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This Week In Pirates Baseball – Is There a Padres Curse?

The Pirates finished the week 3-3, which isn’t bad but maybe is considering they were at home and they played the White Sox and Padres.  Maybe it’s my imagination but it seems like every time the Padres play in Pittsburgh, they do well.  Let’s see if I’m right:

Padres record in Pittsburgh: 

2018: 3-1

2017: 1-2

2016: 1-2

2015: 0-3

2014: 2-1

Okay, so it was my imagination!

3 stars of the week: 

3. Michael Feliz, 3 IP, 0 W, 0.00 ERA, 0 K

2. Trevor Williams: 13 IP, 1 W, 2.77 ERA, 11 K

1.  Josh Bell: .318 AVG, 0 HR, 6 RBI

 

3 Goats of the week: 

3. Jose Osuna, .091 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI

2. Max Moroff, .143 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI

1.  Chad Kuhl, 4.1 IP, 0 W, 8.31 ERA, 5 K

Stories of the week: 

3. Vazquez blows a save: On Sunday, the Pirates were leading 5-4 going into the 9th inning when closer Felipe Vazquez took the mound.  This usually means a Pirates victory but on this day he threw 24 pitches, gave up 3 runs and didn’t record an out.  “Today was kind of a rough day,” Vazquez said after the game. “I’ve been doing good for two months, so I’ll come back on Tuesday and try to do the same thing for another two months.”

2. Josh Harrison return: Harrison returned this week from the disabled list.  He was out since April 15 with a broken hand.  His return is welcome since his replacements (Adam Frazier, Max Moroff) weren’t exactly lighting the world on fire.

1. Austin Meadows debut: The 2013 first round draft pick made his MLB debut on Friday.  In 3 games, he has a .455 average with 1 home run and 2 RBI.  He was called up because Starling Marte was placed on the disabled list with an oblique injury.  What happens when Marte returns from the disabled list? Will Meadows stay with the Pirates?  Probably not because he needs to play every day, but he’s had a great start to his MLB career.

 

Quote of the week:

“I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee,”

Jameson Taillon, trying to heal a cut on his middle finger, on whether he’s consider urinating on it.  Taillon made his scheduled start, so did he pee on the finger?  Hopefully we’ll never find out!

Stat of the week:

1.182: Austin Meadows OPS in his first week in the majors.  Not bad!

Factoid that may only interest a lot of people:

Austin Meadows wears number 17. Notable number 17s: Matt Joyce, Aramis Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez, Pedro Alvarez, Sean Burnett, Emil Brown, Armando Rios, Doug Strange, Lee Lacy, Phil Garner, Dock Ellis

 

Tweet of the Week:

Play of the week: 

Ivan Nova throws his glove to get an out after the ball gets stuck in his glove:

 

 

Three Things I Think I Think But You Probably Thought Too:

  1. I think with Austin Meadows possibly being good enough to stay in the majors,  Gregory Polanco’s future with the Pirates isn’t good.  He’s batting .224 for the year with 8 home runs, 22 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He has flashes where he looks great, then goes into long slumps. This is his fourth year with the Pirates; how much longer can they wait?  Or will they deal Corey Dickerson instead?
  2. I think the Pirates have had a great start so far (26-20) because of great hitting but if they want to keep winning, they’re going to need the pitching to step up.  They’re 10th in the National League in ERA. The’re 3rd in the league in hitting but that won’t last forever.
  3. I think we won’t be getting much from Jung Ho Kang this year.  He’s currently easing back into things in extended spring training. Considering he hasn’t played baseball in 18 months, he probably won’t be called up to the Pirates for a couple months and will probably be a bench player when he is called up.

 

The Week Ahead: 

May 22-24: At Cincinnati

May 25-27 vs St. Louis

 

Goodbye Poem: 

Rose are red,

Violets are blue

If urine cures cuts on hands, what about poo?

 

 

 

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