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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:40 pm 
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I'd say 9 or 10 of 22 sounds reasonable.

There is no way I see us beating the Cubs this time around. They are simply too good for the Pirates in my opinion.

3 or 4 from the Cards. I don't buy into their hype.

2 from the Reds

2 from the Astros

2 or 3 from the Brewers


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:08 pm 
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The Reds are capable of being very dangerous when a couple of players contribute in a game here or there (remind you of any other teams?), though they have definitely been having a disappointing year so far, and Bucfan is dead on about the 2 young pitchers (Volquez and Cueto) being the only two real highlights, with the exception of the out of nowhere surprising start by Edwin Encarnacion. Really you just need to control the long ball with them. They look to do it in bunches and EE, Votto, Dunn and Griffey (remember those guys) are all capable of it. I hope to be at at least 2 of the 3 games at Great American Ballpark. So you can look forward to my first/second official Game Reports! Hopefully with photos as well.


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:56 am 
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Bucfan wrote:
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Houston will fall apart soon enough. Once the weather heats up down in Houston, the balls will start flying out of that yard and those bargain bin pitchers they have are going to start getting lit up.


I know that Houston is looked at as a bad team, due in large part to their very questionable starting pitching, but any team with Tejada , Lee and Berkman on offense and Roy Oswalt every fifth day is dangerous.

You apparently haven't seen how Oswalt has been pitching as of late.

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:02 am 
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I just want to see the Bucs stay around .500. Anything more would be a bonus, anything less a disappointment, because I think they are capable.

And yes, we can beat the freaking Cubs. Everybody else does, why can't we?


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:09 pm 
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You apparently haven't seen how Oswalt has been pitching as of late.


He was filthy against the Giants. 8 innings, 5 hits, 0 walks, 6 K's, win.

He is throwing really well. He had some poor outings, no doubt, but he is going to win 16 games, with an ERA of about 3.50 and with 180 K's - like he does every year.


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 11:25 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:07 pm 
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6-6 with 10 to go.

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:41 pm 
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The Reds used every available player except Tuesday's starter Cuerto in their eighteen inning loss to San Diego today. It can only help the Bucs that Cincy had to utilise it's best two starters in Harang and Volquez for long relief. They were earmarked to pitch Wednesday and Thursday respectively. It's hard to believe that after Harang threw 103 pitches last Thursday and 63 today on two days rest, he'll face the Pirates at all.

Who's the likely spot starter? Josh Fogg, maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:25 am 
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Three of Cincy's five starters pitched tonight:

Matt Belisle started and threw 94 pitches in 4.1 innings.
Aaron Harang threw 4 shutout innings (63 pitches), and struck out 9. He also started on Thursday.
Edinson Volquez, the Reds' best starter and the NL ERA leader, came in to take the loss. He threw 39 pitches over 1.2 innings. He also started on Friday.

Looks like we'll see Cueto, Fogg, and then Arroyo. That way, they'd each have 5 days of rest.


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:06 am 
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RDV across the sea wrote:
The Reds used every available player except Tuesday's starter Cuerto in their eighteen inning loss to San Diego today. It can only help the Bucs that Cincy had to utilise it's best two starters in Harang and Volquez for long relief. They were earmarked to pitch Wednesday and Thursday respectively. It's hard to believe that after Harang threw 103 pitches last Thursday and 63 today on two days rest, he'll face the Pirates at all.

Who's the likely spot starter? Josh Fogg, maybe?


Welcome to the board RDV.
You have just doubled the Brit factor!

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:57 am 
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RDV across the sea wrote:
The Reds used every available player except Tuesday's starter Cuerto in their eighteen inning loss to San Diego today. It can only help the Bucs that Cincy had to utilise it's best two starters in Harang and Volquez for long relief. They were earmarked to pitch Wednesday and Thursday respectively. It's hard to believe that after Harang threw 103 pitches last Thursday and 63 today on two days rest, he'll face the Pirates at all.

Who's the likely spot starter? Josh Fogg, maybe?


Welcome to the board RDV.
You have just doubled the Brit factor!

I guess it's time to switch to tea. :D

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
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RDV across the sea wrote:
Who's the likely spot starter? Josh Fogg, maybe?


And you know he's grinning ear to ear about it too!!!

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:34 am 
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That is why I couldn't stand Fogg when he was a Pirate! Dude would give up a three run shot and he's have that stupid smirk! Drove me freaking crazy! I kind of cheer for the guy now.

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 2:08 pm 
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IA Pirate wrote:
That is why I couldn't stand Fogg when he was a Pirate! Dude would give up a three run shot and he's have that stupid smirk! Drove me freaking crazy! I kind of cheer for the guy now.


I always liked Fogg...in part because of the grin, I suppose. I'd rather have him than Kippy Wells or Krissy Benson.


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:22 pm 
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sisyphus wrote:
Bertie wrote:
Welcome to the board RDV.
You have just doubled the Brit factor!

I guess it's time to switch to tea. :D


Nice one....I'll have milk and two sugars.

I've been a Bucco since spending a couple of years in Beaver County during the successful Leyland years. I missed the 'Freak Show' and moving ballparks but got back into things through the net around 2002/3. Last month I made my first trip to PNC Park after catching the end of Spring Training in Bradenton and saw the season opener in Atlanta.

The more the Pirates lose, the more it matters to me. Kind of like a really disturbing fatal attraction. :?


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:29 pm 
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Welcome to the board. I like your attitude.
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The more the Pirates lose, the more it matters to me. Kind of like a really disturbing fatal attraction.


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:32 pm 
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The quote should have been attributed to our new from from GB. Sorry, computer "genius" AZBF strikes again. Wonder how I did that? LOL


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:25 pm 
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RDV across the sea wrote:
The more the Pirates lose, the more it matters to me. Kind of like a really disturbing fatal attraction. :?

That sounds a lot like my marriage, lol.

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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
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RDV across the sea wrote:
The more the Pirates lose, the more it matters to me.


That is very interesting. The opposite is true for me. When the Pirates go on a 3-15 skid, I am not even paying attention by the end of the streak. I watch if they are playing well. If not, why watch?


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 Post subject: Re: The next 22 games
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 12:38 am 
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BBF wrote:
IA Pirate wrote:
That is why I couldn't stand Fogg when he was a Pirate! Dude would give up a three run shot and he's have that stupid smirk! Drove me freaking crazy! I kind of cheer for the guy now.


I always liked Fogg...in part because of the grin, I suppose. I'd rather have him than Kippy Wells or Krissy Benson.


Yeah, but I'll take Anna Benson over all 3 of 'em.

In all seriousness, I have been rooting for Fogg ever since the Reds signed him here, and was pulling for him when he became a starter, but, well ... that didn't last long. But hey, now I get to root for him AND Mike Lincoln in the bullpen!


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