Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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Game 42 Recap: Morton’s Shutout Ends Losing Streak

What a difference a year makes for Charlie Morton. He was an enigma last year. How could a guy with such good stuff be so bad? Well, he has turned it around this year. He tossed his second complete game of the season (and second against Cincinnati) and was credited with his second career shutout. What little offense there was came in spurts. The Pirates and Reds each collected two hits in the first inning. Neither was able to score....

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Game 38 Recap: Gallardo Topples Bucs

Yovani Gallardo has the Pirates number. On the mound. At the plate. He’s a pain in the rear. Gallardo added a win, two hits, two runs and an RBI to his already impressive resume against the Pirates. The Pirates wasted an early chance against Gallardo. He gave up a single to Neil Walker and then walked Pedro Alvarez to commence the top of the second. But Lyle Overbay and Chris Snyder were retired without either runner advancing....

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Justin Wilson: The Left Handed Charlie Morton?

Last night, Justin Wilson put up a typical Justin Wilson stat line: seven shutout innings, one hit allowed, five walks, and three strikeouts.  Wilson threw 98 pitches in the outing, but only 59 went for strikes.  For a detailed report of the game, Pat at WHYGAVS was in attendance, and has a good write up. I mention that this was a typical Justin Wilson outing because, despite not having the best control, he somehow took a no hitter in...

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Game 33 Recap: Morton Continues Electricity

Charlie Morton picked up his fourth win of 2011 by going 7-2/3 innings against Houston. The Pirates offense showed some signs of life with to multi-run outbursts. The fun started in the second when Lyle Overbay drilled a lead off homer against Bud Norris. Chris Snyder walked and Ronny Cedeno singled him to second. Norris sandwiched whiffs of Brandon Wood and Morton in there to get down as Andrew McCutchen stepped up. He delivered a...

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