Sunday, September 30, 2012
Remember in July of last season when the Pirates were flying high, dipping in and out of 1st place in the NL Central?
Two seasons in a row the Pirates have quickly downward spiraled out of relevance. The pitching went to shit and the bats continued not to hit. This is now 20 consecutive losing seasons. That is horrible. Two decades worth of losing in Pittsburgh and that trend doesn't have much hope of stopping anytime soon.
Their pitching staff isn't good enough. Their offense isn't good enough. Their manager isn't good enough. I feel bad saying this, but they suck.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
If the Tigers are able to capture the AL Central division championship, I'm sure Leyland will lean heavily on Alburquerque in the playoffs, especially since Jose Valverde has been faltering recently (or all season long). Imagine a game where it goes either Verlander, Scherzer, or Fister to start, then to Alburquerque, then Benoit, then Valverde. That's scary good!
The Tigers acquired Alburquerque in 2009 for Jeff Baker. Gotta say, that was a steal.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Rick VandenHurk is a terrible pitcher.
The 27 year old right-hander from the Netherlands is in his 6th MLB season. Not sure how he continues to latch on with teams and get called up to the Majors, but he does. His career ERA is 6.11 with a 1.64 WHIP over 49 appearances, 35 of which have been starts. For his career, he has a -1.3 WAR, meaning he's worse than a replacement level pitcher. That number would be much lower too, if not buoyed by his only mediocre season in 2009 when he registered a 0.8 WAR with the Marlins.
Currently VandenHurk is pitching batting practice for the Pirates. That's the kiss of death right there. No way they finish the season above .500 now (it'll be their 20th straight losing season if so).
Not only does he suck at pitching, he's even worse at the plate- .021 batting average (1-47 w/ 31 K).
This season alone he's been in the Blue Jays, Indians, and Pirates organizations. When will everyone get the hint that this guy is bad?