When I saw the Pirates were losing AGAIN today, I was all ready to take them to the woodshed. I was going to trash them for letting themselves get swept at home and allowing the naysayers to be right.
Then lo and behold, a comeback and a 10th inning rally later (along with the Brewers loss to the Giants) and they finished the weekend still tied for first place.
It wasn’t the best start to the 20 game stretch to define the season… but the more days they spend in first, the better.
Now will someone explain to me why they pitched to Chase d’Arnaud instead of walking him, forcing the Pirates to bring in a pinch hitter and setting up a potential inning ending double play?
I’m not saying I’m smarter than Tony LaRussa… but the logic of that escaped me.
Well, you are still tied for first place Pirates.
Go to Atlanta. And don’t want video from the 1991 nor 1992 NLCS.
No percentage points.
No “tied in the loss column.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates are alone on top of the standings. And guess what? Day after tomorrow it is LATE JULY.
You know, the time when teams make deals to make themselves better for the stretch run?
Usually it is the time when other teams pick apart the dead carcass of the Pirates looking for spare parts.
They are in first place.
There must be a spare part or two they can acquire.
I’m not talking about Jose Reyes or Ubaldo Jimenez.
But a bat… a reliever…
Just to show their fans ONE YEAR they actually bring a big leaguer into Pittsburgh instead of shipping them out.
Come and savor it, Pirates fans.
Look at the standings.