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Jonathan Sanchez makes the Pirates rotation

Mar 26, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Pieces falling into place for Pittsburgh:


Not sure what makes that sound like more of a threat: the all-caps or the fact that it involves Jonathan Sanchez having a prominent role here.

Which, look, I’m not meaning to hate. I want the Pirates to break the string of sub-.500 seasons because people in Pittsburgh are nice people and good baseball fans and it would mean a lot and be great story and all of that. But man, if Jonathan Sanchez makes your rotation, and if he’s not even the fifth starter, which he likely isn’t here, you have a pretty precipitous falloff afoot.

I feel like that no-hitter a few years ago is keeping him in the league way longer than he would have been otherwise. I also feel like the Pirates are gonna be shuffling around the back end of that rotation before the calendar hits May.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    You realize those “nice people” in Pittsburgh also make up the Steelers fan base, right?

    And I have no problem with those buttholes suffering a poor baseball team for decades more.

    • prosourcetalk - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Piss off, there are plenty of people here in Pittsburgh who love the Pirates and could care less about the Steelers

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Those people have my respect and pity.

        They have a terrible baseball team AND are surrounded by Steeler fans.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        I think the ballpark and sammiches are a nice consolation.

  2. danaking - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Sanchez may be keeping a seat warm for Liriano or Morton when they’re ready. MacPherson has options remaining. If he shows some of the promise they expect, he’ll be back. The Pirates have been careful in recent years to bring prospects along when they think the kid is ready, nit to fill a need. Sanchez may be filling the need until MacPherson is ready.

  3. thelucasjj - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I am making a road trip to PNC the weekend of April 19th to catch a couple games. I will be sad if I have to see him pitch.

    • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Just ignore him and take in the park. I hear it’s pretty sweet. I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous.

  4. whitdog23 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    what’s wrong with him?? never’s baseball and doesn’t matter

    • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Serious question: why do you troll? I’m conducting a survey.

      • sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Participant non-respondent. Moving on..

  5. sabatimus - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I seriously read this as Mark Sanchez. I’m not kidding.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      He couldn’t be any worse….similar problem with accuracy though.

  6. hushbrother - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    He was a 3.0 WAR pitcher as recently as 2010. I know, 2010 wasn’t that recent. But he has had some success in the majors. Anyway he’s just filling a rotation spot until Cole or Taillon is ready.

  7. Marty - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I can see this working out all around. Don’t throw Sanchez in the pile yet.

  8. canabal65 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    He was a pretty good year in 2010. I think he can return in good shape
    and he had a good spring training after a bad start.

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