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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 10:41 pm 
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Yet another lead-off hit (double by Jack) and nothing to show. Good Lord. When this team does get decent starting pitching, they can't hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:06 pm 
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Top of the 7th, one out single by Chavez wasted..
Two out, runners on 1st & 2nd.. Jack Wilson grounds out.
What is our batting average with runners in scoring position? .200?


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:33 pm 
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This is a typical Pirate game when they throw in the towel. They turn on the flashing neon sign saying "WE CAN'T HIT" and "WE CAN'T SCORE ANY RUNS".

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:34 pm 
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Ollie wrote:
Top of the 7th, one out single by Chavez wasted..
Two out, runners on 1st & 2nd.. Jack Wilson grounds out.
What is our batting average with runners in scoring position? .200?


We're just about (if not) dead last in every single statistic ever created for the sport of baseball in the entire league. That's pretty much all you need to know whenever wanting to know where the Pirates rank.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:12 pm 
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Freddy swings at the slider, down and away, a remarkable percentage of the time. He basically never hits that pitch hard. He is probably batting about .100 on that pitch. He has whiffed on that pitch, in the dirt, numerous times.

Why doesn't he just take any slider away? What is he worried about? Whiffing and batting .100? Seriously, the results would not be worse if he simply told himself, "I will not swing at sliders away."

He looks exactly like Dave Parker did when he was batting against Steve Carlton. The problem is that Parker always went fishing for STEVE CARLTON'S slider away, while Sanchez is fishing after every outside breaking ball that bounces his way.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cardinals -- 5/30/08
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 3:58 pm 
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Yes I'm being optimistic, but I think there can be positive taken out of last night's game.

- A quality start out of a pitcher not named Phil Dumatrait. So he gave up a blast to Pujols, big deal, so does 98 % of the league. I thought Duke pitched fine and it was much-needed for this rotation.

- They nearly came back and won it which just goes back to my point that this team likes to rally (of course, the fact that they always need to rally is far from being positive). On the other hand, it's quite frustrating that, identical to the first game in the last series against Cincinnati, we rallied for 3 runs in the 9th when only scoring a single run before in the game.

- Jason Michaels has proved to be a very solid bench player.


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