Comments on: Pirates Beat Braves 4-2 to Complete Successful Homestand http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:10:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26598 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:47:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26598 You would alligator it too if you were headed to a collision with the fence, I don’t think he has had a lot of experience running down fly balls up against the notch fence, not many players get that far to make that catch.
If you use the theory that anytime you get a glove on the ball you should catch it, then it is an error, if you use the theory that circumstances dictate whether it is an error or not, then it was not.
I am old school and I think if you get the glove on it anywhere you should catch it, when you are trying to catch a ball an unconventional way (reaching for a ball that is over your head) sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26597 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:39:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26597 I watch every game, I don’t see anything comical about Marte running bases, I like it, he is fast and he needs to be aggressive, sometimes the TV people make comments about bad base running that is not bad base running. It is not comical when Marte goes from first to third and nobody else on the team does it, it is not comical when Marte takes three instead of settling for the easy two and he knows if it does not work, he is going to get his butt chewed out, the Pirates will slow him down eventually.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26595 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:29:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26595 I was not too far away from that play, Marte looked at the fence which he was heading for and missed the ball, something just about every player has done, simple as that.
Watching Marte play outfield, I don’t think he judges fly balls that well yet, his starts are sometimes a little late, he overruns fly balls at times, but major league ballparks are tough for some guys to adjust to with different backgrounds and different fences. These are problems that he will overcome with experience IMO.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26594 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:23:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26594 I agree that he got squeezed and also that a couple of ground balls caused him some grief, but what I see is an improving pitcher, his arm strength is starting to build up, his fastball is crisper and I would not be surprised to see him continue to improve if he gets the chance to start a couple more games.
He can get major league hitters out, good hitters I am talking about, IMO, giving him a couple more starts might be a good idea.

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By: Andrew Smalley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26590 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:38:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26590 While I agree w/ you, James, that Sanchez cannot continue to make a start every 5th day if he can’t give us enough innings, I would be remiss not to say that he was getting squeezed. Not only did the Ump have a very tight strikezone, he also had the inability to judge that the pitch was indeed a strike regardless if Sanchez didn’t throw where Martin had set up. In other words, the ump was bad.

However, Jonathan still doesn’t know where the ball is going too often. And, fwiw, I don’t think that would change by a simple move to the bullpen. If Liri/Karstens/Morton prove they’re healthy, I see Sanchez being DFA’d, not demoted to pen.

Good article, though, James.

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By: James Santelli http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26588 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:31:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26588 It’s kind of two-part. One: I don’t pay much mind to outfield errors, as overall numbers aren’t really representative of an outfielder’s abilities. Just looking at the Marte play, it was a hard-hit ball to the gap as opposed to a Texas Leaguer (a point in the hitter’s favor) and while Marte closed on it quickly, it hit right off the top edge of his glove, not, say, the hand. So basically, yes, in part it should not be an error because of Marte’s speed. Most guys don’t even get to it, and the actual play on the ball was not error-worthy in my book.

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By: westonian420 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26587 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 04:36:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26587 Haha my bad, wrong day. So just because he’s faster and covers more ground it shouldn’t be ruled an error? He alligator arms it and it still hits the glove. That’s an error in LL let alone MLB.

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By: James Santelli http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26585 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:02:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26585 If one of those groundballs had, yes, it would have been a better outing for Sanchez. But how much better? Does he go four innings instead of three? Even your what-if scenario doesn’t inspire much confidence in the guy.
Fact is, I’m willing to give pitchers such “what-if” benefits of the doubt if they are pitching well. Sanchez is not. He is giving up walk after walk, hit after hit. He really has to show something more these next couple weeks to keep a rotation spot.

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By: James Santelli http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26584 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:00:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26584 Are you talking about a Braves double to the Notch? That happened Saturday and it was given up by James McDonald. I also agree with that play being ruled a double, since at least 4 out of every 5 left fielders don’t even get a glove on that ball.

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By: westonian420 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-beat-braves-4-2-to-complete-successful-homestand.html#comment-26583 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 02:39:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51203#comment-26583 Did he not give up the double that marte dropped? Not sure how that was ruled a hit tho, definitely an error. And another rough day for marte running the bases. He’s so bad its almost comical

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