Saturday, June 26, 2010
Sailing on choppy waters
The Pittsburgh Pirates have continued to lose since our last post with a sweep at the hands of the Rangers and then a bullpen devastation in Oakland.
I only have to miss one more game (should see the Sunday game) and then things are back to normal between seeing games again and the abomination that is interleague play leaves for the season.
The ship pushes off with a move by the Pirates that we described as possibly being a panic move at the time of the deal that now brings back memories of Captain Dave Littlefield.
The Pirates designated Dana Eveland for assignment after he pitched in just three games (1 start,2 relief) in the under a month stay in Pittsburgh after being picked up from Toronto.I questioned the move at the time and even more so now.
Eveland was awful in his outings,but not much worse than he had been with the Blue Jays,so what did the Pirates see that made them suddenly think that he wasn't worth having?
To me,Eveland looked like the same pitcher that he had always been.
Toronto has moved Ronald Uviedo to the starting rotation at AA New Hampshire and he has pitched well there.
Could this be Neal Huntington's version of Matt Herges for Chris Young?
A long way to go to find out,but it sure hasn't started well.
Zach Duke was placed on the disabled list,which will likely cost any value that the Pirates might have been able to have for him at the trade deadline.
Daniel McCutchen replaces him in the rotation for now,but Charlie Morton will likely be the long term replacement upon his return from Indianapolis.
Steven Jackson and Justin Thomas were promoted from Indianapolis for a few days.
Jackson could be returned as early as tonight to make room for Daniel McCutchen.
Indianapolis added two players from the Altoona Curve that have somewhat revived their prospect status as Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley were called up.
No word on Moskos being used as the Indy closer,but I would hope he is used in a one inning capacity of some type in order to prepare him for Pittsburgh.
Neil Walker hit a homer last night as well as his head against Ryan Church's knee.
Walker was forced from the game and is listed as day to day for now.
Back tomorrow with a quick look at the Devils second round selection and maybe some other small things as well..