.
The Pirates managed eight hits, but no Pirate had more than one hit in the loss. Delwyn Young did not have a hit for the third straigh game and only has two hits in his last five games and has seen his average drop to .288. Hopefully he can snap out of this funk because he was playing pretty well.
Andrew McCutchen went deep again for the Pirates with his 11th home run and I feel he is making a really strong run for N.L. ROY. Really nice season. In 77 games this season he is supporting a .852 OPS and has 11 home runs and 44 RBI all hitting from the leadoff position. Very impressive.
Not too much else to say. Lets try to get them tomorrow.
Here is the link
Here is an excerpt from it. The best part in my opinion:
"First of all, I can't really see how anyone could be upset over the Pirates blowing up this team. This is a team that went 67-95 last year. That's following three more years with 67-68 wins per season (well, there was only one season with 68 wins). At the time of the Nate McLouth trade, the Pirates were 24-28, in fifth place in their division, and six games out of first.Now let's think about that for a second.
A certain group of Pittsburgh fans will say "we were only four games below .500". That's fine if .500 is the goal. Luckily, it isn't. The goal is, and should be, the playoffs.For some reason, probably due to the losing streak, Pirates fans are willing to settle for a mediocre goal. Imagine if the Steelers came out next week and said their goal going in to the 2009 season was an 9-7 record. Imagine if the Penguins said they were shooting for a 42-40 record (well, that may be good enough to be one of the 27 teams to make the playoffs in the NHL). You'd be upset, and rightfully so,
because those teams would be saying they're satisfied with a goal that likely
leaves them outside of the playoff scene. So why is .500 the goal for the
Great perspective on the situation. Great read.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The Pirates were able to outhit the Brewers 9-5 but the one bad inning really did the Pirates in. When you are as bad as the Pirates are in Milwaukee then you can't have innings like that, nor can you leave the bases loaded twice in the first four innings like the Pirates did either. This is not a team that is going to hit double after double but you gotta knock in a few runs when you have the chance.
A couple bright spots in the game today, however. Garrett Jones went deep for his 16th home run of the season while Lastings Milledge contintues to rake as he went 3-for-4. Milledge's average is now up to .276 while he is hitting almost .300 while he has been with the Pirates. As you might know I am high on Milledge and I feel he can really help the team in the future if he can stay away from making any more rap video's.
Some other great news today as the Pirates optioned Brian Bixler down to AAA Indy right after the game. I hope he never comes back up. Last night he took the field and struck out three times and commited an error. Bixler has struck out 23 times in his 33 at bats this season while being up with the Pirates. Awful. How is he still in the system. The midblowing thing about all of this was that this was Bixler's quote after the game last night from the PG:
"No, I don't think they have (the good playing Bixler in AAA)," he said in
a hushed tone afterward. "But I've said this before: I feel like I'm a major
league player, like I belong with the Pirates. I just hope that, when I get my
opportunities, I can put it all together and help this team win."
Really Brian? You think you will get more opportunities? I wouldn't give you another one if we had no more shortstops in the system. If you think you are getting another shot with me in charge then you are wrong. He has to be gone. He is terrible. I can go up and K 66% of the time. You feel like a major league player? What gives you that idea? Decent AAA numbers does not make you a major league player. Please.
Daniel McCutchen also made the choice to leave Team USA and will rejoin the Pirates and make his first start for the big league team on Wednesday. This will be our first look at a kid that looks to be playing pretty well in the minors this year (24 Starts, 13-6, 3.47 ERA, 142.2 IP, 145 H, 63 R, 55 ER, 10 HR, 29 BB, 110 SO, 3 HBP, 5 WP, 1.220 WHIP, 9.1 H/9, 1.8 BB/9, 6.9 SO/9, 3.79 SO/BB) and see what he can do with the big club. I am excited to see how he pitches.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
James Farior had a pick six tonight that was just a terrible read by Bills starter Trent Edwards. I actually thought that Farrior was the intended receiver on that play. But the first team defense really gave the Bills nothing to work with all night.
Special teams was just outright dirty tonight. Stef Logan will make this team. He did another amazing job of returning kicks tonight and getting the job done by getting positive yardage when he returned kicks and also did a great job of making fair catches when he needed to. Not taking huge risks to hurt his team, when he had the chance to make a big return then he did that. What a great job. Danny S was cash again tonight. Averaged about 45 a kick and went 49 on one of them. Joe Burnett also made his bid to keep on the team when he blocked a field goal to preserve the shut out. With a little over two minutes to play in the game Burnett was being blocked on the outside and just dove and used his free hand to block a kick. That is the kind of stuff that keeps you on the team.
