Sunday, May 13, 2007
The bats come alive
The Pirates' offense played Jekyll and Hyde this weekend against the Braves. On Saturday they produced one run on seven hits, and Chuck James had a no-hitter going in the 7th inning. Today they banged out 18 hits while winning by a score of 13-2. Granted, this was not Glavine, Smoltz or Maddux. But the ability of the opposing pitcher has not been a factor in our offensive struggles of 2007. This was just a fun game to watch.
The Pirates seemed to be reaching base almost at will today, but do not discount the effect of the Braves defense. They played like it was a Sunday afternoon softball game. Only one error was officially credited and all 13 runs were earned, but they were throwing the ball all over the place. It was nice to benefit from some sloppy play by an opponent.
Ian Snell was lights out as usual. He finished with a line of 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, and threw 73 of his 103 pitches for strikes. The win makes him 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 2007. Before the season, many people made the claim that this team had several back of the rotation type starters, but no clear-cut ace. That is no longer the case. Ian Snell is officially the ace of this staff. It makes articles such as this one seem so much more ridiculous. Maybe Jim Tracy took my advice and used this magazine to motivate Ian Snell. Maybe that is why he is pitching like he wants an All-Star appearance in July. (Note: The whole article is ridiculous, but I am speaking mostly of the last paragraph.)