Monday, September 1, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Put me in coach! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road to St Louie as they open up a HUGE 3 game series today against the Cardinals. These are your keys to today's game. 1)In the month of September, the Pirates will play 17 games on the road and only 9 at the friendly confines of PNC Park. The Pirates own the best home record in the NL to go along with the worst road mark. The Pirates need to turn their luck around on the road. Pack up the Jolly Roger and the Hit, Run, & Score! 2)After losing 7 in a row, the Pirates have won 3 straight series, all against division rivals. Get some more. Win series #4! 3) In their last 6 games, the Pirates pitching staff has posted an impressive 1.67 ERA.The Pirates start RH Gerrit Cole, 7-4, 3.65. ERA. Cole opposes St Louie RH Lance Lynn, 14-8, 2.79 ERA.. All aboard the Cole Train! Let's Go Bucs!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

THE BULLPEN

We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher! Your Pittsburgh Pirates conclude their homestand today as they wrap up their series with the Cincy Reds at PNC Park. These are your keys to today's game. 1)The Pirates go for a season-high 5th win in a row. #5 would not be jive! 2)Today's pitching matchup is a replay of last October's wildcard game as Cincy starts RH Johnny Cueto, 15-8, 2.26 ERA. The Pirates counter with lefty Francisco Liriano, 3-10, 3.98 ERA. Cue-to has lost 2 starts in a row.  If it's 3 it's for me! 3) The Pirates have held Cincy to 3 runs in the first 2 games of this series. Kick 'em while they're down & hit 'em with the ol' Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Hey, batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their BIG series with Cincy this afternoon as they face the Reds at PNC Park. These are your keys to today's game. 1)The Pirates have won 6 of their last 8 and go for 4 in a row. Get win #4 with plenty o' Hit, Run, & Score! 2)Cincy has lost 6 consecutive road games. #7 would be heaven! 3)Since June 19, the Pirates lead MLB with a 23-9 home record.  Cincy starts RH Alfred Simon, 13-8, 3.26 ERA. The Pirates counter with RH Vance Worley, 5-4, 3.14 ERA. The Vanimal needs to chew up Cincy while the Bucs feast on the Chicken Alfredo. Love that home cookin'. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

 
 
Woop! Woop! Woop! Every picture tells a story, don't it? Read it & weep Cardinal & Brewer fans!
 
CENTRALWLPCTGBHOMEROADRSRADIFFSTRKL10POFF
Milwaukee7361.545-36-3137-30574547+27Lost 34-680.4
St. Louis7162.5341.539-2732-35498515-17Lost 35-552.0
Pittsburgh7064.522343-2727-37565553+12Won 36-438.2
Cincinnati6570.4818.536-3229-38510501+9Lost 14-62.1
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Friday, August 29, 2014

THE BULLPEN

The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates open up another HUGE series with a division rival tonight as they battle the Cincy Reds at PNC Park. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)After capturing back-to-back series against Milwaukee and St Louie, the Pirates will look to continue improvement of their woeful record against divisional opponents, 26-32. Line 'em up and knock 'em down! 2) Cincy goes with RH Mike Leake, 10-11, 3.51 ERA. The Pirates will give the ball to RH Edinson Volquez, 11-7, 3.56 ERA. Eddy has been steady in his last 6 starts, going 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA. Give Eddy #4 with plenty o' Hit, Run, & Score! 3)Cincy ran all over the Scrubs yesterday in a 7-2 win, stealing 6 bases. Spead kills. Keep them off the basepaths! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!





Thursday, August 28, 2014

BLUES N'AT

    Yesterday, August 27, marked one of the saddest dates in blues history as an icon was taken from us far too soon on this date in 1990. Stevie Ray Vaughan was 35 years old when he died and he was just getting his life and music back on track when he left us.
    
     Stevie Ray was born in Dallas, TX on October 3, 1954. At age 7, he began playing the guitar, just like his older brother, Jimmie. Stevie Ray honed has skills in local bands as a teenager, eventually dropping out of high school in 1971. A year later he made the move to Austin, TX, where his legend would grow.

     SRV played in the Nightcrawlers with Marc Benno and Doyle Bramhall and the Cobras with Denny Freeman. Later, he formed his own band, Triple Threat, featuring vocalist Lou Ann Barton. Eventually, that band would morph into Double Trouble with drummer Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon on bass.

     Relying on influences like Albert King, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Jimi Hendrix, and Freddie King, Stevie Ray and Double Trouble helped spearhead the blues revival of the 1980's. Their breakout performance came at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival. From there, they took off.

     SRV and Double Trouble toured with acts such as Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker. Stevie Ray performed on David Bowie's "Last Dance" album and was expected to join Bowie's "Serious Moonlight" tour. However, SRV took a chance and left Bowie's touring band days before the tour began. He wished to pursue a career fronting Double Trouble.

      In 1983, they released their debut album, "Texas Flood". They followed that up with "Couldn't Stand the Weather" in 1984. As he released "Soul to Soul" in 1985 and "Live Alive" in 1986, the struggles of alcohol and cocaine addiction began to take hold of his career and his life.

     Stevie Ray came back in 1988 with "In Step", celebrating both his music and his newfound sobriety. Next came "Family Style" in 1990 with his brother Jimmie. Yes, Stevie Ray was back "in step" with his music and his career.

     In August, 1990, Double Trouble opened 2 shows for Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. On the second night, August 26, the show ended wth EC, SRV, Jimmie, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray jamming to "Sweet Home Chicago". SRV's helicopter, also carrying members of Clapton's entourage, crashed departing the amphitheater that evening due to foggy weather conditions. All aboard died instantly.

     Just like that, Stevie Ray was gone in an instant. The 6-time Grammy winner has continued to garner accolades, even after his passing. He was a 2000 Blues Hall of Fame inductee. Stevie Ray was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame this year. And his adopted hometown, Austin, TX honored him with a statue, his beloved Fender guitar at his side.

     It seemed like Stevie Ray Vaughan was just getting his life back together when it all ended much too soon. But Stevie Ray was doing what he enjoyed most on the night of his passing, playing the blues for me and for you. Until next time, boys and girls. Keep It Bluesy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their HUGE series with St Louie this afternoon at PNC Park. These are your keys to today's game. 1)The Pirates pulled out a 5-2 win last night thanks to Ike Davis' late inning heroics. Ike found the fence with a 2-out, pinch-hit, 3 run homer to put it in the win column for the Buccos. Today, the Pirates can take the series with another win. Hoist the colors! 2)The Pirates will have their hands full with St Louie RH Adam Wainwright, 15-8, 2.52 ERA. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! 3)The Pirates will go with lefty Jeff Locke, 5-3, 3.69 ERA. Help Lockedown the Cards with a can of Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Bucco fever, catch it! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their HUGE series with the St Louie Cardinals tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pirates have dropped 2 straight, including last night's opener, 3-2. The Bucs grounded into 3 double plays, left 5 men on base, and were a lowly 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position. You can't leave Bucs on the pond. You have to take advantage of opportunities, especially against this team. Take Care of Business. Score early, score often, score BIG! 2)St Louie starts RH Lance Lynn, 14-8, 2.78 ERA. Lynn has won 3 in a row. Don't give him #4. Hit, Run & Score! 3)All aboard the Cole Train as the Pirates start RH Gerrit Cole, 7-4, 3.69 ERA. In his 2 outings vs. St Louie this season, Cole has given up just 3 runs in 14 innings. Get the Pirates on the right track and back in the win column! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!