Thursday wrote:I live near Pittsburgh, and not even I heard about this one.
Hmm, I knew about this like 3 days ago...just wasn't finalized until today.
Well, if he does what he did last year, he'll really make our bullpen look a whole lot better than in years past. Having Hernandez and Torres as righty set-up guys should get us through the 8th inning with the lead (heaven forbid we have one). Grabow and Marte (gulp...although I hope/think he'll end up somewhere else) would be tough lefties that can handle the matchups we need in the 7th and 8th. Gonzalez comes in to close.
Hernandez says that he wanted to pitch "meaningful innings" this year. He says he couldn't do that with the Yankees or any other team with top closers/set up men which would mean he'd pitch the 5th or 6th inning. Unfortunately with the Pirates, he'll probably pitch very few meaningful innings and end up pitching in the 5th and 6th inning anyway.
I went to one Pirates game this past year, and while PNC Park is very, very nice, it was the worst baseball game i was ever at.
It is nice, and yes, the Pirates stink most nights. Luckily out of the 6 games I went to last year I think the Pirates won 4...one of them was that 5-4 comeback win over the Mets where their bullpen completely imploded. Best game I have been to since the first Indians/Pirates 15 inning marathon where Giles jumped off the left field wall to rob them of a HR.