Don’t mean to beat this drum to death, but I can’t, for the life of me, understand how competitive men can oversee these Pirates and not lift a finger to address the offense.
When you’re a couple games out of first place in July in a weak division, and you’re trotting out lineups in which five of the nine players were in the minors just a month ago … that’s not even trying.
Honestly, I don’t have a problem with most of the players who were in the minors fairly recently (Chase D’Arnaud, Alex Presley, and so on), but I tend to agree that the Bucs should somehow address the offense. The catcher position, for example – I was a fan of the idea of promoting Eric Fryer, and I like Mike McKenry’s defense, but the fact remains that McKenry is 10-for-45 with two doubles and one walk so far, and there isn’t much hope of him hitting that much better in the future. It shouldn’t cost much to find a better catcher than that. The Bucs asked around about a catcher a few weeks ago, before they acquired McKenry, and found that many teams were asking too much, hoping the Pirates’ losses of Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder would make them desperate enough to do something stupid. Maybe those prices will come down.