New Castle News


June 24, 2014

Greg Huston: Soccer? You can’t be serious!

NEW CASTLE — Let's keep this short and sweet: If anyone still thinks that Josh Harrison does not deserve an everyday playing spot on this Pirate team, then they have lost their mind.

Who knows if he can keep it up, but right now, he might just be their second best, or possibly best, position player on the roster.

•The FIFA World Cup is in its second week, and then I trailed off because soccer is the most boring sport in the world to watch on television. At least in hockey, which is essentially the same sport on ice, the puck gets into the offensive zone on every possession so there are some scoring chances. In soccer, the majority of the game is played at midfield — how exciting!

•The Bucco bullpen is a mess right now and, thankfully, Clint Hurdle had enough common sense to get Jason Grilli out of the closer role before he had a chance to blow another game. The main difference between this year and last year is that this year, the Pirates are losing most of the one-run games, when last year they seemingly won all the one-run games.

•Back to Grilli, the dude just has not been right since last season's arm injury forced him to the Disabled List. His fastball is topping out at 92 or 93 mph and the devastating slider of last year is nothing more than a hanging curve this year. The game-tying or winning home runs that he has given up this year usually look like batting practice pitches, and hitters might even be teeing off on Grilli better than they do the BP pitcher in pre-game.

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