Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually the thought is “the Pirates will do nothing, and will go in to the following season with what they have”.  In the past, history has shown...

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Game 148 Recap: Loss 81 is Here

Before anything else, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Pirates will need to win their final 14 games to avoid being below .500 for the 19th straight season. We all knew this day was coming. It doesn’t make it any easier, especially given that the Pirates allowed two ninth inning runs and lost a run due to a blown call by the third base ump Sam Holbrook. It didn’t start well as Jeff Karstens gave up...

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Projecting the 2012 Pirates Rotation

A lot of focus goes to offense, and particularly power, in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system.  However, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that pitching wins games.  You can have a good offense, but you can lose due to a lack of pitching.  Likewise, you don’t need the best offense if your pitching is strong.  We saw the latter this year.  The Pirates were winning and contending...

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Did the Pirates Miss An Opportunity with Maholm?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a tough decision to make this off-season when it comes to Paul Maholm.  The left hander has an option for $9.75 M, with a $750 K buyout.  Coming in to the year, the option number seemed high, based on the results of Maholm’s previous two years, in which he combined for a 4.76 ERA in 380 innings.  However, Maholm has been strong this year, with a 3.66 ERA in 162.1 innings. A left hander who can...

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Game 129 Recap: Bucs Toss Combined Shutout Against Brewers

Pittsburgh earned a split of the four game set with Milwaukee as four pitchers combined on a shutout. The Pirates only managed four safeties, but pushed across two runs to beat Shaun Marcum. Aaron Thompson threw 4-1/3 scoreless innings in his Major League Debut. The good stuff started in the first. Jose Tabata doubled leading off the inning. He was bunted to second by Josh Harrison. Andrew McCutchen’s fly ball scored him with...

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