As of Saturday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates sit just 1.5 games out of a wild card spot in the National League. If Friday night’s debacle versus the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park is any sort of measure with which the Pirates’ chances could be represented by, then it appears that the focal point of this story book’s happy ending will be rooted in winning 82 games as opposed to a post-season berth.
The Pirates committed seven errors en route to a 12-2 loss to the Cubs. Rookies Starling Marte and Brock Holt registered two errors each while Rod Barajas, Josh Harrison and Gaby Sanchez also flubbed otherwise routine plays. It was every bit as ugly as one would imagine. And efficient. All seven errors were committed before the end of the 7th inning.
For the love of Wilbur Cooper, please win at least 10 of those contests.
And the rest
The end is
nigh now; Stephen Strasburg has been shut down. [Getting Blanked]
Jeff Samardzija will make his final start of the season tonight versus the Pirates. By electing to shut him down, the Cubs will attempt to finish the season with Jason Berken, Justin Germano, Chris Rusin, Chris Volstad and Travis Wood as their starting staff. [Chicago Tribune]
Roger Clemens could return with the Houston Astros next season. [New York Post]
Brandon McCarthy is still recovering in hospital, but he’s making Arrested Development references from his Twitter account:
“Crazy about this children’s tylenol, can’t believe they give it to kids.”
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 8, 2012
What happened to Carlos Beltran? [Baseball Nation]
The New York Mets presented Chipper Jones with an interesting painting on his final stop through Queens. [New York Mets]
Lastly, Brett Jackson demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice his face and body in the name of a deep fly ball [Brisbee Nation]