Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last few ST recaps

Sorry, I have been really busy with school lately, so I'll just do a couple quick summaries of the Philly games.

Pirates 5, Phillies 8
Neil Walker 3 for 4 with a walk, Cutch 2 for 5. Doubles by Overbay and Cutch. Ohlendorf went 4 innings, 7 hits, 6R/4ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. He got the Loss. Michael Dubee and Jose Veras both had perfect innings in relief.

Pirates 4, Phillies 1
Jose Tabata 2 for 3, Jason Jaramillo 2 for 4. Doubles by Overbay, Diaz and Pearce. Pedro hit a home run. Charlie Morton pitched 5 innings, allowing only 1 unearned run, 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 2. Pirates pitching staff allowed only 2 hits to basically the Phillies' Opening Day lineup. This was a great win.

Opening Day is tomorrow.


Let's Go Bucs.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Recap: Can't Hang On. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 3, Twins 4
This one seemed promising to start (I should probably never think that way again) when Tabata got a leadoff double that was put home by a couple sacs from Walker and Cutch. A few innings later, Steve Pearce doubled to score Walker, and Diaz singles to score Pearce. That would be it for the Bucco offense in the game, however, as only one more hit was recorded. The Twins slowly chipped away at the 3-0 lead, and finally put it away in the 9th with a walkoff single.

Jeff Karstens looked strong today, allowing just 5 hits and an unearned run, although he only pitched 4.2 innings. Garrett Olson had a scoreless 1.1 IP, Crotta allowed 1 ER in his 1 inning, and Resop was also scoreless in 1 IP. Things fell apart for Anthony Claggett, though, as he allowed 2 runs, including the winning run, to score in the 9th, pitching just 0.1 innings. His ERA is now 20.25.

This was the last game for the Pirates in Florida, as they will move up north for a pair of games with the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park before flying to Chicago for Opening Day. Tomorrow's game will be a 7 pm start and will be broadcast on 104.7 FM in Pittsburgh.

ST GAMEDAY 31: Twins




Tampa Bay Rays

March 28, 2011, 1:05 PM

Hammond County Stadium, Lee County, FL

TV: MLB Network
Radio: 970 AM
Streams: Here or Here (both require StreamTorrent)


Weather Forecast

Mostly Cloudy, 77°; Wind SSW 10 mph

Pitching Matchup

Jeff Karstens (2-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-1, 4.97 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Ryan Doumit, DH
  5. Steve Pearce, 1B
  6. Matt Diaz, RF
  7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  8. Josh Rodriguez, 3B
  9. Jason Jaramillo, C


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  8. Danny Valencia, 3B
  9. Alexi Casilla, SS
Opening Day in 4 days. Let's Go Bucs.

Walk-off. BUCS WIN.

Rays 4, Pirates 5
Jose Tabata and Neil Walker both had a good day as Tabata went 2 for 5 with a homer and Walker went 2 for 3 with a triple. Pedro Alvarez also had a double. The game was tied in the bottom of the 9th, but Josh Rodriguez scored after Pedro Ciriaco reached on a throwing error.

On the mound, Paul Maholm was solid, pitching 5 innings with 3 ER, 5 Hits, and 1 walk, but he did allow 2 homers. He struck out 5. Joel Hanrahan returned to his normal form with 2 scoreless, hitless innings and striking out 3. Chris Leroux finished the job with two innings of work, earning a Blown Save and the Win with 3 Hits, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, and 3 Ks.

