Game #68 vs. White Sox; Return of Van Benschoten

PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Mark Buehrle | Box Over 36,000 fans showed up on Saturday night to watch the Pirates lose, 6-1. When John Van Benschoten left the game in the sixth inning, the packed house rose to its feet, giving the feel-good story a standing ovation for his efforts. At first glance, Van Benschoten’s line—5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K—seems good, not great. When you learn that both of those runs...

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Game #67 vs. White Sox

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Jon Garland | Box Jack Wilson played like a man possessed, Paul Maholm dominated a weak White Sox lineup and at the end of the night, the Pirates had won convincingly, 4-2. Maholm settled down considerably after a rough first inning: White Sox first: Iguchi struck out. A.Gonzalez walked. On Maholm’s wild pitch, A.Gonzalez to second. Konerko walked on a full count. Dye singled to left, A.Gonzalez to...

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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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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 12

In the previous posts I’ve made the case that the Pirates collapse in the mid-80s was not the result of trades made to acquire the players that appeared on the 1979 post-season roster. Here’s a brief rundown of some other trades in the 1970s in which the Bucs didn’t acquire a member of the 1979 post-season roster. I’m examining trades that resulted in the Pirates losing a player who was active during the 1984 to 1986 time frame. Other...

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Personnel Changes on the Horizon for the Pirates

A couple of quick bursts today based primarily on a handful of articles concerning the Jack Wilson controversy and John Van Benschoten’s impending call-up. First, in the Post-Gazette’s Pirates Q&A this morning, there’s an exchange between David Chottiner and Dejan Kovacevic: Q: Dejan, I think we all have been a bit shocked at the level of play and intensity of Jose Castillo over the past week. Considering we have...

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