Monday, April 23, 2012

Pittsburgh Studdabubbas S22 Wrap-Up

A.K.A. The season where the Trinidad curse ended.

Stupid David Trinidad
As you may remember, in Season 21, the Studdabubbas traded for aging slugger, David Trinidad, to try to give the 34-25 Studdabubbas a offensive boost. Once Trinidad arrived, the team imploded and went 47-56 to end the season at .500 and 4 games out of a wildcard spot. Bubbas fans didn't seriously think it was a curse…until Season 22.

The Studdabubbas started slow in Season 22 and never recovered. They were 25-40 when Little Rock acquired Trinidad for a 38-Special CD collection (and RP Mack Osting). But once Trinidad left, things started picking up again for Pittsburgh. They finished Season 22 with a 50-47 record. Not spectacular, but still an obvious improvement.

The facts are, over the last two seasons the Studdabubbas went 72-96 with David Trinidad and 84-67 without David Trinidad. And it's not like subtracting Trinidad made room for a studly prospect or something. The Studdabubbas simply filled the spot with Osting to help the bullpen suck more.

Trinidad hit .299 with an .853 OPS in Little Rock and got his 2nd World Series ring. He batted .230 during his time in Pittsburgh. So the curse was broken, but not the way Pittsburgh fans were hoping. Good riddance, jerkface.

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