Game 18 Recap: Bucs Shutout Again by Fish

Ricky Nolasco and Edwin Mujica combined on a five hit shutout as the Pirates failed to score for the second time in a row. Charlie Morton was victimized by a bunch of two out hits. It was an ugly second inning. Morton got the first two batters but gave up consecutive singles to John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. He walked Nolasco and then gave up a two run single to Chris Coghlan. Omar Infante’s single into left was misplayed by...

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The Glass is Half Empty in Pittsburgh

Who would have guessed that in his first three starts of the season, Charlie Morton would have a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings?  Who would have guessed he would have a complete game one run outing on the road against the Cincinnati Reds, and a one run, six inning outing on the road against Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals?  Based on his 7.57 ERA in 2010, and the outcry over the idea that he would be in the rotation again this...

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Game 13 Recap: Morton Goes the Distance in Bucs Win

The Toothpick Factory resembled the Lumber Company of old. The Pirates jumped on former Bucco Bronson Arroyo with both feet. Arroyo scattered twelve outs among nine hits and two walks. The Pirates got to him for five tallies. On the flip side, Charlie Morton equaled his 2010 win total with a complete game and was just one out away from tossing a shutout. Both teams had opportunities in the first inning. The Pirates stranded Jose...

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Game 9: Wigginton Haunts Old Team in 8th

Ty Wigginton is the answer to a pretty good trivia question: Who is the player the Pirates acquired for Kris Benson while apparently passing on Ryan Howard? Pittsburgh also got Jose Bautista in that deal. Both players went on to much greater success while wearing other team’s laundry. It was Wigginton who beat up on his old team tonight. With the score knotted at three in the eighth, Wiggy batted with the bases loaded and two...

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Taking a Look at Morton’s Pitch Location

Obviously, Charlie Morton leaned heavily on his sinker last night in St. Louis. According to Brooks Baseball, 68 of his 94 pitches were sinkers (Brooks officially labels them as two-seam fastballs). The pitch was effective, with 15 of 18 balls in play ending up on the ground. The Cardinals were unable to do much with the sinker, so Morton just kept serving it up. In addition to leaning heavily on one pitch type, Morton also focused on...

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