Up next is another 1 pm game at the Twins. It will be broadcast on MLB network, or for those without, on ESPN 970.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

ST GAMEDAY 30: Rays




Tampa Bay Rays

March 27, 2011, 1:05 PM

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL

TV: None
Radio: 104.7 FM



Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy, 84°; Wind SSW 12 mph

Pitching Matchup

Paul Maholm (0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. David Price (2-0, 3.44 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Matt Diaz, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Ryan Doumit, C
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Paul Maholm, P


  1. B.J. Upton, CF
  2. Johnny Damon, LF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Kelly Shoppach, C
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  7. Dan Johnson, 1B
  8. Elliot Johnson, DH
  9. Reid Brignac, SS
Opening Day in 5 days. Let's Go Bucs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Unlucky. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 2, Yankees 4
Tabata and Cutch put on a show, but there wasn't much help behind them. Tabata went 2 for 4 with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base, while Cutch went 3 for 3 with a walk. A lot of lucky breaks for the Yankees today. The Pirates actually outhit the Yankees in this game, but couldn't string them together when they needed to.

Kevin Correia looked pretty solid in his last start before his Opening Day spot in Wrigley Field, other than a long bomb he gave up to Alex Rodriguez. He finished the game with 5 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB and 1 HR in addition to 5 Ks. Jose Veras looked good in 1 inning of relief.

Next up is yet another Tampa game at 1 pm in McKechnie. It will be broadcast on 104.7 FM in Pittsburgh.

ST GAMEDAY 29: Yankees




New York Yankees

March 26, 2011, 1:05 PM

George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL

TV: FSN-P
Radio: 104.7 FM



Weather Forecast

Sunny, 80°; Wind WSW 9 mph

Pitching Matchup

Kevin Correia (1-2, 6.38 ERA) vs. Manny Banuelos (0-1, 1.86 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Garrett Jones, RF
  7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  8. Jason Jaramillo, C
  9. Kevin Correia, P


  1. Brett Gardner, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Mark Teixera, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Nick Swisher, RF
  6. Jorge Posada, DH
  7. Chris Dickerson, LF
  8. Eduardo Nunez, 2B
  9. Austin Romine, C
Let's Go Bucs.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Backup City. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 5, Rays 9
Andy Marte went 2 for 3 with a double; Ryan Doumit also had a double.

Charlie Morton fell back down, allowing 5 runs, 5 hits, and 3 walks in 5 innings, inflating his ERA to 3.32. Joel Hanrahan got the Loss by allowing 2 ER and 2 BB in 1 inning of work, and Chris Resop added 2 more runs via 3 hits in his 1 IP.

Up next is an away game at 1pm against the Yankees which will be the last Pirates broadcast on FSN before it changes to ROOT Sports. It will also be available on FM 104.7 in Pittsburgh.

Walker, Pittsburgh Ranger. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 7, Baltimore 11
Still can't beat Baltimore. 4 homers can't beat Baltimore. What the hell.

Neil Walker was a beast, going 4 for 4 and hitting 2 homers. Overbay and Josh Rodriguez also had home runs. No one else could do much of anything though.

Ross Ohlendorf is still not earning that pay raise. He pitched only 4.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned), 9 hits, 3 HRs, and 2 BBs. He struck out 4. Scott Olson allowed 3 runs and 2 walks in just 1 inning. Yikes.

Another Tampa road game up next, 1 pm start on ESPN 970 AM.

ST GAMEDAY 28: Rays




Tampa Bay Rays

March 25, 2011, 1:05 PM

Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, FL

TV: None
Radio: 970 AM



Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy, 81°; Wind WNW 9 mph

Pitching Matchup

Jeff Niemann (0-3, 3.27 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Pedro Ciriaco, CF
  2. Josh Rodriguez, SS
  3. John Bowker, LF
  4. Ryan Doumit, C
  5. Steve Pearce, 3B
  6. Matt Diaz, RF
  7. Andy Marte, 1B
  8. Corey Wimberly, 2B
  9. Charlie Morton, P


  1. Ben Zoberist, RF
  2. Elliot Johnson, 2B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Manny Ramirez, DH
  5. Dan Johnson, 1B
  6. B.J. Upton, CF
  7. Kelly Shoppach, C
  8. Reid Brignac, SS
  9. Sam Fluid, LF
Let's Go Bucs.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ST GAMEDAY 27: Orioles




Baltimore Orioles

March 24, 2011, 7:05 PM

Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, FL

TV: None
Radio: 104.7 FM



Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy, 72°; Wind WSW 13 mph

Pitching Matchup

Ross Ohlendorf (0-3, 10.24 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (2-0, 5.40 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Jose Tabata, LF
  3. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Garrett Jones, RF
  7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  8. Chris Snyder, C
  9. Ross Ohlendorf, P


  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrik Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Luke Scott, LF
  6. Felix Pie, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Matt Wieters, C
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS
Let's Go Bucs.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

No Such Luck. BUCS LOSE.

