Pirates Notebook: The Unraveling of the Pirates?

The last time the Pirates won a game in Milwaukee was almost two years ago, on May 3rd, 2007. Last year the Pirates were 1-14 against the Brewers. If there’s anything that the Pirates desperately need to continue their hot start to the season, it’s a win against Milwaukee. Jeff Karstens didn’t have his best stuff tonight, going five innings, and allowing five earned runs, thanks to three homers. The Brewers had a 5-2...

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Bucs Sweep Marlins

The Pirates have taken the Marlins for three straight games. The offense was powered by the LaRoche brothers. Adam had four hits and three doubles and Andy drove in two runs. Paul Maholm retired the first nine Marlin clubbers before struggling through innings 4-6 by giving up four runs and eight hits. The bullpen combined four pitches to toss three shutout innings. Maholm departed after six with the score tied at four. But newcomer...

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Pirates Notebook: How sweep it is

For some reason I like these 7-4 wins much better than the 10-0 versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the Pirates treat opposing teams to a good blowout. However, when the Pirates win in blowout style, you get the feeling that part of that was due to the other team slumping on that particular day. In a game like we saw today, there’s the feeling that the Pirates could be legit, with the ability to hang with teams not...

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Pirates Game 11 Recap: Rotation looks great

I missed the game 10 recap, but the story for the last two games can pretty much be summed up by the starting pitching lines: Game 10 (Paul Maholm): 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 2 KGame 11 (Ian Snell): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 K This game marks the third time this week that the Pirates have shut out their opponents, with Maholm, Snell, and Zach Duke leading the way. For a rotation that was one of the worst in the majors last year, this...

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Brandon Webb is the best pitcher in baseball

I was reading the PBC Blog last night and noticed a link to this Wall-Street Journal article. The article suggested that groundballs could be the new strikeouts in baseball, and talked briefly about how the Rockies have gone with groundball pitchers like Ubaldo Jimenez, while the A’s have reloaded their rotation with ground ball specialists. That got me thinking about the importance of ground balls. A strikeout takes at the...

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