I wasn’t sure the Pirates could approach the event horizon of suck that they laid down in the Milwaukee series in April, but mustering just ten hits against the Reds and getting shut out in back to back games by Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey certainly approaches the vortex. Luckily for the Pirates, most of Pittsburgh was paying no attention because they were watching the Penguins’ season crash out of the sky like a lead zeppelin.
That means that this game against the Cubs is a kind of de facto second opening day for the Pirates. There are a lot of people who will check the Pirate score for the first time since the season’s opening week today, and so it would behoove the team to stop playing so terribly and make a good impression on the influx of fans. I have no idea if this group of players is actually capable of that, but the struggling Cubs are a good team to start against.
The first pitch at Wrigley today is at 2:20 ET, which means that your weak will to work on a Friday afternoon will be overwhelmed by baseball today. Brian Burres (who is obviously not being skipped in the rotation despite his relief appearance on Tuesday) goes head-to-head against Tom Gorzelanny, who not only has an intact labrum, but is also pitching pretty well in 2010. Clemente/Cangelosi update is below the fold.
Not sure what this is? Check here and here. Short version: in the comments pick the Pirates you think will be most and least valuable in today’s game. If you haven’t jumped aboard yet, it’s been a lot of fun so far and now’s as good a time as any to join in.
We’ve got two days to catch up on right now and they’re not pretty. Tuesday’s one-hit shutout lost brought us a season first; only Ronny Cedeno garnered positive WPA values (Steve Pearce and Brian Burres were .000s), so he’s the only Clemente and there’s no runner-up. Charlie Morton (after you combine his pitching and hitting) and Aki Iwamura were the Cangelosis, though no one was worse than -0.100, which means it was a heck of a team effort.Wednesday’s game wasn’t quite as ugly since we managed a whopping four hits. Garrett Jones had two, which makes him the Clemente. Steve Pearce had one, so he’s the runner up. No one was third, because those were the only two with positive WPA. Zach Duke and Andy LaRoche contribute the most to the loss, so they’re the Cangelosis.
Here are the standings. There’s suddenly a ton of jockeying going on in the top ten or so.
- Woodward: 19
- hisjazziness, dafletch, Wizard of Woz: 15
- Don_Madden: 14
- hwtrine68, brian2: 13
- North Shore Ryan: 12
- Garrett122, bwzimmerman: 10
- whygavs: 9
- UtesFan89, Carnegie Chip: 8
- apk, edgeman2k: 7
- Nate, TuckerD13: 6
- pdiddy0020, J. Latrobe, ndbrian: 5
- dboz: 4
- TomKaikis, Joek, tylerrcurtis, TheJewelryMan!, fruitbat, Garrett122, appeal2smail, michaelbro8: 3
- PatrickHealy, MattB, SteelCity66, BadAndy, spazaru, Adam_Reynolds, Mr. Ando, jac8: 2
- FSU Bucs, Christy, appeal2smail, SeanGentile, shsteimer, TheHulk, Traco Bucco, Tate, Neopold, IndianaJohns04: 1
- Everyone else: 0
- NSN, Mosca, wk kortas, danatural, Teflon, John Sparrow: -1
- Mornacale: -2
- Cecilio_Guante: -3
- PHook4000: -4