Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 0 CUBS 9

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: DILLON PETERS DID NOT LOOK RIGHT FROM THE START, AND THE CUBS EXPLODED FOR 8 RUNS IN THE FIRST. THE PIRATES HAVE BECOME, FOR NOW, THE HITLESS WONDERS. THEY WENT 12 AND 1/3 INNINGS GOING BACK TO SUNDAY BEFORE FINALLY GETTING A HIT. TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, ON 2 SWINGS WILLSON CONTRERAS HAD TWICE THE NUMBER OF TOTAL BASES, THAN THE PIRATES DID FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. THE PIRATES HAVE DEFINED THE TEAM BATTING SLUMP

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: AS BAD AS THINGS LOOKED, THE CUBS ONLY HAD A 2-0 LEAD WITH 2 ON AND 2 OUT. THEN PETERS WALKED THE NEXT BATTER. ENTER BRYCE WILSON. HE GAVE UP A SWINGING BUNT AND THEN WALKED ANOTHER BATTER, TO GIVE THE CUBS A 4-0 LEAD. THEN CONTRERAS TOOK THE VERY FIRST PITCH AND SMOKED IT INTO THE LEFT FIELD STANDS FOR A GRAND SLAM. GAME OVER.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT: CUBS IN CHICAGO. TEAMS, NO MATTER HOW BAD OR HOW GOOD, ALL GO THROUGH A BATTING SLUMP. THE KEY WILL BE, HOW LONG WILL IT LAST. THE ENTIRE TEAM HAS CAUGHT THE SOFT CONTACT OR STRIKE OUT VIRUS. THEY CAN ONLY HOPE IT WILL END SOON. MAYBE WE WILL HAVE THE CATCHER LEAD OFF, ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 1 REDS 0

WHY THE PIRATES WON: AN HISTORIC WIN INDEED, AS THE PIRATES WERE NO HIT BY THE REDS BUT WON THE GAME. THE PIRATES BECAME JUST THE 6TH TEAM SINCE 1901 TO WIN A GAME WHERE THEY WERE HELD WITHOUT A HIT. WHAT GOT LOST IN THE SHUFFLE WAS JUST HOW WELL THE PIRATES PITCHED. THE REDS ONLY HAD 4 HITS AND JUST GOT 2 MEN TO SECOND BASE AND 1 MAN TO THIRD FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. AFTER WRITING YESTERDAY THAT I DID NOT THINK WE WOULD EVER SEE A PIRATE PITCHER PITCH INTO THE 7TH, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT QUINTANA DID. HE PITCHED 7 INNINNGS OF SHUTOUT BALL.

THE KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES HAD THE BASES LOADED, ALL ON WALKS, IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 8TH, WITH ONE OUT. FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE REDS DID NOT COMMIT TO HAVING THE INFIELD PLAY UP. ON A WEAKLY HIT GROUND BALL TOWARD 2ND, THE REDS TRIED TO TURN THE DOUBLE PLAY, RATHER THAN GO HOME TO CUT OFF THE RUN. KE’BRYAN HAYES WAS THE BATTER AND WITH HIS SPEED, HE EASILY BEAT THE THROW TO FIRST, WHICH ENABLED THE PIRATES TO SCORE THE GO AHEAD RUN. IT’S NICE TO SEE THE OTHER TEAM DO THE BONEHEAD PLAY, ONCE IN AWHILE.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, CUBS IN CHICAGO. IT IS A QUICK TRAVEL DAY FOR THE PIRATES WHICH DOESN’T LEAVE DEREK SHELTON MUCH TIME TO THINK OF AN INFERIOR LINE UP, OR WHAT INFIELDER TO PUT IN RIGHT FIELD.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 3 REDS 1

