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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Pirates Notebook: Buccos win a West Coast series

The last time the Pirates were four games over .500 was early in the 2003 season. The last time the Pirates were doing this well so late in the season was in 2002, when they moved to a 13-8 record on April 26th after a 10-1 loss to the Padres. That same season the Pirates got off to a 9-5 start before Aramis Ramirez, hitting .348 at the time, sprained his ankle charging the mound on April 17th, 2002. Ramirez didn’t return to the...

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Pirates Notebook: Extend Jack Wilson

I was going to write a post about the value of Jack Wilson before tonight’s game. That was before the horrible swings in his strikeout with the bases loaded in the 6th, his failure to lay down a bunt with no outs and Nyjer Morgan at first base in the 9th, and his misplay in the 10th that would have been a double play, and almost cost the Pirates the game. I thought about it, but decided that I’m not going to let one bad...

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The first big test for the Pirates

Every Pirates fan has to be happy with the recent 9-6 start to the season. The Pirates are currently three games over .500, the first time this has happened since April 4th, 2007 when they started the season 3-0. This is thanks to a three game sweep over the Florida Marlins, who came in to the series as one of the hottest teams in baseball with an 11-1 record. The Marlins were a test, but the next series will be a bigger test. If...

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