What Went Right in 2011

The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different, enough to make it possible to write about what went right and what went wrong.  The previous few years, it was only possible to write about what went wrong and...

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What Went Wrong in 2011

You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining.  Let’s look at the main issues. Free Agents The Pirates don’t venture too often into the free agent market.  It seems to be a recurring...

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Altoona Misses Chance for Sweep

Bowie avoided a sweep in the final game of a four-game series, beating Altoona 3-1. The Curve’s starter, Mike Colla, pitched well but had to battle through a series of defensive misplays by his teammates. Starling Marte had three hits in five at-bats, including a double, but the Curve went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded ten overall. Colla went five innings and allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out...

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Are We There Yet? Part Four

This is the last installment of the comparison of the Pirates’ farm system as it stood at the beginning of 2007 and 2012. This part covers the low A teams, Hickory in 2007 and West Virginia in 2012. Also See: Part One, Part Two, Part Three Catcher 2007: Kris Watts 2012: Samuel Gonzalez, Jonathan Schwind I always liked Watts better than the Pirates. He was a late-round draft pick and it was always clear that they only regarded him as...

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Irwin, Curve Continue Dominance Over Bowie Bats

Altoona’s pitching continued to shut down Bowie’s offense, giving the Curve their third straight road win over the Baysox, 2-0.  Phil Irwin threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits, walking none and fanning four.  The Curve got all their offense in the first when Andrew Lambo lined a 2-run HR far over the centerfield fence. Irwin doesn’t get a lot of swings and misses, but he showed good command...

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