Former Pirates Manager Jim Leyland Is Not A Fan Of Today's Game

Cook and Joe Show

Joe Kapp
June 18, 2019 - 3:30 pm
Chris Archer And The Pirates Lose To The Twins

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - As the Pirates get set to open a short series with the Detroit Tigers former Pirates and Tigers Manager Jim Leyland joined The Cook and Joe show to help preview the series and talk about the game today in general.

Is he a fan of the game today with the number of homeruns being hit and the record number of runs being scored and the record number of strikeouts?

“No I don’t think so,” Leyland said. “I like the home runs…I don’t have a problem with the home runs. Here is what I have a problem with in baseball…the two biggest culprits for me are the 5 inning starting pitchers and the number of strikeouts.”

Leyland pointed out that there are too many “Little guys” in every lineup that can’t hit home runs swing for the fences and he doesn’t like the pitchers only looking for 5 innings and 100 pitches being a good outing because it’s destroying the bullpens.

Leyland is a fan of watching Pirates first baseman Josh bell and the season he is having a despite the Pirates recent struggles he thinks it’s way too early to give up.

“I truly believe that they can possibly get back into this thing.” Leyland added. “I think that they are talented enough to do that.”

He says they are getting good pitching back and it’s early and if they can put together a streak they can get right back into this and it could start with Chris Archer who he says is talented and has the right stuff but that he might be relying on that stuff too much.

“I think sometimes pitchers get too proud of their stuff and they just throw it anywhere and think they can get away with it,” Leyland said. “He almost likes his stuff too much and he is not making pitches.”

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