WHY THE PIRATES WON: PITCHING, PITCHING AND MORE PITCHING. ZACH THOMPSON PITCHED THE MOST DOMINATE 6 INNINGS OF THE YEAR, GIVING UP 1 HIT, ONLY FACING 21 BATTERS. THE REDS ONLY HAD A FEW BALLS THAT WERE HIT HARD. IT WAS AN EASY DAY FOR THE DEFENSE. WHY HE ONLY WENT 6 INNINGS, HAVING ONLY THROWN 76 PITCHES, I HAVE NO IDEA. REMEMBER ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. WILL CROWE HAD TO SURVIVE A SHAKY 7TH INNING, CHRIS STRATTON WAS CHRIS STRATTON, BUT THANKFULLY DAVID BEDNAR CAME THROUGH AGAIN AND SHUT THINGS DOWN TO GET THE FINAL 4 OUTS WITH LITTLE PROBLEM. THE BATS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE EVEN WITH VAN METER LEADING OFF, AND WE ALLOWED AN INFIELDER TO PLAY RIGHT FIELD. I TOLD YOU THE WEIRD LINE UP WAS ABOUT TO COME UP. THE TURTLE HIT A HOME RUN AND THE REDS HELPED BIG TIME BY BALKING IN A RUN. A MUCH-NEEDED WIN FOR THE PIRATES.

THE KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: WILL CROWE STRUGGLED IN THE 7TH. HE WALKED THE FIRST BATTER HE FACED. A BLOOP SINGLE PUT RUNNERS ON 1ST AND 2ND WITH NOBODY OUT. WITH COLIN (COMATOSE) MORAN RUNNING THE PIRATES BOTCHED A DOUBLE PLAY BALL. THAT LEFT 1ST AND 3RD WITH ONE OUT. IT LOOKED LIKE THE PIRATES WERE GOING TO GET OUT OF IT WHEN THE NEXT BATTER HIT A SHORT POP UP TO RIGHT FIELD. HOWEVER, A SINGLE TO RIGHT AND AN INFIELDER PLAYING RIGHT MAKING A BAD THROW PUT RUNNERS ON 2ND AND 3RD AND THE BALL GAME WAS ON THE LINE. CROWE, UNLIKE KELLER, BORE DOWN AND STRUCK OUT THE BATTER TO END THE THREAT.

NEXT GAME: THIS AFTERNOON, REDS IN PITTSBURGH. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THE PIRATES GET THE SPLIT AND REYNOLDS COME OUT OF HIS FUNK FOR REAL. HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE 3 OUTFIELDERS PLAYING TODAY, BUT AGAIN ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. WE WILL WE EVER SEE A PITCHER GO 7 INNINGS, I DOUBT IT. JUST KEEP WEARING THE BULLPEN OUT, SHELTON. THEY CAN ALWAYS GO TO INDIANAPOLIS, REST AND GET DEVELOPED.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 REDS 8

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THE PIRATES PLAYED DEFENSE PRETTY WELL, BUT OTHER THAN THAT THE REST OF THEIR GAME STUNK. MITCH KELLER PUT UP ANOTHER MEDIOCRE PERFORMANCE PITCHING JUST 4 AND 2/3 INNINGS AND GIVING UP 5 RUNS ON 5 HITS AND WALKING 2. KELLER FACED 21 BATTERS ONLY STRUCK OUT 2 AND ONLY THREW 12 FIRST PITCH STRIKES. AFTER ALL THE SPRING TRAINING HYPE WITH SOME WRITERS SAYING THEY EXPECTED TO SEE KELLER IN THE ALL-STAR GAME THIS YEAR, HE WINDS UP PROVING THAT SPRING TRAINING GAMES ARE MEANINGLESS. I GUESS HE COULD BE IN THE AAA ALL STAR GAME IF PIRATES SEND HIM DOWN SOON. THE BATTERS WERE JUST AS UNISPIRING, GETTING 7 HITS AND ONLY 2 RUNS AND NOT REALLY DOING ANYTHING AFTER THE 6TH INNING. HOPEFULLY THE TEAM CAN COME OUT OF THIS FUNK SOON.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE TOP OF THE FIFTH WITH THE GAME STILL IN DOUBT, THE REDS HAD FIRST AND THIRD WITH TWO OUT AND IT LOOKED LIKE KELLER MAY BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE SITUATION WITH NO MORE RUNS SCORING. IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE AS HE GAVE UP A DOUBLE TO BRANDON DRURY TO BREAK THE GAME OPEN 5-2 IN THE REDS FAVOR. AFTER THAT THE PIRATES SLEPT WALKED TO ANOTHER DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF THE REDS.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS IN PITTSBURGH. THE PIRATES HAVE LOST 4 OUT OF 5 TO THE LOWLY REDS AND IT DOES NOT LOOK MUCH BETTER FOR THE WEEKEND. YESTERDAYS LINE UP I THOUGHT WAS PRETTY GOOD. I THINK IT WILL BE TIME FOR A BIZARRE ONE, BUT ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS FOR SURE. MAYBE WE NEED THE TURTLE TO LEAD OFF AGAIN. YES!

