Comments on: What Went Right in 2011 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/09/what-went-right-in-2011.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 26 May 2014 11:44:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: chad http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/09/what-went-right-in-2011.html#comment-9436 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 04:26:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=20229#comment-9436 my memory of meek was that in his last outing this year, his fastball was up to 92-94 at least multiple times.  a big increase from any of his appearances post-injury.  hopefully it will edge up more by next year.

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By: white angus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/09/what-went-right-in-2011.html#comment-9434 Sat, 01 Oct 2011 20:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=20229#comment-9434 mccutchen’s numbers were down in the second half because of his obvious change in approach at the plate.  every swing, and i do mean every, was for the fences.  even with 2 strikes, his swing never shortened just to make contact.  it was hit the ball hard every time no matter what is thrown or where.

i dont blame the lineup around him.  tabata did the exact same thing after his hot start, and his numbers plummeted even before the injuries got to him. 

cutch needs to go back to his normal approach;  damn the HRs, small ball em to death.

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By: Kevin Charters http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/09/what-went-right-in-2011.html#comment-9429 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=20229#comment-9429 Two things were left out in the list of upgrades. Clint Hurdle changed the entire ‘loser’ mentality of the Pirates and the fan support, especially from the middle of the season on, created an atmosphere not seen  in Pittsburgh in many years. Keep the faith.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/09/what-went-right-in-2011.html#comment-9427 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:47:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=20229#comment-9427 Is it just a matter of giving Meek more time to recover in order to gain back arm strength?  I find it difficult to believe that he could be anywhere near as effective, or fit into that late inning role as he did, without gaining back that velocity.  Other than lacking the powerful fastball, I think it’s drastically reduced the effectiveness of his breaking pitches, they just don’t seem have the snap they used to.

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