Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Panic Button

There are only so many days in which Pirates Fans can check box scores from Spring Training, see another loss, and still feel OK chalking it up to it being "early".

Today, I am not OK chalking it up. The Bucs are getting smoked by the Phils, 9-2, as I write this. Ian Snell stuck out 7 guys in the first three innings, but allowed three runs as well. Tommy Gorz came on and mightily struggled through 4 outs, giving up 5 earned and walking 5. His spring ERA is now over 16.

Freddy Sanchez, who isn't exactly raking so far this spring, left the game with a minor leg injury after a hard slide at second base from Rod Barajas. It seems like Freddy the Great will be fine, but it doesn't take the sting away of what looks like an 0-5-1 start to March.

Adam LaRoche and Ronny Paulino are hit less. Torres' ERA is over 15. Capps is 13.50

I know it's only spring, trust me I know. But if I wasn't excited and if I wasn't a fan, I wouldn't care this much.

--The Pirates made their first cuts this morning. No surprises. Yoslan, Bullington and JVB among them.
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