I didn’t like the Qualls pickup, but maybe they see something in him similar to Grilli, however he’s already been on two teams and got let go from a team with a bullpen as weak as Philadelphia.
I would really like to see them pick up a good lefty on waivers, Mike Gonzalez would have been a good minor league signing, I was hoping he’d come back. Watson isn’t great against LHP and Hurdle is incredibly fickle with the pen. Grilli may be his best reliever but he ONLY uses him at the start of the 8th inning with a lead, he will not bring him in with runners on base, always Cruz or Watson.
Agreed here. I def chuckled when reading Descalso & Skip. Overall, we’re dealing with some very tiny samples the rest of way on all counts so we have to caution ourselves not to make TOO much of any of this. If your bullpen is only lacking a LOOGY, that’s probably the easiest thing to find. Doug Slaten, currently in the AAA, is a known lefty-killer throughout his career.
I also don’t think we can plan for RP regression the way we can for SPs. It’s much easier for a reliever to maintain performances for a year at a time, especially from a LOB rate standpoint.
I 100% agree with Wendy that Lincoln to Qualls is a severe downgrade waiting to blow up in their faces considering that he wasn’t even good before his awful 7 IP stint w/NYY, but their lefty RP issue can be solved rather easily in my opinion whether with Slaten or via a waiver trade of some sort.
I have to defend Wendy here. While Skip and Descalso may not exactly strike fear in opposing hurlers, they do take very tough ABs late in games, especially against righties. Both are usually available off the bench and I’d say this is probably more what Wendy was getting at.
Comment by Rasmanian Devil — August 2, 2012 @ 6:37 pm
The stat that the Pirates are “23-16 in one-run games” is misleading.
Why? The Pirates are 39-1 when leading after six innings…
Comment by James MacDonald Had a Farm — August 2, 2012 @ 6:51 pm
I think the Lincoln loss is overstated. He wasnt converted to a reliever until we were almost in July. The Pirates had a pretty good bullpen before that. Brad was certainly effective in his time in the pen but it’s hardly as if losing him turns the bullpen from excellent to average. And as bad as qualms had been in NY He wouldn’t be the first pitcher this season to see an uptick in value after moving from the AL east to the NL central. So I doubt the difference this season will be noticeable.
The main person who will fill the gap left by Lincoln wasn’t even mentioned. That is Chris Leroux, coming back from a DL stint. Also Bryan Morris will play a role. At least way more than Chad Qualls will.
No complaints about the content, but your terminology was confusing. You used the phrase “lefty masher” a couple times to denote a left-handed hitter who is a masher. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but “lefty masher” is a rather common phrase in baseball parlance, and it typically refers to a right-handed hitter who hits well against left-handed pitchers (Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Shoppach, etc.). I don’t think anyone misunderstood you, but it seemed strange, and a phrase like “lefty bats” or “lefty sluggers” would better avoid confusion.