Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Coming off of a fruitless trip to San Diego, the Pirates travel to clash with the Cubbies, who have to be pleased with the opportunity to pad a perilously thin lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. Yet another Ghost of Pirates Past awaits in the windy city, with Aramis Ramirez tearing the cover off the ball lately (.294/.392/.603 in September). Chicago’s pitching staff has been the key to the team’s success, however. The Cubs...

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Jason Bay's regression sudden, dramatic

In 2006, Jason Bay was clearly the offensive star of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Of the eight players with 300 or more plate appearances, he ranked first in OBP, SLG, OPS, home runs and walks. He was third in batting average and second in doubles. The Pirates spent the offseason focusing almost exclusively on finding a power bat to take some of the offensive pressure off of Bay, finally acquiring Adam LaRoche in January. That filled a...

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Nate McLouth – The real thing or just more of the same?

As Pirate fans, we have seen it many times before. A young, quick outfielder begins receiving considerable playing time in the second half of a lost season and excels. The team and its fans believe they have found their future centerfielder. The following season, this player flops and the process starts all over again. It has happened many times in the past decade. In 2000, it was Adrian Brown. From August 7 through the end of the...

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Padres

The Bucs head out to the west coast, having lost two of three to the last-place Houston Astros. The Padres enter the series leading the National League Wild Card race, powered by the 1-2 punch of Jake Peavy and former Pirates prospect Chris Young (hey, Matt Herges is doing okay in Colorado.) Having just clinched a fifteenth consecutive losing season, Pittsburgh will assume its normal September position of welcome late season...

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Astros

The Pirates and Astros limp into this series, near mirror images of one another. Both are buried in the standings, despite residing in the thoroughly mediocre NL Central. Both are searching for new general managers, and, as an extension, a new philosophy. Houston has seen its farm system fall into disrepair, as recent draft picks (such as lefthander Brian Bogusevic, outfielder Eli Iorg, and catcher Max Sapp) have disappointed....

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