Posted: 01/02/2013 2:10 PM
Last edited 01/02/2013 2:12 PM by katoy2j
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Posted: 01/03/2013 7:51 PM
katoy2j wrote: I think Leroux is out of options so he will likely make the majors
Posted: 01/03/2013 8:16 PM
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Posted: 01/04/2013 1:55 PM
Hopefullly McPherson can do a Don Robinson and essentially (just a few games) skip over AAA.
Posted: 01/05/2013 7:27 AM
Sangue wrote:Hopefullly McPherson can do a Don Robinson and essentially (just a few games) skip over AAA.
Last edited 01/05/2013 7:30 AM by williamjpellas
Posted: 01/05/2013 10:03 AM
Posted: 01/05/2013 7:12 PM
BAMSTEELERFAN wrote: I don't know much about Robinson, I was 8 when he left the Pirates, but I am a huge McPherson fan. He has above average stuff, but good command and control and strikes me as the type that will know how to use it. I was very impressed with him in AAA last season.
Last edited 01/05/2013 7:15 PM by williamjpellas
Posted: 01/07/2013 6:35 AM
williamjpellas wrote: BAMSTEELERFAN wrote: I don't know much about Robinson, I was 8 when he left the Pirates, but I am a huge McPherson fan. He has above average stuff, but good command and control and strikes me as the type that will know how to use it. I was very impressed with him in AAA last season.Robinson jumped up from Double A directly to the Pirates in 1978 and went 14-6. He was named The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year. After that, unfortunately, he battled a series of shoulder injuries. I well remember hearing several stories during Pirates game broadcasts about Robinson receiving cortisone injections for his shoulder. Eventually the Pirates moved him to the 'pen in an attempt to conserve his arm---much the same as when the Braves took John Smoltz out of their rotation and made him a reliever. Robinson was okay in the 'pen---he had 57 saves for his career---but when he was dealt to the Giants they rightly put him back in the rotation. I always thought he was better as a starter, and that's where he had the most success. He was also an excellent hitter for a pitcher, with a career line of .231-13HR-69RBI, and of course his bat was much more useful in a starting role than it was when he was a reliever. Unfortunately his arm acted up again after two fairly good years in San Francisco, and from there he bounced to the Angels and to the Phillies and that was that. They used to play John Denver's "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" over the public address system at Three Rivers Stadium when Robinson came into a game, a reference to his being from Ashland, KY, right across the river from West Virginia. I always got a smile out of that. Overall he was 109-106 with 57 saves and a 3.79 ERA in 524 games, of which 229 were starts. He threw 34 complete games and had 6 shutouts. His career WHIP was a respectable 1.295. Probably the most interesting footnote about "Caveman" was that he actually started a game for the Pirates as a left fielder. If memory serves he went 1-4 in that contest. He was used from time to time as a pinch-hitter, as well. He won three National League Silver Slugger Awards as the best hitter at his position in the league and once batted .333 for the season for the Pirates.
Posted: 01/07/2013 10:11 AM
Posted: 01/07/2013 11:49 AM
WVUKowski wrote: Anyway, back to Robinson. I remember watching one late night Giants game that went extra innings. They were out of bench players to come in and pinch hit, so the brought Robinson to the plate and he ended up hitting a home run. It was either to tie or win the game, I can't remember.
Posted: 01/07/2013 12:12 PM
Last edited 01/07/2013 12:13 PM by katoy2j
Posted: 01/07/2013 2:33 PM
katoy2j wrote: I don't think Oliver has any chance at starting in the majors in 2013. I don't even see this as a possibility. For one Oliver has done nothing in AAA to show that he can be a starter in the majors. He has shaky control at best. Even if you want to ignore all of that then Justin Wilson is the same type of player but better and has more control. I would say Oliver at best is the 4th option behind McPherson, Locke, Wilson in that order.Oliver has a chance to make the majors as a reliever I believe because not starting will likely help his control.I think the most likely scenario now by adding Liriano is they will be unlikely to have three left handed starters and Locke will be the long man and second lefty in the bullpen.They see something in Oliver most likely and think they can fix him. What that probably means is they will work with him, send him to AAA to start so he can get reps and then evaluate his role on the team down the line but I would put the odds at 95% he is in AAA to start the season. The remaining percentage would be either hurt in some capacity or a reliever but I just don't see any reason why he's starting in the majors to open the season.
Posted: 01/07/2013 3:19 PM
Posted: 01/07/2013 3:56 PM
Sangue wrote: WVUKowski wrote: Anyway, back to Robinson. I remember watching one late night Giants game that went extra innings. They were out of bench players to come in and pinch hit, so the brought Robinson to the plate and he ended up hitting a home run. It was either to tie or win the game, I can't remember.I had a front row seat over the Pirates dugout when Robinson gave up Mike Schmidt's 500th HR. It was a very tough loss for the Pirates.
Posted: 01/07/2013 4:06 PM
Last edited 01/07/2013 4:08 PM by williamjpellas
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