Huh? What? Despite the unhealthy over-managing of the Pirates by our misguided skipper, the Bucs managed to win three games straight and sit atop to division tied with Milwaukee. OK, I know its early but hey…there have been some bright spots. Let’s see what another week brings as we get a feel for this team’s capability.
As for Hurdle, he is back to his old tricks of sitting down Adam Frazier and his .400 average (he hit .353 in pre-season), to pay homage to his “boy” the Six Million Dollar Man Where’s Waldo Rodriguez. He played in left field for the night game today and, true to form, went 0-4 at the plate. I know, I know, he can play all defensive positions well (hence that moniker Where’s Waldo Rodriguez), but he can’t play that one KEY spot of standing in the batter’s box and swinging the bat.
Also in the night-cap, with a 4 run lead in the ninth inning, there was no need to use Rivero as he would not get a save bringing him in with a 4 run lead. BUT, as soon as the lead shrunk to a 3 run lead at 8-5, in comes Rivero to GET HIM THE SAVE. Clint is all about the player and not about doing what is best FOR THE TEAM.