Astros 10, Pirates 6
What is it about the Astros that make them play like World Series champions every time they play the Pirates? It is a mystery. One of these days the Bradenton fans will get to see a win, but that day was not today.

Anyway, Cutch and Pedro both had homers, and Cedeno, Walker and Pearce all had doubles. Cutch, Lyle Overbay, Doumit, and Cedeno all had 2 hits on the day. Doumit evened out an unusually productive day however by grounding out with the bases loaded. No idea how the Pirates are going to get anything of value for him.

Brian Burres, who before this game had a squeaky clean ERA of 0.00, raised it by 3.86 by allowing 6 ER, 10 Hits, and a HR in 5 innings of work. He struck out 2. Still haven't seen anything from Tyler Yates to indicate that he deserves a spot in the bullpen, but I guess you can say that about most of the pen this year with the exception of Meek, Hanrahan, and possibly Resop. I guess I just got too used to seeing good pitching in the late innings last year. I hope to be surprised, but I don't expect it.

Up next is yet another meeting with Baltimore (it seems like the Bucs have played them and Tampa at least 100 times this spring) in their building in Sarasota. This one is a night game (7 pm), and it will be broadcast on 104.7 FM in Pittsburgh.

ST GAMEDAY 26: Astros




Houston Astros

March 23, 2011, 1:05 PM

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL

TV: None
Radio: None



Weather Forecast

Sunny, 80°; Wind SSW 8 mph

Pitching Matchup

Brian Burres (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (2-1, 2.08 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Matt Diaz, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Ryan Doumit, C
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Brian Burres, P


  1. Jason Bourgeois, CF
  2. Angel Sanchez, SS
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Jason Michaels, LF
  5. Brett Wallace, 1B
  6. Chris Johnson, 3B
  7. Humberto Quintero, C
  8. Anderson Hernandez, 2B
  9. J.A. Happ, P
Let's Go Bucs.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Recap: Distinct Lack of Hitting. BUCS LOSE.

Twins 4, Pirates 1
No clue as to why the Pirates are decent on the road (6-5) but horrible at home (4-10).

Neil Walker with a double. Yep.

Paul Maholm allowed 9 hits, but only 2 runs, so I guess that's something. He struck out 5.

Anthony Claggett has an awesome name but a bad outing.

Up next is an off day and then another home game with the Astros at the same bat time. Hopefully the Bradenton crowd will actually get to witness a win.

ST GAMEDAY 25: Twins




Minnesota Twins

March 21, 2011, 1:05 PM

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL

TV: None
Radio: None



Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy, 82°; Wind ENE 7 mph

Pitching Matchup

Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.14 ERA) vs. Brian Duensing (2-2, 2.25 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Steve Pearce, LF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Matt Diaz, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Josh Rodriguez, SS
  8. Jason Jaramillo, C
  9. Paul Maholm, P


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Matt Tolbert, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Delmon Young, DH
  5. Jeff Bailey, 1B
  6. Luke Hughes, 2B
  7. Brian Dinkelman, LF
  8. Chase Lambin, 3B
  9. Jason Repko, RF
Let's Go Bucs.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Recap: Great Stuff. BUCS WIN

Pirates 3, Astros 1



Charlie Morton.

Steve Pearce was 2 for 4, Fields had a double, Doumit had a triple, and Cedeno hit a homer.

Benji Gonzalez had all 4 errors for the Pirates. Wow.