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 0 REDS 4

WHY THE PIRATES LOSS: THE BATS WENT SILENT AND EVEN WHEN THEY DID GET THE OCCASIONAL HIT (4) THEY WOULD RUN THEMSELVES INTO OUTS OR FALL ASLEEP AT THE BASE. DWAYNE UNDERWOOD JUNIOR STARTED RIGHT WHERE HE LEFT OFF BEFORE HE GOT INJURED BY GIVING UP RUNS IN BUNCHES. ALL IN ALL, ANOTHER PRETTY MUCH GIFT-WRAPPED WIN FOR THE REDS. LET’S HOPE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A TREND. BRUBAKER WAS TAKEN OUT AFTER 5 INNINGS FOR NO REASON, AFTER ONLY THROWING 77 PITCHES. TALK ABOUT OVERUSING THE BULLPEN. IT WILL CATCH UP WITH THE PIRATES, IF IT ALREADY HASN’T.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND SUWINSKI WALKED, THEN VAN METER HIT A HARD LINER THAT WAS RIGHT AT THE CENTER FIELDER. MICHAEL PEREZ HIT A SHARP SINGLE TO RIGHT THAT WAS BOOTED BY THE RIGHT FIELDER. PEREZ TRIED TO GO TO SECOND AND WAS THROWN OUT EASILY. THERE WERE ALL KIND OF EXCUSES MADE BY THE PIRATE ANNOUNCERS FOR PEREZ’S BONEHEAD MOVE, BUT IT KIND OF SET THE TONE FOR THE REST OF GAME, WHERE THE PIRATES JUST WALKED THROUGH THE GAME.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS IN PITTSBURGH TONIGHT THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO HAVE A TRIBUTE VIDEO TO COLIN MORAN SHOWING ALL THE BIG PLAYS HE MADE AS A PIRATE. IT LASTS 42 SECONDS. DON’T MISS IT.

The Pirates 30 Games In

It is always nice to look at the season in about 30 game chunks. While we are not technically through 20% of the season, we are 1/5 of the way to the 150-game mark. When you get to the 150th game of season, let’s face it, the remaining 12 games are either meaningless, which is most likely in the Pirate’s case, or they are the 12 most important games of the season. At this point in the season the Pirates stand at 13 wins and 17 losses, just coming off a series win over the mighty Dodgers. It is pretty amazing that they are this good, considering the way they have been managed. Baseball teams are easy to analyze. You look at the way they hit, pitch, field, and how they are managed. So, lets begin.

Hitting: Despite all the data out there hitting boils down to three things. The ability to get on base, the ability to slug the ball, and to score runs. On base percentage (OBP), the ability to get on base, the Pirates rank 17th out of 30 teams. OPS+ is a statistic of hitting and slugging with many factors taken into consideration, like ballparks, and competition. It is expressed as a number with 100 being the league average. The Pirates number is 97, which is a little below league average, which ranks them 19th. The most important thing a team needs to do with all of that, is to score runs. The Pirates so far are averaging 3.77 runs per game, that is 23rd in the Majors. As you can see, the best thing the Pirates do is to get on base, but they have a hard time hitting for power, and converting all of this into runs. None of this is surprising but overall, the hitters have not done too bad, and they have had a recent resurgence of the long ball, which really helped carry them to a series win against the Dodgers.

