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    Prospect Watch: Strong Starts From Owens and Cain

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  • Analysis
    Pirates Pitchers Are Actually Dominant This Year

    When I'm evaluating pitchers, the three key stats I look at are the strikeouts, the walks, and the home runs. Those are the only three stats that eliminate the other players on the field, focusing on the pitcher against the batter. There are other stats to focus on, but for a rough...

  • Game Recaps
    Bedard Strikes Out 11 and Alvarez Homers in 6-3 Win Over Cardinals

    The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club...

  • Analysis
    Taking a look at last night’s strike zone

    During the second inning of last night’s game, Pirates catcher Rod Barajas took issue with a ball that was called with Carlos Beltran at the plate. In turn, home plate umpire Angel Campos took issue with whatever comment Barajas made and tossed him from the game. Barajas was visibly furious, and manager...

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Tabata, Presley Switch at the Top

    Throughout spring training Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the top of the order between Alex Presley and Jose Tabata several times based on matchups. It also carried into the season. Presley has been in the lineup card the most of the time batting leadoff (19), with Tabata (4) and Nate McLouth (1)....

  • 2012 Draft
    Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 5/4-5/6

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has released his mid-season top 100 draft prospects. A few weeks ago we saw the mid-season rankings from Keith Law and Baseball America released. Now that all three are out, we can put them together to get a consensus ranking of the top of the draft. I took...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: May 3

    Two former Pittsburgh Pirates players and two trades for today, plus John Fredland recaps the day Bob Prince returned to the radio for the Pirates during that forgettable 1985 season, in his Jolly Roger Rewind. The Players Ivan Cruz (1968) First baseman for the 1999-2000 Pirates. He was originally drafted by the...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Has Rudy Owens Repaired His Prospect Status?

    I had a few interesting questions sent in at the end of this week's Prospects Chat. My answers would have been too long for a chat, but they were questions I wanted to answer. Going forward, I might make that a Wednesday Q&A feature, highlighting some of the questions that would require...

  • Schedule
    Minor League Schedule: 5/3/12

    Nick Kingham was originally scheduled to start game two of yesterday’s doubleheader but his start has been pushed back to today. Michael Jefferson started in his place. Altoona plays a late morning game today before returning home for four games in three days against Richmond. A full recap of yesterday’s games can...

  • Prospect Reports
    Indians’ Reyes Earns 4th Win, Slaten Earns 4th Save

    Indianapolis Indians  3,  Norfolk Tides  1 (Box)   Strong pitching and timely hitting gave the Indians their second win over the Norfolk Tides this evening at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.  Jo-Jo Reyes earned his 4th win in 4 starts, and Doug Slaten took his 4th save in his last 4 opportunities....

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