Has momentum started to change? If things are going to change, it needs to start now. Can we right the ship and get back on track? With only a game separating the final playoff spot, this needs to be the moment! Let’s discuss it!
For a team that is ranked second in runs per game, it would appear they remembered such a feat. They scored eight runs on twelve hits for the game. It would appear the sign J.T. movement is alive and well as he went 1-5 with a three-run homer. He’s batting .289 on the season with nine home runs and twenty-six RBI’s. Bohm’s offensive success continues as he went 1-5 while driving in a run. Jean Segura also lent a hand as he went 3-5 with two RBI’s. Scott Kingery had a hit on the day, nothing special but nice to see. The Andrew McCutchen comeback tour is still chugging along. Over the last fourteen games, he’s averaged .293, had fourteen RBI’s, two home runs, and four walks. You’ll need more of McClutchen if you make the playoffs.
Jake Arrieta was pretty good. He made it through five innings and was able to get guys into ground outs and double plays. Jake is a big part of this team if he can get it going. You will need him if you are going to make the playoffs. He allowed three hits, one run, one walk, and struck out one batter. Not much more, you can ask from Arrieta.
The bullpen did its job, not saying they were great, but they did their job. You had a big lead to work with but, if your bullpen only gives up two runs, it was a good game. Hembree, Hunter, Morgan, Neris, and Parker only allowed two runs on five hits through 2.6 innings. They also had three strikeouts to go along with their one walk. Blake Parker gave up a run, but this is his first run given up through five games. You are going to need more from the bullpen if you are going to try and make the playoffs. One can only hope that occurs as The Sprint To The Finish continues.