Game 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through the stats. Despite having the worst K/BB ratio of any staff in the NL, the team came into the game with the third best ERA in the league. Babip against the Pirates hurlers was .279. For the vaunted Phillies, it was .336. The debt collectors...

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Game 7 Recap: Rogers Wrecks Home Opener

Great weather (61 degrees). Nice crowd (second largest in PNC history). Home for the first time after a successful road trip to start the season. A fitting tribute to Chuck Tanner before the game. Everything went according to plan except someone silenced the bats. That someone was Esmil Rogers. Rogers came into the game with nine career starts and two career wins (one in relief and one as a starter). That lone win as a starter came...

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How Short Should Cedeno’s Leash Be?

As I watched Ronny Cedeno bobble an easy double play ball last night, late in the game, a question crossed my mind: how short should the leash be on Cedeno? That’s not because of one play.  Two nights in a row Cedeno made a poor play on an easy double play grounder, and in both cases he put the Pirates at risk of blowing a late lead.  On Sunday he threw wild to second, sending the ball in to right field, and putting the tying...

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Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret. Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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