Sunday, May 30, 2010

Free Fallin'. Bucs LOSE

3 9 0 4
6 9 0 8

Despite a fairly good effort from Brian Burres, an early lead was blown yet again and the Bucs offense failed to do anything about it.  The Pirates were just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, a stat that has to improve if the Pirates want any chance of getting back in the hunt.  Some longish win streaks will probably have to take place.  Not impossible for this team, but close to it.  I still believe that the system Neal Huntington is putting in place will pay off with a much greater probability than Dave Littlefield's system, but it means that there will be some really lean years without many offensive stars and this will probably be one of them.  I just keep reminding myself that once Alvarez et al. get the call up, things will get better.  Probably not right away (not this season), but within a year or two things will start paying off.

Anyway, Neil Walker continues to pound the ball, hitting 2 for 3 with a double that was about 5 feet away from being a home run.  His AVG/OBP/SLG right now is .350/.381/.550, which is amazing if he keeps it up.  Of course he hasn't taken many at bats so his numbers will continue to fluctuate pretty wildly until he takes about 100 or so.

The other multi-hit player in this game was Ronny Cedeno, who is hitting like he was at the beginning of the season.

Cutch hit his first homer in quite a while, a solo shot in the 3rd.  Despite the fact that his average is still high enough for 5th in the NL, it still seemed like he wasn't hitting it quite the way he was last year.  If he gets back to that level, he could be up for the batting title.

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