Yep, I know Jeff Karstens has been back, but tonight was the Karstens I know and love. The guy just throws strikes. Something during previous seasons was frustratingly lacking. This guy is a very solid #3 starter (Erik Bedard is 4th). I sincerely believe the Bucs can make the playoffs, but they do have many players with unproven track records, or proven records of inconsistency. Karstens is consistently competitive.
I think Kevin Correia is fine at #5, but I don’t rely on Bedard staying healthy. I think Brad Lincoln’s next try at the rotation will have him stick. So, I’m not anxious for the Pirates to seek pitching heading into the trade deadline in a few weeks, but I would still like to see them explore hitting. But… the only player I am anxious about them replacing is Clint Barmes. Since I think catchers are a large part of pitching success, I do not want to see them make a change from Michael McKenry or Clint Barajas. Well, I do… but, not necessarily this season. Call it paranoia.
- I thought Pedro Alvarez had some tough strike calls go against him tonight.
- Drew Sutton is having a nice ride, even with his base-running mistake.
- I’m ready for Pedro to move up a spot in the lineup. Being protected in the lineup by Michael McKenry just doesn’t make sense. I know having Garrett Jones and Pedro back to back in the lineup does present a concern of two lefty batters together, but that is what pinch hitters are for. I’m not ready for Pedro to be the clean up hitter yet, though… call it paranoia.