All posts tagged "Matt Diaz"

  • Game Recaps
    Game 89 Recap: Correia’s Home Woes Continue

    Kevin Correia suffered his worst outing of the year and the Pirates offense was held in check by Ryan Dempster and the Cubs bullpen. Correia got in trouble from the opening bell. He walked Kosuke Fukudome and gave up a double to Starlin Castro. After getting two outs, he yielded a run...

  • Analysis
    Making Room For the Returning Players

    Alvarez is set to return after the All-Star break. Earlier today I posted a rundown of the injured players on the Pittsburgh Pirates' 40-man roster, noting the estimated returns.  Several players are expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, such as Pedro Alvarez, Joe Beimel, Ronny Cedeno, and Jose Tabata.  While...

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    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....

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    Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

    The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double...

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    Game 82 Recap: Jones, McCutchen Boost Bucs Late

    The Pirates appeared to be wasting yet another strong effort from the starting corps – this time from James McDonald. But back-to-back solo homers in the eighth from Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen propelled the Pirates to a 5-3 win. The Pirates jumped on Livan Hernandez for two first inning runs. Alex...

  • Analysis
    Reverse Trade Values: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Pena

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently sitting at 41-39 on July 1st, a record that no one would have expected at the start of the season.  The record has some questioning whether the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year.  While I've remained cautious about labeling the Pirates as contenders,...

  • 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...

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    Game 79 Recap: Bucs Falter in Support of Maholm (Again)

    If the Pirates manage just four singles and one run, it must mean Paul Maholm started. Brandon Morrow outdueled Maholm and whiffed ten pirates on the way to a 2-1 win. Afer setting down the first ten Pirates he faced, Morrow was scored upon first. Neil Walker walked starting off the fifth....

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    Game 78 Recap: Presley Powers Bucs to Victory

    Alex Presley hit his first Major League homer and drove in three runs. Kevin Correia continued to pick up wins on the road as Pittsburgh took the opener of the series in Toronto with a 7-6 win. Presley got things going in the third inning with a two run homer off of...

  • 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...

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