Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review tweeted today after the game that the Pirates will not be making any roster moves going into this weekend’s series against Cleveland.
There was a ton of speculation and it seemed like a given that Alex Presley would be called up as the Pirates will be facing 3 right handed pitchers, all while having the benefit of the designated hitter.
I do not quite understand this decision, and I wrote a few days ago, that Presley deserves this shot. The Pirates essentially have an open spot on the 25-man roster in the form of Pedro Ciriaco, who is serving no purpose being on the team. When he gets his occasional pinch hit in a blow out or pinch running appearance in extra innings, it even keeps me from totally forgetting he is on the team.
Oh well. Looks like we will have to wait a bit longer to see what Presley has.
Final: Pirates 5, Astros 4
WP: James McDonald (5-4)
LP: Jordan Lyles (0-2)
SV: Jose Veras (1)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch much of this game, but from the looks of the box score and the summary, it looks like James McDonald once again did not have his best stuff. He labored through 5.2 innings while giving up 7 hits and 4 walks. Somehow, though, he gave up just 3 runs, though to keep the Bucs in it.
Garrett Jones got things off to a good start with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning. However, the Bucco bats would not be able to get anything going again until the 6th inning, when they scored 2 runs thanks to an error by Michael Bourn that scored Andrew McCutchen and an RBI double by Josh Harrison.
Tony Watson came on in relief of McDonald and threw 2 scoreless innings and Travis Wood would retire the final batter in the 8th inning to bridge the gap to Jose Veras. Joel Hanrahan was not available for this one after pitching in 3 consecutive games before today. Veras would give up a single and a stolen base. After a groundout, a single would put the game within 1. However, Veras would get both Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee to groundout to pick up his first save of the season.
Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 2 with a walk and a HBP that would have extended his hitting streak to 15 games. However, the Mets appealed the ruling on a double McCutchen got this past weekend and it was changed to an error, thus ending the streak. As if you didn’t have enough reasons to hate the Mets.
The Pirates’ win puts them at 35-33 on the season and was their 4th time raising the jolly roger in as many days. They will head up to Cleveland this weekend for a 3-game set against the “rival” Indians.
This was a tweet sent by ESPN’s Keith Law when asked about what it would take for the Bucs to sign 2nd round pick, Josh Bell. Bell, who was ranked as the draft’s 15th best player and 5th best hitter by Baseball America, fell to the Bucs in the 2nd round due to signability issues. He mailed a letter out to every ML team telling them not to draft him because he wanted to go to college.
Josh Bell seems like a smart young man. He comes from a pretty affluent family, so it’s not like he is in dire need of money right now. His mother is a college professor, and he has a commitment to the University of Texas. But back to the first sentence…”Josh Bell seems like a smart kid.”
I can totally understand someone’s interest to go to school and get an education. I did it, and basically all of my friends did it. However, none of my friends, nor I, unfortunately, had the opportunity to make millions of dollars at age 18.
The Pirates will negotiate with Bell, and Scott Boras, who Bell has chosen as his financial advisor. The offer he will ultimately receive will break the record for the highest signing bonus given to someone out of the first round. It just will.
Ultimately, I believe Bell, due to him being a smart kid, will realize that this is something that is simply impossible to pass up. There will always be college. There will always be baseball. However, the opportunity to get paid this much to play baseball may not always be there.
First off, baseball is about to get a new CBA, it would be in place by the time Bell would be eligible to be picked again. Who knows what the draft will be at that point. A lot of talk has gone around about MLB going to a hard-slotting system. If that happens, you can guarantee Bell won’t get as much money then as he would now.
Second, baseball is a sport. And unfortunately in sports, nothing is ever a given. A career ending injury can occur at anytime or a player can simply fail to develop. If either of those 2 things happen, Bell loses out.
Bell may be saying all this to play “hard-to-get” or he could honestly mean it right now. However, when the Pirates make him the offer that he will receive, it just simply will not make sense for Bell to turn it down. Like I said before, the young man is smart. And turning down that kind of money for something that will always be there simply doesn’t seem smart.
Final: Pirates 7, Astros 3
WP: Charlie Morton (7-3)
LP: Enerio Del Rosario (0-1)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (19)
This one took forever, but the Bucs won it at last. The win propelled them to 34-33 on the year, putting them above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1999.
Charlie Morton clearly did not have his best stuff tonight, but he labored through 5 innings to keep the Pirates in the game. Daniel McCutchen would provide 3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to essentially lock things down for the Bucs.
The Pirates scored first in the 1st inning when Neil Walker tripled in Andrew McCutchen. The Bucs would then make it 2-0 in the 3rd inning thanks to an RBI single by Walker.
The Astros would then add one run in each of the next 3 innings to take a 3-2 lead going into the 6th inning. The Bucs, however, would break things open off the Astros’ bullpen, which ranks 15th in the NL.
Garrett Jones delivered an RBI pinch hit single to tie the ball game. Andrew McCutchen would then drive in another run thanks to a poor throw by Astros’ 1st baseman Brett Wallace. And to cap things off in the 6th, Walker would add a sac fly for his 3rd RBI of the game. Xavier Paul would also add on a 2-run homer in the 7th, his first as a Pirate, for some extra insurance.
Resop came in to start the 9th inning, gave up 2 baserunners, and handed the ball over to Joel Hanrahan, who would lock things up for his 3rd save in 3 days. He will not be available to pitch tomorrow.
McCutchen extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the 5th inning. His OPS now stands at a very solid .884 as he continues his MVP campaign (And he legitimately should be a candidate).
The Pirates go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon as James McDonald takes the hill