Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Pirates Game 157 Recap - Pirates 3, Braves 2. Playoffs Clinched.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO /deep breath OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This is what it's all about. I wasn't sure what the Pirates were going to do this year but I didn't think they would be as good as they were in 2013. They got the breaks last year and everything fell into place. This year they didn't get the breaks and had some big time adversity and it turns out that I was wrong. They are better than last year. This team is incredibly fun to watch and they are assured of playing at least one more game and hopefully more. They are in the playoffs for consecutive years for only the fourth time in franchise history and after the 20 straight years of just awful baseball we are now to a place where the playoffs isn't a surprising thing. I am not overly concerned with talking about this game. The basics are that Gerrit Cole had a rough start and then came back and dominated the Braves. The Pirates got down 2-0 early and came back thanks to Andrew McCutchen going home on a semi steal followed by a Travis Snider solo shot and then a Starling Marte double. The pitching staff was great, the hitters came through in the clutch and after the Braves lost to the Reds the Pirates finished it. Hard to really put into words. So much fun. They looked nothing like a playoff baseball team in April and May, but the funny thing about baseball is that it's a 162 game season and you can come back from that. It wasn't easy and it took a lot of other things going right but they put themselves in a spot to get back to the playoffs and with a chance to host the Wild Card game and possibly win the division it's not over but it's real fun to enjoy now. A lot of people roasted the organization for what they did (or didn't do) at the deadline but Neal Huntington and company felt good about where they were. I am not going to lie I was a little disappointed they didn't get some bullpen help but it turns out that GMNH might know a little bit more about this stuff than me. Even though I don't care for Clint Hurdle's in-game tactics I don't think there is anyone that would say that he is unbelievable in the clubhouse and does a lot for this team.
From top to bottom this team is playing great baseball and while the season is far from over it's fun to just stop and not worry about like that look at what this team has done so far and say that this is a good team is an understatement.
Enjoy it everyone.