2009 Pirates are better than 2008 Pirates

At the end of the season last year, after watching the Pirates go 17-37 to finish the final two months of the season, there was little hope in the 2009 team. The Pirates traded their two best hitters of 2008 in Jason Bay and Xavier Nady. Free agency came and went in the coming months, with the only additions being on the bench, and some bullpen depth. It looked as if that 17-37 team was going to be the same team we would see in 2009,...

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Pirates Game 8 Recap: Offensive offense

You can kind of give the Pirates a pass for getting shut down by Kyle Lohse last week. Lohse was much better at home last year (3.32 ERA) vs the road (4.43 ERA), which explains the home success against the Pirates. You can credit the Chris Carpenter start to a great pitcher who was healthy (although that didn’t last long). You could even say Aaron Harang’s dominating performance was legit, since Harang put up solid numbers...

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Spring Training Battles: Outfield

The July trades of Jason Bay and Xavier Nady brought eight players in to the fold for the Pirates, including top prospects Jose Tabata and Bryan Morris, but in exchange, left the corner outfield spots open for competition this spring. Going in to the 2009 season, the Pirates have Brandon Moss, Nyjer Morgan, and Steven Pearce competing for the two corner outfield spots, with top prospects Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata the eventual...

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What If: The Pirates Kept Bay/Nady

I’ve been updating the National League database the past week at AccuScore, getting ready for the start of the season. Soon we will have our initial previews out, although a lot will happen between that point and the end of Spring Training to change those projections. Not too much Pirates news lately, so I figured I’d go with the age old debate tonight: what if the Pirates didn’t trade Jason Bay and Xavier Nady? With...

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