Bob Walk: The Pitching Has To Be Better To Win Anything

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Joe Kapp
July 10, 2019 - 3:23 pm
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Butch Dill USA Today

Pittsburgh Pirates Broadcaster Bob Walk joined The Cook and Joe Show on Wednesday afternoon and he said he is not surprised the Pirates are near the .500 mark at the break but admits he is surprised in how they got here.

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Walk points out how he never saw the offense leading this team the way it has, He says it has been fantastic,


“I thought we had a shot this year to be somewhere above .500 just on the strength of a fantastic pitching staff, “ Walk said. “They got to this spot to where they are only a couple of games back of the division lead right around .500 just like everyone else in the division but in a totally different way than I thought they were going to get here.”


The Pirates offense at the break leads the National league with a .271 batting average but Walk agrees that if this team has hopes of competing the pitching must do their part.


“Think of what the offense is right now…leading the NL and all that stuff and we are still below .500.” Walk added. “You gotta have pitching if you’re going to win something. The great offense is great…it’s exciting but it’s going to be very difficult to win like this.  Outslugging people every night…I don’t think you can do it. The pitching has to get better,”


Walk says he does think they can do it because the pitching is getting healthier and better and the division is still up for grabs so if they can get the pitching going they have a shot.


Walk also addressed one of the reasons why the homerun totals are up and he agrees that the ball is juiced.


“The ball seems to be very hard…. and when I do feel one in my hand they do feel like a super ball.” Walk added. “yes it’s juiced, Did they do it on purpose? I think there are people who are thinking it is because they now own the production of baseballs whether that is a coincidence or not I don’t know.”


Listen to the full interview including Walk’s thoughts on Francisco Cervelli’s future and if the rift between the Pirates and Cubs will continue this weekend in Chicago.