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Pirates Notebook: Perfect timing for the McLouth trade

I’m finding myself liking the McLouth trade more and more since the deal has been made. My biggest complaint on the deal was that the package we received in return wasn’t enough. Nate’s value should have been high, as he has a gold glove, and hit .276 with 26 homers from the center field position last year, which looks great. Only Carlos Beltran and Josh Hamilton hit for a higher average and more homers from the...

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Pirates Game 8 Recap: Offensive offense

You can kind of give the Pirates a pass for getting shut down by Kyle Lohse last week. Lohse was much better at home last year (3.32 ERA) vs the road (4.43 ERA), which explains the home success against the Pirates. You can credit the Chris Carpenter start to a great pitcher who was healthy (although that didn’t last long). You could even say Aaron Harang’s dominating performance was legit, since Harang put up solid numbers...

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2009 Pirates Preview: 17 Things to Watch For (Besides the losing streak)

So far in my preview of the 2009 season I’ve covered the expectations for every player on the opening day roster, the players we will likely see mentioned in trade rumors this year, and the top 30 prospects for 2009. The biggest story of the 2009 season has yet to be mentioned. That story is the consecutive losing streak. The Pirates have lost 16 years in a row, with 2009 looking very much like year 17. That 17th year would be a...

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2009 Pirates Preview: Top 30 Prospects

The most telling thing about any 2009 prospect list you see for the Pirates is easily the amount of players on the list who have been acquired since Dave Littlefield left. Nothing speaks more as to why we’re in the situation we are in than looking at the poor draft history of this team, and imagining the weak farm system before 2008 that didn’t include half of the prospects on my list. My list includes pretty much the same...

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