The offense was pretty good in their own respect. Ben was very good tonight. He fumbled an exchange but other than that he did a good job for the Steelers. He went 15 of 19 for 168 yards and no INT's. Hines Ward was just as good as Ben was. Hines is just as tough of a WR as you come across in the NFL. Five receptions for 74 yards. He is solid and I love that he is on our team and is not on any other team. Sweed played pretty well, made some nice catches and I think he will lock up the third WR spot. Wallace did not show too much today and McDonald is going to be a third down receiver and a possession type of guy so I really see Sweed as the number three.
Rashard Mendenhall was very hot and cold tonight. He ripped off a few good runs through some very nice holes the lines made, but he still looked very tentative when he ran. It just looks like he is more concerned with getting hit than actually preparing for a hit and then delivering one. he needs to get his pads low and run a few people over. I know he is not a short yardage back (although most people might think he is) but he just seems very shy when he gets to the line. Hopefully this will pass and he can be a force with the Steelers.
The Bills ended the game with only eight first downs and 135 total yards. The Steelers held the ball for over 40 minutes of time. This is the type of game that shows me they are ready for the regular season and they are ready to defend their title. Lets get it on.
Here We Go
Friday, August 28, 2009
The Bucs took two out of three from teh defending World Series Champions by the score of 3-2. Garrett Jones went deep with a two run shot in the bottom of the eighth with two outs for the winning score. Hell even Matt Capps pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save of the season.
Andrew McCutchen went deep again for the Bucs as he is really putting up some good numbers and I really think he has a good shot at ROY. He is fourth or better in nearly every single offensive category amoung rookies and his slugging percent is reaching .500 which is pretty remarkable for a leadoff hitter.
How good does it feel to have such a young, promising player like McCutchen playing and producing now. Just think if Tabata and Alverez can produce like this when they come out. Think about putting them in the lineup with McCutchen. We will win more games.
You might say "How can you be so excited and happy about a team that is mostly 20 games under .500? Because I see and understand the future and I am stoked to see what happens. I haven't felt like this about the Pirates in a long time.
FYI: Alverez went deep twice tonight. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- McCutchen, CF
- Young, 2B
- Jones, RF
- LaRoche, 3B
- Doumit, C
- Milledge, LF
- Pearce, 1B
- Cruz, SS
- Morton, P
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well it could have been a real sweet story but Cole Hammels made sure there were no fireworks at PNC Park today. Hammels is pretty good. Now I know I am not telling you something you don't already know but he was just straight dealin. He went eight innings, striking out seven. No runs given up.
Not to be outdone Paul Maholm pitched another wonderful game for the Pirates. He went seven innings, striking out four and only giving up a Chase Utley home run in the first inning. The Pirates pen did a nice job too. Let me rephrase that, Jesse Chavez and Joel Hanrahan did anoher nice job. Those two have been off the hook recently and JR can pretty much put them in whereever to get the job done which is what he did in a one run game. The problem? Both were used when the 10th came around. Steven Jackson came on, walked Jimmy Rollins, gave up a few hits and left the game to Phil Dumatrait who gave up a three run bomb to Ryan Howard. Ballgame.
It would have been a really nice win for the Pirates to get on back to back games, but the cards just didn't fall right. One thing is true about these new look Bucs is that they will not quit and although they are not the most talented they will put it all out on the line. You have to respect that.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Second off, we need to do something with Matt Capps
Third off, wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
The Bucs walked it off at PNC Park tonight when Andrew McCutchen went yard with Brandon Moss on second base to right center field after just a wild game. As you know I can't watch the games up here in Alaska, but I just saw the replay of the game and if you thought the Pirates were going to win this game then you were crazy.
The game started with a 1-0 lead on the first pitch of the ballgame when Jim Rollins went deep on the first pitch of the game. If you think that is kinda crazy then you will love the next sentence. Rollins went deep on the first pitch of his next at bat too. Holy cow, you don't see that too often.
The Pirates took the lead on a Steve Pearce home run which also scored Ryan Doumit (who homered earlier in the game). Then things got interesting. Matt Capps comes in, gives up a double, double, triple to blow the save and give the Phillies the lead. Andrew McCutchen misread the triple (and really should have had it) and the Phillies led by one.
The Pirates took Brad Lidge and his 7+ ERA and went to work. Luis Cruz singles then moves up on a wild pitch. Then somethign happens which I didn't want to see. Brian Bixler in the baseball game. He should not be in the game anytime the game is within 10 runs. Well Bixler, moves to third on a Brandon Moss single, then Jayson Werth bobbles the ball in right, Bixler is held at third then takes off on the bobble and just barely beats the throw home to tie the game. I don't know if that was bad baserunning or a coaching misake, but it looked really ugly the way that play went down.
