Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret. Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits...

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Looking Back at Michael Crotta

I’ve been running this site for a little over two years now.  In those two years, I’ve seen guys in minor league games who have gone on to make the majors.  Pedro Alvarez is one example, as I watched him when he started his career in Lynchburg, to the point where he cracked the majors last June.  Even when Alvarez was in Lynchburg, and even though he struggled at the level, you knew he was going to end up in the majors....

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Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it’s a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors.  Last year’s wave was full of...

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The Final Three Roster Spots

After the news this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates cut four players, there are three roster spots remaining.  The cuts this morning left Steve Pearce with a roster spot on the bench, while Garrett Olson is all but a guarantee to win a job in the bullpen.  Here are the other guarantees, which can also be found on the Spring Training tracker. Catcher – Chris Snyder First Base - Lyle Overbay Second Base - Neil Walker Shortstop...

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Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever would make the majors, despite their non-roster invitee status.  The final spot was seen as a battle between out-of-options relievers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and the loser of the...

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