Twins up next in McKechnie. 1pm as usual.

ST GAMEDAY 24: Astros




Houston Astros (Split Squad)

March 20, 2011, 1:05 PM

Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL

TV: None
Radio: 104.7 FM



Weather Forecast

Mostly Sunny, 80°; Wind ENE 15 mph

Pitching Matchup

Charlie Morton (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-1, 6.00 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, CF
  2. Steve Pearce, 3B
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Matt Diaz, RF
  5. Andy Marte, 1B
  6. Ryan Doumit, C
  7. Josh Fields, LF
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Charlie Morton, P


  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Anderson Hernandez, 2B
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Brian Bogusevic, LF
  6. Matt Downs, SS
  7. Oswaldo Navarro, 3B
  8. Humberto Quintero, C
  9. Ryan Rowland-Smith, P
Let's Go Bucs.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recap: Correia Can Hit. BUCS WIN.

Red Sox 5, Pirates 7
Kevin Correia got into a bit of trouble in the 1st, allowing the first two Sox batters to get on with hits, but it was killed by a nice 4-6-3 double play and a groundout to short. In the bottom, things got off to a rocky start with a foul tip strikeout by Tabata. Neil Walker on base via a terrible throw by 1B Nate Spears. Cutch hits a long fly to the wall in left and Walker can't get back to the bag so it's a double play.

Better start to the 2nd for Correia as he Ks the first batter Cameron. But then McDonald gets on with a hit to right. Recovered nicely by another 4-6-3 DP to end the half. Overbay pops up a foul ball to 3B to start the bottom. Pedro strikes out swinging. Matt Diaz grounds out to 3B to end a 1-2-3 inning.

Some joke grounds out to short to start the 3rd. Stuck watching an interview with some marketing dude and the game is pushed to the side. Spears grounds out to 2B. Scutaro strikes out to end the half. Infield popup by Cedeno to start. Dusty Brown flies out to right. Correia with a nice base hit to right center. Tabata ends it with a ground out to 2B. Still have no clue what "The Healthplan" actually is. Probably a drug cartel in disguise.

More interviews with the Pirates marketing staff. Coming soon, interviews with their secretaries. Pedroia hits a single to center to start it. Saltalallamalamacchia strikes out. Joke-ilis strikes out too. Correia with unlimited strikes. Groundout to 3B to end it. Spears sucks some salami on a ground ball to 1B and Walker gets two bases. Cutch takes a walk. Lyle Overbay doubles to the wall in left center. 2-0. Pedro drills it to 2B and Overbay is tagged out at 3B. Diaz bloops one to center. Beckett nearly beans Cedeno. Cedeno flies out to center. Dusty Brown bangs one off Beckett's foot for an infield single. Red Sox falling apart as Correia singles to left and 3 runs score after a comedy of errors by Salty Ralph Macchio. 5-0. Tabata grounds out to end the big inning.

More marketing interviews. Is this really necessary? Correia walks the first batter. A single hops over Overbay's head. Big fly to right scores one for the Sox. 5-1. Another one gets by Overbay for a single. Correia looking tired. Huge double to left. 5-2. Neil Walker has nice grab on the dirt, but Overbay can't keep his foot on the bag. Tabata catches a fly and tries to throw out the runner at home, but no such luck. 5-3. Cutch finally ends it on a fly to center. Walker and Cutch both fly out. Overbay singles to right for his second hit of the game. Beckett is done for the game. Return of the marketing interviews. Pedro pops out to 2B.

Kevin Correia is done for the game. Hanrahan comes in and gives up a hit to Cameron. McDonald keeps knocking off Brown's catcher's mask with his swing. He pops out to right center. Nava and Reddick strike out to end it. Diaz strikes out and Cedeno quickly pops it up to short.Dusty Brown grounds out to first and the inning is over just like that.

