Top of the order up. Would be nice to get at least a run back.
Nice play by Harrison.
99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
Good play by Harrison on a Cozart ground out.
All this talk about Bailey, injury, fatigue, all this speculation.
All I know is that if he doesn't throw a terrible pitch to Marte, this is a 2-2 ballgame and nobody is agonizing about Bailey.
Fact is that all pitchers, particularly in hot climates, probably fatigued by now and many ballplayers have nagging injuries. We know nothing to indicate that Homer has any meaningful physical problem.
He threw a terrible pitch. I find that annoying in a big game like this, but he's just as likely to throw a good game against the Cubs next time. I chalk it up to an instance of bad pitching.
Stubbs grounds out to short.
9 in a row retired since Stubbs homer in the 3rd.
Welp, that sucked.
Bruce strikes out swiging. 4-2 Pirates after 6.
Assume Burnett won't pitch any of the four games against the DBacks. Increases the chance that Arizona will win some of those games, which would be helpful.
Burnett presumably will next pitch against the Padres on Friday night.
AJ Burnett's steps to being a dominate pitcher:
1. Be a consistent disappointment in multiple cities throughout your career, but still get huge contracts.
2. Get hit in the face and fracture eye orbital.
4. Dominate pitcher.
Really missing Votto and Phillips today, especially w/Rolen getting a day off.
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