John Perrotto’s Sunday Three Thoughts

Three Thoughts On The Pirates:

  1. Bastardo has got to go

If I hit the Lotto, my first act of charity would to be give whatever is left of Antonio Bastardo’s $6.25-million salary to the Pirates with instructions to release him.

OK, it might not seem like a very charitable move to give money to billionaire owner Bob Nutting, who doesn’t spend enough of what he already has. However, it would do all Pirates’ fans — as well as the media who cover the team — a tremendous service.

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Home Runs in Back-to-Back Games a Good Sign from Bell

Josh Bell’s home run was hidden beneath two other major story lines Friday night.

Most of the focus following the Pirates’ 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees at PNC Park in the opener of a three-game series was on Tyler Glasnow and Jordy Mercer.

Glasnow, the rookie right-hander, made the best of his three starts this season. He came within one out of pitching the minimum five innings required for what would have been his first career victory.

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It Is Still Too Early to Make a Judgement on Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow will not be pitching for his job Friday night when he faces the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at PNC Park.

Nor should he.

The Pirates rookie right-hander has gotten off to a rough start to the season. Through two starts, the 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA while lasting a combined 6 2/3 innings and issuing seven walks.

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Lack of Common Sense by Marte, Kang Puts Pirates in Predicament

Starling Marte

Yes, it is a teeny tiny sample size, but life without Starling Marte has not been good for the Pirates so far.

The center fielder was suspended Tuesday for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive a second time for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug.

The Pirates then lost their next two games to the Cardinals by identical 2-1 scores at St. Louis, the first Tuesday night then again Wednesday afternoon.

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Marte’s Suspension Means Get ’em Next Year

The Pirates needed a lot of things to go right to be a contender this season. Then something went horribly wrong Tuesday.

Major League Baseball announced that center fielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone. HE began serving the suspension Tuesday night as the Pirates faced the Cardinals at St. Louis.

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Sweep of Cubs at Wrigley Field Mixture of Character and Good Timing

The Pirates just concluded a go-figure kind of week.

They scored three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings Sunday to rally for a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs and a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions at Wrigley Field.

That came in the same week that began with the Pirates being swept in a three-game series by the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. The Reds have finished last in the National League Central each of the last two seasons.

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3 Thoughts on the Pirates

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. It’s good to be Bob Nutting

The last time the Pirates officially changed hands. prior to the 1996 season, the sale price was $95 million.

That is how much Kevin McClatchy paid to buy the team from the public/private consortium that was formed in 1985 to purchase the Pirates from the Galbreath family and assure the franchise would stay in Pittsburgh. Almost the entire $95 million consisted of debt service.

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Slow Start Discouraging But Not Necessarily Surprising

The old baseball adage says that pennants can’t be won in April but they can be lost.

That’s good news for the Pirates. Through the first nine games of the season, they have looked like anything but pennant winners by going 3-6.

While they swept a three-game series from the Atlanta Braves last week, the Pirates have lost three games each to the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.

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Too Early to Worry About Lack of Clutch Hitting

The numbers are certainly disturbing.

The Pirates have gone 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of their three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds that ends Wednesday night at PNC Park.

In Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss, the Pirates stranded 11 runners. In Monday night’s 7-1 loss, they left eight runners on base in the first three innings then never had another baserunner over the final six innings.

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