Pitching: We have to give the pitchers a little slack here, because their stats are a little skewed, due to the fact, they game up 21 runs in one game, Pitching, like hitting comes down to three stats. Run prevention per game, ERA+, another comparison stat that takes ballparks into consideration with a league average being 100, and Fielding Independent Pitching, a stat that tells how well a pitching staff does at controlling what they can control, strikeouts, walks, and home runs. The Pirates have allowed 5.4 runs per game which is 29th in baseball. Their ERA+ is 86 which is 27th in the baseball. FIP for the Pirates is 4.19 that is 25th in baseball. The bottom line is the pitching does not look very good on paper, but they have done well at protecting leads. Considering nobody really knows what their role is on the staff, they have done ok. Without the one bad game the pitchers would be just about on par with the hitters, or even a little better.

Fielding: Fielding stats can be very hard to decipher. I go with one team stat that is on baseball reference, that is called Defensive Efficiency or shortened to DefEff. I think it is the best of all the defensive rating systems and takes into consideration the most factors that involves the defense. The Pirates have always been on the low end of scale, usually ranking in the lower 10, just about every year. This year is no exception where the Pirates rank 26th. Despite all the praise you hear from the booth about this team’s defense, in reality they really stink out in the field. Some of this has not been all their fault, because infielders have been playing the outfield for no apparent reason, other than to make them look bad. That is not to say there have not been bright spots and the potential to get better is certainly there.

Management: I am not just writing about the Manager of the Pirates Derek (Only the Shadow Knows) Shelton but the entire management team. There used to be an old radio show that was a mystery, called The Shadow. In the show as the mystery would begin to unfold, the narrator would always say who knows, only the Shadow knows. This is how I feel about the Pirates starting line ups and the thought processing that go into them. Who knows why they had Vogelbach leading off? Who knows why they played Cole Tucker so much in right field? Who knows why they tried other infielders in the outfield? Who knows why they only let starting pitchers go 4 to 5 innings? Who knows why there is a revolving door about who pitches in the 9th inning, when it is clear who should? I can tell you, only the Shelton knows. I do know this. This management team does not want to win this year, even if it was possible. The players right now are making tanking a little tough, because they are performing above expectations, doing much better in tight ball games. New blood hopefully will be coming up soon, which should make this team better. About this time last year, the team took a big swoon that pretty much lasted into September. We will see if that happens again. Management is certainly praying for it. We will revisit the Pirates after game 60 and get into more individual performances. I was kind to the individual players this time, because they may not be around after game 60.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 5 DODGERS 3

WHY THE PIRATES WON: FROM A DODGER PERSPECTIVE IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS. THE DODGERS HIT A LOT OF HARD BALLS RIGHT AT THE PIRATES AND COULD NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PIRATES GIFTS. DILLON PETERS AND MAX KRANICK PITCHED A SUPERB 6 INNINGS ALTHOUGH BOTH BENEFITTED FROM THOSE AT’EM BALLS. THE PIRATES WENT YARD 3 TIMES AND SCORED AN INSURANCE RUN WITH SOME DARING BASE RUNNING.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: BY FAR, IT WAS THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH. THE PIRATES DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO GIVE THE GAME TO THE DODGERS IN THAT INNING. THEY WALKED 4 BATTERS, COMMITTED AN ERROR, AND THREW A WILD PITCH WITH THE BASES LOADED, THAT HIT OFF THE BACK WALL AND CAME RIGHT BACK TO THE CATHCER. THE DODGERS COULD NOT SCORE TO TAKE THE LEAD ON THAT PLAY. THEN WILL SMITH SMASHED A HARD LINE DRIVE THAT CASTILLO WENT UP THE LADDER TO GET. MAX MUNCY LOOKED LIKE A PIRATE AND TOOK A CALLED THIRD STRIKE TO END THE INNING.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS AT PITTSBURGH. THE MAN I WANTED RESTED THE TURTLE HIT THE GO-AHEAD HOME RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH, TO TAKE A 4-3 LEAD. ONE THING ABOUT THE TURTLE HE IS HUSTLING ALL THE TIME. EVEN ON HOME RUNS HE IS RUNNING FULL THROTTLE. YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT, WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THE NEXT 4 GAMES ARE AGAINST THE REDS LET’S HOPE THE PIRATES CAN GET SOME PAY BACK HERE AND APPROACH .500 BALL. VAN METER HAD HIS BEST GAME OF THE YEAR YESTERDAY, HE SHOULD NEED AT LEAST A 2 GAME REST. ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 1 DODGERS 11