Then Andrew McCutchen comes up, and actually says "What misplay in centerfield" (seriously, I think he said that) and walks it off to right centerfield and throws his fist up as he goes around the bases. Gotta love walk off homeruns.
Monday, August 24, 2009
No Pirates game today so there is not a whole ton of stuff going on that I am hearing so we will kinda just go with a links day again like we did on the last Pirates day off (which seems like it was just yesterday.
Well it was brought up by The Confluence that Sid was centering a line with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash. That line is going to be sick nasty if they get to play with each other at the Olympics. Just think, Iginla brings the grit, Nash brings the speed and touch and Sid is just the man. How do you stop that line? Can you imagine if somehow Marty Biron was playing net for the other team? You might as well just get a shooter tutor.
Looks like Denis Dixon is going to miss the rest of the preseason and some of the regular season with a dislocated shoulder.
Looks like Stef Logan is a big hit with the Steelers
The Steelers are pretty lucky to have Charlie
The Pirates are not planning on calling up a ton of players
Great finds by the Blog 'N Gold at the PG:
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Snoop is coming to town. Wooooooooooooooooooooo
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Pirates struggled again to gather hits as they only had five, two off the bat of Delwyn Young who raised his season average up to .312. Brian Bixler got the start for the Pirates, as that is probably the sole reason for their loss, and here is a shocker, he struck out twice. Why is he still on the team? I mean if you read my post on what team I would throw in a one game playoff for the number one pick Bixler would be my starting shortstop. Don't even get my started.
Young continues to be a nice surprise for the Pirates. He has almost 250 at bats and has a very nice batting average. Over the last ten games Young only has been hitless in two of those games and three multi hit games in that span.
All in all the Pirates won their second straight series in a row against division opponents and now will take the day off on Monday before travel to defending World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies and then traveling to Milwaukee and Cincinnati over the next few home stands.
Lets Go Bucs.
The first thing that I noticed in the first three minutes of the game was that I am so glad I don’t have to listen to Joe Theisman for the entire season. He was awful last night. I remember when the Skins ran their fake punt, Theisman stated that it was a good call at a crucial time of the game. Crucial time of the game? Are you serious Joe? It was 30 seconds into the first quarter? Get a clue. Also he tried to say that these teams prep for each other and have game plans. No way. If Dick LeBeau wanted to have a game plan the Skins would not have had it that easy on offense and there would have been some more character in the Steelers offense. I know that.
The first team defense I thought did a pretty nice job last night. The Skins tried to go deep twice and Troy made a nice play on the first offensive play of the game and Ike Taylor had nice coverage one on one a few series later. Lawrence Timmons got a few pressures, although no sacks, but I didn’t see anything that was glaring bad like I did against Carolina. He was a little late jumping a coverage in the second quarter but he still was right there on it so it could have been worse. The Steelers also stuffed the Skins on a goal to go series which was nice, Keyaron Fox made a play on third down which was very nice to see.
The offense was not good at all. The line was having problems all night and Charlie Batch was hurried, hit and being forced to move out of the pocket most of the time he was in the game. The Steelers were able to convert on a goal to go series when Willie Parker scored on a toss play to the right on a second and goal play so that is somewhat reassuring. Charlie Batch looked ok as he came back for his extended play but overall I was not impressed with the offense as a whole. Granted, last year they were in the mid 20’s in every category AND it is the preseason so who knows. I would like to see more. Maybe it was a little bit that Ben wasn’t in there, but who knows.
Rashard Mendenhall looked better last night. He played after Fast Willie Parker and although he might not have played against the top defense he was finding creases and hitting them a little bit more last night. Mendenhall collected 26 yards on five carries so it was much better statistically then his first preseason game against the Cardinals.
None of the receivers made much of a presence in the game as there were not too many completions to go around. All the QB’s combined only went to complete 15 passes and those were to 11 different receivers. Shaun McDonald had three catches but that was only for 13 yards. Mike Wallace made two catches for 23 yards and probably looked the best out of him, Sweed and McDonald. I think Mike Wallace has a decent chance, as of now, to make the team.
On a bad note, Dennis Dixon left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a shoulder injury. Coach Mike Tomlin said that it was a AC Joint which if it is true could be an injury that could take a week or months. Dixon looked ok. Made a few nice throws to Wallace and Sweed and also made a very nice run late in the second quarter for 17 yards. It will be nice to continue to see how that injury progresses because I like Dixon and think he can help this team, if not this year then defiantly next year.
The specialties were the best part of the Steelers game last night. Punt coverage was very good last night as Danny S. gave about 48 yards a punt and the coverage team only gave up about six yards so it was very good showing by that. In the same respect I think Stefan Logan made the team last night with his returns. He averaged 12 yards a punt return which is a lot better than what they were able to do last years. He also averaged 40 yards per kick return. 40 yards. That is incredible. If you told Big Ben that he was going to start the drive on the 35 or 40 yard line every time he will tell you that we are going to score some points. Logan is on the team, not doubt about it. You gotta be happy about the special teams from the Steelers.
