Starling Marte Leaves With Left Hand Discomfort

  • As Bob Prince used to say “There are errors of commission and errors of omission”. The worst error in the game was the total lack of effort by Aramis on the steal of third by Molina! Hurry back Josh!

    • Even the ex-players not too far removed from the game are highly critical of poor base running, bad fundamentals, lack of a two strike approach by most players in the majors nowadays. With the injuries to Mercer and Harrison, and a bad first base glove I suppose you could say 3/4 of this infield is out of position or has not played as a unit. Cole has had some very bad defense behind him the last month. If Marte is out the wild card spot is in real danger.

  • I’ve either played or been a fan of baseball for forty years. Over the last couple of years I have been trying to figure out why I can’t seem to find the passion for the game I once had. The conclusion I finally reached is this, advanced analytics have made the game as boring as watching paint dry, poor fundamentals across baseball have made the game frustrating to watch and finally the awful umpiring has made the game painful to watch. So as of this point I am pulling back from baseball to the point where it will be of minor interest to me, keeping just enough of an eye on it so when these three things are rectified I may come fully back into the fold. Until then adios amigos.

    • Okay.

    • I don’t think officiating has changed that much, if at all – however we can now see every error they make. Also, I don’t think stats has changed anything except given announcers something else to talk about. Fundamentals have decreased though that may have something to do with players overly focused on ‘splash’ plays

    • Kinda a relief…..

  • Slip slidin’ away…

  • Game over, this game is painful to watch. I predicted that the pirates would be in first by the end of august. After watching the pitiful performance against the cards the last two games they will be lucky toget a wild card spot. They are an awful defensive team and against the central they turn into free swingers for some reason. Get a guy on base and swing for the fence, next thing ya know they are out of innings and out of time. Awful performance by what is supposed to be one of the best teams in baseball. Excuse me folks I’m gonna go puke and then break something I don’t need.

    • The Pirates have stressed defense an awfully lot but this season, particularly with ARam and Pedro on the corners, has been painful.

      FWIW, I am also concerned about the wild card.

  • It’s going to be awesome when Harrison and Mercer return and Clint just keeps on trotting old Aramis out there in the 4 spot. There was no reason to put him there to begin with and there sure as hell is no reason to still have him there unless they’re planning on just riding him out Justin Morneau style.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    August 12, 2015 9:42 pm

    I guess making the keenly obvious observation, the Pirates are an awful defensive team.

    They have 2 errors in the first 5 innings, and they should have 4 errors. Although Cole did not deserve the horrible defense behind him, shame on him for walking the pitcher. Alvarez? Are you kidding me? Cannot find the bag on one play and then fails to keep the ball in his glove on an admittedly low throw. Walker…terrible throw on the double play attempt, and Ramirez cutting in front of his shortstop who had an easy play on a grounder. Looked like a high school team that inning.

    The Cardinals are good and they don’t need our help…very frustrating to watch. With all that being said, I still feel we come back and win this game.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      August 12, 2015 10:13 pm

      And Polanco butchers a single into a triple. I bet Cole is just churning inside. The Pirates have left a lot of runners on base so far.

      • Nine hits, four extra bases, one homer, two runs through six. That is hard to do. Defense is ATROCIOUS. With Marte hurt how do all you Travis Snider haters feel about Sean Rodriguez and Travis Ishikawa seeing more at bats? If the Bucs blow this one that will make five straight giveaway losses in St Louis……….no wonder their fans are so smug.

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD
          August 12, 2015 10:34 pm

          Why is Ishikawa still on this team? can someone explain what his value is, when we have at least 3 guys who can first base (although with Pedro, that is in relative terms). Couldn’t this team use a bat and the speed of a Broxton off the bench?

          • I would disagree: Pedro can’t play first, Morse has yet to prove he has anything to offer this year, and S-Rod can’t hit.
            I actually think Ishikawa is the best (of the flawed) option right now.
            I am tempted to release Pedro, but I know the Cards would grab him and he would suddenly become an all-star

            • BuccosFanStuckinMD
              August 13, 2015 8:16 am

              Rodriquez hits better than Ishikawa, although not by much. I don’t see the hitting advantage of Ishikawa.

              • He can actually make contact with the ball and has at least heard of the phrase “situational hitting” in passing

            • Pedro has been hitting really well lately, why would you release someone with an OPS of 750+?

  • I sure hope marte is ok. Also, if I had one wish it would be that the only time pedro gets in a game the rest of the year is as a pinch hitter.

  • Sure hope marte is ok. If I had one wish it would be that for the rest of the season the only way pedro gets in a game is as a pinch hitter.