Comments on: Pirates Beat Dodgers 6-3 on Alvarez’s Homer, Cole’s Deja Vu http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:55:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html#comment-29354 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:34:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57549#comment-29354 I think Cutch has a touch of show in him and I think it affects his performance. I agree that he is not a very good baserunner over all. But I don’t think because he is the best player on the team that he necessarily would be the smartest player on the team, I am not sure he is even the best player on the team. Don’t forget he leads the world in leaving runners stranded at 2nd or 3rd, he has a tendency to loaf on throws after he catches balls in the outfield and has been taken advantage of a couple of times because of this. Smarts is something he does not always use!

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html#comment-29338 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:30:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57549#comment-29338 I totally agree. While I like Hurdle as a manager, he seems to be unconcerned about the lack of fundamentals on this team. If they get to the playoffs, the small things become much more important – holdings baserunners on so they don’t get easy SBs, not getting thrown out at third by 25 feet on a base-hit (Garrett Jones), not getting thrown out at third on a grounder to SS.

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By: skliesen http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html#comment-29330 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:27:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57549#comment-29330 One of the biggest issues I have with this team is fundamentals. For anyone who watches this team, it’s plainly obvious they swing at too many balls and take too many strikes. I can forgive this to a degree as a youthful team still learning plate discipline. However, consistently hustling and not
applying basic base running fundamentals are unforgivable.

For example, in the loss on Saturday, the Pirates best player screwed the pooch on two separate occasions costing the Pirates runs and a potential victory.

In the 1st inning, bases are loaded with one out, Cutch on 2nd, when Martin hits a tailor-made DP grounder. Cutch anticipates the DP and jogs towards 3rd base. As we all know, Ramirez throws ball away and Presley scores from 3rd. But if Cutch had busted his ass as soon as the ball was put in play he would’ve been around 3rd and with his speed could’ve scored on the play, too. And in the 6th, he once again was on 2nd base, this time with no outs. Martin hits a bomb to LF that is caught at the wall. However, Cutch doesn’t tag and move up on the play. Why? Did he assume it would be a HR? Clearly with his speed, he could’ve moved up to 3rd and set up a 1st and 3rd with 1 out situation.

In the words of Coach Herb Brooks of 1980 US Olympic Hockey team fame, “Gentlemen, if you think you can win on talent alone, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.”

For the Pirates to realize their goals they must play smart, fundamental baseball every play, every day! No excuses for not hustling or not applying baseball logic. Especially if you are the best player on the team! Lead by example Cutch!

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By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html#comment-29312 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57549#comment-29312 SteveZ : I usually really appreciate your comments and thoughts,but with this one I could say : thank you Mr. Obvious.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/pirates-beat-dodgers-6-3-on-alvarezs-homer-coles-deja-vu.html#comment-29310 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:11:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57549#comment-29310 Cole needs to get his off-speed stuff working. Eventually, he’ll need them.

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