The officials were not very good last nigh at all either. A lot of flags and some shoddy calls on both sides. Not just bad calls and bad no calls for the Steelers but I think the Skins got hosed too. Hopefully the officiating can be better than this for the regular season.
Overall a so-so game with a lot of penalties on Pittsburgh, 10 in the first half, and some sloppy play on offense. This is only the second preseason game so you can reserve some criticism but hopefully we can see something else next game.
Here We Go.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wow, just wow…I had to work pretty much all day today and now I am headed for an event I have to go to, but I looked at the Pirates gamecast and I am just awe struck. Everybody in the lineup got a hit today, Jones drivin in runs, Milledge continues to hit, Ryan Doumit decides that he is gonna join the party and go deep today with three RBI. Where was all of this when the Pirates were losing 12 of 13?
Cutch got a hit and was walked twice, Delwyn Young continues to put the ball in play and is hitting .309, Milledge is around .242 (which is up from around .210 where he was before the home stand), and hell even Brian Bixler got in the game. Now, if anyone knows me they know I hate Bixler. He is terrible and I do not want him on the team, but he even got on base today (via a walk). Holy shit.
Zach Duke went seven strong innings only giving up two earned runs on eight hits and lowers his ERA to 3.38. Duke is having one hell of a season and if it were not for the Pirates just going to bed on most days he has pitched I really believe he could be among the tops in the bigs in wins. He just gets the job done. Nothing overpowering, nothing too foolish, just throwing strikes and getting outs. That is what it is all about.
Five in a row and soon we are going to be moving up the charts in the standings in the NL Central. Now I know we have the side bar that shows the Pirates and how far away they are from the worst team in the league, but this home stand really just blew that out of the waters. Would I like to get a shot at Bryce Harper? Hell yea! Would I like to see the Pirates win more instead of getting Harper at this point? Yea. I am not gonna sit here and lie and say I want the Pirates to lose. As much as I think Harper could be a great addition, I want the Pirates to win. I hate to lose. Keep it up Bucs
Friday, August 21, 2009
Pat over at WHYGAVS also thinks that its a little slow by this post.
Pirates/Cubs "rainout" is scheduled for September 30.
Solid post by "Mc" Effect about Lanny Frattare.
Raise the Jolly Roger gives us a nice post on his thoughts on the draft class of 2009 for the Bucs.
North Side Notch went to the Indy game the other night before Louisville and got some great video. Also got Tabata's home run on tape. Solid job.
Ben hurt his ankle in practice today. Seriously what happens if Ben misses time. Is Dixon ready? Can Charlie give us more than just one game? Should we be looking elsewhere? I hope we don't have to find out.
Mike Tomlin is one sly dog.
If you are a ghostbusters fan you are in luck.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
When thinking of the Pirates future in major league baseball you think of names like Tabata, Alderson, Alverez, Sanchez and McCutchen. How do you rank the future of the Pirates though? Surfin through Twitter I came across the blog “Mc” Effect.
Solid read about the MVP’s of the Pirates future and the blog goes on to break down the top ten in that category. Here is the link for the post.
Interesting they put Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche in there. Valid points though. Young has played very well for the Pirates since he has been getting more and more playing time since the trade of Freddy Sanchez. He is hitting well over .300 and although I am not getting to see the Pirates play I have not read too much about him being terrible in the field. I would love to see Young be a huge success because of how hard the Pirates have tried to get him over the past few season. The Pirates really covet him as a player and he is showing up which is a good sign for the direction of the team.
Andy LaRoche needs to show me a little bit more. I felt good about him being in the system when we got him and I gave him a pass because of not being in the system a long time (much like what I am doing with Lastings Milledge) but I guess he has not been that terrible this year. Sure I would like to see a little better than a .265 average and sure he is not a prototypical third base power, but I guess we will see how he rounds out.
What a great picture of Lastings Milledge though. I really hope he rounds out and becomes a good six or seven hitter on the Pirate team of the future.
What really has me worried is that the Pirates have nothing in terms of the shortstop position. I really think this is the spot that the Pirates need to focus on in the draft (Harper) or go out and sign a young free agent (Sano) or just go get someone. After Jack left there is nothing there. Cedeno is not an option for the future and lord help us if Bixler is here any long. Actually, I just got word that Bixler has struck out five times since midnight, shocker.
Overall, an interesting list that hopefully will round out. Only time will tell, but it is fun to talk about and discuss now.
