Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen. That 1-0 lead held up until the eighth, when Steven Drew lined a game-tying single through the...

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Game 70 Recap: Carrasco Keeps Bucco Bats Quiet

Carlos Carrasco retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Guess who started for the Pirates? That’s right, the poster boy for poor run support, Paul Maholm. As he has all season, Maholm pitched well enough to win a typical game. But there has been nothing typical about the Pirates offense this season. The Indians broke out to an early 2-0 lead. Grady Sizemore walked to start...

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Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

Watching Jose Veras closing out the ninth inning in yesterday’s game gave me an all too familiar feeling.  It was the same feeling I got at times when Matt Capps was on the mound.  It was the same feeling that I got when Mike Williams was the closer for the Pirates.  Jose Mesa, Salomon Torres, and more recently, Octavio Dotel have all brought this feeling.  That feeling is that you’re watching someone walking on a high...

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Paul Maholm: Trade or Extend?

Player A: 3.71 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 Player B: 4.44 ERA, 5.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 Player C: 3.77 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 86.0 IP Player D: 6.25 ERA, 4.8 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 99.1 IP Player E: 3.12 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 89.1 IP What do all of the above players have in common?  Spoiler alert: they’re all Paul Maholm. Player A is the 2008 version of Paul Maholm, putting up the 3.71 ERA in 206.1 innings, which earned him a three year...

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Game 65 Recap: Bucs Get Maholm Enough Runs for a W

There was more mayhem on the basepaths. There was a continued lack of offense from the Pirates. Thankfully, Paul Maholm continued to pitch very well. He tossed seven shutout innings and the Pirates scored three times to win 3-1. The Pirates scored early against Mike Pelfrey. Jose Tabata, Xavier Paul and Neil Walker all singled, with Tabata scoring on Walker’s knock. But Paul was picked off second for the first out. Pelfrey...

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