Comments on: First Pitch: Thoughts on the Bullpen, Mercer, Taillon, Cole, and the Reds http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:45:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28273 Fri, 31 May 2013 18:04:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28273 smurph, you would think a low innings count for the starters isn’t a terrible thing by reasoning they will be fresher in August and September, where the pitching collapsed in ’12 and ’11. But one of the problems is, Gomez’s last start aside, the starters are racking up high pitch counts in those low inning totals. So it doesn’t necessarily follow that they aren’t going to wear down.

As for Inge, he needs to stick with the parent club but remain on the bench. I’m not kidding, the team is 15-4 when he’s active but not starting. Call him a good luck charm, call him a good clubhouse guy, but after what happened in Oakland last year and what Brandon McCarthy said about him, and considering baseball players are a superstitious lot who believe in chemistry, I wouldn’t mess with it.

Harrison, I agree with. Sure, he plays multiple positions — poorly. As an old teacher of mine used to say, he’s illiterate in multiple languages. We don’t even need him at AAA with Ivan DeJesus Jr. in the fold.

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By: Kerry Writtenhouse http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28272 Fri, 31 May 2013 17:57:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28272 The reason I’m not too concerned with Cole is becaus we in the end, talent plays out. I’d drive myself crazy if I kept jumping on and off the wagon like some do. In the end, the cream rises. All the players won’t reach their ceiling. As long as we’re hitting more than we’re missing.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28271 Fri, 31 May 2013 17:52:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28271 smurph: McD (.268 OPS) & Inge (.483 OPS) added together do not make a good ballplayer. Inge started off great, and has not done anything since and an 8K to every W is not what I want to see in any capacity. Mercer can cover 2B/SS/3B so we have to find some gainful employment for Inge, McDonald, and Harrison, even if we have to go down to Lo A West Virginia to get somebody else, it will be a positive move.

Cole has always been the No. 1 everywhere he has been – he needs the daily interaction with Burnette, Rodriguez, Liriano, Grilli, Martin, and Searage. Instead of expectations, he will now have a challenge in front of him.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28260 Fri, 31 May 2013 15:23:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28260 Not worried about the bullpen, depth all over the place. I would like to see the Pirates change their offensive approach.
Their approach is the main reason for all the strikeouts, that can be adjusted.
What the Pirates do is try to run up the pitch count of the opposing pitcher, when doing this they get themselves into far too many 0-2 and 1-2 counts, stats show that a hitter’s chances of success are greatly diminished when they get into these counts. From a baseball prospective, when you get into those counts you can’t pick the pitch you want to hit, you have to hit what the pitcher gives you and that is his out pitch.
What they need to do is hit the first pitch that is in their zone and quit taking pitches just to take them. It looks to me like this approach has greatly affected guys like Marte.

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By: Happydude1 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28257 Fri, 31 May 2013 14:58:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28257 Indianapolis’ website lists Cole as the starter for tonight.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28256 Fri, 31 May 2013 14:36:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28256 If the bullpen is logging a lot of innings, it means the starters are not. So that is a good thing, no? Obviously you don’t want to overwork Melancon or Grilli, but the Pirates have a lot of bullpen depth in the minors as well as on the DL to replace the middle innings guys. As for whether it is Barmes or Mercer at SS, it doesn’t really matter. Nice to have both of them. Either McDonald (.065) or Inge (.211), preferably McDonald needs to be released.
Agree on the issue of Cole. I am glad they are limiting his innings at Indianapolis. Wouldn’t it be great if he hit his stride in July-August just in time to give the pitching rotation a boost?

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By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28255 Fri, 31 May 2013 14:12:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28255 Exactly what I was going to say. Jeanmar could have gone 8 the other day, he was at 76 pitches after 7. If Melancon or Grilli doesn’t get used that’s a good thing right?

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By: capirate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28254 Fri, 31 May 2013 13:59:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28254 Winning all these games are great, but Pirates not dominating. Even against weak teams most wins by 1 or 2 runs. Will definitely see a stretch at some point when they stop winning all these close games. Hopefully it won’t be too long a stretch.

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By: Susanne Klich Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28252 Fri, 31 May 2013 13:54:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28252 What is going on with Cole? He hasnt pitched since last Sat and tonights pitcher is TBD. Was hoping to catch him in C-Bus tonight.Does he have an injury or are they letting him clear his head…or tired arm?

- Fred Langford

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By: Nickmid13 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-the-bullpen-mercer-taillon-cole-and-the-reds.html#comment-28249 Fri, 31 May 2013 13:16:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55127#comment-28249 The Pirates’ starters haven’t thrown any complete games, and I can’t remember the last time a starter even went 8 innings. That could be solution 4 – go more than 7 innings.

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