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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Andrew McCutchen Activated From the DL, Michael Martinez Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Michael Martinez to Indianapolis. Today was the first day that McCutchen was eligible to come off the disabled list, and it was expected over the last two days that he would be activated tonight. He is in the lineup, batting third and playing center field.

As an added bonus, Jordy Mercer is back in the lineup tonight, after missing the last four games. The lineup is as follows.

The big surprise there — or maybe not so much of a big surprise based on recent performance — is that Travis Snider is starting over Gregory Polanco. Overall, this looks like the best lineup the Pirates have had all month.

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R Edwards

Given tonight’s horrendous results and the ongoing negative trending, I would like to see this team move away from a rotation that is largely made up of reclamation projects – although they have had their moments and have been good stories at times – and start showing some confidence in their own young pitching prospects.

Although I doubt if the team will do it, I would part ways with at least Liriano and Morton. Liriano is way too inconsistent to be counted on. Tonight was a prime example. Had a chance to be the team’s stopper and stop the bleeding – instead got shelled. Morton, IMHO, just does not have the mental toughness to ever be a consistent winner. He often looks great for 3, 4, 5 innings – and then usually falls apart with a big inning. They’ve given plenty of opportunity and he’s not a kid anymore.

As for Volquez and Worley, IMHO their fate will be determined by how they pitch down the stretch. I am not confident that Worley will finish strong – but time will tell. Next year, I would go with Cole, Locke, possibly Volquez – and two young starters from the group of Cumpton, Sadler, Kingham, and Sampson. Glasnow is still a year away and I doubt that Taillon pitches in Pittsburgh next year. He will need a year just to get back to where he was – if he does that.

Davis and Sanchez both need to go – first base has been a disaster. Maybe Lambo/Alvarez and a RH hitting veteran could platoon there next year? Then let Alvarez walk after next year. Martin will be an expensive signing – and I think someone will throw the mint at him and sign him away from the Pirates. See if Sanchez and Diaz can split the catching duties nest Spring. Or, consider bringing in a LH hitting catcher – if one hits the market that is decent.

Since I don’t think we re-sign Martin, the biggest we need we have in the off season, IMHO, will be a real closer. So Watson, Wilson, and Melancon can all go back to their previous roles.

Jared

Wow. Boy-oh-boy do the Pirates suck right now. 7-game losing skid going into tomorrow and a Friday start of the series against Milwaukee. Not lookin good folks…

bucsws2014

Cumpton looked good and Cutch doesn’t look like he’s off by much. Mercer concerns me a bit. Bravos are en fuego right now having just swept A’s and finally finding their offense.

We’ll see. Lots of rats left the ship last year when Bucs were swept badly by Cards in mid-September as part of a four-game skid.

If nothing else, this squad has proven resilient. It ain’t over till it’s over.

freddylang

Ahhhh….I needed some good news after the Ohio State Braxton Miller injury.

John Lease

The long national nightmare that was Michael Martinez is over. Please, PLEASE DFA him. A guy who has never hit over .200 in 4 big league seasons? The why of claiming him can be discussed another day, just make it impossible for him to ever return, please.

smurph

Snider has been hot and Gregory could use a day off. He’ll be back on Wednesday.

79Mag

What I want to know, is who is writing that lineup card? That is some impressive penmanship!!

freddylang

Calligraphy is not a dead art.

S Brooks

Activating Cutch and optioning Martinez is like getting two upgrades at the same time.

deacs

Agreed. Mercer back just sweetens the pot. Morel goes down tomorrow when Cole comes back?

S Brooks

Presumably, since Nix can play (albeit poorly) all over the diamond. Nix will be the last domino to fall when Barmes returns.

IC Bob

For some reason they are slow playing Barmes recovery so they can bring him up Sept 1st. So I think we are going to have to stomach Nix for 10 more games. It will be nice knowing we don’t have Martinez or Morel on the bench after tomorrow.

Dom DiDominic

Well, Barmes has been out a long time. Needs time to get back into playing shape. With Mercer back, not huge hurry for Barmes, but want his D in September.

Jared

The way the Pirates are going it is going to take a LOT for September to really matter.

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