Once I'm back up and running I have over 20 envelopes to send out to my blogging friends! I utilize stamps.com and all my saved information is on my desktop so once it is fixed many of you will be getting an envelope including the contest winners. I've accumulated a lot of trade bait since my last mass mailing.
Hey, how about a card...
2005 Prime Patches Aramis Ramirez Patch /39
Injuries really threw things out of whack for the Pirates at the trade deadline. Third base actually was a strength for the Pirates as they had Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang. Once Harrison and Jordy Mercer got hurt the Pirates hands hand was forced. Not wanting replacement level players like Brent Morel manning the hot corner, the Pirates were quick to acquire Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers.
The silver lining in all of this has been the emergence of Kang as the everyday shortstop. Even with about 100 less at bats he has accumulated 3 WAR already which puts him around 3rd overall for shortstops.
Ramirez got off to a slow start for the Buccos, but has been coming on the last 10 games. I wasn't a fan of him batting cleanup but lately he has begun to justify the decision. It will be interesting to see how things shake out once Harrison and Mercer are activated. Ramirez has been taking grounders at first so that might help when we play left handed pitching, but we'll have a logjam facing right handed pitching. Either way it is a nice problem to have.
I'm just thankful they've kept their head above water the last few weeks. The starting pitching as been a little suspect the last few weeks, but the offense and bullpen have picked up the slack. Check the brutal schedule since August 4th...
So far they've won 8 of 11 games thanks to sweeps of the Dodgers and Mets. Hopefully they can continue to play well while they get healthy.
Thanks for reading!