Pirates Notebook: Morton needs to lay off the curveball

I was looking over Charlie Morton’s numbers on his FanGraphs page, and noticed a major difference between 2009 and 2010.  No, not the ERA, something else. I was looking at his pitch selection, and saw that he went from throwing his fastball 64.3% of the time in 2009 to just 58.4% of the time in 2010 heading in to tonight’s game.  So I decided to keep a running tally of Morton’s pitches tonight, looking at...

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Pirates Notebook: Baseball Needs Instant Replay

I don’t want to put a damper on today’s game, because honestly, anytime the Pirates can take a series from the Brewers, I’m all for it.  As it happened today, the Pirates got very lucky in their win. I’m not talking about the fact that the Brewers have had so much success against the Pirates in recent history.  I’m not talking about any individual plays, such as the Ryan Doumit home run to tie...

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Pirates Notebook: Breath of Fresh Air

I was getting ready to sit down and watch the game tonight when I got called in to do some work for the Census Bureau.  Luckily I’m just doing courier work, which means while other people are visiting houses where people haven’t filled out the census, I’m just driving from office to office picking up payroll forms.  That allowed me to listen to the game tonight on XM, with Bob Uecker doing the broadcasting,...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Pearce or Walker be on the way?

It seems like every night I’ve got some post talking about upcoming roster moves, the roster moves that were made that day, and any other contingency that could affect the roster moves.  Tonight we’ve got a new batch of updates, leading to some speculation. First, the Pirates designated John Raynor for assignment, and purchased the contract of Jeff Karstens, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Karstens will start...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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