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 Post subject: Nice win over Rockies
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:18 am 
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Good start by Zach, good bullpen by the Trinity, Cutch, Tabata and Walker making their presence felt again and very solid defense. Good to get a road win.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:24 am 
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It's a great feeling to get a win on the road. Nice to see Duke pitch well and also good to see Walker continuing to perform well.

For those watching on tv, did the two catches by Cutch and Tabata go all the way to the wall or just to the warning track? Gameday showed those outs at the wall.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:31 am 
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darthpirate9 wrote:
For those watching on tv, did the two catches by Cutch and Tabata go all the way to the wall or just to the warning track? Gameday showed those outs at the wall.

Cutch caught one and then banged into the wall. The ball was not going to go over the fence, but it was smoked and put Cutch to the wall on the run to make the catch.

As for the ball that Giambi hit, Tabata caught that pretty easily, about 10' short of the fence. However, if Giambi is still juicing, it is probably gone.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:22 am 
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The catch Cutch made to end the 3rd inning was spectacular. The ball was hit to the left center gap so crisply that you absolutely knew nobody was going to get it...I was already cursing. Cutch simply ran the ball down and made it look easy. There's only a small handful of players that would have even gotten to that ball...thanks Cutch.


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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
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It really was a nice win. Though I know some posters (Willton, for instance) are concerned with Neil Walker's low walk rate, he really lines the ball all over the place from both sides of the plate. He may be a bit of a free swinger, but he's got the talent to make a lot of contact and the athleticism to leg out a few extra hits. If he can manage a .280 or so batting average with some pop, he'll likely hit average or above-average for a 2B, which would be a boon to this Pirates' lineup in 2011 and beyond.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
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I wouldn't worry too much about that. Wilton expressed concern about Sanchez' walk rate when he winning the batting title.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
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J_C_Steel wrote:
Though I know some posters (Willton, for instance) are concerned with Neil Walker's low walk rate, he really lines the ball all over the place from both sides of the plate.


ZelieMike wrote:
I wouldn't worry too much about that. Wilton expressed concern about Sanchez' walk rate when he winning the batting title.
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And he is right about the concerns regarding Walker's walk rate. (Does anybody else see the irony here??) Sanchez, for example, became a complete dud as a hitter when he was not hitting .320 since he had very, very little power and low OBP without the high batting average.

Walker's production is encouraging because of his very good slugging percentage. He hits a lot of 2B's, and enough HR's that he is a productive player even if he is not hitting .320. His OBP will always be close to his batting average, which is just not a good thing, but since he is putting up such a good slugging percentage, he looks like a very, very solid offensive player.

What a find ... a guy who looks like he will be a contributor at a position where the Pirates seemingly had basically nothing.


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Yeah, I'm most impressed by his ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field. It seems like every ball he hits, is hit hard.


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Bucfan wrote:
What a find ... a guy who looks like he will be a contributor at a position where the Pirates seemingly had basically nothing.


Or, if you count Iwamura, a $4.85 million black hole...

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Bucfan wrote:
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And he is right about the concerns regarding Walker's walk rate. (Does anybody else see the irony here??) Sanchez, for example, became a complete dud as a hitter when he was not hitting .320 since he had very, very little power and low OBP without the high batting average...[/quote]

Healthy Sanchez = Doubles machine.

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 Post subject: Re: Nice win over Rockies
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It's been a little dreary in Denver with the Rockies' recent slide; but whatever the reason, both the radio and TV guys have been pumping up the Bucs' "promising young players". If McCutchen was petitioning for a Gold Glove, he'd have all the Denver press voting for him. Sure, the Denver crews are kinda' milksops, but they seem to LOVE McCutchen. Even saying stuff like: "well, that's the ONE place in the ballpark where Andrew McCutchen can't catch it".

Oh, and in last night's game during the Rockies' ground-rule double-- didja' see the fan in the bleachers signaling a home run? At first I thought he was simply being uber-optimistic and thinking that drive would clear the wall... but since it's Denver, I think the clown actually believed the ground-rule double WAS a home run.

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