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THE DODGERS WERE DETERMINED NOT TO LOSE 2 IN A ROW TO THE LOWLY PIRATES. THEY HIT AND FIELDED THEIR WAY TO AN EASY WIN. THE PIRATES COULD ONLY GET 4 HITS AND WERE NEVER REALLY IN THE GAME. IT WAS A DEFINITE HO HUMMER.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: NOT KNOWING THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE SUCH A BLOW OUT, THE FIRST INNING SUMMED UP WHAT WAS ABOUT TO COME. THE DODGERS SCORED 2 RUNS IN THE TOP OF THE 1ST WITH THE HELP OF 2 SUN CAMOUFLAGED FLY BALLS THAT BEN GAMEL COULD NOT CORRAL. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 1ST THE PIRATES HAD 2ND AND 3RD WITH NO ONE OUT, WHEN HAYES HIT A MEDIUM FLY TO MOOKY BETTS AND FOR WHATEVER REASON THE PIRATES DECIDED TO TEST MOOKY’S ARM AND HE EASILY GUNNED DOWN BEN GAMEL AT THE PLATE. ESSENTIALLY THE GAME WAS OVER, EVEN THOUGH THE PIRATES DID NOT KNOW IT AT THE TIME.

NEXT GAME: TODAY, DODGERS AT PITTSBURGH. THIS IS A SURPRISING RUBBER MATCH. LET’S HOPE THAT THE PIRATES AT LEAST TRY AND WIN THIS GAME AND NOT START COLE (WHY IS HE ON THE TEAM LET ALONE STARTING) TUCKER. IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO GIVE THE TURTLE A REST. MAYBE THE PIRATES DID HAVE SOMETHING LEADING HIM OFF. AT LEAST YOU CAN NOT START THE GAME BY HITTING INTO A DOUBLE PLAY. HE IS PROBABLY EXHAUSTED FROM HAVING TO RUN ON THE PITCH ABOUT THREE TIMES ON A 3-2 COUNT WITH 2 OUT. TOMORROW WILL BE THE PIRATES 30TH GAME. I WILL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THEY HAVE DONE THE FIRST 30 GAMES.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 5 DODGERS 1

