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I really like Charlie's piece today on Matt Hague and Josh Harrison being bit players no matter what they do in camp this spring. I joked yesterday that I wanted to make a Venn Diagram of people that love Matt Hague and people that hated Steve Pearce, because I suspect that they're many of the same people even though Hague and Pearce seem, to me, to be very similar players. I'm perfectly fine with either, or both, of these guys making the Opening Day roster, but if either one of them ends up with more than a couple hundre plate appearances, it's more likely than not that something went wrong for the Pirates this year.At Pirates Prospects, Tim Williams had a great article on Tim Alderson yesterday. It casts some light on how the Pirates handle long-tossing among their pitching prospects and should go a ways towards dispelling the myth that the Pirates shoehorn all of their pitching prospects into a one-size-fits-all throwing program.As tweeted out by everyone, Clint H...
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Pedro Alvarez exited yesterday’s game due to inflammation in his left knee, says Dejan Kovacevic.
According to reports, the injury does not seem to be very serious and should only sideline Alvarez for a couple games this weekend.
Alvarez has been far from spectacular hitting .133/.156/.333 with two home runs in 30 at-bats this spring. This doesn’t change the fact that Alvarez...
The Pirates blew a late lead today and fell to Detroit.
At the plate:
Matt Hauge homered. Again.
Jose Tabata had three hits.
On the mound:
Charlie Morton had a great outing: 4 innings, 2 hits, 2 K’s, no runs, no walks. Awesome to see. He said after the game that he’ll be ready for the season, and I’m inclined to believe him after today’s start.
Joel Hanrahan allowed...
For a brief time this past July, the Pirates were in first place in the NL Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in first place, after the All-Star Break, in 2012. This is real life. Then, they summarily collapsed and finished in fourth place with 90 losses. This offseason, they took a huge step towards building a solid future by giving Andrew McCutchen a nice contract extension. But...
The Bucs defeated Boston today at McKechnie Field.
At the plate:
Matt Hague and Nate McLouth homered.
Hague also had another hit and is up to .429 this spring.
Josh Harrison had two hits, including a double.
On the mound:
Kevin Correia finally had a rocky outing: 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 strikeout.
Joel Hanrahan and Juan Cruz pitched scoreless innings.
Evan Meek pitched two...
After the Pirates lost 8-6 to the Rays yesterday, Clint Hurdle answered the question that every yinzer has been asking since Day 1 of Spring Training. No, not if this is Pedro Alvarez’s last chance. And no, not if Derek Lee has checked his voicemail. He revealed that Erik Bedard will be the Buccos’ Opening Day starter.
That’s right, Bedard is the man that’ll take the...
Final: Tigers 7, Pirates 2
WP: Luis Marte (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Daniel McCutchen (0-1, 9.45 ERA)
Charlie Morton made his 3rd start of the Grapefruit League season and looked very impressive. In four innings, he gave up just two hits, struck out two batters, and didn’t give up a run. As of now, he isn’t slated to start any of the first four games of the season, but it looks like...
Charlie Morton said after putting up four zeroes today he expects to be ready for first turn in #Pirates rotation: "I want the ball."
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 23, 2012
Awful hard not to be a Charlie Morton fan, I say.
Here’s the seventh episode of the Roundtable Podcast with me, Jon from McEffect, Jim from North Side Notch, and Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog.
This week we discussed:
March Madness brackets
Thoughts on the last two bench spots
Evan Meek‘s struggles
Stat of the week: FIP
Predictions and projections for the position players
Click here to listen now or download
Rays (5-11) at Pirates (7-10)
1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
The Bucs are home again today, hosting the Rays.
We recorded Episode 8 of the podcast last night - check it out here if you missed it.
The pitching matchup is Jeff Karstens against James Shields.
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