Justin Thomas comes in, walks Spears and gives up a double to Drew Sutton. He then throws a wild pitch and Spears scores. 5-4. He walks Salty Macchia. Rundown gets the runner at 3B out trying to score. Thomas finally escapes with a sliding catch by replacement RF Josh Fields. Jaramillo gets a weird infield and then Bowker slams one out of the park. 7-4. Pedro Ciriaco hits one off the wall in left for a double. Wimberly hits a low fly to center and Ciriaco can't advance. Andy Marte pops one up in the infield. Pearce flys out to center  to end it.

More fraking marketing interviews. The people that are watching spring training games are hardcore fans, you're not going to draw them in any more with giveaway offers. Nieve in for Thomas. McDonald grounds out to Pedro. Fly to left, Bowker with the catch. Reddick strikes out. 1-2-3. Josh Fields nearly kills Greg Brown in the radio booth with a foul ball, but then he strikes out. J-Rod pops up to short.Fernando Nieve comes up to bat and walks. Jaramillo almost sneaks one by the second basemen, but he is thrown out.

Nieve still in, he strikes out Spears. Sutton doubles to center. Butler walks. Infield Fly Rule for Gentile. One more out to go.Base hit though and Sutton scores. 7-5. Threat killed though by Steve Pearce as he catches a hopper and steps on third to end it. Raise it.

ST GAMEDAY 23: Red Sox




Boston Red Sox

March 18, 2011, 1:05 PM

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL

TV: FSN-P
Radio: 970 AM



Weather Forecast

Sunny, 81°; Wind NNE 5 mph

Pitching Matchup

Kevin Correia (0-2, 7.43 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (0-2, 6.52 ERA)

Lineups


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Matt Diaz, RF
  7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  8. Dusty Brown, C
  9. Kevin Correia, P


  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. Mike Cameron, DH
  6. Darnell McDonald, CF
  7. Daniel Nava, LF
  8. Josh Reddick, RF
  9. Nate Spears, 1B
Let's Go Bucs.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Recap: Late Collapse. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 2, Phillies 3
Josh Rodriguez 2 for 3. Bowker double. Um.

Chris Leroux is not impress.

Up next is Boston in McKechnie at 1pm tomorrow, a game which will be broadcast on FSN Pittsburgh (soon to become Root Sports, whose name change is almost as stupid as the SciFi channel changing its moniker to SyFy).

Recap: 20 Hits? BUCS LOSE.

Orioles 13, Pirates 3
No clue what happened in this one. Pedro went 2 for 4 and had a double. That was the extent of highlights for the Pirates' offense.

Meanwhile, Ross Ohlendorf gave up 6 ER, 8 Hits, and 1 HR. Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel each gave up 3 runs in relief. Ugly day for Bucco pitching.

Um... no errors?

Whatever, so glad it's still spring. Kind of.

Pirates vs. Phillies

Today's spring training game has Roy Oswalt going for the Phillies, who's 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. The Pirates go with Brad Lincoln, who's 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA according to MLB.com. Well, that's the first I've heard of a Pirates pitcher who isn't terrible record-wise, but then again he played 3 games during spring training and not all pitchers finish pitching their games.  So we'll see what happens in the regular season.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today's Starting Pitchers

According to mlb.com, the Pirates are going with Ross Ohlendorf, who's 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. The Orioles have Chris Tillman going for them, don't know how he's doing since there's no mention of his record in spring training.  Now it looks really bad for Ohlendorf with his #'s, but it's not spring training that really matters for the big picture (even though there's really no expectations for the Pirates this year) but it's important for the team to actually make adjustments with the myriad of problems they've got on defense, as the founder has reminded me of.  We'll see what the results are but let's hope for the best for baseball this year.

Son of Doug. BUCS LOSE.

Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3
Tabata and Cedeno 2 for 3, a double by McCutchen and a home run for Neil Walker, his second of the spring.

Not a great day for Paul Maholm, who allowed 4 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BB and 2 homers in 5 innings. He struck out 3.

