Game 17 Recap: Josh Johnson is an Ace

Marlins starter Josh Johnson faced one batter over the minimum in seven shutout innings. He gave up two singles and a walk and got two double plays behind him. The Marlins managed to piece together two big innings, collecting seven of their nine hits during those frames. The first hiccup was in the second. And it started with two outs. Mike Stanton was hit by Paul Maholm. Three straight singles from John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and...

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Game 14 Recap: Hernandez’ Slam Dooms Bucs

Ramon Hernandez highlighted a seven run fifth inning with a grand slam as Cincinnati returned the beating by winning 11-2. The pitch Hernandez drove over the fence was the last toss from Pirates starter James McDonald. The Reds drew first blood as Jonny Gomes hit a solo homer off McDonald in the second. Joey Votto’s two out RBI single in the third plated Drew Stubbs, who had doubled, and made it 2-0. Pittsburgh tied it up in the...

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Pitch f/x: Comparing the Strike Zones for Pirates, Opponents

There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the role of umpiring in the Pirates’ 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. In particular, attention was focused on Mike Crotta’s relief outing in the seventh inning of that game. Crotta walked three of the four batters he faced, helping the Rockies score twice and take a lead they would not relinquish. Pitch f/x data collected by Brooks Baseball indicated that several...

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Game 11: Marcum Handcuffs Bucs

If the Pirates are able to edge close to a .500 season (oh what sweet dream), we will look back on this game as one that got away. I’d like to say that this was a pitcher’s duel. The box score won’t say that it was. I’d also like to say that the Pirates won this one. The box score won’t say that, either. Instead, five innings of hitless baseball were chucked by Kevin Correia with only a loss to show for...

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Game 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through the stats. Despite having the worst K/BB ratio of any staff in the NL, the team came into the game with the third best ERA in the league. Babip against the Pirates hurlers was .279. For the vaunted Phillies, it was .336. The debt collectors...

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