May 7, 2007

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Pirates have gone 6-7 over the 13 games since the last offday. Not exactly stellar numbers, at least they are in the win column at home. They are now 5-8 at home and 8-9 on the road. On Deck are the Cubs in Chicago. Chicago is on a 5 game winning streak going into the series, while the Pirates are on a 3 game losing bend.

The way the season has gone so far, I almost expect the Pirates to start another short winning streak while in Chicago. Alright, I will make a prediction that the Pirates will take 2 of 3 from the Cubs.

Now to "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

The Good:
The easy target is Ryan Doumit. Who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth since so little had been good in the last 13 games.

Doumit has been raking since his call up from Indy. He is now batting .441 on the season with 2 homers and 7 RBI. The added bonus is another left handed bat available in the lineup. The best part of his stats is his playing time. Tracy is finding ways to get his bat in the lineup.

An honorable good mention goes to Adam LaRoche who has gone 5 for 11 since his Friday tape session. He is batting .316 in the merry month of May with only 3 strikeouts raising his average 70 points to a still anemic .167.

Sanchez is batting .364 in May.

The Bad:
It has been a brutal Month of May for Bay .211, Bautista .111, Duffy .130 and Paulino .222. With as poor as the bats have been to start the month we are looking at a team of defensive specialists...

With no range at all.

The defense has been bad as well, though the number of errors hide that fact well. Dejan ran an article on it here, so I won't recap the entire article.

The Ugly:
Losing 10-0 to the Brewers, the worst shutout since 2002 for the Pirates. That says a lot considering how bad teams have been in recent decades, er, seasons. Just when you thought the Pirates could not play any worse than they had been...
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