Anatomy of a loss

The Pirates have managed to produce some very strange methods of losing in Milwaukee this year. Last night, Lastings Milledge misplayed a fly ball into a two-run triple, which directly led to a 7-2 loss. Let’s take a look at just one of the 349,993 ways the Pirates have found to lose a game.

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Pirates to call up Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to call up infielders Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement from AAA.  This is very interesting, as it indicates a potentially big trade in the works.  Langosch mentions that the move could be related to the Chris Snyder trade, as the Pirates will be acquiring Snyder once MLB approves how much money Arizona is sending to Pittsburgh in the deal. Snyder will take one roster spot,...

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Brandon Moss Deserves Another Shot

There’s no question that Brandon Moss played his way out of Pittsburgh in 2009.  After being acquired as one of the pieces in the Jason Bay trade, Moss was given plenty of playing time in 2009 as the starting right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that time he only managed a .236/.304/.364 line with seven homers in 385 at-bats.  Moss displayed great defense from right field, with a 9.7 UZR/150, although without the...

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Notes: Milledge, Church, Russell, Kratz, Heredia, Penn, Moreno

Catching up on the weekend notes… -The platoon is over between Lastings Milledge and Ryan Church.  I posted about a week ago that Church shouldn’t be stealing playing time from Milledge.  I’m glad to see that platoon is over. -Also in that link above, Tony Sanchez could return this season, but no more than a week or two, and Jeff Inman has been shut down with elbow discomfort. -The heat is on John Russell....

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Why is Ryan Church Stealing Time From Lastings Milledge?

Over the past seven games, Ryan Church has made the start in right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates five times.    Church is currently hitting for a .186/.240/.321 line in 156 at-bats this season, while Lastings Milledge is hitting for a .271/.341/.377 line in 247 at-bats.  Neither player is running away with the starting job, but Milledge clearly is doing better, which raises the question as to why Church is stealing...

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