Pirates' Meek eager to get the call again
ST. LOUIS — Music was playing in the Pirates' clubhouse after Monday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and there were plenty of smiles — but Evan Meek wasn't happy.
The Pirates' set-up man nearly cost them the game in the eighth inning. It was the second consecutive poor outing for the right-hander, following a five-run eighth in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
But Tuesday, Meek was just looking to get the ball again.
"I keep telling myself it's the fourth game," Meek said. "It's a long season, and obviously I'm not pitching how I can or how I should be right now, but it's too early to panic.
"This situation is just one of those things where you have to have a good outing to build off of, and you have to do the best you can not to be negative and dwell on your last outing or your last couple outings because that's not going to be productive."
Meek was solid against the Cubs on Opening Day. He entered in the eighth inning with the Pirates ahead, 6-3, gave up a single, then got the next three outs — the final two on strikeouts. But the next day he gave up five runs (two earned), three hits and walked one in two-thirds of an inning.
On Monday, he allowed two runs to score and was replaced by rookie Mike Crotta after facing three batters, leaving runners on the corners with no one out.
"I'm scratching my head," said Meek, a 2010 All-Star. "If I have to take the positives out of it, the first guy, I'm getting ahead of. I'm getting two strikes. But the frustrating thing is a lot of the hits I've given up have been with two strikes.
"The count has been in my favor. It may be bad selection, location, whatever, but I'm very close. It's not like I'm far off. So I'm just holding on to that. (Tuesday) is our fifth game, so you can't panic right now."
"I really like the way they're playing the game. One of the hot topics all spring is I want them to work their backsides off in spring, practice hard, then I want them to go play. There's been a lot of emotion in the dugout, and guys pulling for other guys. You want it to be real; you don't want it to be manufactured. And that's been good to see."
Pirates manager, on what has pleased him this season
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates will implement price increase for 2015 tickets
- Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister named Rangers manager
- Pirates face mound of decisions in offseason
- Pirates organization to continue pursuing value free agents in offseason