Several thoughts on Charlie Morton

I didn’t get to see the start by Charlie Morton tonight, but by all accounts, I’m glad I missed it.  I was actually at dinner with my family when the game started.  My Dad was following along on MLB At-Bat, and giving me the play by play of the first inning.  After hearing that Morton walked the first batter and gave up a single to the next batter, then balked both over, I kind of knew what was coming....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/27/10

No prospect watch tomorrow night, although there will be a regular post…INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 9-7 against Charlotte.  Hayden Penn got hammered, allowing six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings, with six walks and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched 1.1 perfect innings, and got credit for the win.  Vinnie Chulk pitched two more perfect innings, with five strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma...

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Game 48 Live Blog: Pirates at Reds

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Ronny Cedeno, SS 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Garrett Jones, RF 5. Ryan Church, LF 6. Andy LaRoche, 3B 7. Jeff Clement, 1B 8. Jason Jaramillo, C 9. Charlie Morton, P Reds: 1. Orlando Cabrera, SS 2. Miguel Cairo, 1B 3. Brandon Phillips, 2B 4. Scott Rolen, 3B 5. Jay Bruce, RF 6. Jonny Gomes, LF 7. Drew Stubbs, CF 8. Ramon Hernandez, C 9. Johnny Cueto, P...

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Pirates sign Dominican pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican pitcher Jonathan Herrand out of the Dominican league La Javilla for a $185 K signing bonus, according to Jeffrey Nolasco of Hoy (via MLB Trade Rumors). The report says that Herrand is 6′ 4″, and throws a fastball between 93 and 95 MPH, with a good changeup and an excellent curveball.  Herrand’s coach compares his mechanics to a young Pedro Martinez.  Herrand is a...

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The Lack of a Leadoff Hitter is a Created Problem

The Post-Gazette notebook today has a question as to why Aki Iwamura, current owner of a .169 average and a .275 OBP, is still leading off.  John Russell responded with this quote: “If he’s going to get out of this, you’d like to get him up there as much as you can,” Russell said. “We have put different guys in the leadoff spot, and Andrew McCutchen can do it, but he’s doing well in the No. 3...

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