I was out with some friends last night and didn’t get much of a chance to watch the Pirates’ win yesterday, which is disappointing in that I missed the first edition of the Kang show this year. It’s awesome to see him come out, bomb some dingers, and get everyone hype, including Korean broadcasters:
Listening to these guys call his home runs never gets old and is maybe the best thing about him being back.
He also played some pretty great defense, which is arguably better to see because his range could be limited if he’s still timid on that knee. One thing that amazes me is how quickly he came back from this injury; this seems to be part of a larger (and relatively suspicious, if you ask me) trend of shorter recovery times for injuries, but everyone is doing it, so hey, why not Kang?
Liriano’s fantastic start with 10 strikeouts and a game score of 67 was overshadowed by the Kang Show, but it’s good to see that at least one of the starters might be able to be consistently relied upon this year.
Today’s game was exactly how you expect Pirates-Cardinals games to be if you’ve watched any of them at all for the past couple years. The Pirates got a decent start from Jeff Locke, they were losing late, they came back to score when they were down to their last strike, and blew it in the bottom half of the inning to give the Cardinals a walkoff win. Making it more frustrating was the fact that Marte’s ground-rule double (not a book-rule double, you nerds) should have scored Polanco from first since it was a 3-2 count with 2 outs. Everything else seems to be up for review these days, so this seems like one of those things that should be at the umpires discretion, especially when the runner is already going.
Of course, none of this matters because A.J. Schugel came in and gave up a home run to Matt Carpenter and the Pirates lost. Meanwhile, the Cubs came back against the Nats and won again; with each passing day, it seems less and less likely that the Pirates are in contention for the division, even though it’s only May. The Pirates winning some more games would help to mitigate that feeling, but that’s something that we’ll have to see out of them moving forward.
The rubber match tomorrow pits Gerrit Cole against Michael Wacha-Flacha-Lame. Hopefully Cole has some more fire than he did last start and can help the Pirates stay ahead of the Cards in the standings.