I’ve had a whirlwind weekend away from the blogosphere. (I took a trip up to Mendocino and got engaged! Which I suppose is one of the few good excuses for missing the games this weekend.) So I apologize for the lack of game recaps and such, but it seems like the Pirates played decently well in their three games against the Reds; Jeff Locke pitched pretty well yesterday and the Buccos’ efforts were mostly foiled by bad defense, although the comebacks to tie it up in the eighth and the ninth seemed exciting. However, the bullpen spoiled the day again, losing ties in the eighth, ninth, and finally in the eleventh to put the Buccos down for good.
You can’t win every game and the Pirates certainly had a good week, putting them at spot #5 in Jonah Keri’s The 30. The string of games against division rivals continues this week with three against the Cubs, followed by series against the Cardinals, Reds again, and Cubs again. This is going to be perhaps one of the most important stretches in the Pirates’ season; the added importance of divisional games cannot be overstated. While the Pirates got off to a decent start against the Reds, they can’t be letting games slip away from them against the Cubs like they did yesterday.
First pitch tonight is at 7:05pm EDT. Gerrit Cole is on the mound looking to get after the vaunted Cubs lineup; his foil for the Cubs is Jason Hammel, who has pitched well this year, albeit with two starts against the Reds. Let’s see how he does with a real lineup. It sure would be nice for the Pirates to get a series win against the Cubs and really announce their presence to the whole league as division contenders. Go Bucs!