Brad Lincoln's First Four Starts

What is it about Brad Lincoln and his first four starts at a level? In 2009 he opened the season in AA, posting a 4.26 ERA, a 7.6 K/9, and a 2.7 K/BB ratio in his first four starts. That’s not bad, but nowhere near as good as his performance after the first four starts.  Lincoln put up a 1.61 ERA, a 7.9 K/9, and a 4.1 K/BB ratio in his final 56 innings at the AA level, seeing a huge improvement in his control. After being...

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Not Worried About Alvarez, Lincoln Yet

The big thing every Pirates’ fan has been looking forward to for the 2010 season has been the debuts of top prospect Pedro Alvarez, and top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln.  So far, those debuts have been a bit of a disappointment.  Alvarez is currently hitting for a .114/.158/.171 line in his first 35 at-bats, while Lincoln has a 6.00 ERA, and an 8:8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings of work. Pirates fans may have been spoiled...

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The Second Wave

I came to a realization last night as I was doing the game recap for the Indianapolis Indians.  With Pedro Alvarez getting called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates today, there isn’t much talent remaining at the top level.  The first wave of talent has officially arrived, but it may until this time next year before we see any more additions. Alvarez joins top prospects Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, who were both called up...

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Lincoln/Tabata Debut – Live Blog

Welcome to the PLC live blog of the major league debut for Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata. I am using the Cover It Live software, but I will only be providing occasional updates. If you are looking for a full-blown chat, Raise the Jolly Roger is the place to go.

I will kick things off around 6:45 PM.

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The importance of managing expectations

Brad LincolnAs long-suffering Pirates fans, we are desperate for some sort of hope. With an awful major league team, that hope generally resides in the minor leagues. Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata, the first of three prospects labeled by some as “The Big Three” before the season, are making their major league debuts tonight. With Pedro Alvarez knocking on the door, it is easy for us as fans to get caught up in the excitement of these potential tides of change. But it is important to keep our expectations reasonable.

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