Pirates Notebook: Problems go beyond the pitching staff

I’m not calling anyone out with this post.  Over the last few days I’ve seen a similar message repeated by many people, whether it’s in the live blogs, Twitter, or message boards.  The message varies, but it’s usually focused around the need for pitching in the Pirates rotation. It’s obvious that the Pirates have seen pitching struggles.  The 36 runs they allowed in the last three games...

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Pirates Notebook: I Love the Bullpen

If there’s one thing I like about the 7-5 start to the season, it’s the bullpen.  I’m very comfortable with this bullpen when the Pirates are holding a lead, or when they’re trying to stay in the game.  That wasn’t exactly the case in years past.  There was Matt Capps bombing last year.  There have been guys like Tyler Yates and Denny Bautista blowing up in the middle innings. One of...

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Ross Ohlendorf to DL, McCutchen recalled to start tonight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive 4/12, and have recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen to start tonight’s game, according to the BucsInsider Twitter account.  By placing Ohlendorf on the disabled list, the Pirates were able to call up McCutchen early, as otherwise they would have had to wait ten days after optioning him to the minors....

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Pirates Notebook: Not so lucky today

Yesterday I talked about the bad things that the Pirates managed to get away with in their extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, the Pirates weren’t so lucky.  For reference, here is what I said, followed by my recap a day later: It wasn’t all good tonight. I mentioned earlier that it was great the Pirates were getting to the Dodgers’ bullpen two days in a row. That should provide the...

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2010 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

So far in my 2010 preview I’ve looked at ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors this season, potential trades during the 2010 season, and 18 things to watch for in 2010.  Also, be sure to check out the Opening Day Payroll projection for the breakdown of salaries for the 2010 40-man roster.  Today, for opening day, we’ll wrap things up by looking at the expectations for each player on...

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