Pirates Game 5 Recap: Everything goes right

I know it’s early, but let’s consider the small sample of success we’ve seen from the Pirates so far: -Early signs are showing that Paul Maholm was no fluke last year (1.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and only 3 walks in 13.2 innings).-The Pirates have received four quality starts in their five games. The only reason they’re not 4-1 right now is because Chris Carpenter shut the offense down in Ross Ohlendorf’s...

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Maholm's Arm, Bucco Long Balls Best Reds

What a great sign it is to see Paul Maholm toss the ball so well. He was perfect into the fourth inning and allowed just three hits and one run over seven. Nate McLouth belted a two run homer in the first inning and also drove in a run in a two run fourth to ease the Pirates to a nice lead. Maholm did the rest. Ryan Doumit hit a grand slam and Adam LaRoche followed with a solo homer in the ninth to put the Pirates run total to 10....

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates MVP Tracker

Update 5/25/09: The MVP Tracker has changed. Read about the changes in the second section of this Pirates Notebook. An archive of all the points awarded by game can be found here. You may have to reload the page to get the updated...

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Bucs Win Opener on Wilson's Late Game Heroics

Call this one a game of the unexpected I didn’t expect it to be 42 degrees with 17 mph winds in St. Louis on Opening Day. I didn’t expect Adam LaRoche to collect a two hit game until at least six weeks into the season. I didn’t expect Nyjer Morgan to reach the three hit plateau for the fifth time in his career. I didn’t expect Jack Wilson to be back as Buccos SS this year. Yet, there he was delivering a...

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2009 Pirates Preview: 17 Things to Watch For (Besides the losing streak)

So far in my preview of the 2009 season I’ve covered the expectations for every player on the opening day roster, the players we will likely see mentioned in trade rumors this year, and the top 30 prospects for 2009. The biggest story of the 2009 season has yet to be mentioned. That story is the consecutive losing streak. The Pirates have lost 16 years in a row, with 2009 looking very much like year 17. That 17th year would be a...

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