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First Pitch: Pirates Made Right Call With Hague

First Pitch: Pirates Made Right Call With Hague

Back at the start of the season, when there was a debate about whether the Pirates should carry an extra bench bat or an extra bullpen arm, I pointed out that the actual decision consisted of a week's worth of games. My preference was to carry an extra bullpen arm, figuring that it would be improbable for the starting rotation to begin the season going six innings every time out. The Pirates opted to go with an extra bench bat, allowing them to run a sort of platoon at the corner infield spots.

The move worked out, thanks to the strong start by the pitching staff. But now that Charlie Morton is returning, the Pirates had to send someone down. The player they sent down was Matt Hague.

Hague was the guy I would have sent down. He was the guy I would have sent down at the start of the year had they gone with an extra bullpen spot. The reason isn't because I think Hague is the worst option of all of the current bench options. It's the exact opposite, actually. Hague is a guy who I've alw...

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