Not much to say about last night’s game. Ohlendorf just isn’t pitching well right now.
Charlie jumps on the “promote Neil Walker” train.
Raise the Jolly Roger is down right now, but Brian got a pretty sweet signature on his ticket at last night’s game.
FanGraphs has posts up about Andrew McCutchen and Evan Meek that are both worth reads.
Honestly, it’s pretty hard to keep my mind on baseball today. I’m considering watching Sudden Death this afternoon, which should tell you what kind of mindset I’m in right now. Accordingly, let’s just drop some links and go back to worrying about hockey.
Actually first, let’s do a WHYGAVS Night Afternoon announcement. WHYGAVS Night Afternoon will begin at 12:30 at Firewaters on Federal St. on Sunday. If you’re not down for drinking in the mid-afternoon, that’s cool (I’m not either, I have to drive home when the game is over and by home, I don’t mean Hermitage), but it sees as good a place as any to gather up. I’ll probably mention this a few more times.
Tim Williams at BuccoFans absolutely killed it during the draft. He’s got writeups for every day and info on tons of players.
Keep an eye on Wilbur Miller’s site for his take on the draft. I seem to recall he had writeups for every player posted pretty quickly last year.
I’m sharing the link for this week’s Futilitywatch here because of how fascinated I was by the players who have hit two triples in one of the first five games of their career.
On the “Game 7″ side of things today, PSAMP is rocking the Pens links, and don’t forget to check The Pensblog. And if you’re not psyched up enough for the game yet, watch this.
I will post a gamethread tonight, even though I don’t really expect anyone to be using it.
I was recently approached by the friend of a friend about getting word out about Gene’s 5th Semi-Annual TailGREAT, which is raising money to benefit United Cerebal Palsy. The flyer with all of the information is above, but if you have any questions please contact Adam: AdamCaus –at– gmail –dot– com.
DK indicated yesterday that Gorzo’s promotion was likely a one-day thing.
There are some differing opinions on Jim Tracy from the beat writers. John Perrotto wrote this on Thursday and DK posted this on Sunday.
If you have Twitter, you should be following @pirates_fg, which constantly updates with win probabilities during the game. Seriously one of the coolest uses of Twitter I’ve ever seen.
Remember, our bullpen is bad, but Kip Wells isn’t in it.
EDITED TO ADD ONE MORE: Joe Kerrigan e-mailed Keith Olbermann to clarify Matt Capps’ eyepatch and it was exactly what I thought it was; an attempt to keep Capps from flying too far open on the left side by making sure he could only see out of the right eye.
Not much going on today, but a couple links caught my eye:
Willy Taveras signed with the Reds, which will likely take them out of play for Rocco Baldelli. If Rocco’s looking to sign with a team that can give him playing time so that he can prove he’s healthy, the Pirates may be the best remaining option for him of the group originally rumored to be interested (Indians, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and Pirates).
The Giants have agreed to give Randy Johnson at least $8 million next year. Would you trade Nate McLouth to the Giants if it meant we could pull Matt Cain in return? Not that it’s being rumored or that the Giants would even be interested, but the Giants could use some pop and they’ll likely shop Cain or Jonathan Sanchez to try and find some.
That’s actually all there realy is to talk about today. Meanwhile, I’m watching the Meineke Car Care Bowl, still adjusting to being at a school where the biggest cheer from the student section during a bowl game isn’t from anything the football team did, but rather when Roy Williams waved to everyone from his luxury box.