Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Get in the fast lane, Grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll; it's a great day for playoff hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins continue their 2nd round playoff series with the Washington Capitals tonight at Consol Energy Center. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens took a 2 games to 1 lead in this series with Monday's 3-2 victory. Rookie G Matt Murray was phenomenal, stopping 47 out of 49 shots. Murray is a Monster! 2)Good thing the rook had such a good game because the rest of the team seemed like they were sinking in quick sand with sloppy play all the way around. They were lucky to get the W on Monday but if they continue to perform this poorly, they may not be so lucky again. And they'll have to do so without suspended D Kris Letang. It's time for everyone to step up and shut 'em down! 3)The power play has been powerless, going 0 for 10 in this series. Opponents won't mind committing penalties as much against a power play with no power. Power up that power play with Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!



THE BULLPEN

     Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Let's play two! Our Pittsburgh Pirates close out their homestand with a matinee vs the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Before Mrs. Black-N-Gold gives you her keys for today's game, she'd like to review last night's crushing 7-1 loss to the Cubs since she was in attendance. A 7-1 loss? Actually there were some good things about this game. 1)Mrs. Black-N-Gold and Brother Black-N-Gold had excellent seats in section 127(on a BOGO deal, no less). 2)There didn't seem to be many Woo Birds out last night. 3)The Pirates made no errors. 4)Cubs RH Jake Arrieta didn't no-hit them. 5)Parking at Rivers Casino is free (and we got our exercise waking to and fro). Now, on to business.
     These are your keys for today's game. 1)Last night, Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen chased a ball towards the notch that ended up bouncing off of Cutch's glove. The official scorer scored it as a hit but considering it hit off of Cutch's glove, Mrs. Black-N-Gold wondered if it should have been an error. This isn't the first time this week the "Outfield of Dreams" has looked like a nightmare. In her season preview, Mrs. Black-N-Gold said that this team needed it's outfield of Cutch, LF Starling Marte and RF Gregory Polanco to lead the way. Well, Cutch has mostly been stuck in an early-season slump and Marte and Polanco, although batting in the .300-range, have been prone to mental miscues. It's time for the Outfield of Dreams to wake up. Dream on! 2)Following last night's loss, the Bucs have lost 3 straight. In the 2 they've dropped to the Cubs, they've only scored 3 runs. We need more Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Cubs start LH Jon Lester, 2-1, 1.83 ERA. The Buccos go with RH Juan Nicasio, 3-2, 3.33 ERA. Put Juan in the win column! If the Pirates want to be taken seriously as contenders, they need to contend with the big boys. Otherwise, they're destined to eat at the kiddie table. My, this Kool-Aid is tasting a little bitter this morning.  Let's Go Bucs!!!!!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Take me out to the ballgame! That's right, Mrs. Black-N-Gold and Brother Black-N-Gold will be in attendance tonight at PNC Park when our Pittsburgh Pirates clash with the Chicago Cubs. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Bucs look to get back in the win column following last night's crushing 7-2 loss. That's 2 straight. Right the ship and find the win colunn! 2)The Pirates will face the man who ended their season last October, RH Jake Arrieta, 5-0, 1.00 ERA. It's payback time. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD; Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Buccos send LH Jon Niese to the mound. Niese is off to a 3-0 start with a 5.08 ERA. Another win for Niese would be nice! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Monday, May 2, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Mrs. Black-N-Gold is smiling like a butcher's dog 'cause it's a great day for playoff hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the Washington Capitals tonight at Consol Energy Center for game 3 of their 2nd round series. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)During their round 1 win over the NY Rangers, the Pens won 2 of 3 on home ice. There's no place like home! 2)When leading after the 2nd period, the Pens are 43-0-0. Score early, score often, score BIG Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)The Pens have suffered a power shortage on the power play in this series. They're 0 for 7 with the man-advantage through the 1st 2 games. Take advantage of the man-advantage. Man-up! Let's Go Pens!!!


THE BULLPEN

     Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Sa-wing, batter! Our Pittsburgh Pirates open a 3-game series tonight against the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates look to get back in the win column following yesterday's 6-5 loss to Cincy in 11 innings. Gimme a W! 2)In the defeat, the Pirates committed 4 errors. Tighten up that D! 3)The Bucs will face Cubs RH Jason Hammel, 3-0, 0.75 ERA. The Pirates will start RH Gerrit Cole, 2-2, 2.78 ERA. Fuel the Cole Train with some Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Our Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their 3-game set with the Cincy Reds this afternoon at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)With last night's 5-1 routing of the Reds, the Buccos closed out the month of April with 15 wins. They're 15-9 and in 2nd place in the NL Central, 3 games in back of the Chicago Cubs. Make some hay in May! 2)The Bucs have won 6 straight. They look to clean house and sweep the Reds back to Cincy. Break out the brooms! 3)The Pirates are 3rd in the NL in runs scored with 124, behind St Louie and the Cubs. We need more Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Great balls of fire, it's a great day for playoff hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins continue their 2nd round series tonight with the Capitals in DC. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Thursday night's Game 1 loss, 4-3 in OT, could have gone either way. The Pens played good enough to win, but bad enough to lose. They need to steal a win in Washington to even the series. Don't let the Caps dictate play. Play your game. Score early, score often, score BIG! 2)The Pens led the 1st game in shots, 45-35. But Caps G Braden Holtby, a Vezina Trophy finalist, turned away 42 shots from the Black-N-Gold. Keep on Holtby's case and in his face. Hit him with Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)Caps F TJ Oshie may be an Olympic hero but he has become a pest to the Pens, especially following Thursday's hat trick that included the game winner. Be mindful of Ovie and Oshie. Keep them out of the net and off the scoresheet. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD! Let's Go Pens!!!