Pirates Notebook: Aces beware

If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about the Pirates over the last few years, it’s their tendency to be borderline dominant when going up against an ace pitcher, only to get demolished by a guy who probably shouldn’t be in the majors.  The last two nights were a prime example of this phenomenon. Rodrigo Lopez, owner of a career 4.80 ERA, and who put up a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings in 2009, mowed down...

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Pirates Notebook: Shaping up to be an interesting draft

I was in Charlottesville tonight, watching Deck McGuire take on the University of Virginia, and by the time I got home, the Pirates were down 8-0.  Since I didn’t watch much of the game after that point, I figured I would dedicate the main topic of the notebook to a subject I did follow tonight. Everyone knows about Bryce Harper in the draft this year.  Sports Illustrated called him “baseball’s LeBron...

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2010 Pirates Preview: The Trade Market

Yesterday I started my 2010 Pirates preview with a look at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season.  Today we’re looking at potential trades during the 2010 season. We’ve seen the comments made by the Pirates management that they’re not going to be subtracting from the team in 2010.  The literal translation of this would mean absolutely no trades will be made.  However, I...

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Demoting Jeff Clement to AAA

I want to preface this by saying that I don’t place much value on Spring Training numbers.  There are some stats that can provide encouragement, such as John Raynor’s high batting average, and Garrett Jones hitting two homers in his first 15 at-bats.  There are some stats that cause you to worry, such as Kevin Hart’s four walks in one inning.  I’d classify Jeff Clement’s 1-for-13...

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Spring Training Live Blog: Pirates vs Yankees

The Pirates play the Yankees today in their first real Spring Training game after the 6-1 revenge victory over the Hated Manatees, who are better known now as the State College of Florida.  The game today will be available on MLB.TV, MLB Network, and XM channel 176.  For those of you who don’t have any of those options, you can join the live blog below at game time to follow along with other Pirates bloggers and fans....

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