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Pirates took away a few hits with a few sparkling plays and several outs were pretty hard. No complaints from me regarding the offense.

 

Mitre was absolutely filthy, especially with the change-up, which is something I don't see myself saying very often.

 

Nice win and that was a nifty play by Uggla turning the double play barehanded.

 

 

BUT if Amezaga at lead-off and Ramirez batting in the third spot becomes a regular thing = :thumbdown

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Amazing how quickly this 1 game can change the feelings about the whole season. Mitre looks Derrick Lowe-ish right now, Hermida looks like the Hermida we thought he would be, and in a couple weeks we will be healthy again and ready to go. I think we will go on the same kind of tear we went on last year in June/July. Just consider this to be a head start compared to last year. I can't wait 'till we are healthy and look like this:

 

1. De Aza

2. Hermida

3. Hanley

4. Cabs

5. Willingham/Jacobs

6. Jacobs/Willingham

7. Uggla

8. Olivo

 

Staff-

 

Dontrelle

Olsen

Josh Johnson

Mitre

Anibal

 

Bullpen -

 

Gregg

BY Kim

Lindstrom

Tank

Petit

Nolasco

 

Closer: Henry Owens.

 

 

Thats a nice team. :thumbup

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Amazing how quickly this 1 game can change the feelings about the whole season. Mitre looks Derrick Lowe-ish right now, Hermida looks like the Hermida we thought he would be, and in a couple weeks we will be healthy again and ready to go. I think we will go on the same kind of tear we went on last year in June/July. Just consider this to be a head start compared to last year. I can't wait 'till we are healthy and look like this:

 

1. De Aza

2. Hermida

3. Hanley

4. Cabs

5. Willingham/Jacobs

6. Jacobs/Willingham

7. Uggla

8. Olivo

 

Staff-

 

Dontrelle

Olsen

Josh Johnson

Mitre

Anibal

 

Bullpen -

 

Gregg

BY Kim

Lindstrom

Tank

Petit

Nolasco

 

Closer: Henry Owens.

 

 

Thats a nice team. :thumbup

 

the potential of that pitching staff is scary. . .

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I dont know I think its a waste to have Hanley leading off but at the same time Ramp is right about Amezaga. You cant really count on him being that effective for any period of time really.

 

Maybe once De Aza comes back we can do something but I cant see anything for a long period of time with Amezaga leading off. I wouldnt doubt it if he's there tommorrow though.

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I still believe we'll soon see Ramirez batting immediately behind Cabrera whether it's 3-4 or 4-5 with Uggla and possibly Jacobs hitting ahead of the duo depending on the lineup, followed by Willingham and Olivo. To me that could lead to a dynamic lineup if De Aza or Amezaga or fillintheblank can lead-off and get on base. Hanley's bat works anywhere in the lineup you put him behind Cabrera and this is a completely different and offensively superior team.

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I still believe we'll soon see Ramirez batting immediately behind Cabrera whether it's 3-4 or 4-5 with Uggla and possibly Jacobs hitting ahead of the duo depending on the lineup, followed by Willingham and Olivo. To me that could lead to a dynamic lineup if De Aza or Amezaga or fillintheblank can lead-off and get on base. Hanley's bat works anywhere in the lineup you put him behind Cabrera and this is a completely different and offensively superior team.

 

Very interesting thought.

 

Hanley protecting Miggy. It makes sense to me.

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I dont know I think its a waste to have Hanley leading off but at the same time Ramp is right about Amezaga. You cant really count on him being that effective for any period of time really.

 

Maybe once De Aza comes back we can do something but I cant see anything for a long period of time with Amezaga leading off. I wouldnt doubt it if he's there tommorrow though.

 

De Aza should go nowhere near the leadoff spot.

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I dont know I think its a waste to have Hanley leading off but at the same time Ramp is right about Amezaga. You cant really count on him being that effective for any period of time really.

 

Maybe once De Aza comes back we can do something but I cant see anything for a long period of time with Amezaga leading off. I wouldnt doubt it if he's there tommorrow though.

 

De Aza should go nowhere near the leadoff spot.

 

If Amezaga can lead off...anyone can :lol

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Even with a .266 BAA, he had a .355 OBP in his minor league career, and that's what matters. At first I thought De Aza leading off was stupid too, until I looked at his minor league OBP.

 

I still say he should earn the role, wait a couple months to make sure that OBP carries over to the majors. But if it does, I wouldn't mind seeing him lead off.

 

Just for reference, Hanley's minor league OBP: .352. Last year: .353.

 

My only problem though is that I'd want Cabrera batting third to get him more ABs. And I'd want Ramirez batting ahead of Cabrera, to allow Cabrera to bat him in.

 

 

Also, man, that Pierre trade is looking ridiculous. Three good young major league pitchers, not aces but at worst they are quality inning eaters, for one year of a CFer.

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Amazing how quickly this 1 game can change the feelings about the whole season. Mitre looks Derrick Lowe-ish right now, Hermida looks like the Hermida we thought he would be, and in a couple weeks we will be healthy again and ready to go. I think we will go on the same kind of tear we went on last year in June/July. Just consider this to be a head start compared to last year. I can't wait 'till we are healthy and look like this:

 

1. De Aza

2. Hermida

3. Hanley

4. Cabs

5. Willingham/Jacobs

6. Jacobs/Willingham

7. Uggla

8. Olivo

 

Staff-

 

Dontrelle

Olsen

Josh Johnson

Mitre

Anibal

 

Bullpen -

 

Gregg

BY Kim

Lindstrom

Tank

Petit

Nolasco

 

Closer: Henry Owens.

 

 

Thats a nice team. :thumbup

 

i like it

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I still believe we'll soon see Ramirez batting immediately behind Cabrera whether it's 3-4 or 4-5 with Uggla and possibly Jacobs hitting ahead of the duo depending on the lineup, followed by Willingham and Olivo. To me that could lead to a dynamic lineup if De Aza or Amezaga or fillintheblank can lead-off and get on base. Hanley's bat works anywhere in the lineup you put him behind Cabrera and this is a completely different and offensively superior team.

 

I worry that Hanley may try to do too much and overswing if he were in the 3rd spot.

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Top of the lineup was oustanding: 8-13, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 8 runs, 3 SB

 

 

Wow. I dont care how jankifiied that lineup is, just get cabrera worked in to it and keep it going. Thats just an amazing stat line from your top 3 hitters of the lineup.

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