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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Early 2012 Super Two Estimates

According to CAA Sports, an agency that represents numerous athletes across all sports, including Jason Bay, Dan Haren, and Ryan Zimmerman for baseball, the early estimates for the 2012 Super Two class is two years, 146 days. ┬áThat number is based on their own internal analysis, and isn’t an official number, as obviously plenty of things can change between now and the end of the 2011 season, all of which would alter that figure....

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Game 7 Recap: Rogers Wrecks Home Opener

Great weather (61 degrees). Nice crowd (second largest in PNC history). Home for the first time after a successful road trip to start the season. A fitting tribute to Chuck Tanner before the game. Everything went according to plan except someone silenced the bats. That someone was Esmil Rogers. Rogers came into the game with nine career starts and two career wins (one in relief and one as a starter). That lone win as a starter came...

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Game 6 Recap: Correia Sharp as Bucs Best Birds

This club is 4-2 and needs just 78 more wins to a season above .500. Early returns on Kevin Correia are beyond my expectations. The Pirates starter and winner on Opening Day made his second outstanding start of the year. Correia limited St. Louis to five hits and two walks in seven shutout innings to run his record to 2-0 and drop his ERA to 1.38. If there is a concern it is the lack of production. The Pirates collected five extra...

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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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