Card Bats, Lohse's Arm Beat Back Bucs

Anyone with delusions of a perfect season can put them to rest. Kyle Lohse was solid in seven innings, giving up just five hits and three runs. Two of those runs came from a Freddy Sanchez homer. Ian Snell gave up at least one run in each of the innings that he worked. St. Louis tagged him for five extra base hits and four singles. One of those XBH was Yadier Molina’s first triple since 2005. Pirate batters managed just one...

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2009 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

With the 25-Man roster set, and assuming no trades will be made, let’s go player by player and review the expectations for each guy this season. STARTING LINEUP C – Ryan Doumit: Doumit had a breakout season last year, batting .318 with 15 homers in 431 at bats. Simply put, Doumit needs to stay healthy, and prove that performance wasn’t a fluke. 1B – Adam LaRoche: The story on LaRoche has been the same almost...

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Spring Training Battles: Starting Rotation

Last year the downfall of the Pirates was the starting rotation, which led the Pirates to the worst ERA in the NL, and the 28th ranked ERA in the majors. The starting pitchers racked up a 33-67 record, with a 5.36 ERA in their 162 starts. Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny were the two biggest disappointments. I’d say Matt Morris was a big disappointment, but I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, despite the $10 M...

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Can the Pirates afford McLouth and co. in 2012?

The biggest moves the Pirates made this off-season were the extensions of Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm, and Ryan Doumit. Each extension bought out at least one free agent year through the use of an option year. The same process was used with Ian Snell last year. A quick look at the Payroll Commitments Chart shows us that if the Pirates were to pick up the options on all four of these players, they’d be spending almost $37 M in 2012...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2000

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Sean Burnett received a $1,650,000 signing bonus. Jason Sharber received a $500,000 signing bonus. The Chris Young in this draft is the pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He was traded by Dave Littlefield for Matt Herges. Herges was cut before the season...

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