Pirates Game 11 Recap: Rotation looks great

I missed the game 10 recap, but the story for the last two games can pretty much be summed up by the starting pitching lines: Game 10 (Paul Maholm): 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 2 KGame 11 (Ian Snell): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 K This game marks the third time this week that the Pirates have shut out their opponents, with Maholm, Snell, and Zach Duke leading the way. For a rotation that was one of the worst in the majors last year, this...

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Snell Efficient and Monroe Supplies the Boom

Craig Monroe got the start in right today and drove in six runs. He did that by clouting a pair of three run homers. The first came off of Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes and blew open a 2-0 game. The second came two innings later off of Buddy Carlyle. Monroe’s outburst came in support of Ian Snell who didn’t need much. He went seven innings and allowed three walks, three singles and a double while preventing any Atlanta runs...

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Brandon Webb is the best pitcher in baseball

I was reading the PBC Blog last night and noticed a link to this Wall-Street Journal article. The article suggested that groundballs could be the new strikeouts in baseball, and talked briefly about how the Rockies have gone with groundball pitchers like Ubaldo Jimenez, while the A’s have reloaded their rotation with ground ball specialists. That got me thinking about the importance of ground balls. A strikeout takes at the...

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Pirates Game 6 Recap: Which is the real offense?

If there’s one good thing about today’s loss to Cincinnati, it’s the fact that Ian Snell went six innings, allowing five hits, three walks, and striking out seven, with two earned runs in the first inning. The bad news is that, like we saw in the Ross Ohlendorf start, the Pirates offense was shut down, combining for just three hits, with two of those coming from Nyjer Morgan. Over the past years we’ve seen the...

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Harang Handles Bucs Bats

Not much you can do on a day when just four runners reach base. Aaron Harang faced just thirty hitters, allowed three singles and an HBP in 108 pitches to notch a complete came shutout. The Pirates best chance to score came in the first inning when Nyjer Morgan’s blooper bounced off the glove of a diving Willy Taveras. Morgan was in safely with a sliding double. But he was stranded. The Reds wasted no time in getting to Ian...

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