Thursday, April 27, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Eddie spaghetti, it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs where they'll faceoff against the Washington Capitals tonight in Game 1. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Caps won the President's Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. However, the Pens were the highest scoring team. It's all about the Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! 2)The Pens did not get off to great starts in their games against Columbus in the 1st round. Take the Caps and the crowd out of it early. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)Caps G Braden Holtby is a Vezina Trophy finalist. Pens F Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup Champion. Get on Holtby's case and in his face! Let's Go Pens!!!!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE BULLPEN

     I'm ready to play today! Our Pittsburgh Pirates close out their homestand tonight with the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The good news; The Pirates weren't embarrassed in their latest loss, 1-0 to the Cubs last night. The bad news: it still goes in the loss column. The good news: The Bucs only committed 1 error last night. The bad news: That 1 error led to that lone run. Even when the Pirates do better, they do bad. They try to salvage a win tonight to end this homestand. Right the ship. Find the win column. Raise the Jolly Roger! 2)The Bucs have scored just 5 runs in their last 3 games. You gotta find a way to get the runners home. Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates face Cubs lefty Jon Lester, 0-0, 2.66 ERA. RH Tyler Glasnow, 0-1, 7.94 ERA, will go for the Buccos. Glasnow has shown improvement as his ERA has gone down from 27.00 but he still has that dear-in-the-headlights look. Lester is notorious for refusing to throw to 1st base when a runner is on. If, and with this team that's a big IF, we can get on base, we better run, run away. Stop SUCKN and start BUCN! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE BULLPEN

     Put me in coach! Our Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Chicago Cubs tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)What a shame it is when you spend all day looking forward to watching your team play later that night only to see that team not show up. That was the case last night when the Cubs crushed the Pirates 14-3. I don't know about you, but Mrs. Black-N-Gold is not the least bit impressed with the Bucs jack of all trades/master of none bench. To have 1 super-utility man is 1 thing (think 2014 JHay or last season's SRod) but to have an entire bench full of them? That's just ridiculous. This continues to become more and more apparent. Especially now that UTIL Adam Frazier is on the 10 day DL with a hammy. What does the Pittsburgh Baseball Club do? They call up RH Dovydas Neverauskas from Indy. Too bad the Bucs gave away 3 outfielders within the last year: Wily Garcia-waived in the offseason, off to a scorching start at Triple A & played in the White Sox All-Garcia outfield last week, Keon Broxton-expected to be a breakout star for the Brewers this year after coming over for perpetual Triple A player Jason Rogers a few years ago, Harold Ramirez-part of the Liriano salary dump. True, all of these players were let go because we had The Outfield of Dreams. Well that dream is now officially a nightmare. The face that the FO didn't prepare for this is what's most frustrating. Sure, you can't prepare for a suspension but it's not like Marte and Polanco haven't been injury riddled during their careers. Speaking of Polanco, please put his picture on the side of a milk carton because this kid has disappeared. In other words, ya need to do more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The clock struck midnight on the Pirates last night as the starting pitching, their one saving grace, turned into a pumpkin. We'll see if RH Gerrit Cole, 1-2, 4.70 ERA. can get this team back on the winning track. All aboard the Cole Train for a win! 3)On the bright side of last night's fiasco (you mean there's a bright side?), the Bucs only recorded 2 errors in the game. That's impressive that this team's run total exceeded their errors. But still, the miscues continue. Gimme a D! Gimme a Fense! What's that spell? D-Fense! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Monday, April 24, 2017

THE BULLPEN

     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Our Pittsburgh Pirates open a 3-game set tonight vs the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates took 2 outta 3 from the Yanks thanks to yesterday's 2-1 victory. It's the 1st time this season the Bucs have scored less than 4 and walked away with a win. Give us some more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)Remember last weekend, when the Pirates went to Wrigley and swept the World Champs? Yeah, I do, too. Repeat the sweep! 3)Cubs LH Brett Anderson, 1-0, 4.40 ERA, will face Pirates RH Chad Kuhl, 1-1, 2.60 ERA. The Bucs starting pitching has been tremendous, of late. Their defense has  been suspect, at best. Don't waste this great pitching by leaving outs on the field. Tighten up the D! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

THE BULLPEN

     There is no joy in Mudville! Our Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series vs the New York Yankees this afternoon at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)It looked like the Pirates may finally be breaking out of their early season malaise with Friday night's 6-3 win over the Baby Bombers but it was not meant to be. This is especially true after yesterday's latest loss, an 11-5 embarrassment. The Bucs built an early 3-0 lead only to find themselves down 5-3. They clawed their way back to tie it just to let it slip throw their fingers, both figuratively and literally. This team couldn't even catch a cold right now thanks to their Bad News Bears-like defense. And that bullpen? It's more bullsh*t than anything. You've got to know when to hold 'em! 2)This was the 1st time this season the Pirates scored 4 or more runs in a game and came away with a loss. We need more Hit, Run, & Score! 3)This finale will mark the 1st time this season the Pirates will not sweep or be swept. Have you ever heard of Yankee pot roast? Well, the Buccos need to make some Yankee meatloaf. 2 outta 3 ain't bad! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!




Friday, April 21, 2017

THE BULLPEN

    One, two, three strikes, you're out! Our Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series today against the NY Yankees at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates got back in the win column last night with a 6-3 win in the series opener. The victory was fueled by homers from SS Jordy Mercer and 1B Josh Bell. Chicks dig the long ball! 2)The Bucs brought their bats but continue to struggle with the glove. They committed 3 errors last night to give them 14 miscues in 16 games. Only Oakland and Arizona have more errors. De-Fense! 3)RH Michael Pineda, 2-1, 3.44 ERA, goes for the Yanks. The Buccos counter with RH Jameson Taillon, 1-0, 0.90 ERA. Taillon has been phenomenal so far this season. He's not always been backed by the Bucs bats. Give the kid a cushion. Give him more Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


THE BULLPEN

    Take me out to the ballgame! Our Pittsburgh Pirates return home to PNC Park tonight to begin a 3-game series with the New York Yankees. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following their 3rd straight 2-1 defeat in St Louie, it's become clear that the wind was blowing out of the Windy City last weekend when the Bucs swept the Cubs, 'cause the offense is gone with the wind. Wake up the bats. There's always room for more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Speaking of scoring, the Bucs are undefeated when scoring 4 or more runs in a game. Meanwhile, they're winless when they score less then 4 runs in a game. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, 2-0, 1.47 ERA gets the start tonight. He'll face Pirates RH Tyler Glasnow, 0-1, 12.15 ERA. Glasnow has his ERA down from 27.00 after his 1st start to 12.75 following his 2nd game. Has that what the Pittsburgh Baseball Club has become? We're encouraged when a guy is toting an ERA north of 12 into a game? I realize Glasnow is young and he's got electric stuff but enough already. What's all this lying around stuff? Yes, Marte is lost for half a season. But it's not over until we decide it is. Stop SUCKN and start BUCN! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!