WHY THE PIRATES WON: GREAT STARTING PITCHING BY JOSE QUINTANA TO RACK UP THE FIRST WIN BY A PIRATE STARTER THIS SEASON. APPARENTLY, QUINTANA HAS A HISTORY OF GIVING THE DODGERS FITS AND IT HELD TRUE AGAIN LAST NIGHT. HE HAD SOME CONTROL ISSUES BUT HAD SOFT CONTACT THROUGH MOST OF THE GAME. EVEN WHEN THE DODGERS HIT IT HARD THE PIRATE OUTFIELD MADE SOME FANTASTIC PLAYS. THE BULLPEN CARRIED IT THE REST OF THE WAY, BUT THE BATTERS DID A NICE JOB OF ADDING ON WITH HOME RUNS BY MICHAEL PEREZ AND JAKE SUWINSKI.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THERE WERE TWO BIG MOMENTS. IN THE TOP OF THE FIFTH QUINTANA GOT TWO QUICK OUTS AND THEN WALKED FREEMAN AND TREA TURNER THEN SINGLED TO PUT RUNNERS ON FIRST AND SECOND. JUSTIN TURNER THEN HIT A FLY BALL DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE THAT WAS JUST FOUL BY ABOUT A FOOT. HE THEN GROUNDED OUT TO END THE INNING. IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH THE DODGERS HAD FIRST AND SECOND WITH ONE OUT, AND FREEMAN AND TURNER FAILED TO DO ANY DAMAGE. UP TO THIS POINT, THE GAME HAD A FEEL THAT THE PIRATES MAY BE GIVING IT AWAY, BECAUSE THEY HAD 10 HITS BUT COULD ONLY MUSTER ONE RUN. THE LONG BALL TOOK CARE OF THAT IN THE NEXT TWO INNINGS AND THE PIRATES GOT A VERY NICE WIN AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN BASEBALL. WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT?

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, DODGERS IN PITTSBURGH AT LEAST THE PIRATES ARE NOT GOING TO GET SWEPT. SHELTON AND THE BRASS MUST BE IN A STATE OF SHOCK, PARTICULARLY AFTER THIS PAST WEEKENDS PLAY.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 3 REDS 7

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THEY THOUGHT THEIR BEST PLAYER NEEDED A REST. THEY ONLY GOT 3 HITS, ALTHOUGH 2 OF THEM WERE HOME RUNS, AND THE BULLPEN COMPLETELY IMPLODED IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH INNING. YOU HAVE TO QUESTION WHETHER THE BULLPEN WAS EVEN NECESSARY IN THE SIXTH. IN A RARE GOOD OUTING FOR ZACH THOMPSON, HE WENT 5 INNINGS STRIKING OUT 6, WALKING 0 AND GIVING UP ONLY 2 HITS. HE HAD THROWN ONLY 79 PITCHES, YET THE SHADOW DECIDED TO GO TO THE BULLPEN IN THE 6TH WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE DISASTEROUS. DILLON PETERS GAVE UP A LITTLE BLOOP HIT TO START THE 6TH, BUT THEN COULD NOT FIND THE STRIKE ZONE, AND WALKED THE NEXT 3 BATTERS TO MAKE IT 2 TO 1. THEN THE SHADOW DECIDES TO BRING IN DOUBLE H AND HIS STERLING 6+ ERA. AFTER GETTING ONE OUT, DOUBLE H GAVE UP A GRAND SLAM TO FORMER PIRATE, COLIN (AM I EVEN ALIVE) MORAN FOR THE REDS TO JUMP OUT TO A 5-2 LEAD. COMATOSE COLIN HIT ANOTHER HOMER IN THE 8TH TO GIVE THE REDS A 7-3 CUSHION GOING INTO THE NINTH. BY FAR, THE MOST EMBARRASSING SERIES OF THE YEAR.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE MORAN GRAND SLAM, WHICH WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SHADOW’S OBSESSION WITH NOT ALLOWING A STARTER TO THROW 90 OR MORE PITCHES. I GUESS THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GOING TO GET STRETCHED OUT IF YOU ARE A PIRATE PITCHER IS TO BE SENT DOWN TO THE MINORS. WE’VE JUST FINISHED THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY AND THE BULLPEN LOOKS TIRED ALREADY. EXPECT TO SEE A LOT MORE PITCHING BY POSITION PLAYERS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, DODGERS IN PITTSBURGH. THIS COULD GET PRETTY UGLY. IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER WHO THE PIRATES START IN THIS SERIES, SO PLEASE SHELTON, MAKE TUCKER, VAN METER, AND TSUTSUGO PLAY ALL THREE GAMES, AND TAKE THE BEATING. THE PIRATES COULD START 5 PLAYERS WITH BATTING AVERAGES UNDER .200. THAT COULD BE A MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD. COME ON SHELTON, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT, BUT REMEMBER ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS.

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