Although I want the Pirates to get the #1 pick, I hope they beat the shit out of the Brewers today.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here is the box score and here is the recap.
Ross the boss was deal today in keeping up with his solid home starts. As I talked about in the pre game post Ross was 7-2 at PNC Park before today's game and he continued his home success today. Ohlendorf went seven strong yielding one run and scattering five hits. Just a solid all around performance where Ross threw 17 of his 26 first pitches for strikes and threw 67 of his 103 pitches for strikes. That is Ohlendorf's 11th win of the season.
Andy LaRoche got the start in the four hole today and did a pretty nice job if I do say so. He went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Delwyn Young and Lastings Milledge each went deep for the Pirates as they each had a hit and he also drove in two runs.
Much has been made about the struggles at the plate. Milledge is only hitting .227 since being called up to the Bucco's. I just feel that we need to give Milledge a little more time. In my opinion this year is going to be a wash. Lets see how he goes through a whole off season and how he prepares himself for next season. He is only 25 and he has a ton of upside and I would love to see him break of of this slump and help the team out. If he can pull out I can see him hitting behind Cutch. Outside of his awful outfield skills I am still quietly optimistic.
All in all, I hate the Brewers and am glad they are not winning. They really think that major league baseball owes them something and they need to come to the reality that they are out of it already. I do realize that the Pirates are going to set the record for losing seasons but there are a few things I am glad for. 1) I am not from West Virginia, 2) I am not from Ohio and 3) I am not a Brewers fan.
Monday, August 17, 2009
In the previous four games the Pirates pounded out 19 hits, today they accounted for 16. 16 hits. What happened today? Outside of Ryan Doumitt (0-for-5) everyone was a part of the hit parade today, even pitcher Kevin Hart. Hart not only went six innings yielding four earned runs but he also went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the winning cause. Matt Capps even earned a scoreless inning. MATT CAPPS!
What I am feeling the problem is going to be with this game is that the Pirates just used up all their hits in one game.
What I was really surprised about was that Delwyn Young is hitting .309. I didn't really see that coming. Who cares. Big win for the Pirates. I hate Milwaukee.
What would happen if you were a new player in your profession. You were really good in school and got a 4.0 and went on to graduate school to fine tune your craft and you continued to learn in the classroom and from other people at the university while working an internship for little money.
What if you then graduated from graduate school with a 4.0 and you could go to any company and be compensated very handsomely. You find that dream job in your profession and the company says “I want to make you our highest paid employee ever. You are only going to be in the first year with the company but we think so highly of you that they are gonna show you the money.”
What do you do? If you don’t understand where I am going with this then you must not follow spots and you must have stumbled upon this blog and thought I was going to talk about how dirty the Allegheny River was or something like that.
Steven Strasburg has been offered a major contract by the Washington Nationals and he apparently has turned it down for even more money. He is probably right though, I would much rather play independent ball and not make any money rather than pitch in the majors next year and make that cash money.
Today is a big day for the top three picks as none of them has signed with their respective teams. The highest pick to sign is the Pirates Tony Sanchez and he has been just dealin in his first crack at the minor leagues.
The respective teams have until midnight tonight to sign as many of their draft picks as they can/want to. The Pirates have signed like their first 12 I believe and have spent in upwards of around $8.5 million this year. They have inked some guys that nobody thought they would and I feel they have done a nice job on taking chances with guys who were thought to have been shoe-ins for college and made them major league players.
We will see how this goes.
Pirates/Brewers at 7.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
On the side bar I have added an updated standing on what it is going to take to get the number one draft pick in next years draft. Now someone might be asking themselves this: "Boy Cory why the hell would we care. Anyone in the top five is going to get a great player to build towards the future." Wrong. The worst team in the league this year gets Bryce Harper. That same person, or someone else, might say "Ah he can't be that good, we can get someone else just as good if we are the third or even fourth worst team in the leauge." Even more wrong. He has been tabbed the savior. Real deal. I want him on the Pirates. They call him baseball's LeBron. I want him now. Oh yea, by the way, he is only 16.
Other than that I have been updating the Pittsburgh blog sidebar thing I have. Check out those blogs. They are legit and really, really good.
Also get on Twitter if you are not and follow me, and the other Pittsburgh blogs. Good reads and good information.
Sitting there and reading that kinda got me excited. As we started out today it is a three way race between us, the Nationals and the Royals were for the #1 spot in next year's draft. Now mind you this could all change with what happens with Strasburg but for now we are going to focus on getting the first pick and 16 y/o stud Bryce Harper.
This post is going to take a look at who the Pirates should run out if there was a one game "playoff" for the #1 pick in the draft. Here is a look at who I would throw out there. These players are going to be somewhat realistic, having played in the major leagues somewhere around the year 2000.
1. LF - Adam Hyzdu
Career .229 hitter who spent his first four years as a Pirate. Mud
2. 3B - Jose Hernandez
Spent two seasons with the Pirates in 2003 and 2006 and hit .240 for the Pirates and struck out 85 times in his 313 at bats with the Pirates. Perfect spot for him in the two hole.
3. CF - Chad Hermansen
Spent four years with the Pirates and in his time with the Bucs he hit below the Mendoza line which makes it a perfect spot for him to hit in this game. Not only was he terrible for the Pirates but he was terrible everywhere. He struck out 168 times in only 494 at bats in his career.
4. 1B - Brad Eldred
A disappointing player in the Pirates system. He was bad in his few stints in the big leagues. I originally had Kevin Young in this spot, but I forgot really how awful that Eldred really was in the bigs.
5. RF - Derek Bell
How could you have a Pirate team without "Operation Shutdown" on it. This guy needs to be on the roster and play right field. He batted .173 in his year for the Bucs and he will be perfect for quitting in the middle of the game and getting one of our bench guys in.
6. SS - Brian Bixler
Bixler is on the current Pirate roster and he is so awful that I am not sure wtf the Pirates are thinking by still having him in the system. Bixler has struck out 18 times in 24 at bats this season and has 54 punch outs in 133 career at bats. I mean if those were pitching stats he would be cash money, but they are hitting stats.
7. C - Humberto Cota
Thought about putting Ronny behind the plate, but with our luck he would do what he always does and f' it up and have a good game. Cota supports a .233 average in his seven seasons with the Pirates.
8. 2B - Matt Kata
.239 career hitter and hit like .250 in his season with the Pirates. Whatev
9. P - Jimmy Anderson
When I went to the Bucs game when he was on the team he pitched every single game that I went to. I was so pissed every time because I knew that outside of God himself coming to play for us that we were going to lose. Click the link if you want his stats. He pisses me off.
C - Ronny Paulino
IF - Pat Mears (Hell we are still paying him)
OF - Emil Brown
2B - Bobby Hill
P - Matt Morris
P - Ryan Vogelsong
P - John Van Benschoten
P - Mike Fetters
P - Shane Youman
There is your roster for the Bucs. What do you think? Who did I miss? Let me know in the comments.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
They lost for the 12th time in 13 games and another miserable performance. A bright spot for the Pirates today was he effort of Zach Duke. He went 7.1 and gave up the three runs, but the Pirates must find a way to score more than three runs when they get a solid pitching performance.
Tom Gorzelanny got the win for the Cubs going only five innings. Gorzo struck out eight Pirates in the process while the Pirates struck out 13 times as a group today managing only five hits. Oh wow.
DK over at he PG gives a great stat today following the game:
"Duke was charged with three runs and nine hits but fell to 9-11 despite a
3.42 ERA. In those 11 losses, the Pirates have scored a total of 14 runs."
14 runs of support in Duke's 11 losses. That is terrible.
I give mad props over to Pat at WHYGAVS. Unlike what I try to do here, and I stress try, I write about pretty much all the Pittsburgh sports not just the Pirates. Although I am a diehard Buccos fan I do go on and talk about the Steelers and Penguins a good bit. Pat normally does not and he does an amazing job over at his site. Kudos.
The bleeding has to stop soon. Right?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
What should we expect from the preseason game against the Cardinals today? Not a whole lot. We should see the first team offense and defense for probably about a series or two. This will be a huge game for a lot of the draft picks and the players who are fighting for spots. LaMarr Woodley I am sure will play exactly one play and have two sacks. Woodly having two sacks in a game is about as certain as it gets. Here are a few players that you should watch during the game as they try and make the team.
Lawrence Timmons – This will be a nice gage of where he is as it pertains to being a starter. LT is in his first year as a starter and it will be interesting to watch him this pre-season as he evolves as an everyday player rather than being a spot player like he was last year.
Rashard Mendenhall – This will be huge for numerous reasons. One is that he did not play much last year after breaking his shoulder thanks in part to Ray Lewis. It will be interesting to see how he comes out today and runs since he hasn’t played in a year. This is also a contract year for Fast Willie and he might not be back next year. This might be Mendy’s team next year so he better show something.
Ryan Mundy – He is one smart dude. Been with the team for a year, although hurt, and he should know a good bit about the system. Ryan Clark is in a contract year and Tyrone Carter’s future is uncertain so it will be good to see where we stand with Mundy and if he can make the team and possibly play in the Dime defense a little this year if he dresses.
The WR core – This will be a battle all of training camp. The definite ins are Ward and Holmes. Sweed, Mike Wallace, Shaun McDonald and Dallas Baker are battling for the other spots. Sweed has been looking good in practice and McDonald is a seasoned vet that can return kicks so it is going to be very tight to make the team. Should be exciting.
