Game 19 Notes—Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh

- As was probably expected entering the season, the Astros are struggling to put runs on the board. Coming into the game, the Astros have plated 81 runs, 11th in the National League. Houston starts three offensive ciphers—Brad Ausmus, Adam Everett, and Craig Biggio. – Speaking of Biggio, he presents an uncomfortable situation for the Astros. Biggio is a franchise icon and will one day have a plaque in Cooperstown, but...

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Down On The Farm – Pirates Minor League Roundup

AAA Indianapolis Indians As is the case with most AAA teams these days, the Indians feature a number minor league veterans, as opposed to legitimate prospects. – Brian Bixler has gotten off to a hot start, hitting .476/.500/.571 (BA/OBP/SLG) in his first 21 at-bats. The 24-year old Bixler, a second round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2004, is likely a future utility infielder at the major league level. Despite high batting...

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Oliver Perez – The Next Jason Schmidt?

If one were to ask a Pirates fan to make a list of the worst trades in team history, there is little doubt that the 2001 disposal of Jason Schmidt to the San Francisco Giants would appear high on the list. On July 30th, 2001, The Pirates traded Schmidt and outfielder John Vander Wal (a productive player in his own right) to the San Francisco Giants for two of the all-time greats, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and outfielder Armando Rios....

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