Trading From the Bullpen in 2010

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a ton of trades in the last two seasons, dealing away seven of their eight starting position players from Opening Day 2008, along with plenty of other players on the roster or in the organization at the time.  A lot has been said about how the Pirates won’t be dealing anyone away this year, although anyone who believes a team with a 25-50 record will, or should, keep the team together...

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Pirates Notebook: Baseball Needs Instant Replay

I don’t want to put a damper on today’s game, because honestly, anytime the Pirates can take a series from the Brewers, I’m all for it.  As it happened today, the Pirates got very lucky in their win. I’m not talking about the fact that the Brewers have had so much success against the Pirates in recent history.  I’m not talking about any individual plays, such as the Ryan Doumit home run to tie...

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation Woes

The Pirates have some interesting situations coming up in the next week with their starting rotation.  Charlie Morton is scheduled to make the start tomorrow against the Astros, and Zach Duke is scheduled to go up against Milwaukee on Monday.  After that, things get kind of tricky. Tuesday’s starter is scheduled to be Daniel McCutchen.  However, McCutchen isn’t exactly going on five days rest.  After...

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Jakubauskas to start Saturday?

Chris Jakubauskas was pulled from his start tonight in Indianapolis and replaced with Jeff Karstens, which means he could very well be the starter on Saturday.  No official announcement has been made, although let’s consider the options: D.J. Carrasco – Pitched today, probably wouldn’t be ready to start Saturday Current Rotation – No one would be able to go on five days rest. Brian Burres – Was just...

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Pirates Notebook: I Love the Bullpen

If there’s one thing I like about the 7-5 start to the season, it’s the bullpen.  I’m very comfortable with this bullpen when the Pirates are holding a lead, or when they’re trying to stay in the game.  That wasn’t exactly the case in years past.  There was Matt Capps bombing last year.  There have been guys like Tyler Yates and Denny Bautista blowing up in the middle innings. One of...

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