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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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As good as it gets. Just so damn good.


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Good time in the pub. See you guys Friday.

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hebner20 wrote:
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Good time in the pub. See you guys Friday.


Let's make it Thursday.


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Time for revenge on the RedBirds!

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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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Fantastic.
What an emotional moment, I can scarcely credit it.
Even though it's 4.30 in the morning here, I don't think I will be able to sleep.
I am very happy for all my long-serving chums on this board who have stuck in there through thick and thin.
God bless you and the Bucs.
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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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Save the tears, bring on the red birds. This is just the beginning.


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I'm going to stream 93.7 and drift off to sleep for the night. Today was epic. Absolutely perfect.

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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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Great game. I'm just thrilled with this win. A perfect game with a great crowd. Just want to keep it going. Can't be satisfied with just one win and I don't think the Bucs will be. Go Bucs!!!'


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I chuckle a little everytime I see that Zach Duke is on Cincy's roster.


Cesar Izturis, Ryan Ludwick and Xavier Paul... a few ghosts of Pirates past.


...and Billy Hatcher coaches for them. He spent some time here too. Seems like a lifetime ago, but I seem to recall.

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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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Sweeeeeeeep!!!!!!!!



So cool. I knew this game was over in the 6th when we went Choo through Phillips in just 14 pitches. It was like I was Gregg Easterbrook writing Game Over in my notebook. I love that feeling, knowing, really knowing, that you've won: Votto went 0 - 4, striking out 2 times on a total of 10 pitches! Phillips was only marginally better, going 0 - 4 on 10 pitches. Though he didn't strike out.

I love that feeling. When Dusty ineffectually went with Parra in the 6th, I turned the game off. The Reds were done and dusted and Grilli was just formality. On 7 pitches no less. Amazing.


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Good news (for us) ... Jocketty already making preliminary announcements that Baker will be back next year to ride out the last year of his contract.


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 Post subject: Re: NL Wild Card: Pirates (94-68) vs Reds (90-72)
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Lineups are out . . . Hurdle going with defense at SS and starting Barmes. Can't say that I'm surprised. Runs could be at a premium tonight and . . . if you look at it from a strict "handedness" perspective . . . Mercer's bat doesn't play that much better than Barmes' bat. And, I envision Liriano pitching inside to the right handed hitters and outside to the lefties - with the goal of having a lot of opportunities for Barmes and McCutchen to make outs. If that's the game plan from the mound, Barmes is, IMO, the right call at SS.

Here's my key . . . Liriano's first two innings. There are going to tight stomachs out there tonight. Getting through the meat of the Reds' lineup once without any damage should provide a huge injection of confidence for the Pirates and a major source of consternation for the Reds' offense. I want to see Liriano coast and plant giant seeds of doubt into the Reds' hitters' heads.

If the Pirates can push across a run or two early, I think that the Reds are ripe to get frustrated quickly and they can be start pressing if they fall behind early. That will, of course, only inure to Liriano's benefit as I see the Reds chasing "his" pitches.

While this may not come as a shock to anyone . . . if there's a chance to play for an early run . . . I go for it. Break the ice. Put up a run on the scoreboard. Get past that psychological hurdle. It should loosen them up a bit. Getting an early run against Cueto should only serve to bolster their confidence in their ability to succeed against him. Plus, the crowd will be on fire if the Bucs go up early.

Marte leads off with a hit? Send him. Have Walker bunt him to third. Let Cutch have the chance to drive in the run - even with an out. If they pitch around him . . . send Cutch as well. As Hurdle would put it . . . "run like a man who's broke."

Yeah, I know that some will crucify me for that line of thought . . . but . . . sudden death . . . low run environment . . . that's my take and I'm sticking to it.



Barmes start looks great in retrospect.

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Spent this one at one of the 'burgh's finer dives for the start of dart league. Place was, unusually, packed for the game and we had to stop our matches on a couple of occasions to let things settle down. That was a lot of fun.

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