May 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jose Contreras (52) during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Contreras and Josh Harrison Are On Pittsburgh Pirates Roster Because....?

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.

At what point did Clint Hurdle think Jose Contreras was going to figure it out?  After the first walk?  The second?  The third?

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.

Watson is left-handed.  Contreras is right handed and was brought in to face Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinex, Jhonny Peralta, Pittsburgh kid II Donny Kelly and Brayan Pena.

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.




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  • burgh_fan

    To be fair before Contreras’s last appearances a 5:2 K:BB ratio is pretty decent. 6 hits in 4.2 IP isn’t awful either (not good but not awful). The ERAs look a little silly but with the exception of the last outing the other numbers aren’t horrible. Now do the Pirates have other options I would prefer to see, yes.

    • Mokes65

      The 9.00 ERA is deceiving. It sould be alot worse!!!!! Contreras left the game with one out and the bases jammed. Those runners were his responsibility. If Watson gives up a single, that ERA shoots up to double digits. The worst part about this whole ordeal is what this does to Bryan Morris’s ego and confidence. They sent him down, but kept this clown up? Shameful.

  • Tj Streib

    Zagurski – the fat kid from “The Goonies” is back!

  • Tj Streib

    All those walks took their toll on Contrary’s back – DL for you, old man. B-Mo is back!

  • L.W. Hubbard

    Hurdle has some weird thing for old has beens

  • Andrew Goemaat

    Contreras has no place in the shark tank. Plain and simple. Frankly I’m not sold on Tony Watson either. Seems like every time he’s in he gives up a run. 4.81 ERA, 4 HRs allowed on the year, and lefties are actually hitting better against him than righties are with a .258 AVG vs a .238 one. He’s given up a run in 7 of his last 10 outings (9 ER total) too. That’s ain’t right… Glad to have Morris back up though.