Do The Pittsburgh Pirates Need Brandon Inge?

Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle keeps looking for situations in which Brandon Inge can be a hero.

Inge can’t deliver though.  Take a look at Inge over his last ten games.

Look at Inge over the last 30 days, he is hitting .191.

In 67 at-bats, Inge has struckout 19 times and walked twice.

In the month of May, Inge is batting .186 after hitting .292 in April.  The average is also pretty empty for Inge:  two doubles and fifteen singles.


Where have all the good pinch hitters gone, where are all the bench Gods?
Where’s the street wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need

I need a hero
I’m holding out for Inge to be a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gonna be strong and he’s gonna be fast
And he’s gonna be fresh from the fight

I need a hero
I’m holding out for Inge to be a hero ’til the morning light
He’s gonna be sure and it’s gonna be soon
And Inge is gonna be larger than life, larger than life

Somewhere after midnight in my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach there’s someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It’s gonna be Inge that sweeps me off my feet


Inge hasn’t delivered that big hit this month.  He didn’t have a whole lot last month either.  Recently, the heroes for the Bucs have been young players- guys like Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Jordy Mercer.

It’s easy for young players to fail in situations that Inge is failing in too.  The Bucs pinch hitters are hitting .181.  There is plenty of failure to go around.  But the Inge factor isn’t something that impresses me.  Inge is hitting in the 220′s and has a .313 BABIP,  that seems really hard to do?

Inge is swinging at (31.3%) more pitches outside the strike zone than he ever has in his career.    It makes me wonder what sort of production Hurdle could get with a different player off the bench.

Decisions are going to be made as the season moves along.  Some we will like, others we will disagree with, it’s just the way it is.  But we would have to think that the odds are that we won’t be seeing Inge go anywhere, anytime soon.  The guy who hangs with the skipper at NHL games probably has a spot on the roster as long as he wants it.

In a few days John McDonald (who is 0-for-7 with AAA Indy) will be eligible to return to the Bucs.  So we will have plenty of time to discuss that decision, but in the meantime….

Inge keeps things loose.  That’s great.

So is the ability to get a big hit.

Hero.  I’m holding out for a hero.

And his name isn’t Inge.

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  • Campbell Sproul

    If they demote Mercer in favor of McDonald, I might very well have to fly to Pittsburgh myself, find Hurdle/NH and give them a piece of my mind. I’m not able to laugh at jokes about veteran leadership anymore.

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  • Tj Streib

    And what’s with Hurdle batting Inge & Gaby against righties? They’re even worse against righties than Jones & Alvarez are against lefties! Is Hurdle out to prove percentages wrong? (must be, after the Zagurski/Contreras screw-up of the other day)

    But to be honest, I’d rather look at Inge than Barmass – I’m sick of him!!! He tried to single-handly lose that game on Tuesday! (but I blame Hurdle, who had no business letting him bat with 2 on & one out late in a scoreless game. EVERYONE knew he was a DP waiting to happen – except Hurdle, of course! Seriously starting to wonder aloud if Barmass is performing “favors” in exchange for ‘Superstar treatment’)

    Classic example of a team that needs the RIGHT Manager to take that next step

  • marcorincon

    Why can’t they find a job for Inge as the Parrot or something similar (Maybe the Parrot’s new friend who wears hockey gear to the ballgame)? Keep him around the ballpark to keep the team “loose” and give Skipper Hurdle a chuckle now and then. No other club is going to pick him up this summer so let’s keep Mr. Inge employed and Clint happy.

  • bigdaddyfilth

    I keep Inge…. he is a need and yes the buccos will need!!! Brandon Inge from 5 years ago is a keeper the version we have is like a better Lyle Overbay or a Clint Barmes with true utility help and he can hit….. btw thru 54 games a 34-20 record, is this the best 54 game start in the history of this team… I looked at all the WS and best 10 seasons and it looks like it is….

  • Tj Streib

    NEWS FLASH!: Without Brandon Inge, the Pirates are no-hit TWICE in the past week!

    And let’s not forget his defensive gem that saved the game in New York.

    I refrain from using the dreaded “veteran presence” term (ugh!!!), but Inge does bring certain intangibles that are certainly not measured by his batting average