Lynchburg Hillcats Recap: Pedro Alvarez walks three times

Despite living about an hour away from Lynchburg for the past 14 years, I’ve never been to a game. That changed tonight, as I went to see Pedro Alvarez in action, along with Pirates’ prospects Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer. I had two initial reactions to the field. First, the wall is double the height of a normal wall all the way around. It’s 390 to center field, but it would take a blast to hit a homer out in center...

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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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Pirates Game 4 Recap: Carpenter shuts down offense

The Pirates lost to the Cardinals today, evening the series at 2-2. While any loss is disappointing, this one had some encouraging aspects, and some good moments. Ross Ohlendorf had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs. He was helped by some solid defense, such as a great running catch by Nyjer Morgan, and a double play by Brandon Moss, with the second out coming from a throw out at...

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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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2009 Pirates Preview: Top 30 Prospects

The most telling thing about any 2009 prospect list you see for the Pirates is easily the amount of players on the list who have been acquired since Dave Littlefield left. Nothing speaks more as to why we’re in the situation we are in than looking at the poor draft history of this team, and imagining the weak farm system before 2008 that didn’t include half of the prospects on my list. My list includes pretty much the same...

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