The Tale of the Pirate’s Pen

Last night’s loss was tough to swallow. It was a comeback wasted after Milwaukee destroyed the Buc’s bullpen torching the staff for 5 runs. Jeff Karstens began the game and lobbed 3 homerun balls to Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron respectively. Jesse Chavez first relieved Karstens in the 6th and did a quality job. Chavez looked demanding and controlling getting batts to pop up. At the beginning of the year I questioned the move to make him a go-to-guy out of the pen, but he has since proved me wrong. Tyler Yates on the other hand has proved me right. I’ve never been a fan of the guy and he has given me no real reason to support him.

Yates has a record of 0- on the young season, the loss coming in last night’s game, and a dismal era of 9.95. In only 6.1 innings pitched he has walked 4 batters, given up 7 earned runs and has successfully made me cringe and sweat upon his appearances on the mound.

John Grabow was a surprise failure in yesterday’s game. Grabow was able to just retire one batter as he was just all over the place walking 2 batters and earning two runs.

The only key reliever was Evan Meek, throwing a full inning Meek struck out two batters. Meek deserves more of a tip of the cap from our organization. After beginning the year in Indy Meek has stepped in and done an unfathomable good job. Not allowing a run in two appearances and giving me confidence whenever he steps on the mound. It would pay great dividends to keep him up here, even when Craig Hansen returns from the DL. Yates should be the one sent down.

The bullpen of the Nationals has also been abysmal. Thats right it’s time for another installment of WELL’S WATCH.

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It was a tight game between the Nats and Philies last night, a 13-11 slugfest that was ultimately won by the Phils. With the score close and the Nats within striking distance Kipper was called on to keep Philly in check. Which he did masterfully. Wells went one strong inning and struck out two batters.

So far on the year Kip has appeared in four games and has only suffered one earned run. Three strikeouts in only 4 innings pitched, two hits in only four innings pitched and no homeruns in only 4 innings pitched. Hey in my book, thats solid. He’s been solid without a doubt and looks like he’s really coming around. The bullpen is definately the spot for him. Looks like we should have utilized him out of the pen, instead of throwing him in the starting role like a chicken with his head cut off. 

 

6 Comments

The Pirates have been looking good so far. How have the crowds been at your park? The Reds had good weekend crowds, but only 12,000+ last night.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

I heard about that Nationals/Phillies score. It made me sad. I hate bad bullpens. I don’t even want to think about bullpens right now.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Tough game, I still have a feeling the Brewers aren’t getting out of this series at home that easy like in past years. Pitt is tough this year and I’m pulling for them to get over .500, unlike the Cubs.

http://nwest33.mlblogs.com

Love the Wells Watch! Great idea. Congrats on being the featured blog; I have never followed the Pirates too closely so now I have a source of Pirates news…plus, I’m going to a game at PNC this summer and I want to know some more about the team!
Paige
http://bestof162.mlblogs.com/

Your the featured blog!! Congratulations! You know what that means, it’s time to post a link to my blog in your next entry! haha

http://eatsleepmlb.mlblogs.com

Congrats on being the featured blog. And I know what it’s like to have a back and forth bullpen. I’m a Yankee fan.
-Dillon M
http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

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