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.
“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.