You know I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night and this morning I had to get up and do laundry. There aren’t many things that I dislike more than doing laundry, but it is a necessary evil. What made it worse is that today I did it all, the towels, the bed sheets and all and it sucked. That is kinda a precursor as to what the game was going to be like today for the Pirates, the game was going to suck. It did.
Raul Ibanez drove in four runs, including the game winner for the Phils as they beat the Pirates in extra innings. Not only did we go into extra innings again but the best reliever on the team, Joel Hanrahan, didn’t touch the ball in crunch time. I have defended this before, but it is really starting to get old. The Pirates now fall 4.5 games back of first place heading into August and it will be the biggest month of games that they have played since like 1997 or some junk.
What this series did was show that the Pirates still have a good bit of work to do in order to become a true contender. They went from the worst team in the league to a team that is in the hunt for the NL Central in the beginning of August but I still don’t think they are true contenders. They went out and got Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick today so that will help the offense but is that really enough? Probably not. It does make the team better but until Jose Tabata, Alex Presley, Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno, etc come back from being on the DL it is still going to be tough.
The Pirates get seven games at home against the Cubs and Padres before they start a really tough NL Central slate with the Cardinals and Brewers so it will be so important to play well and get some big wins there.