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 Post subject: Huge game today
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:45 am 
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The Bucs have caught up to the Cards.
They've kept the Reds three back in loss column.
Cards then travel to Denver and the Reds travel to Houston while the Friars visit the 'Burgh.
Nats have to play the Braves.

Liriano needs to bring at least his B game against the Cubs' lineup.

Curious to see who starts on this Sunday afternoon ...
Mercer will likely be at short.
Buck will likely be behind plate ... or will Sanchez get a shot?
Walker or Harrison at 2B? Or, does Hurdle give Pedro a day off and play Harrison at 3B?
Sanchez or Morneau at 1B?
Is Marte ready to start in LF yet? Probably nout but I would like to see him get some PAs before the Reds series if he's going to play.

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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:51 am 
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Aw, September ball 9. Getting down to that time of the year where a team has put themselves in position and where every game almost becomes a must win with a division this tight. I thought to myself this series anything less than 3 of 4 against the cubs and padres would be a disappointment.

Let's go bucs.


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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:21 am 
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buccosfan77 wrote:
Aw, September ball 9. Getting down to that time of the year where a team has put themselves in position and where every game almost becomes a must win with a division this tight. I thought to myself this series anything less than 3 of 4 against the cubs and padres would be a disappointment.

Let's go bucs.


Agreed. The way I see it they need to:
- Beat Chicago today
- Win the SDP series
- Split the remaining 6 with the Reds
- Win the Cubs series.

That'd put them at 9-5 the rest of the way and the final record would be 95-67. If the Pirates do this and the Cards still win the division, then good for them because they went out and got it.


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Given Tony Sanchez's numbers against lefties and his good work with Liriano, I expect him to get the start.


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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
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Tabata in LF.
Walker at 2B.
Mercer at SS.
Sanchez at 1B.
Sanchez at C.

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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
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Travis Wood tortured the Pirates earlier this year.

However, the Pirates now have the 8th highest OPS in the major leagues against left-handed pitching, and the highest in the NL, at .740, including a BA of .265 (7th highest in baseball and 3rd highest in the NL), and an OBP of .332 (7th highest in baseball and the highest in the NL).


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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:17 am 
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JollyRoger wrote:
Agreed. The way I see it they need to:
- Beat Chicago today
- Win the SDP series
- Split the remaining 6 with the Reds
- Win the Cubs series.

That'd put them at 9-5 the rest of the way and the final record would be 95-67. If the Pirates do this and the Cards still win the division, then good for them because they went out and got it.


I'd take this in a heartbeat. I'm hoping the Rox take their mile-high series with the Cards and we go into the Reds series with a 2-game lead in the division. I'd like our chances from there....


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 Post subject: Re: Huge game today
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Scrap Iron wrote:
JollyRoger wrote:
Agreed. The way I see it they need to:
- Beat Chicago today
- Win the SDP series
- Split the remaining 6 with the Reds
- Win the Cubs series.

That'd put them at 9-5 the rest of the way and the final record would be 95-67. If the Pirates do this and the Cards still win the division, then good for them because they went out and got it.


I'd take this in a heartbeat. I'm hoping the Rox take their mile-high series with the Cards and we go into the Reds series with a 2-game lead in the division. I'd like our chances from there....


The way the schedule is playing out, it may take 9-4 the rest of the way instead of 8-5. And that's doable if the Pirates take 3/4 against the Padres, 2/3 against the Reds, sweep the Cubs, and 1/3 against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. A tall order? Yes. But I firmly believe that 96-66 not only wins the Pirates the NL Central, but also one of the top two seeds in the National League.

It's on...


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