1-14 in our last 15 games? Not good. Not good at all. Paul Maholm and Felipe Paulino take the mound at 2:05 today. I am probably going to spend the afternoon pretending that the season is already over and writing various posts for next week that treat it as such. Has anyone ever gone one-for-September? Is that possible? We have to win at least once or twice more before the season ends, right? RIGHT?!?!no comments
Ross Ohlendorf and Brian Moehler go at 7:05 tonight. DK indicates that Ohlendorf probably only has one more start after this one in 2009 to keep his innings under control. The Pirates have still only one once since August 28th. That's a staggeringly depressing sentence to read.
I can't think of a baseball match-up less interesting than the Pirates and Astros right now. The Astros are a middling, uninspiring team in the mold of the Dave Littlefield-era Pirates while the current Pirates are so far on autopilot that I don't think there's any coming back from it. Charlie Morton takes his maddening talent to the mound against Bud Norris at 8:10.
Meanwhile, the best-Pirate related thing I've read today is this story about Steve Blass hitting two hole-in-ones in the same round. He's also the clubhouse leader for "quote of the year" and I don't think anyone's going to catch him:
"The first one we all went berserk," said Blass, who was playing in a fivesome in the outing. The second one, I took off my glasses, and started rolling down the hill like a little kid. I looked like a big, fat bear rolling down the hill."
Sorry for being so out of it this week; my brain has kinded of needed the time off, I think, with the passing of the record and all. I do have a bunch of stuff that I want to get started on, and I'm going to do so next week. On top of the project I mentioned yesteday, I still owe everyone some serious talk on the prospects (which should help satisfy some of the suggestions from yesterday's post) and where the minor league system is headed, which will also start next week with most of the affiliates' seasons having ended.
Until then, I suppose I'll just run with the poll that everyone else is running with right now. Will the Pirates los 100 games? Honestly, I don't think they're as bad as their record since August 1st, but I also don't see the team getting any better in the immediate future and they sure do need to improve to get nine more wins.
Every year, I learn a little bit more about baseball. Things happen that I don't expect based on my knowledge of things coming into each season. Accordingly, the first thing I'd like to do as this season wraps down is look at various players and situations that I was wrong about and see if there's anything to be learned from each case.
This year, four immediate players come to mind.
- Nyjer Morgan
- Garrett Jones
- Zach Duke
- Andy LaRoche
In each case, one level of performance was expected based on minor league levels, projections, and past Major League experience, but each player far exceeded or failed to meet certain expectations. Why? And what does that mean? Those are the questions I'll try to answer.
Anyways, I'll probably kick this off on Monday. I might have the Morgan post up tomorrow because I think that one's the easiest one to write, but I might not get it done with the football game tonight. The reason I'm posting this preface to the whole thing is because I want suggestions for other players that fit the bill that might be worth investigating. If any come to mind, post them in the comments and I'll take them into consideration.
I think tonight I'm going to start working on post-season stuff. The team seems to be sufficiently sedated that they shouldn't notice that I'm beginning the post-mortem while they're still technically alive.
Raise your hand if you're happy this is an afternoon game so that you don't feel obligated by some strange force to watch the Pirates when you get home from work tonight. **Looks around imaginary room** **Sees sea of hands** **Nods** Yeah, that's what I thought.
Kevin Hart goes against his old club and Carlos Zambrano at 12:35.
I've watched a lot of baseball, but I'm not sure I've ever seen anything quite like the first inning of today's game. The Cubs hit two balls squarely, and somehow started the game with eight straight hits and seven runs. I'm honestly not exaggerating at all when I say that of the eight hits the Cubs opened the game up with, six of them could've been ground outs or pop outs if they were hit maybe a foot or two in one direction or another. It was really kind of insane to watch happen.
As for the rest of the game ... yeah, I started watching Super Bowl DVDs and working on the family football letter. We scored some runs, they scored some runs, none of it mattered with a seven run head start.
Zach Duke and Ryan Dempster at 7:05. I'll be watching and taking solace in the fact that the number of people that will pretend to care if we lose this one will be much lower than it was yesterday.