Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/11/13
First things first! The kind gentlemen at Productive Outs had me on their podcast last night to talk about the Pirates. You should check it out. The Pirates have a chance to sweep the Rangers this afternoon, and we're reached a point in the season at which I'm no longer happy to say things like, "Well, the Pirates got the first two in this series, so a win today would be gravy." The Rangers are down right now and the Pirates need to kick them in the ribs today. On Sunday, it seemed like the Pirates would be lucky to get one win in this series. Somehow getting three wins on the road here would be a huge boost before these games against the Cubs and Padres.  Clint Hurdle, apparently, does not agree. Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen combined for the entirety of the Pirates' offense last night, more or less, and they're both on the bench today. Starting Clint Barmes over Mercer, I can understand, since AJ Burnett is pitching and Barmes is a bit stronger defensively, plus Mercer...
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