The second game of this Pirates/Phillies series comes with an unwanted surprise: Brandon Inge's rehab assignment is over and he'll be joining the Pirates in Philadelphia tonight. And also starting at third base against Cole Hamels. Inge went 9-for-60 on his rehab stint and he hasn't had a season with an OPS+ of over 100 since 2005. His glove is good, but there's just no reason at all to think that he'll hit even a little bit. In a vacuum that's fine. On a team with John McDonald and Clint Barmes already on the roster (Alex Presley was demoted to make room for Inge) it's insane and unforgiveable. There's just no reason to waste this much roster space when the Pirates have two guys that can hit a little and do a third baseman impression (Martin and Sanchez) if they want a platoon option for Pedro Alvarez, and they're leaving Jordy Mercer in Triple-A for no discernible reason at this point.
Anyway, Cole Hamels and Jeff Locke are on the mound tonight. The first pitch is at 7:05.
I remeber Bill James once sayiing (and I'm paraphrasing) that one of the signs of a bad organization is an unwillingness to take a chance on the unknown, preferring to solemnly intone the "proven veteran" mantra, even when those veterans have only proven that they are sub-standard, replacement-level options--and so we get Barmes and McDonald and Inge and Mazzaro (and, soon enough, Jose Contreras) while Mercer and Morris and Presley stay at Indy to work on their table manners or some damn thing. A lot of this falls on Hurdle, whose preference for glove-first veterans is painfully obvious, but Huntington is letting this happen. I'm not saying that Mercer, Morris, and Presley are saviors, understand--but we don't know what the former two can do, while what Inge, McDonald and so can't do is well known.
How is a player in a game that is not available on television in its local market the sixth trending topic in the US on Twitter?
@GamingPessimist "guys make things too hard on themselves. See ball, hit ball." – Brandon Inge, ST 2013