April 17, 2017 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
April 18, 2017 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
April 19, 2017 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
6-9 Record in 2017
The Really Good
Ivan Nova. Threw the ever-so-common 8 inning complete game loss on Monday. He only threw 78 pitches to get through the game. You don’t see many 8 inning complete game losses anymore, especially in the National League. Nova looked great and worked extremely quick and efficient in this start. The game lasted just a little over 2 hours all together. The offense just couldn’t give him enough support.
The Not So Bad
Andrew McCutchen. On defense in particular. You could tell Cutch was fired up to move back to center field as he showcased some great defense on Tuesday and Wednesday. He definitely is playing fired up with something to prove now that center field is his again for at least 3 months. He’s going to have to really go off to make up for the loss of Marte. He wants to come up really big, and everyone wants to see him come up really big. Let’s hope it is a sign of things to come for the rest of the year.
The Very Ugly
Starling Marte. I have no more words for this right now. Thehatwearer already said it beautifully here.
Off day Thursday, then the Yankees visit Pittsburgh for the weekend.