Pirates Discussion: Two Games Against the Yankees Before a Long Road Trip

The Pirates begin a short, two-game series against the Yankees, before heading on to a very long road trip.

They travel to Cincinnati on Thursday for a doubleheader. That is followed by three games in Milwaukee, four games in Miami, and three games in Colorado — without a single day off until the All-Star break. I guess the schedule makers decided the Pirates should suffer leading up to the break.

Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.43) will kick it off against former Bucco, Jameson Taillon (9-1, 3.32).

I imagine there will be a tribute video, as there should be, unlike some of the recently departed players they created a montage for.

YANKEES @ PIRATES

Time: 7:05 PM EST

Pirates Starter: Jose Quintana, (1-4, 3.43)

Yankees Starter: Jameson Taillon, (9-1, 3.32)

Quintana notes: Quintana closed out June with an 0-2 record, and 4.80 ERA. He gave up 5 home runs in the month, all in two games to Atlanta and San Francisco. In his final two starts, he threw 12 innings, allowing only three earned runs, with three walks and 12 strikeouts against the Cubs and Nationals.

LINEUPS:

Pirates

Yankees

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) CF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Gleyber Torres (R) DH
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF
8. Jose Trevino (R) C
9. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R) SS

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Mblee24

It’s fun when the stadium is packed and they play like that. Can’t wait until they are actually in the hunt with a crowd like this. They are 6-1 against dodgers and Yankees. What a bizarre team.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mblee24
mikeschalke

That’s a crazy as hell stat my man.

Mblee24

It really is. It makes no sense, I really think if they managed the roster and managed games to win they could be hovering around .500. But what do I know.

skliesen

Sit down, Judge…and ALL RISE THE JOLLY ROGER!!!

AdministrativeSky236

I know its only one game, but this darned team keeps finding ways to show me some hope

jon6er

Doesn’t look like Underdog is ready for the big moments right now.

PirateRican21

I had the same feeling, as if pitching in the 8th and/or the Yankees put extra pressure, hopefully is a learning experience.

jon6er

But close, lol.

PiratePrimate

Effectively wild

AdministrativeSky236

Watching this game, i have a feeling that we will be losing reynolds either this deadline or in the offseason… but if done right that trade could nearly ensure a playoff appearance within 2 years after, just my gut feeling right now

docdon385

That’s the way to build a winner all right. Spend time developing prospects into the kind of player every team wants then trade him away for more hope and dream prospects. That’ll work.

waitwhat

Just don’t think the franchise has the courage to do it, but would love to be wrong.

PiratePrimate

He could be a valuable trade chip in three weeks. You’re right, he might be the kind of trade chip that brings you a couple major pieces to the puzzle.

phieralph

Phew! Love to see it!

skliesen

Pitchers best friend, baby!!!

Mblee24

Here we go again. Bullpen gonna blow another fun night. Crowe struggles to go more than one and Shelton doesn’t care.

Mblee24

He got out of it! Shelton knows what he’s doing…

PirateRican21

phieralph

Here we go.

Shultzie31

Getting Sheltoned again…

PiratePrimate

GREAT team AB by Cruz!!

AdministrativeSky236

Alternatively, he hits a few more dingers down the stretch and we flip him to a team that needs a LH bench bat

jon6er

Huh…lol

jon6er

Double wow, I didn’t realize Vogey has 2.5 years of control left and that you mention a player named Carlos Santana the day the rock legend Carlos Santana collapsed on stage. I guess many Latino’s are proud to name their son’s after him and I can’t say that I blame them.

jon6er

He appears to be okay and they attributed it to heat stroke. I’m six years younger and I don’t do heat well either, lol.

PiratePrimate

Tsutsugo says the real Yoshi is here

jon6er

This outfielders playing the outfield seems like its working so far.

PirateRican21

Wilbur Miller

Def rad

PirateRican21

I like the Underwood/Beede tandem better than the Crowe/Dejong, but let’s hope the shut it down.

roibert.kasperski

Happy Crowe Day Y’all

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skliesen

Quintana’s trade price just went up Red Sox Nation!

PiratePrimate

A smart GM trades Quintana for the best he can get and then signs him to a two year deal over the winter.

AdministrativeSky236

I have been thinking this. I can see him taking a reasonable multiyear deal laden with incentives that will hit if hes good

phieralph

Judge has video game numbers : .280 BA, 29 HR… Agh. That feels like a Hayes ball there. But I think I’m just spoiled by his defense.

Catch_22

You’re starting to see the impact of 8 lefties vs a righty in pnc.

phieralph

Seriously.

Wilbur Miller

Maybe the Yankees should have studied up on the Dodgers series.

roibert.kasperski

They started to study but said we are just plain better than the Dodgers so nothing to worry about………and quit studying…….

Colin

Jack’s power is truly impressive

Wilbur Miller

Taillon’s expression was hilarious. Like, Jack WHO??

phieralph

TEAM THE BEST TEAM

PiratePrimate

THAT is why he bats THIRD

PiratePrimate

You can’t fool the Fat Man!

phieralph

2 minutes before game time… I threw Quintana into my fantasy lineup.

