Good morning. It's Tuesday, August 6th. The Pirates are in first place by two games after the Cardinals' loss to the Dodgers last night. They have a 99.3% chance of making the playoffs and a 51.1% chance of winning the NL Central. They have six games against the Marlins and Rockies this week to pad that two-game lead before they go to St. Louis next week.
Last night, James from Pirates Prospects, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and I did a roundtable. We discussed a lot of things, but mostly the composition of the playoff roster and how the bullpen will be composed. You can watch the whole video (it's about an hour long) below, or get the audio at Pirates Prospects:
I think that we'll be doing the same thing around the same time next week (that is, Monday at 7:30), so keep an eye on the WHYGAVS Twitter account (@whygavs) if you're interested in watching us live.
Jameson Taillon made his Indianapolis debut last night. He gave up three runs in the first inning, but was otherwise solid, holding Louisville scoreless for the next four.
There's been a lot of talk about Gerrit Cole's workload lately, and since I actually discussed that a couple of weeks ago I want to go back and link that post. Short version: it's worth talking about how many innings he's going to throw this year, but you can throw the Veducci Effect out the window and there are plenty of reasons to think that he should be fine going forward with the way the Pirates are using him this year.
Maybe this is in the video - but do you think Charlie Morton should be a starter or a reliever for the playoffs?
Would that be the "Verducci" Effect? Actually, while Cole needs to learn to get out of jams in the later innings, I'd be fine if Hurdle?Searage removed him a bit sooner in games. Yes, it's a bit tougher on the bullpen but Cole might need to be handled more like Morton. The opponents seem to begin to have success when their third time up in games vs Cole and Morton.
Gerritt Cole's pitch count is under control, he is getting plenty of rest between starts, they are pulling him from games before things get dicey. TNSTAAPP and all that but he is being handled with appropriate care. I'm not worried that a couple of extra weeks of work are a genuine danger to him, especially if he ends up in the bullpen for the Very Important Games That Need Not Be Named Yet.
@nickjuneau24 There is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect.
@nickjuneau24 From Calvin and Hobbes: "Verbing weirds language."
I am still struggling to figure out when a noun can be a verb. The other day I heard somebody refer to "droning" - which apparently means a drone strike. Now, I have to adjust to the accronyming of our language too??!!