The longer this season goes on, the more grey hair I receive. It’s games like this one that helps. The bullpen continues to get worse, and I don’t know how much more I can handle. So let’s dive into the insanity that is this season. Let’s discuss it!
Games like this are disappointing when you see the type of production we put in, and yet we lose. We scored five runs on seven hits, which is not a bad day of work. The Harper/Realmuto combination was on today as they combined for four RBI’s, two walks, and went 3-6. The Andrew McCutchen comeback tour continues as well. He hit his second home run of the season, as he went 1-5. Over the last sixteen games, he’s batting .279, with two home runs, thirteen RBI’s, and four walks. Rhys Hoskins also continues his revival. Over the last thirteen games, he’s batting .273 with six RBI’s, nine walks, and a stolen base. If we are going to attempt to make the playoffs, we need these guys to deliver.
At this point, I’m ready to extend Wheeler, even though he just signed a contract. Over the last five games, he is averaging like two runs a game on six hits. I can take that any day of the week. He went seven innings, allowing only two runs on five hits, he also struck out eight batters. He would have won the game if not for the pen.
The pen continues to be the bane of my existence. That includes Mr. reliable Hector Neris. He was only able to make it through 0.1 innings as he allowed three runs, on two hits, to go along with a single walk. As much as I like Hector, his spot for next year is not guaranteed. The new man in the pen Brandon Workman wasn’t much better. Workman was acquired with Hembree, in exchange for Nick Pivetta and pitching prospect Connor Seabold. In 1.1 innings of work, he allowed four hits, one run, one walk, while striking out a pair. He gave up the go-ahead run to end the game. One has to hope the new pair of relievers can help this team as The Sprint To The Finish rages on.