Ok who wants on the walkoff bandwagon? The wagon will be closed promptly as soon as the inning starts. Those not on board before will be excluded from out post game celebration.
How about an inning like the 8th we had two nights ago, guys? Two solo HR would be a perfect way to end the night. Quick and to the point.
Phillips, Bruce, and Frazier in the ninth to hit against Grilli.
In all seriousness, I've said that until Cole was promoted, I wouldn't view them as serious contenders. Well guess what just happened. D'oh.
I sure don't see them being able to topple both the Reds and Cards to win the division. I'd give them a 5 percent chance of doing so.
Now as for the wildcard...the rest of the NL aside from the Central has really underperformed to this point in my opinion. That gives the Bucs (and the second place team of the Reds/Cards) a big headstart for the Wildcard. Without diving into things I still don't believe in Pitt over a 162 game season...but I'd give them a 30 percent chance to make the playoffs right now.
They certainly don't frighten me though.
I see no reason to expect different unless they show some improvement now.
Time for a rally!
The Pirates win on pitching. Their hitting is putrid and their fielding is sorry, but they can pitch and in this series, they have been stellar. And with everyone on the team struggling at the plate, Cozart's brain cramps in the field, it was the perfect storm. It points out the left field problem and the loss of a true cleanup hitter. That said, the Reds could fall back a long way before this is over, but it is a long season.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Grilli gets a little more stucco on his ball thanks to that hair that just happens to appear as if he just got out of the shower