The Pittsburgh Pirates are battling with the big boys of Major League Baseball this week. It’s not a time for experimentation or infatuation, yet two players on the 25-man roster that have failed to perform were in the spotlight once again as the Pirates fell to the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in what seemed like a very winnable game.
Even though Justin Verlander struck out 13 Bucs.
Well, it took four walks before Hurdle went to the mound to tell Contreras to vanish, slapped him on his ass and handed the ball to southpaw Tony Watson.
Interestingly, Hurdle brought in newly called up southpaw Mike Zagurski to face three of four right-handed hitters an inning prior. Umm, wasn’t that backward?
At some point, common sense is likely to prevail and the Pirates will lose interest in veteran-osity. Players like Jose Contreras and in a few days John McDonald should likely be looking for work or wearing the colors of another Major League team.
What gives you pleasure about this numbers from Contreras?
The fascination with Josh Harrison is still mind boggling.
It’s difficult for me to see why Harrison was recalled yesterday. The right-handed Harrison still strikes out too much and fails to get on base enough. It’s not like Harrison was lighting up the scoreboard at Victory Field in Indianapolis, actually it was just the opposite.
With right-handed pitchers on the slate, why not righty-killer Felix Pie? Look at his numbers over the past ten at Indy Hell, Pie has killed righties all season–he just hasn’t done squat against left-handers. But Pie can run the base and he also gets on base too.
Yet somehow a 30-plus win Pitttsburgh Pirates team have spots on their 25-man roster for both Contreras and Harrison. It’s mind blowing.