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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:48 pm 
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Today's win was merely a band-aid on a wound that quickly needs a tourniquet - beginning with the starting pitching and extending to the offense. Way too many poor ABs in key situations.

For all practical purposes, the next 7 days involve playoff baseball.

You better believe it. Bad pitching, poor at bats(as you said), and really bad defense lately.

Hate to put so much on his shoulders, because he has been unbelievable, but Cutch has to start hitting with authority again. As he goes, so goes the team(offensively speaking). As for the pitching...I think if you have to boil it down to one spot it is James McDonald. If he can get back to where he was the starters will be fine. We assumed the fifth spot in the rotation would be hit or miss. The starters need to save the bullpen arms a bit right now.


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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:27 am 
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No. 9 wrote:
Today's win was merely a band-aid on a wound that quickly needs a tourniquet - beginning with the starting pitching and extending to the offense. Way too many poor ABs in key situations.

For all practical purposes, the next 7 days involve playoff baseball.


That's what I'm saying too No. 9. The Pirates are still in a nice place right now, but I feel they are lucky (at least recently) to be in that nice place.

The losses have been to "way-below" .500 teams and the wins have come against those teams but with not without a struggle.

The Pirates need to start playing much better ball to stay in this playoff race.

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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:53 am 
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^ Spot on.

The types of wins have me worried.


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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:14 pm 
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No. 9 wrote:
Today's win was merely a band-aid on a wound that quickly needs a tourniquet...


The thing about tourniquets though is 'life over limb'. Leave 'em on too long and it requires amputation.

So who then will become the 'amputee'?

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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:47 pm 
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I'm a newcomer to the Pirates online community, it's interesting to see the variety of opinions and expectations... I just bought season tickets before the all-star break, and I'm excited to see what happens the rest of the way. For years I've wanted to get season tickets, but not for a terrible team, that's no fun at all. I've been waiting for the Buccos to field a winner for years, and finally I realized in early July that this was probably the year. It remains to be seen just what they will and won't achieve this year, but that's what I will find out as a new season ticket holder. Check out my new blog if you're interested, finally this experience and hoping to see a "New Experience" at PNC Park this year...

Here's the first, introductory, post -- Season Tickets for the Rest of 2012
Here's the most recent -- SeasonTicketsBaby.com

I welcome any feedback or contributions, pictures, videos, comments, etc!

The Pirates will be tested over the next week against LA and StL!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 08/12/12 Pirates (63-50) vs Padres (51-64)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:57 pm 
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I have to admit I was getting pretty pessimistic, fearing a collapse like we saw last year.

3-4 in the last 7 is not good, but it is way better than 2-5, and coming from 5 down to score 11 unanswered is quite a morale boost.

I hope we can somehow re-capture the magic and get hot. I don't want a wild card, I want the division!


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