April 3, 2017 – Red Sox 5 – Pirates 3
April 5, 2017 – Red Sox 3 – Pirates 0
April 6, 2017 – Postponed until April 13, 2017
Not the way any team wants to start the new season but there were some really good signs I saw from the Buccos. I plan to start these recaps after each series with a quick summary of what I loved, what was solid, and what sucked from the series for the Bucs.
The Really Good
Jameson Taillon. The kid can pitch. He was un-hittable most of his 7 innings and got out of a massive jam in the 5th on Wednesday game where he had 0 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd. 2 strikeouts and then a weak comebacker kept the Sox off the board for the time being.
The guy has top of the rotation stuff. I’m very high on this guy. His curveball is filthy and his fastball was sitting 95-97 for most of the night while hitting his spots. He’s going to be better than Cole.
The Not So Bad
Cutch’s defense. Game 1, it looked like it might be a long year for Cutch in his new position. Game 2, it was like he flipped a switch. He recorded his first outfield assist gunning down a runner at the plate and made a great play at the wall on a ball that was crushed by Mitch Moreland. Maybe the arm will actually play better in right field after all and the loss of speed will be better with less ground to cover.
The Very Ugly
I’m not looking to name hitters yet because that’s not fair since they have less than 10 AB’s this season. So I’m going with Antonio Bastardo. Not because he served up the walk off home run Wednesday night on a platter, but mostly for his miserably slow pace he pitches at. And it came during the 12th inning, the time fans really love when the game slows down. I mean, I like the guy. I like his stuff, and I like that he works slow which messes with hitters and makes his 93-94 fastball velocity seem higher, but it just wasn’t the time to slow down a game where base runners were limited.
Atlanta is next in Pittsburgh.