I have to admit, that the past week has seen a little less of Hurdle’s gymnastics of a loser line up. Chief among the observations is that Where’s Waldo Rodriguez (the guy who plays every position but the one in the batter’s box) has seen a lot less time. Thank God. And wonder of wonders, absent Waldo the Bucs actually won a series for the first time in a month. Imagine that! Still though, seems every game the pitching either falters on the front end or by the bullpen. And we all know that IF a reliever goes a scoreless 7th or 8th, the loser mentality of Clint will always try to push the pitcher change envelope with someone to blow up the game the next inning.
As Jim Cramer would say, the Pirates will Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell at the trade deadline on July 31st. Cervelli, Harrison, Mercer, and others will be on the chopping block. And fans will once again realize that while Nutting and Huntington have tried to finesse their off-season moves of Cutch and Cole as being BOTH a short-term and a long-term betterment of the team, will realize that the Bucs are increasingly not in a position to win now or later.
35-36 record today. If the SELL happens, will that record turn to 72-90 at the end?