Comments on: Pirates Need to Put a Foot Down on Current Struggles Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 02:20:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lee Young Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:20:00 +0000 U Da Man, Indy. :)

By: Sean Matthews Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:23:00 +0000 When we have a catcher that hits a buck ninety and can’t throw anyone out, I mean 1 thru 9 are base stealing threats, I mean Mike Piazza bad, we can’t put any kind of foot down. At least Buck with the Marlins can throw out most pitchers in the league. How is he still in the show? If only we had Jason in his prime now or someone close to him.

By: indybucfan Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:41:00 +0000 It would be so much nicer if the owner would say up payroll to 175 million, trade for and sign every name out there. Oh wait, we’re not the Yankees of the Red Sox.
Do guys like you sit back and wait for bad things to happen? Once it appears the wheels are falling off, you jump out front and proclaim for anyone who will listen, “Bob Nutting is cheap and we’ll never win!”
What I don’t understand about your type is why continue to root for a team that you don’t fully support? Why not just jump on the Yankee or Red Sox or Phillie bandwagon?

By: William Pearce Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:25:00 +0000 As I have said long as the owner is there we will be a terrible team… As I said before going to these games only makes the owner believe winning does not matter.. As I said before as long as fans go to these games he will make more $$$$ for what. I used to go to Pit to see the games driving over 100 miles round trip but not since this circus started many years ago. So enabling this ownership to just keep losing and getting your hard earned money.. WHO IS THE FOOL??? NOT THE OWNER…LOOK IN THE MIRROR:-)

By: emjayinTN Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:51:00 +0000 Jason Grilli’s last 4 games – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3W, 13.57 ERA. For the first 40 to 45 innings of the year, he was awesome with a mid-90’s fastball and a sharp Slider. But, he has lost 3 mph on his fastball and his breaking pitch is at best a hanging roundabout rather than sharply breaking. That does not excuse the hitters, but our pitching coach needs to get a handle on trying to find a stand-in for Grilli until he figures out the problem. Hurdle also needs to explain that a bunt with 2 runners on and nobody out is a “sacrifice”, and not bunting for a base hit. Locke has some excellent pitches and pretty much controlled the game – he’s definitely a possibility in the Rotation in 2013.

By: leadoff Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:01:00 +0000 Hurtle needs to junk the stats and look at where his players are now, not yesterday, not May or June. The media needs to junk the stats, the announcers need to junk the stats.
The stats are driving people crazy, this guy can’t hit, that guy can’t pitch, just look at the stats, until they play the Pirates?
Hurtle is right, sometimes you just need to go out and play the game like you can play it.
I do not believe the Pirates are playing anyone or have played anyone that is more talented than they are, but when you do nothing it looks that way.
I see problems that the Pirates don’t agree with or won’t agree with in public.
When pitchers that were throwing 94-95 are now throwing 90-91, it tells me something.
When Walk says Locke put a pitch on a tee for a Cub and he hits into the cheap seats and McCutchen gets almost the identical pitch and he pops it up (nothing said of course about it being on a tee for McCutchen), a pitch McCutchen would have hit a long way in June, makes a person think this team is tired or pressing, couple that with Hurtles strange field managing gives one the idea that they all need to imbibe a bit before a game, Babe did it!