Pirates Notebook: Maholm is better with Diaz

I’ve posted this many times in the past, but I feel it needs to be posted after every Paul Maholm start. Paul Maholm and Jason Jaramillo just don’t mix. Before I go on, the updated CERA chart, comparing the pitching rotation under Ryan Doumit, Robinzon Diaz, and Jason Jaramillo: As you can see, Maholm has been great with Doumit and Diaz, and horrible with Jaramillo. Tonight was just another example. The issue was brought...

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Pirates Notebook: Delwyn is not an upgrade over Moss

When the Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers, the thought was that Young would be given work at second base, to eventually take over as the replacement for Freddy Sanchez. The latest talk on Young is that he should step in to the lineup right now. The difference is that, rather than stepping in at second, most people want him stepping in for Brandon Moss in right field. Moss started the season hitting for a .203 average in...

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Pirates Notebook: Penguins show what is wrong with the Pirates

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their first Stanley Cup since 1992 (which was the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season) I’ve noticed a lot of people wondering why the Pirates can’t compete in a city where the other two professional sports teams are currently champions. A few of the common complaints I’ve noticed: -The Penguins actually pursue free agents (Fedotenko, Satan)-Rather...

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Pirates Notebook: Long wait until August 17th

The Pirates locked up their first round pick today, signing Tony Sanchez to what is being reported as a $2.475 M bonus by the PPG (which is the same amount that Daniel Moskos received two years ago). I updated the 2009 Draft Pick Signing Tracker (well, created it, actually) and put a few thoughts down earlier today on the signing. We’re so used to seeing prospects creep through our minor league systems. Either they’re...

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Pirates Notebook: Wrapping up the draft

Day three of the draft isn’t as exciting as the first two days. The top prospects are long gone, and there are a few guys who fell, or a few hidden gems, but for the most part it’s hard to get a quality player from this round. Not impossible though, it just takes a lot of investing. For example, take the 39th round pick, Keifer Nuncio, a high school right handed pitcher. Nuncio is 6’0″, 195 pounds, with a...

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