Pirates Add Vance Worley to Roster, Send Michael Martinez to Indianapolis

  • Monsoon Harvard
    June 15, 2014 3:55 pm

    He could have pitched the eighth inning. 15 more pitches would not have hurt him. They took him out too soon and they blew it, and you could see it coming a mile away.

    • Nah- I’d trust Tony Watson in any situation – just not his day. Wonderful job by Worley – welcome to the ‘Burgh!

      Marte and Polanco streaking around the bases in the top of the 3rd inning – unreal that speed. Our crazy outfield got another 5 hits and two walks in 15 plate appearances today. By my count, they’ve been on base 30 times in 68 plate appearances in 4 games (.441 OBP), and have a combined line of .406/.441/.594/1.035. If Russell Martin had batted fourth instead of Ike Davis we probably would have won today. Hurdle sure better give that 4-spot to Walker when he’s healthy.

      • derekbellstutu
        June 16, 2014 10:09 am

        Should the Pirates expect Walker back soon? I remember when Jack Wilson had his appendectomy, he was pretty weak for quite a while after the procedure. That being said, I wouldn’t expect Walker off the DL, let alone batting cleanup, before July 1.

    • Ian Rothermund
      June 15, 2014 7:22 pm

      Agreed. I don’t understand why it was necessary that he come out of the game.

  • In this environment where every pitcher is expected to throw 97 mph and strike 10 batters per 9 innings, I have to wonder if the next market inefficiency is pitchers who limit walks. Pitching is very different than 5 or 10 years ago, and Ks are the flavor of the day. If teams overvalue high K% and undervalue low BB%, then teams could find productive pitchers on the scrap heap.

    I know he cannot sustain his AAA level, but he his BB/9 this year is 0.78. That is amazing. Even if his K/9 is unimpressive, he might be a productive pitcher we obtained for free.

    • He’s looking pretty good so far. Pounding the strike zone – 5 of every 7 pitches are strikes. Efficient too. One start doesn’t mean all that much, but yeah, could be a very good pickup.

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