Pirates Notebook: Extending Zach Duke

Zach Duke has been outstanding this year. Coming in to the season I didn’t think too highly of Duke. Since putting up a 1.81 ERA in 14 starts at the end of the 2005 season, Duke combined for a 4.82 ERA in 507.2 innings between 2006 and 2008. He showed flashes of his 2005 form, but never in a consistent manner. That’s not the case this year. Duke has now made 11 starts for the Pirates in 2009. Eight of those starts have...

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2009 Draft Prospect Finalist: Dustin Ackley

In the last few weeks I have been weeding through the draft prospects for the 2009 draft, cutting a list of 15 players down to three possibilities for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ number four pick (the list doesn’t include Stephen Strasburg, who is number one for obvious reasons). The first finalist I will detail is Dustin Ackley. Click here to see Dustin Ackley’s Player Profile and 2009 Stats Who He Is: Ackley is widely...

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Pirates Notebook: Last start for Snell?

I wrote last week about how it’s too early to give up on Ian Snell. Tonight in the live blog of the game, the general consensus was that this should be the last start of the season for Snell. I was in agreement with that idea. Maybe that decision is based on the frustration of the moment, watching Snell give up five runs in six innings, his second poor start in a row, leading to what we thought was another Pirates’ loss....

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Game 51 Live Blog: Pirates vs Mets

Game 51: Mets at Pirates

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Final Eliminations

Two weeks ago I started off with 15 players as options for the number four overall pick, and eliminated six of those players. Last week I eliminated three more players, leaving us with six players this week. With the draft a week from Tuesday, I will be eliminating the final six players down to three this week, giving us the top three players for the Pirates’ first pick in the 2009 draft. Of course Stephen Strasburg is the true...

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