Andy LaRoche: One of the best hitters in baseball

If you’ve been reading the site, you know that I’ve been focusing on ground ball/fly ball ratios for pitchers. My opinion is that ground ball pitchers are ideal, because ground balls are generally easier outs. Plus, no matter how many ground balls a hitter hits, none of them will ever go for a homer, even in Coors Field. That’s fact. But what about hitters? I don’t want a hitter who hits grounders, but are fly...

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Brandon Moss: The New Adam LaRoche?

Brandon Moss came over to the Pirates in the Jason Bay trade last year, sporting a career .291 average in 103 major league at bats, and a .279 average in his minor league career, including .282 at AAA. The 2009 season marks the first year that Moss has the opportunity to be an everyday starter, and so far the results haven’t been impressive. While Moss looks good on the field, making several catches that options such as Craig...

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Pirates Notebook: Which side was the ump on?

A lot has been made this series about the favorable strike zone for the Milwaukee Brewers in their series sweep against the Pirates. Adam LaRoche made those concerns public with this quote in the PPG: “Go talk to the home plate umpire,” Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche said of Marty Foster, whom players felt gave far more favorable calls to Gallardo than Ian Snell, who walked four and struck out five. “He seemed to...

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Pirates Notebook: An objective look at the hot start

The 11-7 start to the season, complete with a sweep of the Florida Marlins, and a 2-1 series win against the San Diego Padres, had a lot of Pirates fans with high hopes for the 2009 season. The last two games against the Brewers have put those hopes in a free fall. A question that needs to be asked is: was the 11-7 start legit? The Pirates split a four series against the Cardinals to start the year. The same result came in a shortened...

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Pirates Notebook: The Unraveling of the Pirates?

The last time the Pirates won a game in Milwaukee was almost two years ago, on May 3rd, 2007. Last year the Pirates were 1-14 against the Brewers. If there’s anything that the Pirates desperately need to continue their hot start to the season, it’s a win against Milwaukee. Jeff Karstens didn’t have his best stuff tonight, going five innings, and allowing five earned runs, thanks to three homers. The Brewers had a 5-2...

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