Comments on: McDonald Gets Butterflies in First Spring Outing http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html#comment-12967 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 14:20:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26401#comment-12967  That’s true….as commentary on that game, I’m more concerned by the lack of offense in the first game than McDonald’s pitching.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html#comment-12966 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 14:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26401#comment-12966  It’s glorified practice.  They’ve been in Florida for 2 weeks.  Realistically, they’re only looking for a couple back-up guys for the infield and seeing who’s making the cut to start the season in the bullpen.

If it was during the season, what happens if McDonald goes on to pitch 5 or 6 innings and doesn’t give up anymore runs.  It’s about players like this getting their work in and getting in shape.  It’s about Walker, McCutchen, and Alvarez getting swings in and working out their approach, not hitting .350 with 10 HRs in a month. 

I can tell you right now that even if Cutch were to hit .150 with 2 HR in Spring Training, he’d still be starting in CF and hitting 3rd opening day.

Yes, I’d like to see the guys hit the ground running, but ultimately Spring Training is meaningless because it has no bearing on anything but who’s going to end up on the “Reserves” list.

and last night was a result of Rum, not caffeine….FYI, lol.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html#comment-12963 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 11:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26401#comment-12963 It’s competition against another team.  If it didn’t matter, they wouldn’t schedule any games, would they?  I suggest de-caf coffee.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html#comment-12958 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 04:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26401#comment-12958 And this start of McDonald’s matters what?   Absolutely nothing, that’s what.  If you have any negative feelings towards the two innings he pitched today, it’s probably because you have no idea what Spring Training is about or what its purpose is.  James McDonald still has the best stuff on the staff, I don’t care if he gave up 3 grand slams today, that’s still what’s up……period.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/03/mcdonald-gets-butterflies-in-first-spring-outing.html#comment-12956 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26401#comment-12956 Well, the Blue Jays pitchers pitched in the same conditions.  Not too good of a start.

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