The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 20

On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded first baseman Dick Stuart and pitcher Jack Lamabe to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Don Schwall and catcher Jim Pagliaroni. Stuart was covered in the November 7th article here. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh with a .273 average and 117 homers. He had a great 1961 season, hitting .301 with 35 homers and 117 RBI’s but struggled in 1962 and he was horrible...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Rotation

Perhaps no position reflected the ups and downs of the 2011 season more than the starting rotation.  Coming in to the 2011 season, the rotation was looked upon as the biggest weakness of the team.  The priority over the off-season was to upgrade the rotation, with a lot of fans feeling that the rotation had as many as four spots open.  Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a year.  Paul Maholm didn’t post good numbers...

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Game 162 Recap: Season Ends With Loss and 3 HRs Allowed

The season ended much the way it has gone over the last couple of months. There wasn’t much to write home about from the slab and there wasn’t much offense to speak of. Milwaukee used three homers to support Zach Greinke. Jeff Locke allowed three long balls. The Pirates scored two of their three runs courtesy of Brewer errors. The Pirates put the first two runners on base in the second inning as Derrek Lee walked and...

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Game 157 Recap: Ludwick’s Walk Off Single Brings Bucs to 70 Wins

It won’t be a .500 season. It likely won’t even be a 75 win season. But one milestone was cleared in this game – the Pirates won for the 70th time on the year for the first time since 2004. The early part of the game looked promising for starter Jeff Locke to pick up his first Major League win. Garrett Jones crushed a homer to deep center in the second off of Edinson Volquez with Ryan Doumit aboard. In the third...

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