Back-up QB – I have heard that Charlie has been playing really well during camp, and coupled with BA saying there would be no wild cat, would almost see to seal the deal on Dixon being the number three QB this year. I want to see how far Dixon has come in a year and Charlie is not that young so Dixon might be the future and I want to see what he has to offer. Plus if he is the backup we COULD run the wild cat and give the offense a new wrinkle.
Well there is a ton to look for and tonight starts the journey for a great season. There are 12 players on each side of the ball that have Western PA ties, and that does not include the coaching staff, so we are basically playing Pittsburgh West tonight. Lets show them this is Steelers football.
Here We Go.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Pirates broke an eight game losing steak and beat the Colorado Rockies tonight 7-3. Granted the Rockies pitches closely resembled my 10 year old little league team, but we will take them anyway we can get them. For your viewing pleasure here is the game recap and here is the box score.
Looking at the box score you know you are going to have a good night when the starting pitcher on the other side goes 2.2 innings giving up four earned runs on only one hit. I mean think about that. How hard is it to do that when someone does not even hit a home run? I mean walking six hitters in 2.2 innings does not do your team any help, but lets be serious here. Which reliever did we trade to the Rockies to start tonight's ballgame?
Our old buddy Josh Fogg came in to try and stop the bleeding. If you consider giving up five hits in your first inning of work stopping the bleeding then Mr. Fogg should be working in the ER (with our pen mind you).
The Dorfer earned the win going six strong and giving up three earned.
Cutch better hope he does not get caught by the police on the way back to the hotel because he is going to get five to ten for grand theft for the bags he was stealing tonight. He took three bags on the night, twice stealing third, as the Pirates stole five bags total and didn't get thrown out once. Is someone saying game plan? Solid work.
Cutch also scored three runs while walking three times as Jones, Doumitt, Young and Cedeno each had two hits tonight with Young driving in two runs.
Finally a win. Celebrate.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
James Mirtle brings us the actual police report from the incident.
Mirtle also brings us an article about how this might affect Kane's reputation.
What an idiot.
What a find by The Pensblog here. Solid vid.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I watched the GameCast on ESPN and when I turned it on in the sixth inning and it was 3-1 Pirates and weirdly enough the Pirates had eight his and every single position player had exactly one hit at that point. I wonder how often that actually happens. Probably not very often.
Zach Duke actually pitched a pretty nice game going 7.1 innings and only giving up three (two earned) and striking out two while lowering his ERA to around 3.20. But like we have seen before Matt Capps comes in, pitches to face two batter, not record any outs, give up two earned runs, blow a save and then get tossed for hitting Big Albert. I mean really? How bad can it possibly get for Capps this season? I mean his ERA is 5.96 on the season. This is very similar to how it was when Mike Williams was the Bucs closer a while ago. A couple good seasons then just completely blowing up. Go figure.
Milledge, Young and Vasquez all had two hits on the day as the Pirates collected 11 hits on the day. I guess you can look for positives. Duke’s performance was one and getting 11 hits is always a plus. That is about it. Very tough to watch even if I could only watch the GameCast.
In other Pirates related news the Pirates are about to come to terms with highly touted draft pick Zack Von Rosenberg. Here is an article by the PBC blog at the PG about the signing.
Good write up on the kid. A little bit from the article that caught my eye was that Baseball America actually had the kid as a first rounder but he fell in the draft because most teams felt he was going to honor his scholarship to LSU and play ball down there.
Maybe the best part of the whole article was when they talked about Von Rosenberg actually said he talked to other draft picks, pitchers Colton Cain and Zach Dodson, and said they want to be part of the rebuilding from the minor leagues up. This is very exciting if you are a Pirates fan as you have your draft picks talking about revamping the system. Very cool. These pitchers that the Pirates have signed are also being talked about as being in the systems top 10 prospect list. Good day even if the Bucs had a tough loss.
The Pirates have also successfully signed all picks they took in rounds 1-10. Another solid draft yea for the Pirates. Hopefully they get better soon. Pittsburgh needs it.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
1987-1996 – 10 seasons
With the Steelers Woodson had 38 INT with five of those coming back to the house for touchdowns. Woodson also recovered 22 of his 23 fumbles with the Black and Gold and also made 644 tackles with Pittsburgh. Woodson also had 13.5 sacks with the Steelers and had a career high six in 1992. Woodson was a pro bowler seven times with the Steelers and went to the All-Pro game six straight years from 1989-1994 before getting injured in 1995 and returning to the All-Pro game back in 1996. Woodson was also a first team All-Pro selection five times with the Steelers.
