Pirates Notebook: Nice start to a long stretch

Yesterday I posted about the controversy over Freddy Sanchez being benched in my “Mythbusters” post. After posting I thought of one more reason why it makes sense to bench Sanchez on Sunday. Today the team started a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, with the final ten games coming on the road. When you consider that Sanchez had played 11 games in 13 days heading in to Sunday, and the Pirates had 16 games in a row coming up,...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/10

The draft is less than a month away, and we’re starting to hear more certainty about how the first round is going to shape up. Not that this is a big surprise, but the Nationals are rumored to be a guarantee to take Stephen Strasburg. At number two there have been rumors that Seattle could then take Tanner Scheppers. We remember Scheppers as the second round pick we didn’t sign from last year’s draft. Despite the...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/23

Dustin Ackley and Rich Poythress are clearly the two best hitters in the Draft Prospects Tracker (and granted I’m only tracking three hitters, but these are two of the few college players considered good enough for a top pick). My feeling is that Ackley is a much better pick, not only due to his hitting and athleticism, but due to the fact that he can play at first base, or in the outfield. I also had concerns that Rich...

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Pirates Game 14 Recap: Karstens rebounds

Another game, and another quality start from the Pirates rotation. This time it was Jeff Karstens, who bombed in his last outing by allowing three runs in four innings, with five walks. Karstens rebounded with a great performance, allowing three hits and one run in six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Tyler Yates pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth. John Grabow came on to close...

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Just got back from the Pirates game

The last time I went to a Pirates game, it was August 25th, 2006, and I proposed to my wife. That sentence gives you an idea of her answer…but then again, how could she say no? After flashing the proposal on the scoreboard, and giving her the ring in front of a sold out crowd (it was a fireworks night, which explains the crowd in late August), the Pirates mascot (not the parrot) brought a basket full of cracker jacks and cotton...

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