Polanco is up.
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Probably the most fun thing about this is that the Pirate OF just became the place where flyballs and line drives will go to die. All three players could handle CF... will be interesting to see where this OF ranks amongst best fielding OF's of recent vintage.
They'll cover a lot of ground, just make sure to remind the LF and RF that they are NOT playing center. And thus must back off when the actual CF calls them off. Having prime Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron in the outfield looks good on paper, but painful in the emergency room.
Yep. I'm not sure if it's the best defensive outfield in the majors because McCutchen is nowhere near the level of a Carlos Gomez and the center fielder is far more important than either of the corner guys... but it's definitely the best corner outfield defense in the majors. McCutchen is the CF because he's the superstar and he got there first, and he's not a bad CF... and he may be the weakest fielder of the three.
But I definitely agree with Brian. How exciting for Pittsburgh fans that their front office decided to play their best players starting with game 64.
I don't really understand how, but Marte has positive Rbat with his 240/311/371 line.
I agree - it IS pretty exciting that after decades of rampant stupidity, the Pirates finally have a front office that's intelligent enough to place an appropriate value on the franchise's mid- and long-term interests. The ~$30M they probably saved by waiting until now to promote Polanco will go a long way toward ensuring that the team is still a legitimate contender in the latter part of this decade.
What "still?" They're not currently much of a contender.
I agree the Pirates were making no effort to win for a good chunk of the last 20 years, but I think the evidence is strong that that changed when the detestable Kevin McClatchy was forced out. Since then they've been trying to build a winner, and with some good luck succeeded in doing so for one year.
I'm as frustrated as any Pirates fan that the team didn't spend anything to improve this offseason, but... we don't really know if they tried. They might have been trying to sign several good players and couldn't, because who wants to play in Pittsburgh if they have a choice in the matter?
Not supporting that in deference to money saved 6 years from now is a tough sell.
By the way, you guys back to thinking Ike Davis is OK? He's having an interesting year -- K rate is way down, walk rate is best of his career but HR/FB is down to league average. Adds up to typical Ike Davis production but if he can find that power while maintaining the new K/BB numbers, he'll take a big step forward.
If they manage to build a contender, is it inconceivable that they could extend McCutchen?
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