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Looking at Zach Duke, defense, and random variation

Looking at Zach Duke, defense, and random variation

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On August 28th, I met some friends for a little food and drink. We exchanged pleasant banter for about an hour, before my attention began drifting toward the televisions scattered around the establishment. Before long, I was socially useless, as my entire focus was aimed at a meaningless Pirates-Brewers game in Milwaukee. The Bucs quickly squandered a first inning opportunity and the Brewers went to work on Zach Duke. Several times, Duke allowed a hit that was just out of the reach of a defender. I shook my head repeatedly, wondering if the defense that began the season in Pittsburgh would have made any difference in this game. Milwaukee scored five times in that first inning, and I turned my attention back to the group of people that I had been ignoring.

Duke began his September 8th start against the Cubs by allowing eight consecutive hits to begin the game, falling behind 6-0 before recording a single out. Only a few balls were hit hard in that first inni...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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