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Toth’s Thursday Takes by J.T.

Toth’s Thursday Takes

Show Me the Money

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-99 after losing to the Cubs 3-2 last night. I guarantee today that there are people both cheering for loss 100 and praying that they can win their last four. People in Pittsburgh don’t bet on if the Pirates will have a winning record, but instead bid on if they will lose 100 games or not. This past March I witnessed several of these bets go on at a local bar. “I bet the Pirates will lose 100 games!”, “ok let’s go $20.00 on it!” Chances are the ones that said they would win at least 63 games are hoping their friend forgets what is about to happen. LOL, here is your reminder. Let’s Go Bucs!

Walker’s Ways

The Pirates in 2021 have tried using several former Pirate players as color commentary analyst for Greg Brown, and Joe Block. Kevin Young, Matt Capps, Michael McKenry, and Neil Walker. I am not here to critique these former players but one man stood out to me, Neil Walker. Walker is born and raised in Pittsburgh, great baseball knowledge, and a good sense of humor that plays off the play-by-play man. Greg Brown will go down as one of the best play-by-play men in Pirates history, and losing Steve Blass hurt the overall feel of the broadcast. Neil Walker has that chance to be a long-term color analyst in the same vein as Steve Blass. The other men were not terrible, but if the Pirates would go with Brown-Block as play-by-play with Wehner, Walk, and Walker as color analysts they would be in a nice spot going forward.

Contreras Just the Beginning

In a great move by Ben Cherington, not just for Roansy Contreras but for the Pirates faithful, Contreras was called up and started last night against the Cubs. He only went 3 innings but he did not give up a run and his fastball and secondary pitches were electric. Contreras came over in the Jameson Taillon trade with the Yankees and is only 21 years old (will be 22 in November 2021). It was a great time to give Contreras an award for such a great season, and also to show the Pirates fans that they have some real talent down in minors. With the #3 farm system in baseball the Pirates fans may see 2022 start with the likes of Contreras, Oneil Cruz, and several other prospects possibly making the Pirates out of spring training. One thing Ben Cherington has proved is that he can turn around a system faster than we have every seen here from his predecessors.

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