Comments on: Phillies Chip Away at Cumpton to Snap Pirates’ Win Streak http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30531 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:37:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30531 Their are lots of opportunities to improve this teams offense. I understand Inge is great locker room presence but its time to go. Their will be plenty of opportunities to upgrade right field it really comes down to what we want to offer to get it. As deep as the system is suppose to be we should have no problem satisfying another teams need while not touching our top 10 prospects. I personally would love Stanton but I would not trade our top two prospects and more for him. I think Rios would be great I think there will be many others out there that could significantly upgrade the position for the price of a bag of baseballs.

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By: gwbicster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30527 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:28:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30527 No, not the fault of the #8 hitter, but the fault of a lineup that is not very strong. Snider has been horrible. If we had a decent hitting RF to, say, hit second, it moves everyone else down a slot and makes the lineup stronger. I agree the Phils were quite lucky last night, and there was probably nothing we could do to change fate. But down the stretch, this is a scenario that is likely to repeat itself multiple times, especially against teams with stronger lineups such as the Cards and Reds.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30526 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:21:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30526 gw: Agree with the fact that in his previous 2 starts, Cumpton gave us 5 innings. Going into the 6th, he made some very bad pitches – he is a pitch to contact pitcher and cannot be up and in the middle of the zone with 91, 92 mph BP. But how did you arrive at the last paragraph to state that the Pirates need a better RF. Snider was our No. 8 hitter and got another ball off the RF fence for a hit which was equal to or better than any of our other hitters. Problem was our SS who hit before him took a big risk and was thrown out trying to stretch a leadoff single to a double. That’s a good aggressive move if the game is even, but in the 6th down by 2 runs? Nothing about Garrett Jones? 3 fastballs by him at 94/95 by a RHP with the bases loaded? The Pirates left 15 runners on base last night and when you only score 1 run, it is almost never the fault of the #8 batter. Just remember all of those breaks they had gotten to win games and write this off as “it just did not bounce their way”, such as the play of Mercer taking an unwarranted risk, the ball crushed by ‘Cutch that was hit right at Utley for a DP, the play of Utley to prevent a run on a single up the middle, the two OF throws of Domonic Brown, and twice having guys strike out with the bases loaded. Just was not meant to be.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30525 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 06:43:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30525 The Pirates definitely need an offensive upgrade desperately, and NO, not a Tabata type upgrade. A real established major league hitter or 2. This offense goes from 60 to 0 in the blink of an eye and unfortunately they spend more time at 0 than 60. The last 3 games have been horrible offensively, thank goodness for the insane pitching. Some better bench options would be nice also.

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By: David Lewis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30522 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:29:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30522 “Brandon Inge batted for Jones (Hurdle cited Jones striking out his last two times facing Bastardo) and struck out swinging.”

So does this mean that Inge will never bat again, since he struck out his last time facing a major league pitcher?

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By: gwbicster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/phillies-chip-away-at-cumpton-to-snap-pirates-win-streak.html#comment-30519 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 03:42:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59256#comment-30519 Hurdle lost this game on two counts. First of all, not having the bullpen ready in the 6th inning (third time through the lineup, where Cumpton has struggledbefore) it was too late. This may have been due to his perceived shortage in the pen (but they had Reid, who hasn’t pitched since Friday) but he should have had a lefty up earlier.

The other thing is his lineup. He’s been doing this throughout the streak vs. RHP and hasn’t gotten burnt until now, but the Phils have 3 LH relievers in their pen.

Stacking Marte Martin and Cutch, 3 hitters who are better against lefties than righties, and Jones, Pedro and Walker, who are drastically better against righties, makes it easy for a manager to alternate his RP to cripple the Pirates. When you figure the ninth is a done deal with Papelbon, Hurdle handicapped his team in innings 6-8 from having a decent chance to come back.

The lineup vs. RHP should be Marte, Walker, Cutch, Pedro (or Jones if he insists), Martin, Jones (or Pedro), Mercer and Snider.

The Bucs are in desperate need of a real RFer. Maybe Tabata, who comes back tomorrow, is the answer playing both ways, Snider clearly is better off the bench (they need a LH bat anyways.) I favor Aoki from the Brewers to fill the #2 slot and allow Walker to hit lower in the order.

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