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Five Serious Questions for Bob Nutting and the Pittsburgh Pirates


Pittsburgh. Talking baseball in July. So cool.

The Pittsburgh Pirates sit a game and a half out of first place.  It’s July 4, 2011.  If you’re reading this you aren’t dead.  It’s real.
Where is Bob Nutting’s head at right now?
Our first big question we have is will Bob Nutting be on the same page as Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington in regards to making the current roster better?  It’s an unknown.    Where does Bob Nutting stand in all of this scoreboard watching, BucTown mania, and Hurdlemania insanity?
At the 4:04 mark Nutting says the franchise won’t be handcuffed, so let’s believe that Nutting will be behind decisions that Neal and Frank think are good for the team.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OHOCI-Zt8Y&feature=related
Nutting has talked a big game in the past, let’s trust Frank Coonelly can work some magic to get some more cash from his coffers. The man with the cash gets disturbed numerous times in the video when speaking about the financial condition of the team.
So do you trust Nutting to deliver when Neal and Frank ask for millions of dollars to improve the roster, to win the championship as he said? It’s a big question and could impact whether this team gets a little bit better at the deadline or takes a significant step forward toward the goal of winning.
Nutting has put his money where his mouth is in regard to the draft, and recent international signings. Now let’s see how it works toward a pennant race.

Will the Bucs make a deal before July 31?

Will the Pirates deal Paul Maholm?
Pittsburgh is on fire with Pirates talk.  Fans are developing wild trade ideas.  Blogs are cranking numerous trade scenarios.  Talk shows are pulling big numbers.  Hell, Mark Madden is talking Pirates baseball for God’s sake I just think I saw locust swarming in the backyard.  Oh it is bad, but oh so enjoyable. Just admit it.
The most talked about Pirates player being looked at regarding the pending July 31 trade deadline is starter Paul Maholm.
If it was my money and my team, I would keep Paul Maholm. He’s left handed. It’s important to remember the importance of a left hander at PNC Park. He devours innings and lately, he does a very nice job while doing so.  He doesn’t do mini-camp, but when he performs like he has in 2011, he proved we don’t know shit.
There wouldn’t be too many players around the Major Leagues that would interest me in return for Maholm as we sit here today.

The Pirates Fan Army is growing.

Can the Pirates fill up PNC Park during the week?
We predicted the Pirates would start filling up PNC Park. In fact on May 26, we said the Bucs would sell out eight consecutive Saturdays. It will happen.

Destiny's Darlings PartII?

All of the Pirates fans and the Phillies fans, and the Red Sox fans coming to PNC Park is paying off. The Bucs have been filling up PNC Park. We think today against the Astros will be a near sellout. Just watch.
It doesn’t add up to a lot of cash right now for the team, but is it a sign of the future? Are the Pirates confident that it can carry over to next season when it’s highly likely the schedule won’t be as favorable as it was this year?
If the Pirates can continue to leverage the success of this season into sales for next year, hell why wouldn’t the Pirates take a shot on a rental player that would impact the ultimate goal of winning a championship. A player like Carlos Pena perhaps?

The Pirates disabled list is downright evil

Can the Pirates continue to overcome injuries?
How are the Pittsburgh Pirates doing this in 2011?  Seriously.  Just stare at that disabled list.  We looked at all of the numbers, the WAR, the fWAR, it just doesn’t make sense.
At. all.
But maybe Hurdle said it best, every player that has come up and played has put something in the bucket.  The players aren’t coming up and hoping to do good.  It’s damn refreshing.  Frankly, it blows my mind.
As the team nears the All-Star break, it is becoming very cool to think about getting talented players back in this lineup.  Nothing against eighth string catchers, but my fingernails are gone.

Will the Bucs clean house against the NL Central in their next 15 games?
One hell of an opportunity is staring the Pirates directly in the face.  Three games with Houston.  Three games against Chicago.  And then following the break, three games with Houston, three games with the Reds, three with St. Louis.
The answer the Bucs provide in the next 15 games should shape what happens before the All-Star break.  The team can essentially force Nutting’s hand on the trigger.  Buckle up.

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  • Hammerin_Hank

    RUM! I Got a big question, So everyone wants a big bat and think the Pirates should get one, But who is out there in our Price range? You dont want a guy who only has one yr left on his contract. So who could be would be on a list of players we can get??????? I do have one guy in mind who is underated and provide power but he is not an Impact guy to where he would put us over the Top, Nolan Reimold. The O’s dont use him, he had a great rookie season he got hurt but hes back… And heres the Kicker my home town of Greenville PA :)

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      I’ve heard the Bucs are interested in renting Pena from Cubs or Beltran from Mets. I talked about Pena on twitter when I heard it…he’s hit ten bombs in his past 30 games. He’s not a fit in Chicago. It seemed like it got some legs to it, but now I’m not hearing as much. Guess their ask/no-trade/etc is too high. I like your thoughts on Reimold, I saw him at Camden. Really strong OPS guy too. Is that near Hermitage?

  • Hammerin_Hank

    Yep its only about 10mins from Hermitage so for me that would be sweet to get Reimold, I know alot of his family from school but he was younger so I dont know him. Pena or Beltran would be nice. And we do have some people to Trade but I would be picky on who to get rid of. Its still a weird thought to be buyers right now its a Great Feeling to have. I just got back from the Nat series and their were tons of Pirate Fans there. LGB

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      That’s very cool.
      Yes, very selective as we are now the guys with the buying hat on…crazy.
      What did you think of Nats Park? To me it feels very bland, boring, and I would say only the clock in the outfield adds any character to the park.

  • Hammerin_Hank

    I have only been to 3 other Ball Parks outside of Pittsburgh, (Nats, Cleveland, Florida) so out of those 3 I thought the Nats looked good, I think if they had a better sky line (capital Building) I would be really nice, Pro Player in Florida is horrible and I didnt really like Cleveland but then again I’m comparing each of them to PNC Park soooo no one is going to beat that, Although I have heard that Camden yards is really nice, and I will have to make my way there some day

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Everything about Camden is very cool. The sports museum is right there as well.