All posts tagged "Jeff Karstens"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Worst Game Of the Season; Walker Takes First Swings in Cage

    After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk. “Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Notebook: Locke Better Than Line; Pirates Keeping it One Day at a Time

    Jeff Locke was pushed into the starting rotation on Monday at PNC Park so the club could get a good look at the young prospect as a starter. Locke made two relief appearances earlier last month with the Pirates and tossed a combined 4.1 scoreless frames in a role that he was unfamiliar with....

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    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Exits Outing With Injury; Hurdle Believes Team Can Finish

    Jeff Karstens attempted to battle through a left groin strain on the mound on Friday in Milwaukee, but the decision proved to be costly to the club. During the five days of rest, Karstens worked with the Pirates staff and recreated game adrenaline to test out the injury. The right-hander shortened his side...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Blanks Cardinals; Weekend Rotation Set

    The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff shined at PNC Park on Wednesday night. Wandy Rodriguez and the bullpen blanked St. Louis, which extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 21 frames. Not since the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss had the Cardinals plated a run off Pittsburgh’s arms. The feat was impressive considering the Cardinals...

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    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

    The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Two Outs Hurt Bucs; Pirates Continue to Make Waiver Claims

    Two-out hits hurt the Pirates on both sides of the ball on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The Brewers did their damage from two-out knocks off Erik Bedard, while Pittsburgh wasn’t able to capitalize on two-out hitting. Six of the seven runs the pitching staff surrendered game with two-outs, while the Bucs...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Karstens, McKenry Playing Wiffle Ball; Tabata in Better Frame of Mind

    When Jeff Karstens takes the mound, Michael McKenry is usually the guy behind the plate. It’s been that way for the past two seasons more often than not, but the two work well and have fun together. “It’s a lot of fun because there’s a lot of trickery involved, different aspects of...

  • Injury Updates
    Karstens, Tabata Exit Game With Groin Injuries

    Both Jeff Karstens and Jose Tabata exited Saturday night's 4-0 win over Milwaukee due to groin injuries. Karstens injured his right groin after making a pitch to Norichika Aoki with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning. After being evaluated by the training staff, Manager Clint Hurdle elected to...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bucs on Winning End of 19-inning Game

    Not since the heartbreaking 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, which began the slide for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, had the club played a game that lasted this long.  The Bucs have played just four extra-inning games in the 2012 season, the longest lasting 12 frames. That was until...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Tinkering with Curve; McDonald Gets Bumped in Rotation

    Jeff Karstens has been working on some adjustments over his last several starts. Since returning from the disabled list due  to a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss over two months, Karstens has posted a 3.79 ERA after his four earned run outing on Monday against Los Angeles. “I don’t think...

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