Today is quite literally Charlie Morton day, as Sports Illustrated has decided to feature Chaz with a big feature on their website about his turnaround. My favorite is this video, where he shows the changes he made to his motion this year and explains how that helps his sinker (teaser: I'm going to talk more about sinkers soon). There's also a video in which Morton talks about his journey from last year to this year and a longer story. It's all interesting stuff that I'm sure quite a few of you will be interested in as Morton's maybe the most intriguing Pirate this year.
Hopefully, Morton can get back on track tonight after his rough start against the Mets last week. The Astros don't have a lot in the way of lefties and one of Morton's better starts this year came against Houston, so this seems like a good place for him to gather himself and be Electric Charlie again.
The Astros will counter with JA Happ, who's not terribly good but who is a lefty, which is something that sets him up for success against this decimated Pirate lineup. Lefties mean Neil Walker batting right handed and Lyle Overbay being even worse than usual and Matt Diaz, so it's up to Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata and maybe even the semi-resurgent Brandon Wood even more so than usual to carry the offense tonight. I think Morton will give the Pirates a strong start, but no one wants a rehash of last night's tightrope walk.
First pitch tonight is at 8:05.
Who do you all think will be our all-stars this year? Will we get more than one? I think we should get McCutchen, Walker (maybe) and Hanrahan.
Other teams are going to start walking Cutch and Walker every time and taking their chances with the rest of the AA roster
Let's Go Bucs!
@bwzimmerman Oh man, I'm going to two of the Indians games this weekend. I want a sweep so bad.
@JohnP.Gallo Here comes the DP to end the game.
3 scoreless inning from D.McCutchen – how about that? @Savage_Beast
@bwzimmerman Hard for me to root for any team from Boston but after all the shit Vancouver pulled in the postseason I could never root for those bastards
@nickjuneau24 Cutch and Hanrahan, possibly Walker I think...
Closers are struggling across the league this year so I think that guarantees Hanrahan's spot
McCutchen has enough national pub to get a manager's nod as a reserve
Young Neil has better numbers than every other NL 2B (more HR and RBI than B Phillips) and I think his BA will improve before the ASG so he could earn a nod as well.
A lot depends on the "bad" teams having to get a guaranteed one player on the team. They're going to steal some sports, so it will probably be hard for the Pirates to have 3 guys on the team
@nickjuneau24 Tim Wood. For sure.
@bwzimmerman I'm flipping between games, but I'm more focused on the Cup finals.
@Savage_Beast I have to watch it everytime
@bwzimmerman gotta say, I was nervous when morton only went 5, cause I figured we'd have to use a mashup of relievers. That was quite nice of BigWhiteCutch to bail us out there
@DoobyDoobyDoo good for you