Tuesday Headlines: Pirates headed to game 5, Cubs waiting for Girardi

Our adopted Pittsburgh Pirates were on the verge of beating the evil St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS yesterday. Being the jerks that they are, St. Louis responded in an elimination game with a 2-1 win. That makes them 7-1 in elimination games since 2011. The biggest factor in the Pirates’ loss? St. Louis starter Michael Wacha, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

The Pirates will have to win game five without the help of the Pirate Parrot.

The Pirates will have to win game five without the help of the Pirate Parrot.

“I think it’s obviously no fun to go through a buzz saw like that and see a guy go out there and do what he did to us today,” Neil Walker said. “But we got kind of an ace in the hole ourselves, so we’re hoping that he’s as good as he was last time.”

That ace in the hole is Gerrit Cole, who will start game five in St. Louis against Cards’ ace Adam Wainwright. But back to Wacha, who didn’t give the Pirates many chances, not allowing a baserunner until the sixth.

“We weren’t able to get anybody on and get any motion created,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “That is some kind of postseason outing for a young man in his first postseason game.”

Wacha was drafted with the 2012 first round pick they received as compensation for Albert Pujols signing with the Angels. Their dark arts practitioners are effective.

While the Pirates and Cardinals are waiting for game five, we’re waiting to hear whether or not Joe Girardi will be staying with the Yankees. Gordon Wittenmyer thinks we should hold our collective breath.

As of late Monday, Girardi still had not accepted the offer reported to be worth $12 million to $15 million over three years.

He wants to formally explore the Cubs’ opening after weeks of back-channel feelers, according to sources. But industry sources familiar with the negotiations say the Yankees have made it clear their offer might not remain in play if he chooses to talk to other teams first.

But the Cubs front office isn’t waiting for the Girardi news in doing their due diligence.

Regardless, team president Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have begun the process of interviewing backup candidates in the event Girardi stays with the Yankees.

Former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, now an assistant general manager in San Diego with player-development experience, was interviewed Friday. And former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta, first reported as a candidate by the Sun-Times last week, interviewed Monday.

So we don’t know any more today than we did yesterday. Keep speculating. While you’re speculating, listen right now to Julie on the The Harry Show on WGN.fm until 10:30 Central.

28 thoughts on “Tuesday Headlines: Pirates headed to game 5, Cubs waiting for Girardi

  1. Doc Blume says:

    Woohoo…Julie is back on with Harry today!!!

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Harry is so much fun. :)

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I missed the last half hour today due to a meeting.

        I hope this becomes a regular thing because you two seem to make a good team.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          thanks. You should tell that to WGN. Ha.

        2. gidard says:

          She probably left with an offer.

          1. dabirdguy says:

            Julie has a harry back?

            1. NotAgain says:

              Only during play-offs.

  2. juliedicaro says:

    Someone tweeted at me during the show today that Girardi turned the Yankees down. What a freakin psych out. I’ve seen nothing to that effect since.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      If he’s torn about leaving New York, then I don’t want him.

      I never want a guy who isn’t resolute about what he wants to do. It’s burned the Cubs before.

      1. J says:

        agreed. if the Yankees are going to drag this out until Nov. 1, then interview the field. If after interviewing everyone by 15 Oct you still don’t have your manager, offer up the choice of the 2nd tier of AAA 3rd Basemen the Cubs have stockpiled (vitters or olt) for an interview with Girardi. I have a feeling the Yankees are going to need some sort of cost controlled depth at 3rd next year.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          I don’t think it’s the Yankees dragging it out, I’m sure they’d love to lock him up for 3-5 years and be done. For his part, Joe’s in no hurry and the Yankees don’t seem to have a plan B.

      2. J says:

        I think he’s torn about losing his current offer from the Yankees. The family stuff is minimal. Kids are kids and shouldn’t get veto on their parents’ employment options. Whatever Mrs Girardi is doing in NYC can be done in Chicago. If wife and kids love NYC so much, they can stay there and visit Chicago on the summer home stands.

