This news will likely be overlooked, since the Pirates won their first series in 2 weeks, but playing time decisions are a major head-scratcher. Hurdle, who at times looks like he throws a dart blind-folded at a roster to decide who leads off, takes his outfield shuffling to a new level.
The Coin-flipping Clintster has been managing (and I use that word loosely), a 4-man rotating outfield to give playing time to Starling Marte, Gregory Polonco, Cory Dickerson, and Austin Meadows. Meadows and Dickerson have maintained +.300 batting averages thus far. Given the crowded outfield, the Pirates somehow found it advisable to bring up outfielder Jordan Luplow from the minors! And it gets even better (or crazier) than that…Clint pinch hits him for a couple of games OVER Austin Meadows and Cory Dickerson. In Tuesday’s game, Luplow once again pinch hit UNsuccessfully. Two innings later in Tuesday’s game, Austin Meadows finally got to pinch hit. His was a successful pinch hit and he stayed in the game to play left field. Two innings later Meadows had another successful plate appearance with yet another hit!
Flash forward to the Wednesday line up. Meadows SITS once again for the 5th time in 6 games and JORDAN LUPLOW gets the start in left. WTF?? For the record, the Pirates did win, but Luplow went 0-3 and has only one hit this year thus far.
There are only 2 guys on the Pirates entire roster that are batting .300, and both are sitting WAY too often. Clint, we all know that ownership of the team sucks. Why do you have to join them and sucking so bad as a manager??