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Midwest Sports Fans:
My preseason prediction to snag one of the two NL Wild Card spots, the Pittsburgh Pirates, are off to a pretty impressive start.
After giving their fans something to get excited about for the first time in a while in 2011, it seems that the Bucs may have figured out how to sustain that success more this year than last year.
Off to a 34-31 start, the Pirates are in 2nd place in the NL Central, 3.5 GB of the Reds and 1 ahead of the Cardinals.
With the Pirates, it’s really the tale of two different teams: the offense and the defense.
Surprisingly Strong Staff
The Pirates’ pitching staff has amassed an impressive 3.51 ERA and has been one of the better pitching staffs in the National League.
A.J. Burnett, my preseason prediction for NL Comeback Player of the Year, has won six straight starts and would be near the top of the NL Cy Young discussion had he not let up 12 runs in one of his starts a while back.
Additionally, John McDonald is finally panning out, holding a 5-3 record with a ...
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After almost two months of watching Clint Barmes‘ unbearably awful struggles at the plate, Pirate fans were very happy to see shortstop prospect Jordy Mercer called up from Indianapolis at the end of May. Mercer wasn’t/isn’t exactly an eye-popping prospect, but had steadily moved through the system and had been hitting the ball very well at the time in Indianapolis.
According to Sosnick Cobbe Sports (Originally posted at Bucs Dugout), RHP Adrian Sampson has signed his deal with the Pirates. Sampson was the Pirates’ 5th round selection and was rated by Baseball America as the 84th best prospect heading into the draft.
Sampson is a RHP from Bellevue Community College who had a commitment to play for Oregon next year. He possesses a 90ish mph...
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Pittsburgh and now bats second for his hometown team. In fact, the guy still lived with his parents while playing with the Pirates during the 2010 season. So why would anyone be surprised by his lunch lady driving to Cleveland for a Father’s Day game? (via @GhostHunterss)
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Everyone but West Virginia in action today.
Indianapolis 10, Gwinnett 2 – Daniel Cabrera started and gave up 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. Duke Welker and Daniel McCutchen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Chris Leroux gave up 1 run over 2/3 of an inning. Gorkys Hernandez was 1 for 3 with 2 walks. Anderson Hernandez went 3 for 6. Jeff Clement was 2 for 5. Yamaico Navarro...
I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m telling you to pick up Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Call me crazy, but the way he’s playing now makes me hope he can be of benefit to your fantasy team. Plus, if you’re currently a cellar dweller, what do you have to lose?
Alvarez got off to a very slow start this season, but, unusually, has gotten out of his slump. He...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the toast of baseball lately, finding themselves with a winning record at 34-31 a whole 65 games into the season. For a franchise which hasn't had a winning season since 1992, this is not insignificant. For a franchise which has had so much trouble evaluating and developing young talent, and made some incredibly mind-bloggling trades (hello, Matt...
The Pirates got off to an excellent start to this week’s homestand, pounding the Twins by a 7-2 score. Even better, they did it with their worst starter on the mound against Minnesota’s best.
Kevin Correia did a very nice job, picking up his first home win in a year. His last one was June 22, 2011 against Baltimore, and all three of his Pirates wins at PNC Park have been against...
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One of the best things about the Pirates thus far in 2012 is that when the play a bad baseball team, they don't mess around with them. The Twins are a pretty bad team this year and the Pirates took advantage of that from the outset of this one. When the Twins tried to fight their way back into it, the Pirates slammed the door shut. This game got off to a weird start when Josh...
Last night was the third night in a row without the Pirates. As I lay in bed I was shocked at how bad I missed seeing the team. I don’t know if it’s the small amount of success or what, but I am basically wrapped around this team’s finger, and I love it. Don’t forget [...]