        Walking away from the Yankees offer, finding out you don’t really want the Cubs job, and watching Washington and Seattle fill their vacancies in the meantime equals a broadcast job at a fraction of the pay. Joe’s torn about walking away from a huge chunk of what he made in his playing career (complete with a fully paid “out clause” after his team’s first bad season), and he should be.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          Eh — the older they get, the harder it is to move them. Once they get close to Junior High, forget it. Too much drama.

  3. gidard says:

    Why does Girardi have to say anything?
    He’s under contract until the end of this month.
    I don’t think how big the chunk of money is offered has anything to do with any of this.
    In fact it’s probably the least thought of concern.
    He has his pick of jobs.
    He has an engineering degree.
    From Northwestern!
    I would bet the Challenge is what motivates a person such as him.
    And the “Cubs” is 1 Challenge that one shouldn’t rush into.
    Especially when he looks at what is there to work with.
    Whoever is the next manager has a major task on his hands.
    One that I certainly don’t envy.

    1. gidard says:

      And if they get a person of quality he should get a 6 year contract.
      That is the time it will take.
      And I’ll probably have “the Big One” before then and not see it.

  4. gidard says:

    Oh Yeah:
    F***ing dodgers.

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The dodgers have proved that you can yourself a place in the playoffs,but that does not give your team class. I had coworkers who went to the game,& left in the 7th inning because of the behavior of the Dodger fans to the few Braves fans in the stands. They threw beer and trash at them, yelled four letter words at the kid in the party, and kept challenging the dad in the group to a fight in the parking lot. My coworker who WAS a Dodgers fan, took his 2 kids and left, they told the usher why they were leaving. Nothing appeared to have been done…

    1. gidard says:

      They’re the same at spring training.
      The most classless fans I have seen.
      Kind of similar to Dallas Cowboy fans.
      I was so aggravated when they moved from Florida toArizona.

      1. dabirdguy says:

        I defer to the wisdom of Gallager:
        Living in California is like living in a box of granola.
        Them what ain’t fruits and nuts is flakes.

  6. juliedicaro says:

    I just had to watch the eight inning of Game 6 for an interview later today.

    After 10 years, it still makes me completely sick to my stomach.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’m pretty sure I”m going to go into hibernation for the next 10 days or so…just to avoid the pain of all this.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The missing word is “buy”. The Dodgers spent millions of $$ to get their playoff spot-they did not develop their players was the point…

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Developing players is boring. I want to buy a playoff spot, too.

  8. gidard says:

    Read there’s a possibility the Dodgers may bid for Girardi.
    It was noted that Mattingly’s option on next year hasn’t been been picked up yet.
    Dodger’s GM Ned Colletti was with the Cubs when Girardi caught for them and remains a big Girardi fan.
    Girardi talked seriously with the Dodgers before taking the Yankees job.

  9. gidard says:

    Can’t help it.
    “If Girardi leaves the Yankees for the Cubs, then the Cubs have hired the dumbest guy on earth.”
    Comment after article on the Girardi saga.

    1. FrankS says:

      The rumors continue that the Yankees aren’t going be the free-spending Yankees of the past. If they aren’t going to buy the best free agents, then they need to bring up talent from their farm system. Many experts think the Yanks’ minor leagues have little to offer. So unless the Yankees find the fountain of youth, how competitive are they going to be for the next several years?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        From what I remember, the Yankees farm system is ranked in the middle of the pack by most experts…and they do have at least 3 or 4 players listed in the top 100 prospects.

        That being said, most “experts” who have discussed the situation have said that the Cubs job is likely the more desirable one right now.

        As far as the Yankees, they do have some big contracts still, and their goal is to get their payroll down to under $189 million…that’s almost double the Cubs payroll…and despite those large salaries, a payroll of that size is still able to bring in some decent free agent talent. The Yankees rebuild isn’t likely to take very long.

        And we’ve also seen that buying the best free agents isn’t exactly a slam dunk way of being competitive. The Yankees are just trying to do what most other teams, other than the Dodgers and Angels, are currently trying to do.

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