Charlie Morton will make his 2012 debut against the Giants tonight, after a brief rehab trip in the minor leagues. Of course, the Pirates are in pretty rough shape right now and it's hard to imagine that Morton will be able to do much about it, since most of their problems are related to offense, but it's still nice to get Morton back into the mix. In Morton's only rehab start, he dominated over 7 1/3 innings. To make room for Morton, the Bucs have demoted Matt Hague, who's apparently just the odd man out right now.
With Hague down in the minors, I'm guessing we're going to see quite a bit more of Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro against lefties. Barry Zito starts for the Giants tonight and as a result, Harrison will play third base. Zito is Zito and you might think that would bode well for an offensive breakout, but of course he is coming off of a complete game shutout in Coors Field and at this point, I'm not going to wait around expecting much from the Pirates' offense.
The first pitch tonight is at 9:05.
@whygavs As Sherlock Holmes (or maybe it was Commander Data) once said, "If you eliminate the probable, the remaining, no matter how improbable, must be true."
@Carnegie Chip I thought that was Spock.
@Carnegie Chip Crazy to throw a full-count breaking pitch like he did there ... but he got away with it.
@bwzimmerman That one was more difficult. A low grounder that handcuffed him. The play could've been made, though.
Oh well. At least Charlie's throw wasn't as bad as this:
Why do I get the feeling this is gonna be one of those games where we fire all our bullets early and then go evan meekly into the good night?
//Deja vu all over again
@bwzimmerman The Angels' experiment with Trumbo at third isn't going so well. Opinions of him vs. what we have now at first?
@bwzimmerman Well, it's not like Jones isn't.
@whygavs What ever happened to that nice red-haired boy who liked to hunt? Couldn't hit a lick 'till the tomatoes ripened, but he could pick 'em...