Transaction Analysis – Sharpless recalled, Rogers optioned to AAA

Pirates recall RHP Josh Sharpless from AAA Indianapolis; RHP Brian Rogers optioned to AAA Indianapolis. Sharpless receives another shot with the big league club after failing to make the team out of spring training. The Beaver, PA native threw 12 innings for the Bucs in 2006, posting a 1.50 ERA while strugglling with his control (11 walks.) Never a control artist, Sharpless had issues with the free pass in Indianapolis as well,...

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Series Preview: Pirates/Reds

The Pirates limp into Cincinnati tonight, looking to snap a 5-game losing streak against the equally hapless Reds. The Reds head into the series with the Bucs having lost 3 in a row, and currently reside in last place in the oft-criticized National League Central. While Cincinnati has gotten impressive performances from hitters such as Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Brandon Phillips, and feel-good story Josh Hamilton (now on the 15-day...

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Short Hops

Hey, all. This week, I’m going to introduce a new feature that will run weekly- Short Hops. I’m going to analyze some of the recent trends from our Buccos and see what information can be gleaned. Living Dangerously – It’s no secret that Zach Duke is not a strikeout pitcher. Possessing a fastball that sits in the 88-91 MPH range and mixing in a solid curveball and changeup, Duke makes his living by painting the...

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Series Preview: Braves/Pirates

The Bucs open up a weekend series tonight against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. After an astonishing 14-year reign as division champs, the Braves fell to third in 2006 on their way to a disappointing 79-83 campaign. The main culprits in the streak-ending season were a flimsy bullpen and a questionable rotation behind the ageless John Smoltz. The Braves appear stronger on both fronts in 2007. The bullpen has been fortified by...

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Minor League Roundup

AAA Indianapolis Ryan Doumit tore the cover off of the ball (.415/.493/.717 in 53 AB) during a rather pointless demotion to the minor leagues. With the Pirates as offensively challenged as they are, Doumit at the very least should be utilized fairly often off of the bench. He’s back up with the Pirates, and had himself an excellent game today (4 for 4, including a double and a home run.) I wonder about Doumit’s long-term...

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