Thursday, July 01, 2010

Know Your Enemy - Pittsburgh

Youth Movement
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 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.

Team Rankings
                         Phillies         Pirates
Batting Avg 17 28
Home Runs 11 30
RBI 11 28

ERA 14 29
WHIP 7 30
Strikeouts 25 27
We're Not Chicago
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...

Probable Pitchers
Daniel McCutchen
Ross Ohlendorf
Paul Maholm
Jeff Karstens

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.


Preserve Jon said...

Passions are definitely stirring over this year's campaign.
The time for "stay the course" and "this too shall pass" is nearing an end. There's still some time yet, but the Fightins may have to make a splash in the trade market to stay in contention.

Andrew said...

In the case of a series loss (bite my tongue!) you may have to go back to the WNBA reporting....

Bob D said...

Phils had a scout at the Mariners-Yankees game the other day. Maybe to scout Lee but maybe to scout Jose Lopez for IF/bench player. Dan Haren is also mentioned as a possible target, but I am not convinced that a starter (other than Lee) is what this team needs.

If the team has anymore IF injuries they might as well sign the Golden Girls!

Baseball Prospectus has Dom Brown ranked #1 prospect now - plus he just hit his 2nd Hr at AAA. I say if Ibanez doesn't turn it around by August he may just appear on the big club

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- maybe they'll convert Haren to 2nd or 3rd base, because dude can hit!

GM-Carson said...

By the way, if the Pirates take this series, I will post about them for at least 3 straight posts the upcoming week. could be a weak week ahead...

GM-Carson said...

Utley to have surgery on thumb, dammit!

Andrew said...


Andrew said...

looks like Hamels the vagina so far tonight.

GM-Carson said...

I'm not allowed to make fun of Cole, he's the f'n golden boy. Whatever, total va-jay-jay!

Andrew said...

why did Schneider leave early?

Bob D said...

Please can we have Pirate updates now? They have a bunch of good young prospects - they may even become a winning team within the next 2 years - imagine that!

ACSmitty79 said...

Before Schnieder got hurt, i was gonna post "OK Carson, 1 more injury and I would start to be worried".

If we're > 5gms out at the break, i'll be worried.

But i just don't think the Braves and Mets are that good that we can't catch them.

GM-Carson said...

The Braves are that good. They have a very balanced team. I'm not sure what to make of the Mets though. My hatred of them is tough to overcome.

The Phils are cooked though. Season over.

Brad said...

I can't wait for the 3 straight Pirates posts!