Monday, July 21, 2008

Rated R for Excessive Violence

I don't know what the Pirates did to the schedule makers, but they got quite the bum rap having to play on the road both the Thursday after the All-Star break and the following Monday. Being on the road and not getting days off is a great way for a team to fall into a tailspin. Another great way to fall into a tailspin is to give a start to John Van Benschoten smack in the middle of a 5-game losing streak. He's made three awful starts this year and there's no proof that #4 is going to be any different than the first three. The only thing he's got going for him is that he's facing Runelvys Hernandez, who's been just about as terrible as JVB this year and has even been lit up by the Pirates once. If you're planning on watching this one tonight, make sure you're in front of your TV for the first inning, because the fireworks are going to start early.