Our Independence Day Edition of The Guy Next To Me, courtesy of Patrick Connell, our star spangled contributor. The Guy next to me who’s garage looks like a Phantom Fireworks warehouse actually did ask me: –The Nicasio fiasco should only reinforce the folly of putting any stock in the spring training performance. Vogelsong was signed… Continue reading The Guy Next To Me….
In the short-term memory world that is sports fandom, a player, a coach, a manager or, yes, a general manager, is only as good as the last game, season or trade. Myopia is a fan’s luxury. In the context of this column it’s anathema. For a MLB general manager it’s fatal to his long-term employment as… Continue reading A Case To Fire Huntington?
It was a late night at LAX last evening so no commentary on the Pirates loss. However, it looks like much of the same. Little offense and lousy starting pitching. After being the Pirates best pitcher for a month or so, Jon Niese has put together four lousy starts. Starts by Jameson Taillon, Francisco Liriano and… Continue reading Niese Implodes…Again, As Bucs Lose Another
Spotted a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Pirates starter Francisco Liriano couldn’t hold the lead and the Pirates dropped a disappointing 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final of their four-game, wrap around series. While three out of four is a nice series no matter the circumstances, a four-game sweep for… Continue reading Liriano Implodes…Again; Glasnow Watch And, Ugh…Payroll
The headline is a little bit of exaggeration but it was too good to pass up. Chad Kuhl, making his major league debut on national television and against the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, did what he needed to do and the Pirates ran their winning streak to three with a 4-3 win over… Continue reading Kuhl Whips Dodgers
There’s been a substantial amount of discussion lately about the value of John Jaso in general but also more specifically as to whether he is being best utilized at the top of the order. Jaso has the following line: .276/.354/.404/.758. That’s not bad. But look deeper at his numbers more specific to the leadoff position.… Continue reading Jaso And The Leadoff Spot; Pirates Win Again
As we’ve been saying all year, just get the ball to the bullpen and the Pirates will be fine. As long as it’s Neftali Feliz, Tony Watson or Mark Melancon that are taking said ball. The Pirates scored eight runs and the Pirates pitching was just good enough to beat the Dodgers at PNC… Continue reading Pirates Break Out And Then Hold On