If the Pirates continue to trot out line ups like that of tonight, don’t be surprised to see them falling even deeper in the standings with just 16 games to go. We all know the usual suspects of the National League Central Division. We have the Cardinals and Brewers winning again tonight and trying to chase down the Cubs, who are at the TOP and out in FRONT!
The Pirates on the other hand find themselves 11 games back and a whole lot closer to being overtaken by the Reds. With 3 games coming up this weekend in Cincinnati against the Reds, you could find your Bucs bringing up the REAR and in the BOTTOM of the division.
But here is what is confusing to me. If Hurdle is trying to win these last games, then why is Frazier (Highest average on the team at .285) given the day off for rest today? Why is Bell, the contender for Rookie of the year given the day off? I don’t want to hear the right-lefty excuse as Bell is a switch-hitter and Frazier hits lefties better than righties. AND, they knew the Brewers lefty starter would just go three innings or so.
If it is a move to youth, then these two guys HAVE to be in the line up. If it is not a move to youth and winning is of paramount importance, then WHY Waldo Rodriguez (.173) and Chris Stewart (.188) in the line up? Something just doesn’t add up. And yes, Jaso got his at bat in the game also. I could do without ever seeing any of these three the rest of the year and the rest of my life. (Waldo, Jaso, Stewart)