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« on: Jun 27, 2013 at 07:00 »

...have best record in Major League Baseball.  First time since 1992 I do believe.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 2013 at 12:40 »

I'm glad someone else started the thread this year.  Was afraid that my annual hopefulness was a precipitator of demise.

But yeah.  I love this team.  I also agree with sending Cole down for a couple of weeks; in the past I would have argued that it was a sure sign of tightwad management, but when Wandy and AJ get back, the kid could use a few more starts in Indy to work on his secondary stuff. 
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 28, 2013 at 20:45 »

I'm glad someone else started the thread this year.  Was afraid that my annual hopefulness was a precipitator of demise. 

Well I was 8 the last time this franchise had any success so that cannot bode well.  Aside from that, this team goes as Pedro alvarez goes (which should be that surprising).
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 28, 2013 at 21:44 »

After tonight I have changed my stance on Cole.  Yeah, maybe he's not locating the curve or changing speeds enough yet but the fact is the guy is an MLB pitcher.  He was horrible in the first and then was excellent thereafter.  Not to say unhittable; he had a jam or two, but when he was in trouble, he'd throw a 100 mph peanut over the inside black.  Just can't send him down, even if means DFA'ing Morton.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 29, 2013 at 08:17 »

I was just about to post a pirates thread myself.  It's encouraging that we've done this with a luke-warm Cutch and a slumpish Walker.  Martin behind the plate and at bat is the biggest upgrade over last year imo.  Even with an off month, Marte has been impressive.  I'd forgotten what it was like to have a real leadoff hitter.

Barmes has no place on a successful team.  He and Barajas were like having 2 extra pitchers in your batting order.

Does anyone know how long Cole would have to be down for?  I think I heard it only needs to be 10 days or so.  If that's the case, I'd do it.  Longer and it becomes questionable.  Just don't hurt the team. I loved how he pulled it together after the first inning last night.  The kid has serious stuff. He can throw a 95mph fastball for a low strike.  If he develops his off speed and breaking stuff he'll be brutal.

I thought the Lincoln for Snyder trade was a horrible mistake, but I like what I've seen from Snyder.  I certainly don't cringe when he comes up to bat, late in the game, with runners on base.  I have the feeling he can develop into a Garret Jones type: a solid, if unspectacular, major league ball player.  I'm not even sure if Lincoln is in the major leagues atm.

I don't like Greg Browns grilled cheese schtick for Grilli at all.  Grilled cheese is what 3rd graders eat for lunch.  Much better would be something like "it's time to fire up the Grill."  This is what men do when they want to bring the heat.

Sadly, I think Jmac is done.  Maybe he's a head case, I don't know.  Thankfully there are more positive things to focus on with this team right now.



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« Reply #5 on: Jun 30, 2013 at 00:31 »

I'd forgotten what it was like to have a real leadoff hitter.

You'll remember as soon as we actually get one.  Marte should be hitting in the 3 hole.

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Does anyone know how long Cole would have to be down for?  I think I heard it only needs to be 10 days or so.  If that's the case, I'd do it.

Yeah, it's like 2 weeks from what I've heard.  Send him down now and bring him up again right after the break.  Now or never. 


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but I like what I've seen from Snyder. 

Really?  I think he sucks.  No power, no field, nothing I can see or have seen.  RF seems to me the one place the Pirates can reasonably afford to upgrade.

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I don't like Greg Browns grilled cheese schtick for Grilli at all. 

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 30, 2013 at 14:24 »

I agree we could do better in RF, but Snyder doesn't bug me the way Barmes does.  Sanchez is the one guy still playing who really hasn't shown me squat.

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« Reply #8 on: Jul 03, 2013 at 12:47 »

Sanchez is the one guy still playing who really hasn't shown me squat.



His OPS versus lefties is 1+, so there's that.

Off topic... did you see the Golovkin-Macklin fight yet?  Unbelieveable knockout.
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 04, 2013 at 03:24 »

I didn't see it.  But I'll DL it tomorrow and check it out.

What's up with Grilli?  He hasn't looked good since he blew his first save. 

I have to say that it's nice that my biggest concern at the moment is the quality of our bench.

I do think Wandy is screwed for this season, though, which is a real shame.  Once they start injecting you with anything, it's gonna be awhile.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 13, 2013 at 11:01 »

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but I like what I've seen from Snyder. 

Really?  I think he sucks.  No power, no field, nothing I can see or have seen.  RF seems to me the one place the Pirates can reasonably afford to upgrade.

