Pirates Notebook: Morton needs to lay off the curveball

I was looking over Charlie Morton’s numbers on his FanGraphs page, and noticed a major difference between 2009 and 2010.  No, not the ERA, something else. I was looking at his pitch selection, and saw that he went from throwing his fastball 64.3% of the time in 2009 to just 58.4% of the time in 2010 heading in to tonight’s game.  So I decided to keep a running tally of Morton’s pitches tonight, looking at...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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Pirates Notebook: Problems go beyond the pitching staff

I’m not calling anyone out with this post.  Over the last few days I’ve seen a similar message repeated by many people, whether it’s in the live blogs, Twitter, or message boards.  The message varies, but it’s usually focused around the need for pitching in the Pirates rotation. It’s obvious that the Pirates have seen pitching struggles.  The 36 runs they allowed in the last three games...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates are right to stick with Morton

The overwhelming reaction I noticed tonight, following another horrible start from Charlie Morton, was a call for him to be sent down.  Yes, Morton has one option remaining.  That’s irrelevant though, as Neal Huntington already said he wouldn’t be demoted.  And that’s the right call to make. It’s clear that Morton has been bad to start the season.    He allowed eight runs in 3.1 innings...

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Ross Ohlendorf to DL, McCutchen recalled to start tonight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive 4/12, and have recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen to start tonight’s game, according to the BucsInsider Twitter account.  By placing Ohlendorf on the disabled list, the Pirates were able to call up McCutchen early, as otherwise they would have had to wait ten days after optioning him to the minors....

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