Comments on: The Glass is Half Empty in Pittsburgh Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:17:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:06:00 +0000 And if Pedro keeps having month-long stretches like this then he won’t be able to drag his numbers up the other months and he WILL be a bit of a bust.
I think it’s fine to be concerned about Pedro and it’s fine to be optimistic about Charlie. Beyond the numbers, just watch them play and you should be able to figure out why that is. The trouble is that the skeptics get bunched in with the outright negative nancys that say Pedro is already a bust.

By: Todd Smith Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:33:00 +0000 Same thing happened last year with Pedro. His first 14 games in June, he hit .152 with 0 HRs. Everybody called him a bust. His next 81 games, he hit .272 with 16 HRs.

Also, I thought Morton did a much better job in cutting down the walks in his last start against the Reds. He did have two walks – but both were to Joey Votto with a man on 2nd and first base open – so those were pretty much intentional walks.

By: Anonymous Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:37:00 +0000 Those who worry about Pedro would certainly have worried about Roberto Clemente during his rookie season. MANY great players take time to develop. Remember, Pedro had yet to play a full season!

By: Anonymous Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:34:00 +0000 Tim, I’ve harped on the Sportsline and PG blogs that Morton will become a very good pitcher; he has had the talent and showed flashes of greatness, when we first acquired him and late last summer. His degree of success is surprising, of course, but an astute follower of the game would know that good coaching blended with his natural talent would lead to much success. But WAIT, I ain’t no astute follower of the game! BTW, he DID NOT rely on his 96 mph heater in Cincy.

By: Anonymous Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:31:00 +0000 Until this franchise has some sustained success for a period of time in all fazes of it’s operation people will view everything and everybody with a touch of skepticism.

There are things that have been done to make people be more hopeful but as in all things with every two steps forward there will come that one step back.

Lets hope that keep taking those two steps forward.

By: Anonymous Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:09:00 +0000 I definitely agree with you on the fact that it is too early to judge either of these players. But, I do like what I have seen out of Morton so far. The walks may be a bit high, but I chalk that up to him getting used to his new pitch, the sinker. Another big thing with Morton that nobody is mentioning is his new delivery. After the Reds game (which I was at and was extremely impressed my Morton), some of the players said they had to do a double-take because they thought they were facing Roy Halladay. Now this may sound a bit extreme. But do yourself a favor and check out their deliveries… they are scary similar. As in Morton copied Halladay’s exact delivery. But, I’m not complaining thus far. It has worked up until now. One thing is for sure, Morton wants to get better and he’s doing everything possible to make that happen. I can respect a guy like that.

By: Anonymous Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:45:00 +0000 Tim,
You could not use a better comparison of players than Morton and Alvarez.
First and foremost it WAY to early in the season to analyze any player,
let alone these two, which you already stated.
Morton (2010) was a disaster mentally, physically, and mechanically.
His 2011 performance to date has been somewhat unexpected and surprising. What will happen when he has a few bad outings — will he have a mental meltdown or rebound? Can he continue his 2011 performance relying on one pitch? Will his new found confidence carry over to him using his other + pitches? Many questions that we cannot answer at this point in time. However, there is hope that he has regained his confidence and corrected his mechanical flaws. Only time will tell… I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and hope the “Pirates Curse” doesn’t bite him in the ass.

Alvarez is the 2010 version of Morton — disaster mentally, physically, and mechanically. I disagree in the slow start theory, considering this is his “second” season of MLB pitching. His other quote slow starts were due to the need of making adjustments as he jumped levels in minor league ball. He had “some success in 2010″ making the adjustments and had a strong Sept.. There was absolutely no carryover to this year either in ST or the start of this season. Starting off slow would be acceptable if he would look ” somewhat” comfortable in the box, being “somewhat” aggressive in count, and would give a few good swings on some pitches. He has not displayed any of this…. He is simply LOST! Why? Did Huntington’s concern over his weight cause him to spend valuable time getting in shape instead of working on baseball related activities? When I read Hurdle was spending time alone with Alvarez in ST working on his stroke, a red flag went off in my head! He definitely was struggling in ST…. Did Hurdle know then that something was wrong with Pedro? I don’t know or don’t want to insinuate anything, but the poor guy is not the same person. Hopefully, success on the field will help this young man.
Pedro needs to regain his confidence and I hope he does it in the majors and not in AAA.

Is the glass half empty on these two players…. I would like to say NO…
But, that damn “Pirates Curse” is telling me yes!