Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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Game 109 Recap: Bucs Lose 1-0 to Cubs

Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings. But he was matched by Matt Garza. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer off Chris Resop in the eighth and that was the only run of the game. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to be stagnant. They collected only four hits. Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch from Carlos Marmol to start the ninth he was stranded at second ax recently activated Ryan Doumit sniffed to end the game. Morton went seven...

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Game 104 Recap: Halladay Extends Pirates Hitting Woes

Much in the same way that Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue in the movie ‘Airplane’, the Pirates picked the wrong day to try to score five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 4 and July 5. Pittsburgh faced Roy Halladay and he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings. The Phillies scored eight quick runs off of Charlie Morton to make it a laugher. With Milwaukee and...

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Game 99 Recap: Bucs Squeak Out a Win in Extras

Former Reds pitcher and long time broadcaster Joe Nuxhall would occasionally describe a rather poorly played game by saying ‘There isn’t a woman in the world uglier than that game.’ The Ol’ Lefthander likely would’ve busted out that phrase had he been on hand for today’s proceedings. The Pirates managed only seven hits. St. Louis committed three errors. The only Pirates to knock in a run both came...

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The Pitching Staff is Good, But Not This Good

One of the big concerns I’ve had with the makeup of the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been the starting pitching.  The rotation has been the strong point of the team this year.  Pirates’ starters have the 8th best ERA in the league, at a combined 3.58.  Four of their five starters have ERAs of 3.80 or better.  The leaders are Jeff Karstens, with a 2.55 ERA, and Paul Maholm, with a 3.08 ERA.  Since the end of April, three...

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