Comments on: P3 Episode 17: The Pirates Issues With RISP, Platoons, and Small Ball http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:33:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-34027 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:50:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-34027 We were doing two podcasts per week earlier in the summer. One was a minor league podcast and one was a major league podcast. It’s hard to record two shows a week, especially during the trade deadline period. Also, there was a period where we didn’t have as many live reports to cover.

I was planning to bring back the minor league one after the deadline, then the site servers had problems. We’re recording a new minor league show this weekend, and that will be up Wednesday, along with our weekly major league show on Friday.

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By: befubashi http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-34003 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:41:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-34003 Long-time reader, I finally registered.
I love the site, love the podcasts. But I wish the podcast had a bit more about the minor leagues. I understand that the Pirates winning must be drawing the audience that just wants to hear about the majors, and I enjoy hearing about it too. But listening to the first 15 minutes of the latest podcast, it is all stuff I have heard from you before, and/or is self-evident. I’d rather you cut some of that, and spent a few minutes on the minor league prospects. It has been a few podcasts since you have covered the minors.

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By: BuccosFanStuckinMD http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-33990 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:04:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-33990 You maybe right, but with all the seemingly flaws of this team and its manager (according to many fans), they are in first place and have the second best record in baseball. If they had all that we wish they had, they would be the 27 Yankees!

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By: La Pirate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-33989 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:51:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-33989 Plain and simple the Pirates need a couple of better on base/for average type of hitters, guys that are difficult to strike out and can hit to all fields. I cringed when I heard Hurdle bunt Marte to get a fast Josh Harrison to 3rd. We needed the bat as Harrison was already in scoring position. It made no sense.. I would be surprised if we have these platoon situations next year. We need a couple of better hitters(bench and starters) that would complement Cutch, Marte, Walker, and Martin. I am ok with Mercer as he has shown steady improvement. And Harrison should have been on the roster all season and he is improving.. I am anxious to see how Lambo plays out the rest of the year. Its not out of the question that we can win the division but I would be surprised unless the offense rises to the occasion and it really hasnt done that all year.

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By: BuccosFanStuckinMD http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-33979 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:13:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-33979 Tough, tough loss again yesterday….but these type of tough, tense, playoff atmosphere type games (even losses) may pay off down the stretch – as it will not get any easier.

I was thrilled for Lambo to get that first hit – an impressive one at that – a double off the base of the all in right center. Hopefully, just the first of many more. If he can provide that type of LH hitting down the stretch, and pair up with Tabata, that will be a huge lift.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/p3-episode-17-the-pirates-issues-with-risp-platoons-and-small-ball.html#comment-33977 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:26:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=63656#comment-33977 Might not have so many high leverage situations if they would get hits with RISP earlier in games and learn to add on. I don’t know what the answer is because the situation is very complicated, somewhere between maturity and technique and luck or bad luck. Earlier in the game Walker gets the Sac fly, success. Late in the game he hits a shot down the right field line 2ft foul, than hits a ground ball to the first basemen, failed. If that ball is 2 ft. to the left he looks like a hero and possibly the Pirates win the game. His approach with the fly ball was up the middle, his approach in the last at bat was to go with the pitch. IMO, 2 different approaches. Of course if they hit with RISP during the game and keep on adding on, it does not come down to Walker trying to win it.
Sometimes you have to look at what the other team is doing to you with the bases loaded and a game ending situation, in the Cards case, the infield is in but so is their outfield, with the same situation the Pirates play the infield in also, but the outfield is in the stands somewhere, when it should be way in, if they hit it where the Pirates outfield is you have no play anyway, if I am managing this team the infield would be in and the outfield would be way in, you have to stop those infield gaps, sort of a softball defense. The Cards approach to high leverage situations means they are going to punch the ball, not hit it to the wall. IMO, I play the odds, how many balls actually get to the wall in a game?

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