Pittsburgh Pirates Home Stand Report Card For 7/1-7/7
By Joe Smeltzer
Yes, the Pirate relievers got roughed up in the team’s two losses this home stand. Yes, Kyle Crick is struggling and almost blew Sunday’s game. For the most part, however, the bullpen has figured it out.
Richard Rodriguez still hasn’t allowed a run since May 30. Aside from his part in the 4th of July massacre, Clay Holmes has shown a lot of promise in middle relief, and he was dominant two days prior, striking out four over two innings. Felipe Vazquez couldn’t keep the game tied in the 10th inning Friday night, but I don’t think we should be too worried about that guy.
It looks like the Pirates will have to wait until close to the trade deadline to get Keone Kela back, and that’s unfortunate. With or without Kela, however, the relievers, aside from Dovydas “I really shouldn’t be in the majors” Neverauskas are an asset. In the first two months of the season, they were a liability. Change can be beautiful, friends.