I feel like I put the mush on Snyder.  I don't think he's had a hit in weeks and may have played his way out of a job.  I really thought he could give us a bit more than Presley/Tabata.  Tabata's been playing well so let's hope it continues.

My dad had been saying that he thought Walker didn't look right and maybe was playing with lingering back issues.  Sure enough he went on the DL.  Sucks.  A healthy Walker hitting .265+ is important to our team.

Sanchez continues to strike out with men on base.  Our current starting shortstop is hitting .200.  I still wonder how Grilli will pitch in the second half.  Our pitching remains superb and has been a pleasure to watch.  It'd be nice to see a couple more bats get hot again.
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 13, 2013 at 15:51 »

Went to the game last night, it great booing Wright and then Pedro crushing that one in his first at bat was awesome.  After that there was dick from the bats.

Going tonight and tomorrow as well.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 13, 2013 at 16:18 »

Alvarez has been everything and more. A little more contact would make this team for real. Penso have fun in the Burgh as I am in your neck of the woods, well not Brooklyn but the west village visiting school friends.  Go Pirates and here's to watching the game amongst Mets fans.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 13, 2013 at 17:22 »

Went to the game last night, it great booing Wright and then Pedro crushing that one in his first at bat was awesome.  After that there was dick from the bats.

Going tonight and tomorrow as well.

I'm jealous.  I've been back in Western PA a bunch this summer, but for various reasons it hasn't worked out to get to the ballpark.  It was sweet when Pedro hit that homer.  Have fun!
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 30, 2013 at 23:08 »

Fucking sweet double header sweep.
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 30, 2013 at 23:44 »

One more big win tomorrow please.

Check that, this is a 5 game series?Huh?....so two more big wins.  St. Louis then heads to Cinci, where they will hopefully beat one-another up followed by another series with the Cards in the second week of August.
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« Reply #16 on: Aug 09, 2013 at 13:27 »

That was quite a homestand.  When we get ANY production at all from the bottom of the lineup we're tough to beat and exciting to watch.  Liriano tonight.  Walker swinging the bat better is nice to see.

Just heard on NY WFAN that the pirates offered Marte, Cole +nobodies for Stanton + nobodies.  I can't believe that's true.
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« Reply #17 on: Aug 11, 2013 at 06:44 »

Sorry for the double post.  2 ugly outings in Colorado.  Apparently the thin air only affects the visiting pitchers' curveballs....

Question for the group:  What do you offer Burnett next year?  Do you think someone out there offers him a fat 3 year contract.  I would certainly pay for 1, maybe 2, but not 3 years.
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Question for the group:  What do you offer Burnett next year?  Do you think someone out there offers him a fat 3 year contract.  I would certainly pay for 1, maybe 2, but not 3 years.

How much longer do the Yankees pay for him?  Is that up this year?
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Question for the group:  What do you offer Burnett next year?  Do you think someone out there offers him a fat 3 year contract.  I would certainly pay for 1, maybe 2, but not 3 years.

How much longer do the Yankees pay for him?  Is that up this year?

Pretty sure he's a free agent at the end of the year.

We played the Cardinals tough.  It was heartbreaking when Marte dropped that fly ball.  Nice rebound win yesterday against Arizona.
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 30, 2013 at 21:47 »

Really sweet win tonight.  We don't need to sweep this series, 2 out of 3 is fine.


I just wish we could play the Brewers and Reds as well as play the Cards.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 01, 2013 at 02:49 »

Another tremendous win. 
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 03, 2013 at 22:50 »

81 wins baby!  Woohoo!
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 04, 2013 at 08:05 »

Personally, I am postponing my celebration until we get to 82...because you know how this could go...21 consecutive seasons without a winning season.  But nonetheless, its hard to believe that I was 7 the last time I could say the Pirates didn't lose more games than they won.

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 05, 2013 at 12:14 »

Personally, I am postponing my celebration until we get to 82..

This.
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« Reply #25 on: Sep 09, 2013 at 21:46 »

Welp that does it, finally got to 82.  For a little perspective from Jerry Crasnick:

"To put all that suffering in perspective, it's instructive to reflect on the nonbaseball sporting developments that have taken place in the Steel City since the Pirates last posted a winning record:

• In 1992, first-year coach Bill Cowher led the Pittsburgh Steelers to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth. The Steelers have posted an aggregate record of 212-123 (for a winning percentage of .633), made the playoffs 14 times, won two Super Bowls and lost two others since the Pirates last broke the .500 barrier.

• Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens and Tom Barrasso led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup championship in 1992. Lemieux survived Hodgkin's lymphoma, entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 and was part of a group that bought the team two years later. The Penguins have posted winning records in 16 of the past 20 seasons, and won another Stanley Cup behind phenom Sidney Crosby in 2009.

• The Pitt Panthers have made 12 NCAA basketball tournament appearances since 1992. That includes five trips to the Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2009.

For those who prefer to mark their sports news through U.S. cultural signposts, "The Silence of the Lambs" was the big winner at the 1992 Academy Awards and Natalie Cole cleaned up at the Grammys. Some other 1992 news events: President George H.W. Bush took ill and vomited at a state dinner in Japan, Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love, Johnny Carson made his final "Tonight Show" appearance and gas cost $1.13 a gallon."
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 09, 2013 at 21:47 »

Personally, I am postponing my celebration until we get to 82..

This.

Let's fucking celebrate then!

Been a long time since the Pirates could take your mind off the Steelers, after all.
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:52 »

Biggest series in a long time.  I am stoked.
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« Reply #28 on: Sep 21, 2013 at 22:27 »

Huge win after that ending last night.  You've got to be happy with the way #1 and #2 have been performing of late or the 3rd and the 4th on the staff for that matter.  Will likely be heading out to the burgh for a playoff game assuming all goes to plan!
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« Reply #29 on: Sep 23, 2013 at 22:13 »

Pirates are in the playoffs.
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« Reply #30 on: Sep 23, 2013 at 22:14 »

Let me repeat that for those of yinz who can't hear:

THE PIRATES ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS.
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« Reply #31 on: Sep 24, 2013 at 01:16 »

Wake up motherfuckers.  The Pirates are in the postseason.
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« Reply #32 on: Oct 01, 2013 at 08:34 »

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« Reply #33 on: Oct 01, 2013 at 14:37 »

Otis'll be pulling for the Buccos tonight as we feature thee greatest canoodian catcher of all time.


So fucking jacked.  I know most here don't care for baseball but this is pretty effing special.
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 01, 2013 at 15:28 »

I'm thinking tonights starting lineup should read something like this:

1. Marte - LF
2. Walker - 2B
3. Cutch - CF
4. Morneau - 1B
5. Byrd - RF
6. Alvarez - 3B
7. Mercer - SS
8. Martin - C
9. Liriano - P

G. Jones or Tabata as pinch hitters depending upon the need (power vs. baserunners).  If I were a betting man, I think the Mercer and Martin will be flipped.  However, given Martin's ability to hit in the clutch, I really like him batting before the P spot.
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« Reply #35 on: Oct 01, 2013 at 23:09 »

Best game of my fucking life.
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« Reply #36 on: Oct 01, 2013 at 23:56 »

Awesome.  Just awesome.  My brother was there, and I talked to him when he was on the bridge right after the game.

When I say I talked to him, I mean I called him, he answered, and I couldn't hear a word after that for all the noise.
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« Reply #37 on: Oct 05, 2013 at 13:19 »

Hopefully this issue is a non-starter because the Buccos take two in Pittsburgh, but who would you start in a possible game 5 in St. Louis?  Burnett is slated but Cole clearly had the better performance in St Louis...and would have had five days of rest...

Part of me thinks it's a no brainer, but I am also thinking Burnett could thrive when the pundits say he has no chance...
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« Reply #38 on: Oct 05, 2013 at 16:39 »

AJ's numbers, both career and this season, are terrible in St L.  I would go with Cole, but Hurdle seems loyal to a fault to his veterans (see Morneau, J., and Inge, B.).
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 06, 2013 at 19:06 »

And now hopefully it won't matter, provided Ground Chuck takes care of bidness tomorrow.

I gotta say, the timing of my sabbatical couldn't be better.  Won't miss a second of the postseason no matter what time the asshats at MLB put us at.
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« Reply #40 on: Oct 06, 2013 at 19:13 »

Wow. I've been taking off but I unfortunately might have to watch the game tomorrow on the work comp. Boy have the pirates made me forget that poor ass Stillers team.
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« Reply #41 on: Oct 09, 2013 at 18:54 »

Let's go let's go let's fuckin...

Oops.  Wrong team.

Such a strange feeling, having a baseball team in a playoff series decider. 
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