Remember about a month ago when the Pirates’ collapse was in full swing but some yinzers were still clamoring about how the Bucs might not make the playoffs but they’d still snap the streak? Would love to hear from those guys now after the Pirates lost 3-1 to the Brewers and have hit the .500 mark for the first time since June 2.
They’re 2-8 in their last 10, 7-18 in their last 25 and 18-32 in their last 50…we could do this all day. A starter not named Wandy or Correia has won a game since Aug. 28 and that was J-Mac. The Pirates have a -30 run differential in September alone and there are still 11 games left this month. Three games against the Astros this weekend are the only gimme games they have left and at this point even those will be nail biters.
The Bucs may be on their way to a 20th consecutive losing season but at least they didn’t get shut out again. Andrew McCutchen led off the ninth with his 29th homer of the year, killing the streak of 22-straight innings in which the Bucs hadn’t scored a run. Cutch had 2 of the Bucs’ 6 hits and Pedro Alvarez had 2 others – the Bucco Bats just continue to be horrible.
Kyle McPherson made his first career start last night and even tough he looked like Abe Lincoln with his chin strap and giraffe neck, he didn’t do any worse than James McDonald would have done. He only threw 71 pitches and only last 4.1 innings but it was a pretty decent debut as a starter…it would’ve been nice to see him do to the Brewers what every sub-25 pitcher has done to the Pirates this year but whatev. He got lit up for 7 hits but only gave up 2 earned and only walked 1, and ended the third and fourth innings by getting the Brewers to hit into double plays.
And after Rod Barajas went an impressive 0 for 6 against base stealers on Tuesday, we couldn’t ignore last night’s base running stats. Michael McKenry did let Carlos Gomez steal second but he threw him out when he got greedy and tried to swipe third a batter later. That’s 50%. WOOOOO…little things, people.
Of the seven teams trying to win the two wild card spots, the Pirates were the only team to lose last night – makes sense. The Bucs are now 4.5 games out, 2 games – about to be 3 games – behind the Brewers, and they’ve been passed by the Phillies and they’re tied with the Diamondbacks. They better watch their backs because the Padres are only 3.5 games behind them now.