Pirates Notebook: Aces beware

If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about the Pirates over the last few years, it’s their tendency to be borderline dominant when going up against an ace pitcher, only to get demolished by a guy who probably shouldn’t be in the majors.  The last two nights were a prime example of this phenomenon. Rodrigo Lopez, owner of a career 4.80 ERA, and who put up a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings in 2009, mowed down...

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McCutchen, Iwamura flip flop in order; pitcher to bat eighth

The Pirates will likely bat Akinori Iwamura first, Andrew McCutchen second, the pitcher eighth and Ronny Cedeno ninth often this season....

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Spring Training Notes

A few notes/observations to close out the night: -I’m going to Spring Training March 23rd-25th.  I’ll be arriving in Bradenton on the 23rd, going to the Red Sox/Pirates game on the 24th, and either going to the Braves/Pirates game on the 25th, or going to Pirates City for some minor league games over there.  I’m hoping to have some video, as well as a lot of photos.  You can access my updates from...

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The Shortstop Situation

Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic reviewed the team needs that have been filled this off-season, noting that the Pirates plugged a big hole at second base, and filled a need with their additions to the bullpen.  However, DK made a good point that shortstop, much like second base, was a big need heading in to this off-season, and that the Ronny Cedeno/Bobby Crosby combo might not be the answer. Back in October, when the off-season was...

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What is Zach Duke worth?

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers is today, Tuesday January 19th, at noon.  The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with three players eligible for arbitration.  They signed Ronny Cedeno to a $1,125,000 deal, and non-tendered Matt Capps, which leaves Zach Duke as the only player who has yet to reach an agreement.  If a deal is not reached by noon today, Duke and the Pirates must...

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