AdministrativeSky236

Looks good so far!

phieralph

Also started Gleyber Torres and Reynolds 🙂

PiratePrimate

As a big fan of Pirates Prospects, I hope Quintana and Reynolds have monster games tonight and both have a great month of July. Let them look so good GM’s will give away far more than they should to acquire both of them. We need some new, young talent to get excited about. Load up the boat with prospects if the owner won’t pay for talent.

hoffmark83

And trade Hayes, Cruz, Burrows and Davis. Just keep on trading for minor leaguers because that’s what they have done for the last 20yrs or so and we see how that’s worked out.

TNBucs

As a Chang fan due to being a Taiwanese baseball fan, I’m glad to see that the smartest organization in MLB has picked him up.

PiratePrimate

He’ll probably hit .300 and turn the Rays into the Chang Gang

TNBucs

He had a very good second half last year, so it’s possible.

john_fluharty

When does Banuelos have to be added? Or did I miss it?

Wilbur Miller

IIRC, he gets something like three days to report.

Wilbur Miller

Rays claimed Yu Chang.

roibert.kasperski

I can already hear the Rays Fans……………..they are using their best Nancy Kerrigan voice and screaming WHY???? WHY??????

TNBucs

Always interesting when a team with a knack of finding undervalued talent claims a player from us.

roibert.kasperski

Is that you Biff??? Dang you and your Grays Sports Almanac!

RAS TN

Newman is back???

Wilbur Miller

They reinstated Gamel and Yoshi, and optioned Park and Marcano. They’re getting the band back together, reforming that exciting team they started the year with.

No Newman yet.

Heineman on paternity leave, Delay brought up.

mikeschalke

Is the band your’e referring to the Killers? As in rally.

Cobra

Guns N Losses
Journey(men)
Maroon 9
The Kinks
Earth Wind & Dire
Clearance Clearwater Spiral

thank you I’ll be @ Chuckles in Poughkeepsie all week

Wilbur Miller

The last two, especially, are brilliant.

roibert.kasperski

All that stuff that entered Mick & Keith’s bodies for all of those years is probably what is actually keeping them alive. The both actually died several years ago but all the drugs won’t let their bodies quit yet.  😱 

mikeschalke

For sure. You can include Keith Richards as well.

PiratePrimate

Uh, that band hits some sour notes, when they hit’em at all.

PiratePrimate

The good news will be that Taillon can’t keep the Pirates hitters in the park. The bad news will be the same goes for Quintana. But a good game from Quintana and there could be some suitors bearing gifts for Mr. Quintana’s services.

1979andCounting

The next 4 games “should” be very entertaining. Two against the mighty Yankees……we’ve already shown we can dominate the NL’s best team…….why not sweep the AL’s best team too!? And then good timing for 2 at GABP, we are in good form for hitting HR’s in that band box. Let’s keep Yoshi and Newman down for 4 more games, let the kids play.

Wilbur Miller

Not sure where I got this idea, but I thought they were going to activate Gamel and Yoshi for the Yankee series on purpose.

jon6er

I’m not worried about the Yankees. When you are a Pirate fan long enough not much surprises you. And being a 7 year old during the Pirates 1960 WS if the Pirates manage a win in these two games it might be a 7-6 score but the losses most likely will be double digits.

hoptown

What I would do. 7/5 edition.
1) Add Banuelos because they have to, option C Vieaux to AAA after serving as 27th man on Thurs.
2) When Newman is ready, send D Castillo down for a little more playing time/seasoning.
3) When Gamel is ready, DFA J Van Meter
4) When Tsutsugo is ready, option H Park to AAA
5) When Peters is ready, option A Brice to AAA
6) Look to trade Gamel, Vogelbach, Newman, Quintana, Stratton, and Crowe, if you can get anything for them. Quintana is the only one with any real value. The others would get a low level suspect at best.
7) Listen to offers for Reynolds and Bednar, but I’d have to be blown away.

ArkyWags

Bullpen starting to feel the brunt of the poor rotation. If they win five of the 14 till the break I’ll be surprised. Even though they’re not playing anyone good on the road other than Milwaukee, young teams are awful on the road.

Last edited 1 month ago by ArkyWags
TNBucs

Yes, our road record is terrible. That makes this stretch so tough but also a chance to show some growth.

RAS TN

How many RP arms are going to fall off during this road trip???

Wilbur Miller

Only one that matters.

TNBucs

This tough stretch between now and the All Star break will tell us a lot about how much progress they’re making.

NMR

.405 winning percentage against a .368 BaseRuns record.

Tracking a few wins worse than projections estimated heading into the year.

Dog days will really test their depth, or else this could get uglier before it gets pretty.

john_fluharty

Looking forward to seeing Taillon pitch. Hope our guys beat up on him LOL.

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