Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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Pirates Notebook: Home field advantage

A lot of Pirates fans have to be worried after the recent sweep by the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates should have won two of those games, and could have easily won all three. Instead the Pirates extended their losing streak to four games, and sit at 31-38 on the season. I don’t see this as anything out of the ordinary. This season the Pirates are 17-12 at home, but a disappointing 14-26 on the road. It’s not uncommon for a...

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Pirates Notebook: Delwyn is not an upgrade over Moss

When the Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers, the thought was that Young would be given work at second base, to eventually take over as the replacement for Freddy Sanchez. The latest talk on Young is that he should step in to the lineup right now. The difference is that, rather than stepping in at second, most people want him stepping in for Brandon Moss in right field. Moss started the season hitting for a .203 average in...

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Pirates Notebook: How to boost the offense

The Pirates offense has just looked pathetic in the last two games. For the last 20 innings, the Pirates have been held scoreless, getting completely shut down by Gavin Floyd (who came in to this series with an ERA over 7), and Clayton Richard (who entered tonight’s game with a 1.59 WHIP). The worst part is that two great pitching outings were wasted in the last two nights. Zach Duke pitched a gem yesterday, needing only 88...

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Pirates Notebook: Not a good series against the Nats

Yeah, the Pirates went 3-1 against the Nationals, and they came very close to sweeping Washington in four games. Then again, the Nationals came very close to sweeping the Pirates in four games as well. Let’s ignore the Pirates taking three out of four for a second and break down the games in this series: Game One: The Pirates were down 5-3 after five innings. Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, making his second start in the big...

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