Game 81: Phillies Break Out Against Maholm

Wouldn’t it have been great if the Pirates had gone undeafeated for the month of July and gotten back in the pennant race? Wouldn’t it be great if monopoly money was real? Wouldn’t it be great if cars ran on water?

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Game 6: Snakes Pound McCutchen, Bullpen

John Kruk said it best on Baseball Tonight: The Pirates seem to get beat by giving up five runs here and five runs there. Why not just give up a bunch of runs in one inning? And that’s exactly what they did.

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The starting pitching market isn't hurting

Someday in the future when I have kids I’m going to focus on teaching them one thing: the art of pitching.  Forget riding bikes, homework, and how to mow the yard (well, maybe not that last part, I’m fine with them taking over those duties), they need to become pitchers.  I’ll stress that because it seems like the starting pitching market is recession proof. Coming in to the off-season we heard a lot of...

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Non-Tender and Waiver Claim Possibilities

There are several rumors going around about players who could be possible non-tender options by the Friday deadline, as well as a few players who were placed on waivers today that would be interesting options for the Pirates.  Here are a few that caught my eye, with some analysis on each player.  I’ll go through the waiver options first: Ryan Church - Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration, which meant the Atlanta Braves...

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When will the offense arrive for LaRoche?

Going in to the 2008 season, Andy LaRoche ranked as the top hitting prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system, and the number two overall prospect for the Dodgers. He also ranked 31st overall in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects in baseball. In their scouting report on LaRoche, he was listed with the potential of an every day third baseman with below average defense, who could bat in the middle of the lineup....

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