Holy Jumping Jingle Balls! Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle tossed around some numbers today on 93.7 The Fan. The Bucs skipper threw out the number 95 wins, and then mentioned that would put the Bucs in a good place in 2013.
Hell yeah it would, Skip!
That would be…..umm, let’s add it up here… 16 more wins than they tallied in 2012. Good lord, 90 wins would be incredible. But 95 as a target number? Clint aims high.
Adding it up is what Hurdle did in the interview, pointing to some serious improvement leading to the jump in wins. Hurdle was on a serious roll, and cited discipline in the box adding three wins, being better in the running game adding three wins, controlling the opponent’s running game adding three wins, and something else that wasn’t quite defined and then he proclaimed…
….we’re at 15 wins right there, men.
Wow. If memory serves us right, Kevin McClatchy called for 92 wins a few years back and it’s still at least vaguely memorable to fans.
Hurdle raised him three wins! Hurdle did it knowing the roster has numerous question marks. Wow. Gulp.
Here is one of the quotes from the interview.
"When people ask me a number, 95 is the number I throw out there, and people go, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of-’ and I go, ‘Yeah, you’re right it’s a lot of games!’ I get it, but you know what? If we win 95, we’re going to be in a good place. So how do you win 95? Where do you go recreate 16 games? That’s kind of the mentality we’ve used,” Hurdle said"
With the target firmly in place now, Let’s Go Bucs!
Here is the link to 93.7 who did the interview this morning. Giannotti and Alexander did some solid work in Bradenton. Be sure to listen to this.