Pirates Notebook: Problems go beyond the pitching staff

I’m not calling anyone out with this post.  Over the last few days I’ve seen a similar message repeated by many people, whether it’s in the live blogs, Twitter, or message boards.  The message varies, but it’s usually focused around the need for pitching in the Pirates rotation. It’s obvious that the Pirates have seen pitching struggles.  The 36 runs they allowed in the last three games...

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Photos from the Pirates Game

I’ve uploaded 102 photos from last night’s Pirates game to the BUCCO Fans Facebook page.  Here are a few of my favorites: It always seems to rain when I go to a Pirates game, only to clear up right around game time… Andrew McCutchen signing autographs before the game… Reds starter Mike Leake, who I followed last year in my 2009 draft coverage. Hard to believe he pretty much went straight to the...

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Pirates Notebook: Shaping up to be an interesting draft

I was in Charlottesville tonight, watching Deck McGuire take on the University of Virginia, and by the time I got home, the Pirates were down 8-0.  Since I didn’t watch much of the game after that point, I figured I would dedicate the main topic of the notebook to a subject I did follow tonight. Everyone knows about Bryce Harper in the draft this year.  Sports Illustrated called him “baseball’s LeBron...

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Pirates Notebook: Not so lucky today

Yesterday I talked about the bad things that the Pirates managed to get away with in their extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, the Pirates weren’t so lucky.  For reference, here is what I said, followed by my recap a day later: It wasn’t all good tonight. I mentioned earlier that it was great the Pirates were getting to the Dodgers’ bullpen two days in a row. That should provide the...

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2010 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

So far in my 2010 preview I’ve looked at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, potential trades during the 2010 season, and 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Also, be sure to check out the Opening Day Payroll projection for the breakdown of salaries for the 2010 40-man roster.  Today, for opening day, we’ll wrap things up by looking at the expectations for each player on...

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