Found March 12, 2012 on
In what's probably the best news of the spring, Charlie Morton will take the mound against the Phillies today. This means that it's reasonable to think he'll be ready for Opening Day, which is fantastic. Brad Lincoln and Kyle McPherson will both miss their scheduled outings today, due to a calf and dead arm, respectively. "Dead arm" sounds scary, but I think it's pretty common for young guys to have a bit of trouble early in the spring as they try to ramp things up and usually "dead arm" is the catch-all description for this sort of problem. Obviously it could be the sign of something worse for McPherson, but I wouldn't panic about it quite yet. I'm not sure how far Lincoln's calf problem will set him back, but given that Kevin Correia's been solid in his first couple spring training outings, any serious time missed will almost certainly cost Lincoln a chance to make the rotation on Opening Day, especially given Morton's progr...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Final: Phillies 4, Pirates 1
WP: Vance Worley (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
LP: Chris Resop (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
SV: Michael Schwimmer (1, 0.00 ERA)
It was good to see Charlie Morton make his first start in Grapefruit League action today. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two batters. He seems to be progressing quite well and may be ready for the start of the season.
The Pirates offense...
In 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates were what the Houston Astros are today. In 2012, they’re in a better place and there’s growing optimism in Pittsburgh. All one has to do is look at the deal they made last week with Andrew McCutchen.
At six years, $51 million that may seem like a lot to the ordinary citizen (and you’re not wrong), but in baseball terms this could be as big a...
Phillies (4-5) at Pirates (3-6)
1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
The Bucs take on the Phils today at McKechnie. You can listen to it on the Fan.
Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates, which is significant. This will be the first official game action for #ElectricStuff and it will be interesting to see how much he has progressed...
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I would like to make it known that I originally posted this poll before the AJ Burnett incident. Not long after it went up, 3rd was the early leader. It wasn’t until Burnett broke his face in training that dead last became the predominate choice among the BB&...
With Andrew McCutchen's six-year, $51.5 million extension out of the way, it was signed March 6, the Pirates can reasonably take a look far down the road at what looks like the franchise's most dynamic outfield since Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla.
Jeff Niemann and Kevin Correia each breezed through three innings in their second spring training starts Sunday, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday.
Niemann was perfect for the Rays, throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. He is contending for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.
Correia gave up two hit and walked one for Pittsburgh. The 31...
The Phils have an easy day as they put down the Pirates, 4-1.
The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with nobody out, Hector Luna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Pirates cut the Phils’...
The Rays defeated the Pirates in walk-off fashion with two runs in the ninth inning on Sunday.
At the plate:
Pedro Alvarez homered (to the opposite field, again!), which is excellent to see.
Alvarez is now 3 for 14 this spring with 2 homers and 4 strikeouts.
Jake Fox also homered.
On the mound:
Kevin Correia pitched well: 3 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 0 runs
The Phillies cruised past the Bucs today at McKechnie.
At the plate:
The Pirates were awful. They had two hits (singles by Gorkys Hernandez and Jordy Mercer).
Phillies starter Vance Worley pitched four perfect innings and struck out eight. Yeesh.
On the mound:
Charlie Morton made his first start, which alone is great news. He allowed four hits, but didn’t allow any runs or walks...
Last year the Pirates tried to put an end to my relentless attack of literary low blows. Shortly after the All-Star break they were atop the NL Central and my head was appropriately buried in the sand (not kidding; by the way, it sucks.)
But then came Jerry Meals’ blown call and down, down, DOWN came the Pirates, settling into yet another comfortably uncomfortable 90 loss season...