PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pirates broadcaster and former pitcher Steve Blass joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday to chat with the guys about the Pirates’ performance since the All-Star break.
He praised Andrew McCutchen for his recent tear, but made clear that any incredible hot streak like the one Cutch is on right now is bound to die down at some point.
“Nobody can predict how long it’s going to last- it could end tonight- but it can’t last forever,” Blass said.
He said that if he was facing the Pirates right now, he’d want to pitch to McCutchen, but he thinks opponents need to be cautious against McCutchen in key spots.
“You want that challenge. You want to find out how good you are…. but when the game’s on the line, that thinking has to be adjusted,” Blass said.
He thinks Erik Bedard did a great job of keeping the ball down in last night’s win, as opposed to prior starts in which he was throwing a lot of high, hittable strikes.
“When he was throwing strikes, they were better strikes than he’s been throwing,” Blass said.
With the trade deadline approaching, he addressed a concern that some fans have expressed, discounting the notion that a trade would threaten the Pirates’ team chemistry.
“You have good chemistry because you’re winning. You don’t win because you have good chemistry,” Blass said.
The interview can be heard here: