Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 4/4/13
One of the things that I hate the most about April baseball is this sentence: "I know it's early, but ..." followed by a complaint about whatever pre-season concern they had. The Pirates offense has looked terrible in three games against the Cubs this week and it's been a little depressing to see, but they were also three games played in a freezing cold Pittsburgh April. It sucks, but it's not worth drawing conclusions about anybody from these three games.  Of course, that includes the pitching staff. The good news is that there was some good news on that front today. James McDonald, King of Not Getting Out of the Seventh Inning in 2011, Duke of the Second Half Collapse in 2012, and Earl of Not Getting Out of the Second Inning Against a Double-A Team in an Exhibition Start in 2013, was excellent this afternoon. He cruised through seven easy innings against the Cubs, throwing 61 strikes in his 97 pitches, holding the Cubs to two hits, two walks and a run. Every single cold weathe...
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