There was some big news earlier today, which I’m sure everyone has read by now. Bryan Reynolds signed a long-term deal. I gave my thoughts on the deal and what it means for the Pirates.
PIRATES VS DODGERS
Game Time: 6:35 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Johan Oviedo, RHP (2-1, 2.22)
Dodgers Starter: Noah Syndergaard RHP (0-3, 4.91)
Back to work.
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INDIANAPOLIS VS COLUMBUS
Game Time: 6:35 PM EST
Projected Starter: Chase De Jong (NR)
Cody Bolton is pitching great in relief, with a 2.38 ERA and a 14:2 K/BB ratio in 11.2 innings. Daniel Zamora gives the Pirates some lefty depth in Triple-A, currently with a 3.68 ERA and a 12:2 K/BB ratio in 7.1 innings. Hunter Stratton has a 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings with 19 strikeouts, although his eight walks are cause for concern.
ALTOONA AT READING
Game Time: 11:00 AM EST
Projected Starter: Kyle Nicolas, RHP (1-1, 5.79)
Altoona played an early game, and lost 11-5 to Reading. I’ll save the recap for the nightly Prospect Watch, but I do want to note the performance of Kyle Nicolas. The right-hander gave up seven runs, all unearned, on nine hits. Most of the damage came in the fourth inning. What I find encouraging is that Nicolas didn’t walk a batter today. While you don’t want to see so many runs or hits in 4.2 innings, the fact that Nicolas had good control for a second straight start is a positive.
GREENSBORO VS ROME
Game Time: 6:00 PM EST
Projected Starter: Anthony Solometo (0-0, 5.25)
Jase Bowen has been on fire in Greensboro so far, hitting .353/.411/.706 with five homers in 51 at-bats. This isn’t just a product of the home park. He’s got a .994 OPS and two of those homers on the road. This is a great beginning to the season for the young outfielder. Abrahan Gutierrez returned.
BRADENTON AT DUNEDIN
Game Time: 6:30 PM EST
Projected Starter: Dominic Perachi (0-0, 7.11)
Enmanuel Terrero has been hitting well in Bradenton, with a .353/.460/.549 line in 51 at-bats. We’ve got an article on the left fielder coming up this week. As I noted in my column notes today, I’m very glad to see Javier Rivas on a nice run of hitting over the last week, after struggling with strikeouts at the beginning of the year. Rodolfo Nolasco returned.
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It seems silly to get hung on an April loss… but man that was a heartbreaker.
Can’t win ‘em all, but that’s a bad loss. Had the game and pissed it away. It’s only one game but this kind of loss can linger. Hope the veterans handle this one in the clubhouse so they can come out tomorrow and start a new winning streak.
This is not an overreaction, but I’ve been ‘shopping’ for a high leverage reliever that might make sense in a trade to take over the 8th and close when Bednar is not available. The name that interest me is KC’s closer, Barlow. Something like Nicolas and Nolasco should get it done.
Yeah, frustrating loss as lots of little mistakes added up. Stephenson and Holderman were already making me anxious, and I’d been a little frustrated in the Reds series that they couldn’t add more runs in the middle and late innings. Tonight those concerns came to fruition.
I’m all about Holderman in the 8th but he’s flirted with trouble in more outings than not , this was probably due
Losing is no fun
New winning streak starts tomorrow…
Well, time to start a new winning streak tomorrow, eh?
Does Maggi get his “Hattie, grab a bat moment”?
Not the magical moment we all expected.
After his 1st few years in the league he has not been good with bases loaded.
Man, I hope that bunt was Bae’s idea.
In the words of Buford T Justice……Sumbich!
Just too many walks…
And a bomb, obviously. Smh.
Been a while since we have seen Hernandez. Not exactly a low leverage situation either
A bit of a change in how Shelton is using his pen this year 😁
And he looks good
Bold prediction: Hernandez is one the 3-5 best relievers in all of baseball within three years. Dude is untouchable when he’s throwing strikes.
He seems serviceable. I’m actually more concerned that DUJ is coming in next.
Take that Fangraphs that still has him at a 20 for defense!
Amazing larceny from Suwinski! What a catch!
So the Pirates couldn’t do much against any of the Reds’ pitchers, but they’ve stomped all over S****y Thor. Ah, baseball.
Reds actually have some good young starters. Too bad they haven’t put a team around them.
I wonder if they were fatigued at the end. Still hit just enough to win, but maybe weren’t as sharp
I remember when Mets fans thought they were set for years with Syndergaard and Matt Harvey. Pitchers will break your heart.
We should definitely extend Mitch Keller, right?
That rotation in 2015 got them to the WS, albeit they lost. Harvey, Thor, DeGrom, Colon, and our good friend Jonathan Niese. It was essentially Harvey’s last year as a competitive pitcher.
Well before I moved to Pgh, I was a Mets fan in CT, and I still remember the vaunted “Generation K” starters that were going to be the lynchpin for future championships: Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher. Major arm problems for all three.
Mike Wazowski for 2 off the Clemente wall!
League, be alarmed. Suwinski is now hitting off lefties.
It’d be nice to stop the error count at 3
Thor badmouthed the Pirates a few years ago. I’m enjoying this beatdown!
Just when I thought Cutch’s AB against shitty Syndergaard didn’t quite look good, he hits a HR off of him.
Let’s keep this lead and have Maggi hit!!!!
( you…..jinxed him…..)
OMG OMG OMG OMG
lets go bucs!
And looks like Hedges is fine
This is hilarious. Bae is hitting poorly hit groundballs and yet it’s a hit because he’s so fast
Has anyone seen a Pirates commercial so far in the season? Whether the highlight or baseball zen thing
They have the baseball zen on Cutch 1st at bat at PNC.
OK looking forward to it. So far I feel like I saw 100 of those Ohtani WBC ones and Yankees rookie getting his first hit.
Please, buccos, score more runs so Maggi can bat! 🙏🏻
Welp, hope this means Johan is locked in now and he can get in 3-4 good innings together.
What an inning. ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥 so close! Maybe next time, immaculate inning
Has Marcano hit a HR in the majors yet? That was a long fly out. Bummer
Last year he hit a couple off the Dodgers. Two of their better pitchers.
Last year in Dodger stadium
Hmmm dodgers…hmmmmm 🤔
Oh god. This is not how I wished to see Davis nor Endy. Is Hedges okay
Was scared there for a second…….whew!!!
All these errors really not helping Oviedo.
Unable to watch game/series since I live in LA territory, what was the Bae error?
Basically ran a long way and then…..overran a pop up between 1st and 2nd……. Would have been a bloop hit if anyone else in CF. I guess he is still learning stuff like that …..
Ok I just rewinded. Bae ran a long way but then when the ball was dropping he.. hopped? And the ball just hit his gloves and fell. Have no idea why he hopped. His “swagger” disturbs me
Think he thought he overran it
…i wasn’t paying attention so I don’t know the details yet but I think I heard it hit off his glove.
UGH! What a catch.
Damn you Peralta!
I really wish we show Syndergaard how shitty the Pirates can be.. starting with that swinging bunt type hit 🤭
One back !!
Let’s go Bucs! Rough first with some unfortunate runs.