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When Was The Last Time You Saw This About The Pirates?


 

For the past, oh, let’s just say the better part of forever, these were the words that were used in various forms to describe the Pittsburgh Pirates.

lowly

inferior

awful

hideous

Let’s stop there as I am getting depressed.  It’s been a while since the Pirates haven’t deserved those descriptions, so when some positivity was shown today toward the Buccos ballclub, it stands out from the typical Pittsburgh sucks slop. 

Hence reading this from Bill Center is refreshing as a six pack of Flying Dog/Miller Lite/fresh lemonade  on Memorial Day:

But the 2011 Pirates led by former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle aren’t the pushovers they were as recently as last season.

 

Let’s just trust that they are still saying respectful words at the All-Star break.   Heh, the Bucs do have ten road wins this season.  Most of us know that, but we didn’t know that is tied for the most road wins in the game.

Padres Starter

For once the Bucs won’t be the only team with an awful streak on the line tonight. If the Pirates can get to Mat Latos and pin another loss on him it will be ten straight. Sweet.

Homeboy

Jeff Karstens has never won against his hometown club.  His ERA in 2010 stood at 3.00 in two starts.  The Bucs lost 9-2 and 4-1.  The righthander is going to need some run support tonight.   It would be cool if the Pirates offense could get it going for him.  

Bats 

Chris Snyder has reached base safely in all 12 of his starts this season.  Garrett Jones has done the trick in 20-of-22 starts in RF.

Despite some rather agressive, tackling of the baseball in the field, Neil Walker has picked it up at the plate and has hit safely in seven of his past nine games.

Don’t look now, but Xavier Paul is four-for-eight with a triple, two stolen bases in two starts in LF.  Do you ever wonder if he shows off that cannon in front of Andrew McCutchen and perhaps Cutch can become envious?  We do. 

But of course our insecure asses feel good when someone doesn’t call the Bucs hopeless, hideo…wait nevermind.   Just hit the music…

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