Pirates making home run history

It is widely known that the Pirates set a team record with 45 home runs in the month of August. It was a fun time to watch Pirate baseball, as the team seemingly scored at will. However, even with that eruption of power, the Bucs are currently tied for 20th in Major League Baseball with 135 home runs. Overall, it does not seem like a historically significant season. But take a look at the team’s individual leaders in home runs:...

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Middle infield leading Pirates' offense

First of all, thanks to Cory and Randy for inviting me to join them here at Pittsburgh Lumber Co. I thoroughly enjoy their writing, and I am excited to be joining the site. Early in the season, many were questioning the play of Freddy Sanchez at second base. His range was poor, most likely the result of a spring training knee injury, and some felt that the Pirates would be better off starting Jose Castillo in his place. In addition,...

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The Lost Generation – Part 1, Sean Burnett

The Pirates’ starting rotation has contained highly touted, homegrown arms Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke, and Paul Maholm for a few years now. Several years ago, the Pirates had another group of promising young pitchers, each selected in the first round in a three year period. Sean Burnett (2000), John Van Benschoten (2001) and Bryan Bullington (2002) we once hailed as the future nucleus of the big league rotation, but...

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Series Preview: White Sox/Pirates

In a battle of impotent offenses, the Pirates take on the White Sox over the weekend at PNC Park. The Pirates (277 runs) have actually outscored the White Sox (239 runs) by a considerable amount, a fact made even more embarrasing by the Pale Hose residing in the DH league. The White Sox have gotten putrid performances from everyone not named Jim Thome (.291/.472/.547). Jermaine Dye (.226/.283/.430) and Paul Konerko (.244/.337/.429),...

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What's Next For Jack Wilson?

In an interesting turn of events, Jack Wilson has been benched the past 4 games in favor of the once-maligned Jose Castillo. Ironically, it was Wilson that called out Castillo in spring training, questioning his focus: “I want whoever’s going to make this a winning team,” Wilson said. “Right now, Freddy is my second baseman, in my mind. He’s the guy I can trust to go 100 percent and get the job done....

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