Archive for April, 2011
So yes, the plan was to kick off the site on Opening Day this year, and yes, I’ve seen every single Pirates game that has been played this year. Writing about them as planned, however, has been a different story. Lots of excuses (work, taxes, kid’s 16th b-day, etc) but no real excuses. I have been working on some things like the Grade-A-Trade software, which I think will be pretty cool once I get the material on it.
So to recap the Pirates game tonight, and strangely, what seems like the entire season… We got pretty good pitching, not much hitting, and shaky defense and mental errors when the game was on the line. Charlie Morton was outstanding for the third time in four starts, and he is now probably the leading candidate to be our All Star representative. From a guy that many didn’t think even deserved to be in the pitching rotation.
Tonight, we lost to San Francisco in extra innings because they played the way we want to play. Well, Darren Ford anyway. Dude is fast. Crazy fast. But he was also helped by Neil Walker making a casual throw to first when he should have been more sharp, allowing Ford to essentially steal home on Walker’s throw to first. Of course, Ford was on third because Joel Hanrahan’s pickoff attempt while Ford was on first base went into right field. Ford also used his wheels to get into scoring position for the tying run as well as the winning run. He basically manufactured two runs all by himself.
The ironic thing is that this is how we want to play. And perhaps the Pirates would create some havoc on the bases if only they could get on base. Andrew McCutchen has done virtually nothing outside of two or three games this year. Pedro Alvarez has done nothing so far. Ronny Cedeno is flat out horrible. Neil Walker and Jose Tabata have struggled after hot starts. Lyle Overbay has 1 HR. Ryan Doumit has hit like 80 fly balls to center field and has not done much else.
So here is the deal. I will officially kick off this blog site tomorrow, and the Pirates will start hitting the same day. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
The weather may not really feel like it, but it is now April 1. Opening Day for our beloved Pittsburgh Piratesas they are in the
chilly friendly confines of Wrigley Field to take on the division rival Cubbies. Our big (relatively speaking) free agent acquisition, Kevin Correia, will be making his first Pirate start, and a lot will be made of whether he is the promising pitcher that had shown signs before having a rough year (personally) last year.
The offense should be fun to watch this year, as the aggression on the basepaths will make this team entertaining, putting pressure on the other team to make a play. With guys like Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata bringing the speed, and Pedro Alvarez, Lyle Overbay and Legend Jones bringing the pop, along with spark plug Neil Walker, I am excited to watch this team play for the first time in many years.
I remember last year’s opening day at Indianapolis more than I remember the Pirates opener, as I was more interested in seeing what guys like Pedro, Tabata and NW were doing. Sure was more thrilling than seeing Akinori Iwamura, Lastings MIlledge and Andy Laroche play for the big team. So this year we are finally seeing the future, with expectations of more than just signs of life coming from them. I think we all know the pitching staff is far from contender-worthy, but this offense, by and large, is your team of the future. Next year’s opening day batting order will likely be very, very similar to this year’s. And the year after that as well. We have no guys certain to be traded on July 31. No over the hill vets plugging a hole. We may see an Andrew Lambo come along to take right field. We’ll certainly see Tony Sanchez come along to take over the catching duties. But this is our team, taking the field on the first opening day of many as a collective “core”.
I can’t wait for some Bucco baseball.
And yes, this is also the first official post for the new blog. We’ll be covering every game going forward. And hopefully bringing something worthwhile to you as a reader that makes you interested in coming back.
Let’s Go Bucs!