Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 NATIONALS 7

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: DEREK SHELTON MADE UP ANOTHER GOOFY LINE UP WITH ONLY 2 OUTFIELDERS AND PLAYING PARK OVER NEWMAN. ANOTHER POOR PERFORMANCE BY MITCH KELLER SEALED THE DEAL. HE FACED 21 BATTERS WITH 10 GETTING ON BASE AND GIVING UP 4 RUNS, THROWING 84 PITCHES IN JUST 3 AND 2/3 INNINGS. YET I WAKE UP THIS MORNING READING THAT HE IS ON THE VERGE. ON THE VERGE OF WHAT I DON’T KNOW, CERTAINLY NOT GETTING COMMAND OF HIS PITCHES. THERE IS NO QUESTION OF THE 5 STARTERS HE IS THE WORSE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SPRING TRAINING PERFORMANCE BEING MEANINGLESS. YOU WANT ANOTHER EXAMPLE, THE LEADING HOME RUN TEAM IN SPRING TRAINING IS NOW 27TH IN HOME RUNS AND NOT LIKELY TO MOVE UP.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: KELLER THROWING THE FIRST PITCH OF THE GAME. THE FIRST FOUR PLAYERS GOT SINGLES AND IT WAS 2-0 BEFORE YOU COULD SAY ON THE VERGE.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, NATIONALS AT PITTSBURGH. I AM SURE THAT HAYES AND REYNOLDS WILL NEED TO BE RESTED TONIGHT, OR SUNDAY AT THE LATEST. MAYBE PARK OR TUCKER CAN GO BEHIND THE PLATE. MAYBE THE PIRATES WON’T USE A DH. WHO KNOWS WHAT CRAZY LINE UP WILL BE OUT THERE TONIGHT? IT IS THE ONE THING THAT KEEPS THE PIRATES INTERESTING, AT LEAST.

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