Who’s to blame for Pirates post All-Star break collapse?


BY JASON HAVELKA, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has been one of the only highlights for the Bucs during their second-half slump. Photo by: Natalie Litz / Flickr

I have heard all kinds of speculation about who is to blame regarding the Pittsburgh Pirate Collapse? Well, it’s not just the Bucs.   Lots of blame to go around, but here is something else to think about before we lay out the blame. The L.A. Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals also have struggled mightily. Not as much as the Pirates, but nearly. So there is lots of Collapse questions going around.

As far as the Pirates go, the front office and the coaching staff can not pitch, hit, steal bases, or play defense. The pitching staff is the easiest to blame and probably where it should go. James McDonald has not pitched the same as he did in the first part of the season. Erik Bedard fell off the map and now is not even on the team. Jeff Karstens, who pitched well when he came off the DL, is now injured again. Kevin Correia gives up four runs to whomever he pitches against, whether it is the Bad News Bears or the NY Yankees. And Finally, A.J. Burnett has struggled a bit the second half.

Let’s go a step further and say the bullpen has also pitched poorly the second half of the season. Joel Hanrahan has been disappointing in the second half of the season and Jason Grilli has been brutal lately. We can talk about the hitting all we want and the injuries that truly have not helped and the fact that Andrew McCutchen has struggled mightily the second half of the season. The fact is when the Bucs did score runs, like today, the pitching staff blew it.

Let’s also not let the defense off the hook. They have played some poor defense the second half of the season. Booting and throwing the ball around like little leaguers.

As I said, manager Clint Hurdle can not hit, pitch, and catch for them. He uses 35 or 40 pitchers a night and not one of them is consistent enough to give you the innings you need. Just not much to say. With any luck, they will figure out a way to limp to the 82 win mark. Outside of that, I guess it is time to look towards next season.

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