San Francisco 49ers
1997 – 1 Season
Woodson only played one season with the niners recording three INT while making 43 tackles.
1998-2001 – 4 seasons
Woodson went to the hated Ravens after his year in San Fran but he was very successful with the Ravens. Woodson had 20 INT with the Ravens in his four years while returning five of them back for a touchdown. Woodson recorded 253 tackles with the Ravens and had six fumble recoveries.
2002-2003 – 2 seasons
Woodson finally finished his career with the Raiders and owner Al Davis. Woodson had a career high eight INT in 2002 and finished with 10 in his time in Oakland. Woodson took two INT back for touchdowns and had 110 tackles.
I would like to congratulate Rod on the great accomplishment that everyone knew he was going to get. It is also good to note that Woodson made zero sacks with and of his other three teams. All of his sacks were with the Steelers. What a defense. Also congratulations to all the other inductees.
The Pensblog has an epic post today about their adventure to DQ and have some first hand pictures of an ordeal. Here is the link to the story. I was actually laughing out loud.
I have a few YouTube's that I have been meaning to put up but really have forgot/not had the time to put them up.
This YouTube is my favorite HNIC intro of the whole playoffs. Mostly because of how the crew blended the game clips with the song and the beat to the song is pretty sick, even if I am not a huge fan of the song itself.
This next clip is a very good tribute to the Pens playoff run throughout the playoffs
The last is a tribute from Stan Savran on the final SporsBeat episode. It is a crying shame that they took this show off the air. It will be missed. Love the show.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Well the Pirates dropped another game last night. This one was just as painful as the last one. Up three runs late in the game, and lose by giving up five in the 12th. Kevin Hart got the start last night and from all that I am reading (I can not watch the games anymore unless I buy the MLB package on my computer) was looking pretty good. Solid start from him, and that is good because now we do not have to see VV out on the bump anymore.
The Pirates had some players who played well, Cutch, Milledge, Young and Cedeno all had two hits each while the Bucs collected 11 hits. The bad part, they gave up 21 hits. 21 hits is the highest in the D-back history, which also happened once before. What is up with the pen. When the middle relief is good Capps blows it and when the middle relief is God awful Capps gives us hope by pitching really well.
So frustrating. Although the Bucs did sign their eighth rounder, Colton Cain. Good, we need to sign the guys from the draft that we want and that’s what we did. You wanna know how bad it was for the pen last night? Immediately after the game Steven Jackson (who was horrible last night) was optioned to AAA. I mean immediately. I am talking that I saw the game ended on GameCast and I refreshed Twitter and saw a tweet from the Bucs Insider that said he was demoted down. I mean before he was off the field he was already down. How bad does it have to get to do that?
Bring on the red birds. Lets Go Bucs.
My last post was post #66, he is cash money.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It is going to be a long rest of the season but I have a good feeling this team is going in the right direction. Hopefully his is only he start of some successful teams over the next handful of years.
Well I have not talked much about the Steelers lately. I am not going to be able to attend training camp because I am currently located in Fairbanks, Alaska for the next year and I have been a little out of touch from the scene. I am, however, able to listen to the afernoons on ESPN radio about training camp as well as reading the papers online.
I am stoked for Steelers season. They are going to be good, no doubt about it.
After signing Heath the Steelers basically said that they will not resign any other players this year because of cap concerns. That means that Ryan Clark, Big Snack, Jeff Reed, Fast Willie as well as many others will not be resigned and might be testing the free agent waters. Who is the most important? My cash is on Jeff Reed. Before you sit there and say that I am crazy (again) check out this write up by Ron Cook today about Reed. No question about it, Reed is cash money. I say Reed and Clark are the most important ones here. Ryan Clark is very underrated and really makes Troy so much better (if that is possible). Those two would be my priority and I would like to get them wrapped up. But whatever the Steelers do I will be ok with. I mean can you argue with their success?
Also RIP to those people affected by the fatal shooing at the LA Fitness Center back at home. You are in everyone prayers.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Here is a great article from Jerry Crasnick about the Pirates and their moves. Just look at the list of players that the Bucs have got and traded away since 2008. Good read.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
How gitty am I about the Pirates right now? Jose Tabata just got moved up to AAA, Pedro Alverez is now hitting over .300 and went 1 for 1 last night with a handfull of walks and a bomb and Lastings Milledge had two more RBI last night to go along with Cutch going 4 for 5 with six RBI. The future is coming along and I can't wait to see these guys when they come up. There is some potential there. Make no mistake about it, potential does not win games but that does not mean it is not excited to watch stuff like this as it unfolds.
I wonder how Burnett feels after making his quote. Have fun in Washington tool. Maybe you can go hang out with OV and Semin and talk about how none of your teams will win a championship.