Pirates Notebook: The future of LaRoche

Adam LaRoche had been with the Pirates for two years heading in to the 2009 season. In that time he combined for a .271 average and 46 homers in 1055 at bats. The majority of his struggles came in April of each season. LaRoche hit .133 with a homer every 27.67 at bats in April of 2007, only to hit .296 with a homer every 26.67 at bats the remainder of the season. In 2008 he hit .174 with one homer in 86 at bats in April, and .291 with...

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Pirates Game 7 Recap: Duke throws shutout in home opener

I caught the first six innings of the Pirates game on TV today before leaving for Lynchburg for the Hillcats game. What I saw was very impressive from Zach Duke. It wasn’t an outing where he was catching some breaks, and facing a weak team. It was a situation where he was mowing down batters, and showing signs of dominance. I’m not the biggest believer in Zach Duke. This is mainly because we’ve seen him put up great...

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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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