The Pirates won 12-1 yesterday, but a 12-1 win is the same as a 2-1 win and you’re only as good as your next day’s starter. A bunch of other baseball clichés apply here, but the fact of the matter is that the Cubs thumped the Cards last night and fended off a comeback today to win 9-8, which is nice for the Pirates but at the same time means they need to keep their foot on the gas and keep trying to win against teams that aren’t as good as them, several of which are on the schedule consecutively now.
Hopefully yesterday’s HBP shenanigans don’t carry over into today’s game, although playing against the Snakes, of course it will. We don’t need Cutch/Marte/Polanco (CMP sundae!) taking one in the ribs over some silly machismo tomfoolery that no one cares about.
Jeff Locke is on the mound today and has been doing his best Jeff Locke impression this season. His game scores, in order from the beginning of the season, go like this: 53, 41, 3, 68, 61, 51, 33, 61. That’s pretty damn inconsistent, but it’s also enough to keep stringing him along in the rotation, as has been the case for his whole career, because he has good starts often enough that he’s a good fifth pitcher.
The plan remains the same as it has for the Pirates all season: score some runs, score some more, and hope you scored enough that the bullpen can pull it out for you.