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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Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret. Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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