All posts tagged "Jeff Karstens"

  • Game Recaps
    Game 86 Recap: Karstens Wins Again

    Pittsburgh is four games over .500 this late in the year since 1992. I don’t care what happens the rest of the way. This is a triumph. This is better than I expected. Granted, my expectations were low. I thought a twelve game improvement versus 2010 would be a good bump up....

  • Game Recaps
    Game 80 Recap: Karstens Continues to Impress

    Jeff Karstens was efficient and effective over seven innings and the Pirates used a balanced, powerful (seven extra base hits) attack to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 in the rubber game of the inter-league matchup. Pittsburgh jumped out early on Brett Cecil, who was making his first start since April. Alex Presley...

  • Analysis
    Should the Pirates Make a Move?

    At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren't winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 76: Bucs Move 2 Games Over .500 Behind Karstens

    It was the biggest crowd in PNC history. Though the Pirates won, many in attendance didn’t go home happy because they are part of Red Sox Nation. For the second straight day, the Pirates played a close one and came out on top. They are now two games over .500 once again....

  • Analysis
    Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

    On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the...

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    Game 71 Recap: Bucs Lose on Extra Inning Blast from Phelps

    Cord Phelps hit a walk off three run homer off Tim Wood in the eleventh inning, concluding a game delayed by rain for nearly two hours and giving Cleveland a three game sweep. The Pirates scored twice in the first off of Justin Masterson and then not again. Jeff Karstens pitched well...

  • Analysis
    Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

    Is the bullpen really bad, or is Hanrahan really good? Watching Jose Veras closing out the ninth inning in yesterday's game gave me an all too familiar feeling.  It was the same feeling I got at times when Matt Capps was on the mound.  It was the same feeling that I got...

  • Game Recaps
    Game 66 Recap: Karstens Lifts Bucs Up to .500

    The Pirates moved back up to .500 with a nail biting, 1-0 victory over Houston. Jeff Karstens played the hero by tossing 6-2/3 innings of shutout baseball, dropping his ERA to less than 3.00. The offense was still problematic, but four relievers combined to keep Houston off the scoreboard. Bud Norris was...

  • Analysis
    Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

    Pittsburgh got seven scoreless innings out of Karstens. This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth...

  • Analysis
    Game 56 Recap: Bucs Overcome Phils in 12

    Tabata drove in both Pirate runs It took twelve innings. It was dominated by pitching. In the end, Pittsburgh prevailed 2-1 in a contest that saw only 21 baserunners combined between the two teams. Through five innings, each club had only one hit. The Phillies best chance to score was in the...

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