Tag: NL Wild Card

Bumgarner, Volquez, and Wednesday Night

In the end, all the debate about whether Clint Hurdle should have pitched Gerrit Cole or Edinson Volquez didn’t really matter all that much. Not when Madison Bumgarner left the Pirates bats silent inning after inning, striking out 10 and walking one in a complete game four-hitter that was . . . impressive. What the …

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Buc Up! Volquez, the Pirates, and Playoff Time!

At first I thought Clint Hurdle was crazy. Why start Gerrit Cole on Sunday against Cincinnati, with just the possibility of winning the Central, when you could save him for the very real possibility of facing the Giants on Wednesday? It made no sense. Cole has the dominating presence with youth and the electric arm. …

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Should NL Contenders Fear the Padres?

Things have been so bad offensively for the San Diego Padres that they have actually given at-bats this year to Xavier Nady and Jeff Francoeur. These are the players you give at-bats to when your team bats a collective .225/.287/.346 because the Padres’ front office thinks, “Hey, why the heck not,” but I honestly had …

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