Perhaps the Bucs deserved this.
After holding the Braves to zero (count’em ZERO) runs in the first two games including a 10-0 thumping the night before, Bobby and the Braves came roaring back, tagging Duke for 6 runs and 12 hits in 6 innings. And oh yeah, they took the Buccos down 11-1.
Not a good way to turn 26 Dukey baby.
But today let’s go with a positive blog today shall we?
Before today’s Pounding at PNC, the Pirates had let up only 4 runs in the month of April and played themselves within 1.5 games of the lead in the NL Central. With the Cubs’ bullpen woes, and the .500 ball played against the Red and the Cards, the young Bucs look poised to make a move.
Or at least play .500 ball.
The revelation of the (early) season has been Nyjer Morgan. On Sunday he picked up another 2 hits and has multiple hits in six of his 12 games this season. He is batting .340 in the early going and is in second place on the team in RBIs, one behind the mighty Nate McLouth.
Morgan is just the type of electrifying speedster this young team could thrive upon. While he commands attention from the opposing pitcher as he dances around on first, he also commands attention from the SPECTATORS. People want to watch him just like people wanted to watch Jose Reyes. Morgan has the chance to bring that much fun to the ballpark with him.
But he might not last.
In a great article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dejan Kovacevic outlines exactly why Morgan might not be around much longer. Specifically Kovacevic believes that:
(1) Morgan doesn’t walk enough, (2) he is only a 68% career base stealer, (3) he is too old (29 in July, and (4) Andrew McCutchen is coming.
All of this hasn’t deterred Morgan. He says he is still the same, fun-loving guy he has always been. But the leash should be a little bit longer – right? – then having Morgan play placeholder until the #1 prospect is ready.
Morgan seems ready now.
If we want to see a blueprint of how effective speed is in today’s game, let’s look no farther than the Marlins who come swimming into Pittsburgh tomorrow night. They have raced out to an 11-1 record with good pitching AND speed.
Pirate Planet, we will need both the pitching and the speed too if we are to sweep today’s dismal outing to the curb.
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Written by David Fulco