Pirates Notebook: The offense comes alive

At around the seventh inning of Sunday’s game it was starting to feel like the Pirates couldn’t catch a break. They’d get runners at first and second with one out, only to get doubled up on a nice line drive catch. They’d get runners at the corners with two outs, only to see Brandon Moss thrown out after rounding first too far. At one point they had 11 hits and only one run in six innings. That’s almost...

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Pirates Notebook: How to boost the offense

The Pirates offense has just looked pathetic in the last two games. For the last 20 innings, the Pirates have been held scoreless, getting completely shut down by Gavin Floyd (who came in to this series with an ERA over 7), and Clayton Richard (who entered tonight’s game with a 1.59 WHIP). The worst part is that two great pitching outings were wasted in the last two nights. Zach Duke pitched a gem yesterday, needing only 88...

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Pirates Notebook: Not a good series against the Nats

Yeah, the Pirates went 3-1 against the Nationals, and they came very close to sweeping Washington in four games. Then again, the Nationals came very close to sweeping the Pirates in four games as well. Let’s ignore the Pirates taking three out of four for a second and break down the games in this series: Game One: The Pirates were down 5-3 after five innings. Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, making his second start in the big...

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Pirates Notebook: Crow and Scheppers start tomorrow

The Indy league regular season starts tomorrow, which should mark the debut of Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers, two prospects in the 2009 draft. I say debut meaning the regular season debut, as each player has pitched in Spring Training so far. Both players should hold interest with Bucco fans. Crow was one of the top pitching prospects in the draft last year, and is still a top pitching prospect this year. If he can prove that he...

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Pirates Notebook: Nice start to a long stretch

Yesterday I posted about the controversy over Freddy Sanchez being benched in my “Mythbusters” post. After posting I thought of one more reason why it makes sense to bench Sanchez on Sunday. Today the team started a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, with the final ten games coming on the road. When you consider that Sanchez had played 11 games in 13 days heading in to Sunday, and the Pirates had 16 games in a row coming up,...

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