Projecting the 2012 Pirates Rotation

A lot of focus goes to offense, and particularly power, in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system.  However, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that pitching wins games.  You can have a good offense, but you can lose due to a lack of pitching.  Likewise, you don’t need the best offense if your pitching is strong.  We saw the latter this year.  The Pirates were winning and contending...

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Game 131 Recap: Berkman’s Blast is the Difference

The Pirates failed to hold onto a couple of leads as St. Louis captured the second game of the series. Lance Berkman hit a two run blast off Jose Veras in the eighth to give the Cards their first lead of the game at 5-4. And that was how it stayed. Pittsburgh didn damage to St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook from the opening bell. Jose Tabata walked. Alex Presley doubled him to third. Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit followed with RBI...

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Game 125 Recap: Hanrahan Blows Ninth Inning Lead

The Pirates and Reds played through a pair of rain delays. In the end, it was delayed gratification for Pirate fans as Joel Hanrahan gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a rare save opportunity. Pittsburgh jumped out early. Jose Tabata singled to start it off against Mike Leake. Andrew McCutchen poked a two run dinger to left to put the Pirates up 2-0. Leake would get to work, retiring 14 of the next 15 Pirate hitters. That gave the...

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Game 120 Recap: Doumit Power Pirates Over Birds

Ryan Doumit picked up the Pirates offense in a big way. He had four hits and hit a three run homer to support the efforts of James McDonald. Xavier Paul also dingered as Pittsburgh took a much needed win from St. Louis. The Pirates got the long ball bats going. Paul hit a solo dinger off Jake Westbrook leading off the bottom of the first. After an RBI double from Rafael Furcal in the third inning tied it up, Doumit cranked a three run...

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Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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