Michael Crotta 4/13 Video Recap

I was in attendance for Michael Crotta’s start on Tuesday, April 13th against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Crotta had an excellent outing, taking a no-hitter in to the sixth inning, and getting an amazing 16:1 ground ball to fly ball ratio.  Crotta’s final line was: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.  Below is every pitch thrown by Crotta (well, all except for one in the top of the 5th) in the start. Check out my...

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Altoona Curve Game Recap

I lived in two different areas of Pennsylvania for about 12 years, living in the Altoona area for seven years. Unfortunately, the Altoona Curve didn’t move to the area until 2-3 years after I moved to Virginia.  So despite living in the Altoona area, this was my first visit to Blair County Ballpark. I got to the park early, after making the excellent decision to pick up a jacket from the local mall.  When I left...

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Altoona Curve Roster Set

The Altoona Curve Opening Day Roster is set, according to the Altoona Mirror.  The roster is as follows: C - Kris Watts, Hector Gimenez1B - Matt Hague2B - Josh HarrisonSS - Chase D’Arnaud3B - Jordy MercerOF - Miles DurhamOF - Gorkys HernandezOF - Alex Presley Bench - Jose De Los Santos, Shelby Ford, Jim Negrych SP - Tim AldersonSP - Michael CrottaSP...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 50 Prospects: 36-40

To cap off the end of the 2009 season, I’m going to be counting down my list of the top 50 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. This week I’ll be running through prospects 31-50 in groups of five, with one group a day. Starting next week I’ll be counting down one prospect per day, with an extensive recap on each player, until I reach number one. Check out the previous installments: 46-50 41-45 Here are...

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Positional Breakdowns: First Base

I always felt that Adam LaRoche got a bad rap while he was in Pittsburgh. Many players get criticized for being unpredictable. In LaRoche’s case, he was too predictable. LaRoche started out every season with a poor April, heated up in May and June, then caught fire from July to the end of the season. LaRoche is a career .274 hitter, and I’m sure if you go and look at the breakdown of most .270-.280 hitters, you’ll...

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