Monday, July 05, 2010

Pirates Make Me Eat My Words

From Know Your Enemy- Pittsburgh:
Phils take two. If the Buccos win this series, I will...I haven't decided yet, but it will be drastic.

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...

Freakin' Phillies. Freakin' Pirates.

Well, Pirates Post #1 will focus on their lone All-Star representative Evan Meek. 2010 stats: 4-2, 38 g, 47 ip, 42 k, 1 sv, 5 hld, 0.96 ERA, 0.85 WHIP. He's a fantastic setup man and deserves the all-star nod. Meek was drafted by the Twins in 2002 in the 11th round. After struggling mightily in their system he was released and then signed as a minor league free agent by the Padres. San Diego tried him as a starter to no avail and again was sent packing, this time as part of a packaged deal to Tampa Bay. He finally made it to Double-A with the Rays after toiling in the lower levels of the minors for 4 years. After 1 season in the Rays organization the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Meek in the Rule 5 draft. Even in the Buccos lowly state, they were unable to justify keeping him on the active 25-man roster for all of the 2008 season, so they offered him back to Tampa, but the Rays preferred cold hard cash, so that allowed him to remain with the Pirates go to the minors. Since 2009 Evan has been able to stick in the Majors, and do a fine job relieving where he's averaged nearly a strikeout per inning all while making pennies compared a high-priced setup bust like Danys Baez.

*Joe Blanton '10: 12 gs, 3-5, 74.2 ip, 44 k, 6.27 ERA, 1.43 WHIP. Cliff Lee '10: 13 gs, 8-3, 103.2 ip, 89 k, 2.34 ERA, 0.95 WHIP. Ruben Amaro Jr. is gigantic imbecile!

*Kyle Drabek threw a no-hitter in Double-A yesterday.

*Clearwater's Harold Garcia kept his hitting streak going yesterday, now at a Florida State League record 37 games.


GM-Carson said...

Now what, the Phils are only like 5 back of the Braves or something like that.

Bob D said...

thanks for the Pirates update, they are my favorite NL Central team.

Alverez now has 2hrs (both against Phils) in his brief time up. They may/should become a good team within the next 2-3 years.

GM-Carson said...

I still can't figure out for the life of me why Manuel selected Omar Infante for the All-Star team. F'n ridiculous!

From Jayson Stark:
If the game is going to "count," a manager needs a guy with a little versatility. I get that. And I know that's why Omar Infante is on this team. But yikes. How can Joey Votto not be heading for Anaheim, while a guy with a mere 156 at-bats, fewer homers (one) than Yovani Gallardo and fewer extra-base hits (nine) than Wilson Valdez makes the cut? Memo to MLB: It's the All-Star Game! It's for the best players in baseball, not for guys who have started 42 games all year.