I thought adding Correia was about giving the guys rest & he was inserted after Karstens because Karstens was the 5th guy in the "no day off" stretch.
Oddly I *think* the way it goes now, keeping Correia in pushes JMac from wednesday to thursday. I believe Wednesday is Kershaw (he pitched today). So poor Wandy gets Kershaw :/ This is almost like taking one for the team, so JMac really needs to step up in his next start
Anyway, I do feel that Jmac needs to leave the rotation for a sequence to work things out. I agree, The team needs to come first.
That would be fine if it wasn't for the fact that his first innings lately have been rocky to say the least. I do see him headed for the bullpen at the rate he's going, though.
Maybe flip the ball to Justin Wilson or Jeff Locke for a start in this long stretch of consecutive games. Get someone in there who will be excited to start a game, rather than some of the starters who have the look of dang it's my day to start on their faces.
Those two guys can't do any worse than J-Mac's near 9 ERA since the break...and a good start from one of them could be beneficial to the team and staff moving forward.
Bedard pitched before McDonald. That was changed so McDonald got the Astros and Bedard a start in Chicago. Then, Correia comes in and McDonald get bumped back to Padres. That insertion only changed the opponent for McDonald, not for anyone else.
And as far as that no day off stretch. That stretch just started. No one needed an off day. I think Correia deserved a start, but if he's not back in the rotation ad this is just one spot start to give guys rest, wouldn't it make more sense to give them an extra day after they had pitched more than once? Pirates did it now to give McDonald the easy start. Second time they have done that.
I don't agree that they were trying to give JMac an easy win. Astros/Cubs shouldn't he be able to beat both teams. I recall bedard throwing like 113 pitches in a game & he was pushed back on his next start. Bedard was then pushed back again a day to have AJ face the Reds.
By inserting Correia they keep anyone from pitching on the 5th day at all during this stretch. This basically benefits mostly everyone since the rotation is struggle (minus AJ)
Saw that. Shame on you, Clint. Shame on you.
This isn't April. You aren't 20 games out where it doesn't matter if you try out some guys. Shame on you, Clint. Shame on you.
If you want to manage like that, go to the minors.
He had just been bombed by Cubs. They switched that 100 percent to give McDonald an easy start. They would have to invent a new team to get an easier opponent than Houston.
And today Hurdle says he left him out there to challenge McDonald. How about the other 24 players, Clint? How about winning the game, Clint?
I'm not going to forget this one until the Pirates clinch a playoff spot.
This was a loss because they were willing to lose to play around with McDonald. The more I think about this game, the more upset I get. It's one thing to just now have it. Pirates blew a game late to Arizona with their best because they just didn't have it. Nothing you can do about that. Lose again because Wandy has not been the pitcher we wanted. Again, nothing you can do about that.
But tonight? Totally different. McDonald had been awful for a month. How does he stay out to blow a 7-1 lead? How does anyone to stay out to blow a 7-1 lead, let alone the guy that is struggling as much as anyone in the majors the past month.