Pirates Game Discussion: Pirates at Cubs, 7:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates (15-21) take on the Chicago Cubs (15-20) in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday night, starting at 7:40 PM. The Pirates are sending out Wil Crowe (2-2, 2.57) for his first start of the season. He last pitched on Saturday when he threw one inning. The Cubs are countering with veteran lefty Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.64), who is making his seventh start.

Roberto Perez is done for the season.

The game is on YouTube tonight:

Here are the lineups:

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jon6er

Nice win and happy for the Suwinski’s but looks like another left handed hitting catcher with a huge hole in his bat!

PirateRican21

PirateRican21

The guys at the booth on YouTube gave Suwinski a trophy for YouTube player of the game, corny, and yet cool!

TNBucs

I was skeptical going in but really liked the YouTube broadcast. The announcing crew was good and didn’t show the big city bias of some “neutral” crews. Some interesting camera angles, and the postgame interviews were good.

I’m sure winning helped with my impression, and I only saw the last few innings, but it made me interested in watching future YouTube broadcasts.

1979andCounting

That Mazeroski clip just brings goose bumps every time. About the only thing I like about you tube is the historic clips.

TNBucs

Nice touch by YouTube to air classic clips in between innings.

jon6er

I’m always amazed that he had to knock fans out of the way to get to home after he rounded second base.

GreenWeenie

On a business trip, so was checking scores on MLB app. My CEO said that you don’t get a hangover from tequila. I decided to drink a double for every run scored. Waiting….

NMR

So what’s the verdict?? 😉

roibert.kasperski

It’s been a long time but I can vouch for the fact that your boss is wrong…

Last edited 1 month ago by roibert.kasperski
Wilbur Miller

He probably meant you don’t get a hangover if you only drink when the Pirates score.

roibert.kasperski

Touché

jon6er

Good call Shelton, any other bright ideas you got?

HeisenbergWW

Contrearas is annoying but I’d sure like him if he was a Pirate.

PiratePrimate

I’d like a Contreras/Contreras battery every fifth day

PiratePrimate

Read somewhere that Suwinski would go back down when Greg Allen comes off the IL. Not sure that’s a good idea.

jon6er

Underwood coming in for Keller, this could be interesting!

phieralph

JACKIE BOY!!

Wilbur Miller

Woohoo, a JackJack.

phieralph

Heineman? Not a very strong throw there. Good speed, catch to throw though.

jon6er

Not knocking Diego’s attempt going after that drive by Suzuki I just feel like Suwinski gets to it.

Wilbur Miller

I’m really wondering about the scouting reports on Suwinski’s defense. It’s a tiny sample size, but UZR has him at +8. Statcast has him at one out above average. And Statcast shows at least plus speed. This is a guy somebody put a 20 on for defense? Wtf?

Last edited 1 month ago by Wilbur Miller
chappy

Here’s the link: Fangraphs has his fielding at a 20! Something is wrong…

https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jack-suwinski/22244/stats?position=OF

Wilbur Miller

Also has a 30 for speed. Statcast has 90 for sprint speed and 89 for OF jump. Somebody totally screwed those ratings.

PirateRican21

I complained about that during a ST game, the first one he play, hit a triple displaying at least average speed.

HeisenbergWW

I think that 20 was a typo or data entry error.

jon6er

From what I’ve seen he gets a great jump on the ball plus has good speed. Also if Suwinski would have felt he wasn’t going to get to that ball he usually backs off and plays the carom so he has good instincts also.

Wilbur Miller

He must’ve been the DH the day that scout showed up.

jon6er

Well it’s an upside down baseball world when Fangraphs has an article calling Josh VanMeter a bonafide hitting nerd, lol.

bucsws2014

Morel is good. Got a ton on that throw on one knee.

PiratePrimate

A Run! How exciting!

roibert.kasperski

2,…in one inning!

phieralph

Ooohhhh KeBryan steals 3rd, okay!

phieralph

God Doth Not Wish for Thou Hayeth to Homer

PirateRican21

Almost the first HR all year to include Spring training for Hayes.

roibert.kasperski

Missed it by that much….

Mtgj

What channel is the game on tonight?

Why not on FSN?

PirateRican21

YouTube

John Fluharty

And the announcers even have YouTube microphones lol

Last edited 1 month ago by John Fluharty
roibert.kasperski

And the announcer, watching slow mo saying “Oh, that’s obvious that it it the top of the basket “ in a tone like why are they reviewing it. At full speed you couldn’t tell that obvious…..

roibert.kasperski

Happy Crowe Day Y’all!!!

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jon6er

Not sure if it’s out of necessity Crowe gets the start but I have a bad feeling about it. And ffs give Yoshi the day off and have an infield of Chavis, Castillo, Castro and Hayes. Gamel, Reynolds and Suwinski in the outfield. Why does anyone need a day off since they only scored 1 run in 3 games. Probably miss the start gotta go to the store and get some more paper bags, lol.

Catch_22

Crowe opening for Keller?

1979andCounting

If the wind’s blowing out, I would prefer to keep Keller as a spectator.

1979andCounting

All we need is for Crowe to fail miserably, so as to drive a stake into Shelton’s experiments.
Of course, hoping Crowe gives 5 solid innings. But it’s gotta be maddening being flip-flopped around from reliever to starter and back again.

John Fluharty

And a concerning thing to me is that they’ve adopted this at every level from the top to the bottom. Hopefully they allow for the fact that some guys won’t thrive in this role.

1979andCounting

Anyone know about Suzuki’s arm strength? It looked good last night, Rabelo needs to be more careful about sending Vogie and Yoshi! Smh.

jon6er

Other teams usually get players who are capable of all facets of the game, the Pirates not so much.

HeyFred

This team could really use a rainout. And new management. And…

John Fluharty

They need a crazy zillionaire to pass and leave his entire fortune to the team in a trust fund which pays out $100 million dollars a year. And even then I’m not sure it would help…

PiratePrimate

Nickles would still figure out a way to put payroll in his pocket

John Fluharty

On the one hand, this is a lineup in which I might actually enjoy watching seven of the the nine come to the plate. On the other hand only two of the nine inspire any real confidence in their ability to hit the ball.

Last edited 1 month ago by John Fluharty
HeisenbergWW

I think Heineman sticks around for the rest of the season and will reach 130 at some point. Castillo and Castro are similar players and Castillo is better – he’ll get 130.
I think Suwinski is gonna rack up a lot of AB a may never go back down. Castro goes back down when Newman comes back. So, 3 outta 4 IMO.

Stephen B

Castro will. He’s getting everyday starts and is only 7-8 games away.

Castillo won’t. Newman looks like he’ll be off the IL in a week, so someone has to be optioned. Castillo has barely played the last week. They’ll make the excuse that he needs to get everyday at bats at Indy.

Suwinski probably doesn’t get there unless Allen and Marisnick are both out well beyond early June.

Heineman probably doesn’t last 62 PA either. Knapp only got 35, and this experiment is just going to keep going on and on and on. Jamie Ritchie, Taylor Davis, some jabroni the Tigers DFA…

John Fluharty

I’m going to go with my gut and say Castro sticks around long enough.

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