Pirates Discussion: Pirates Have a Chance to Take the Series

The Pirates don’t play on the 4th, but have a chance to celebrate early by taking three out of four from the Brewers today.

Pirates have won two games so far, with a forgettable game sandwiched in between.

It’s actually kind of upsetting no one hit three homers in one game over last two days. As we’ve started to become accustomed to.

Feels weird to say, that now we have some expectations of a home run being hit. There’s some excitement of thump, that hasn’t existed in roughly a decade. Like when Cutch and El Toro were battling it out for the team lead in 2012 (Cutch edged the bull by one: 31 to 30).

BREWERS @ PIRATES

Time: 1:35 PM EST

Pirates Starter: Zach Thompson, (3-5, 4.47)

Brewers Starter: Brandon Woodruff, (6-3, 4.44)

Thompson notes: Pirates leader in wins, among starters, returns from the IL after a stretch of seven starts where he carried a 2.91 ERA. He faces off against Woodruff, who is having somewhat of a down year. Currently his GB% (37.7%) is the worst of his career, a career worst LOB% (64.3%), and a career worst HR/9 (1.29). And as noted, the Pirates hit a bunch of homers now.

Zach Thompson Made an Important Change to His Mindset in 2021

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UPDATE: Some roster moves and a new pitcher.

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skliesen

Same post as before, just substitute BRey.

skliesen

C’mon Key, now would be a great time to get a big hit!

PirateRican21

No pinch runner for V?

TNBucs

Why no pinch hitter for Chavis against a pitcher who has dominated RHB? Why pinch hit your worst and second slowest hitter with two on and one out in the 9th? Why wait until Castillo gets to 2nd before pinch running for him?

1979andCounting

Where is Donnie, his job to get in Shelton’s ear also

PirateRican21

Just the threat of a stolen base could make a difference here.

1979andCounting

Beede is getting more and more interesting. SSS but there’s little doubt he can be a key piece for ’23, as an arb player. He’s finally pitching like a 1st rounder after TJ and back issues. I’d like to see him start a few games too in the second half.

1979andCounting

Nothing to lose by taking a look. He has starter history. Rather than a $4 mil F.A. we might already have a starter in waiting.

AdministrativeSky236

And its not like his role isnt valuable already! We have seen the problem of not having a reliable pen

1979andCounting

Some pitchers are actually better after TJ. He’s showing there is that possibility.

PirateRican21

Underwood dealing, again! We need a set up, preferably a good lefty, but the other bullpen pieces are falling into place.

PirateRican21

I hope Hayes has a Yelich transformation. Yelich was a ground ball machine early in his career, one that hit the ball hard just like Hayes.

RAS TN

BTW it’s time to add and not subtract the real talent on the Pirate roster…

RAS TN

Mr. Thompson is a pleasant surprise for me, hope he can keep it going for 2022…

1979andCounting

You know we will be seeing Hader, so it’s imperative to get one off Woodruff AND to throw a combined shutout. Two tall tasks.

PirateRican21

2-1 game Hayes walks it off Harder!

1979andCounting

That didn’t age well.

PirateRican21

Ahhh, I meant 3-2!

PirateRican21

Why is that my favorite play so,far by Cruz? He was like give me the ball I will run him down!

jon6er

Lol, I was thinking the same thing.

Shultzie31

Best fielder in mlb history strikes again

PirateRican21

So overrated.

PirateRican21

I know it was only 101 mph and he was playing in, easy as a bunt b

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1979andCounting

Dave Martinez gets a one year extension for ’23. With the Nats on the market, and Soto not extended, if I were BC I would start showing interest towards Davey now. Probably a pipe dream, but timing to replace Shelton as we become competitive is important. Davey might be interested in guiding a young up and coming club.

Shultzie31

I’m open to anything

PirateRican21

Trade talk:
Castrovince writes and predicts:

“The Yankees will acquire Bryan Reynolds.””If that means building a trade package around top prospects like Oswald Peraza and Jasson Dominguez, so be it. The Yankees have every reason to seize this moment.”
hard passed on that “package”

Wilbur Miller

This kind of garbage is tiresome. That’s nowhere near enough for an all-star level everyday player with three years of control left. Peraza and Dominguez are high-risk prospects with track records of bad plate discipline. On top of that, Dominguez looks primed to follow the Delmon Young career path, as a young guy whose outgrowing, sideways, his physical talents. But, hey, they’re Yankees prospects so they must be future HOFers. Just like Gary Sanchez and Jesus Montero and Drew Henson and Nick Johnson.

Even if you do a deal like this, there’s no way on earth you do it without Volpe.

PiratePrimate

Everyone understands what it’s going to take to pry Reynolds from the Pirates. But it’s tough to give up your two best prospects and a third in the top 10.

AdministrativeSky236

MLBTR had a live chat yesterday i think and the guy or gal was saying how lots of people that were putting together ‘packages’ for reynolds were way under selling our price/what it would take, which was really nice to hear as i want a ransom for him.

PirateRican21

this is package I would love:

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AdministrativeSky236

I would take out wells or wesneski for domginuez personally, but if reynolds were to move it would have to be this type of HAUL

PirateRican21

For what I’ve seen so far, Dominguez is not someone I’ve built a package around, he is built like a grown man and not destroying the lower level. I’m sure I’m being unfair, but I don’t think he’s the superstar he was unfairly hyped to be.

AdministrativeSky236

Thats fair, but i think that package is centered around volpe. The upside of dominguez as an OF is someone i would want included, but no harm in not!

VTBucFan

I’ve seen him live against the Marauders and I don’t think you are being unfair. I’m not trying to be funny but I think his ceiling is Daniel Vogelbach.

Wilbur Miller

Agreed.

Shultzie31

Would be a good piece of package though. Upside is there

Wabbit_Season

I was just commenting on another thread that Cruz gave props to McCutchen on that missile of a home run the other night.

As he crossed home plate, he tipped his cap, right foot first. Nice.

Is he doing this all the time or was that a one-off?

-Wabbit

John Dreker

That’s just what he does. Every guy now has to choreograph a routine for their homers. He looks at his wrist as he round second, does the thing you mentioned, been like that all year. People said the wrist look was a watch, as in saying it’s time for him to be in the majors, but he was doing it when he was hitting .150 in April and he’s still doing it now, so who knows what it is. At least he isn’t as obnoxious as Fernando Tatis, or even Ronald Acuna now, who I can’t believe he can hit and remember all of his dance steps.

AdministrativeSky236

He’s done it for every mlb homer this year!

skliesen

Be nice to get some payback on Woodruff today. He’s up there with Wainwright on Pitchers most likely to defeat Pirates list.

ricramer

Go Bucs!!

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