Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MLB Debut: Jordy Mercer & LET'S GO BUCS WINNER

I started watching the rain delayed game yesterday between the Reds and Bucs.  Once it became 4-1 and Charile Morton was yanked, I said forget it and turned off the game.  Hot hitting prospect Jordy Mercer was promoted yesterday as utility fielder Yamaico Navarro was optioned to AAA.  He managed  to get one at bat as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning to get his feet wet and grounded out to shortstop.

Today, Jordy had his first MLB start batting in the 2 hole and playing shortstop for the offensively struggling Clint Barmes.  I said before the season started that I thought the Barmes signing was a bad idea and that the team should have seen what they had in Chase D'arnaud, Jordy Mercer, Jeremy Farrel, and Josh Harrison.  I've seen Jordy play several times since his time with the AA Altoona Curve and he's a phenomenal defender with some pop in his bat.  He lead the Pirates minor league system in homeruns last season.

Jordy went 1 for 4 today getting a hard hit single in his first at bat in the first inning.  He made some nice above average plays at short and deserves to continue to start until he proves he is no better than Barmes.

Since the Pirates held onto win another 1 run ball game today, the Pirates took the series from the first place Reds and improved their record again to .500. 
Fun fact: The Pirates have not lost a game yet where they are winning after the 7th inning.  That shows how good the Pirates backend of the bullpen is.  
Joel Hanrahan and Jason Grilli both struck out two batters a piece.  Grilli now has an impressive 35 strikeouts in only 20 innings pitched, while the Hammer has 24 Ks in 19. 

Since the Bucs won, let's see whose getting some Reds swag.
drumroll please...
 Three game series so I have to randomize it 3 times
 Sorry Greg, but you came close twice...
But the winner is The Diamond King!
Diamond King is a first time winner of the Let's Go Bucs contest.

The Bucs have an off day tomorrow, but will head into Miller Park to face the Brewers on Friday.  I hate the Brewers!  Absolutely despise that team.  I'll have to come up with something good for this series. 

Maybe a Paul Molitor rookie or a top prospect Taylor Jungmann auto?
I'll let the winner decide. 

Remember to cheer for the Bucs by leaving a comment prior to the start of the series saying Let's Go Bucs! Beat the Brew Crew!!!!  If you're the Brewers are your favorite team, let me know so that you can be entered twice. 



  1. Let's go Bucs.

  2. Lets go Bucs! Beat The Brew Crew and that dirty cheat Ryan Braun!

  3. Let's Go Bucs! Down the Brew Crew!

  4. Let's Go Bucs! Beat the dreaded Brewers.

  5. Let's go Bucs! Aramis Ramirez used to be one of you - show him who's boss!

  6. Let's Go Bucs. Nice blog by the way. Just started following.

    I have a ton of Jason Kendall from when I was collecting him. Let me know if you have any interest and I can get a list to you. Thanks for the contest.

  7. Let's Go Bucs! Beat the Brew Crew!!!!