Pirates Caffeine: Hurdle, Pirates Have Some Work To Do, So What's That Lineup?

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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf had a 40 pitch inning yesterday. Yes.  One.  Inn-ing. 40.  The Orioles,who have seemed to own the Bucs this spring, sent 10 batters to the plate, and seven of them had hits in the inning.

“We don’t have good enough command….we should be at four or five innings at this point right now.”  Clint Hurdle

The ugly six-run third inning was the killer for Ohlendorf as the O’s had four-straight two-out RBI hits off the Pirates right hander.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy broke the ice and tied the score at one.

Ohlendorf broke Nolan Reimold’s bat, but it was an RBI single nonetheless.

Never let up Matt Wieters was scored with a two-run double although Jose Tabata had an assist for the great one with a misplay.  The LF should have caught the ball.

Backup catcher candidate Jake Fox then hit a bomb onto the Boy’s Club roof.  His ML leading seventh homer, and his first of two on the day.

Fake Games Suck.  Soon the real ones will too.   A positive for the Bucs is that they did work the count against the Orioles fifth starter candidate Chris Tillman, he threw 71 pitches, 43 strikes.   An error by Hardy in the first inning helped the Pirates get the 1-0 lead.

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Colin Dunlap has the lineup for the game today at PG+.  No positions, but what the hell is this?  The Phillies will throw Roy Oswalt against this potent Buccos lineup in a 1:05pm start.  Chris Resop, Jose Veras, Mike Crotta and Chris Leroux are also expected to pitch for the Pirates.

 

One of the biggest question marks for the Pirates is SS Ronny Cedeno who had nine errors in the last month.  He had 18 total for the year. 

Cedeno says he is trying to stay focused and steal more bases in 2011.

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  • cocktailsfor2

    IMO, today may be a make-or-break day for:

    Wimboslice: He’s fallen behind Ciriaco, to the extent that Ciriaco is getting starts in the OF! Does not bode well for the little man from Jacksonville, FL.

    Guys who need to step the F up

    Atkins: I can only hope that the need for “extra” attention made by Hurdle the other day (which doesn’t seem to be paying off) convinces Hurdle & NH that he’s not worth keeping around. I REALLY don’t want to see him make the 25-man over

    Bowker: He’s on the 40-man, and he’s out of Options. Unfortunately, with the need for the RF platoon, and the distinct possibility that we may carry three catchers (EGAD!), and he’s LHB and we have GFJ and Überbay and Pedro as LH 1B/3B/OF options, and the fact that this is a horribly run-on sentence, leaves Bowker in the lurch. I’d REALLY like to see him on the 25-man, as I don’t think he’d make it through waivers.

    Marte: I don’t think there’s a hope in Hades that he makes it, despite the fact that he’s hitting really well (and no, I don’t put much stock in ST numbers, but if it builds some momentum, that can only be a good thing.)… He’d have to be added to the 40/25-man – not that there aren’t SEVERAL who could easily be trimmed/lopped off (Hello, Chris Leroux!)

    Pearce: Despite the fact that he’s impressing the hell out of Jennifer Langosch, he’s got an option left. ‘Nuff said.

  • cocktailsfor2

    And THEN, of course, Beertemple comes out and says HE thinks it’s possible that Marte makes it:

    http://blog.triblive.com/bucco-blog/2011/03/18/pregame-whither-doumit/

    Criminy.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Marte looked awful when we were down there…