With Chad Kuhl on the mound there is usually not too much wondering as to what pitcher you are going to get that day, which is why I was a little concerned about Jesus Aguilar bomb in the top of the second. However, this lapse in placement was not the norm, and more of the outlier, as he kept to the pattern of soft contact, didn’t allow many runners on the base paths and executed pitch placement for his first quality start of the season. Yeah it was a loss, but did it actually look bad? Hey
Assuming the offense, holding the bats it was Frazier, Hayes and Moran for the most part. Unfortunately fans expect perfection from the players that are regular contributors, so anytime they go 0 for whatever, it is a lost day; and maybe we should trade or DFA them. Sorry guys and gals, hitting ostreaks don’t last forever.
In the end, there was no offense to equal the limited output from the Marlins, as the Pirates fell 3-1 in pitchers duel on Sunday afternoon.
News and Notes
- I have seen countless articles about the need to consider trading for Oviedo’s rights in order to send him down to AAA, which is baseless and asinine in my honest opinion; and not based on his performance today whatsoever. There is absolutely nothing he is working on right now that is any different than it would be as a starter, and stretching him out right now to in AAA, when you are trying to limit his innings, which would actually be extremely counterproductive.
- The Redbeard is back and Tucker is back in AAA. I know Cole is easy to love and root for, but at some point he actually has to be good at baseball as well.
- Hayes just hits, and truth be told I still want to see the league hit back.
- Austin Davis has to feel good after the 60 day IL and the scoreless inning.
- Mentioned earlier, but Oviedo with four K’s in two innings has to make you smile.
There’s an off day after 3 out of 4, so if you are cheering for the #tankforelijah, this probably not good for you.
On Tuesday, JT Brubaker (4-4, 3.74 ERA), toes the rubber against former Pirates 14th Round Draft Pick from 2012, Walker Buehler (4-0, 2.82 ERA).