Pirates Broadcaster John Wehner: Pirates ‘A Confident Bunch’
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pirates broadcaster and former player John Wehner joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday morning to chat about the Buccos following the MLB All-Star game.
John said that he was a little offput by the lack of attention Andrew McCutchen received from the national media during the All-Star game festivities.
“This guy’s arguably having best first half that I can remember in recent years. I definitely think he could have been talked up a bit more, as could have Joel Hanrahan,” Wehner said.
He understands why some would want James McDonald and A.J. Burnett separated from each other in the pitching rotation, but doesn’t think it’s a big deal.
“You could argue that Burnett and McDonald have similar stuff. They’re both tough to hit. I don’t think it really matters,” Wehner said.
John also broke down the potential bench contributors for the Bucs, saying Drew Sutton could be big for them in that regard moving forward.
“I think Sutton’s that guy… he probably believes he’s an everyday guy, but his career hasn’t been that way,” Wehner said.
He thinks the offense will cool off a bit, though not to the point where it looks like it did earlier this season.
“What you’re gonna see is more contributors… it’s nice when you’ve got everybody going… you’ll see it cool off a little bit, but what you’ve got now is a confident bunch,” Wehnersaid.
John also touched on Neil Walker’s development, pointing out some areas in which Walker has succeeded and some in which he could improve.
The interview can be heard here: