I grew up in a split household. My parents are together, they just root for baseball teams from each end of the state, with my father loyally representing the Buccos. Since the season began, we couldn't have a conversation without him pointing out that Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata should be with the big club. He doesn't care about Super 2 status or arbitration years. His argument - "They'll lose their good player eventually anyway, might as well just play them now so we don't have to watch [insert useless player here] anymore." Well, he's finally got his wish but things haven't gone that well so far. Alvarez is struggling at .152 and Tabata is batting leadoff...at about .250. Walker is actually playing very well, hitting .295, and may be the answer at second base (if the question is "Who can play better than Aki Iwamura?) He's currently out with a concussion and may miss this series, though.
Phillies PiratesWe're Not Chicago
Batting Avg 17 28
Home Runs 11 30
RBI 11 28
ERA 14 29
WHIP 7 30
Strikeouts 25 27
The Pirates are 9-3 against the Cubs. They are 18-48 against everyone else.
The Pierogi Said It All
I'm sure you've heard the Pirates fired one of the pierogi racers (Jalapleno Hannah, to be exact) for something he said on Facebook and then rehired him a few days later. What did he say?
Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates.Couldn't have said it better myself...
Some people, especially Chris Wheeler, think the Phils have troubles against the Buccos starters. But after Paul Maholm, their is no excuse not to hit these guys. Ohlendorf is a hard-luck 0-6 and Karstens can be solid too. But Daniel McCutchen sucks. They should put up a 10-spot on him today.
Phils take two. If the Buccos win this series, I will...I haven't decided yet, but it will be drastic.