Next up is Baltimore in McKechnie at 1 pm.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three links mostly about the pitching staff

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/report/PIT/14816561/pirates-report-inside-pitch
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/report/PIT/14816563/pirates-report-roster
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/report/PIT/14816558/pirates-report-notes-quotes

Finally found the article I saw on cbssports.com for anyone who hasn't seen it. It's kind of optimistic about the bullpen, which was, according to all reports and people who have seen it (me not really one of them), pretty darn awful. Pirates fans will have to wait and see how that'll turn out. I mean, the Pirates trade players like they're candy and since when have they kept players? Jason Bay is one example, McClouth another. Had those guys stayed, maybe the Pirates wouldn't have so many losses every season, and improbable (but not impossible), that they could've had a winning season. Oh well, until there's an owner(s) that will not just do that, it won't happen for a while. Just wait and see, I guess. If the Pirates can put together a winning season to start things off, I'll be surprised. All I can say guys is wait and see, wait and see. Hope for the best and hope that we'll see more championships brought to Pittsburgh for the upcoming year and so on.

This is surprising

Okay guys, here's my long-awaited first post. I was gonna put up something I found earlier but couldn't put it up on my iPhone for some reason. Anyway, this contributor to Y! Sports put up something about comparing the Phillies' current pitching rotation to the 1971 Orioles team that lost to Roberto Clemente's Pirates in that year's World Series. What's surprising (to me) is that the Pirates team had no 20-game winners but still beat a team with a superior bullpen but not a good hitting lineup. So, I don't know how that'll really affect people's views, but I know enough that a rotation with such pitchers as the Phillies have will give other teams fits, and they have good enough of a hitting lineup to back it up. I know it's not about the Pirates per se, but it was interesting when I saw that headline. So if anyone wants to take a look and comment, go right ahead. Just ask that you'll not kill me before I put up the original post I wanted.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ycn-8060936

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hey All

Hey guys. I'm Stephen and I'm gonna contribute to the blogging for Peanut Heaven. Now, I'm gonna say now that I'm not a baseball fan, haven't been for a while. more of a football and basketball guy. Became a Pittsburgher fan when I went to the University of Pittsburgh, and I wasn't a fan before going there. Turned into one as time went on and now hoping for another title for the city of Pittsburgh within the following year. Hope to give u guys up to date pre-game info. Peace out.

14 Hits, 2 Runs. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 2, Orioles 8
Lots of hits, but few runs. So go the Pirates. Pedro Ciriaco, Cutch, Steve Pearce and Jason Jaramillo 2 for 3. 2 doubles by Pearce, one by Jaramillo and one from Bowker.

Kevin Correia had another bad day (Loss, 0-2) despite starting strong. Liking this signing less and less. Joe Beimel allowed 3 runs, but only 1 was Earned.

Off day today, then back to McKechnie tomorrow for the Jays.

Links
  • Josh Rodriguez and the Rule 5 Draft. [Trib/Karen Price]
  • Charlie Morton fights for a spot in the rotation. [Post-Gazette/Ron Musselman]
  • 10 players are cut. [Trib/Rob Biertempfel]
  • Zach Duke has a fractured hand. [Scoop Du Jour/Mark J. Miller]
  • James McDonald will miss a start with injury. [Post-Gazette/Colin Dunlop]
  • Danny Moskos will play in Indy this year. [MLB.com/Jenifer Langosch]
  • Mitchell Page, the Cardinals' hitting coach and former Bucco draft pick has passed away. [Yahoo! Sports/William Browning]
  • Alex Presley's goals in Indy. [MLB.com/Jenifer Langosch]
  • Cutch's skills. [Trib/Rob Biertempfel]
  • Tabata in the leadoff role. [Post-Gazette/Ron Musselman]

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sock it to me. BUCS WIN.

Red Sox 4, Pirates 9
Lots of offense in this one. Bowker and Cedeno with homers, doubles by Andy Marte, Pedro, and Jason Jaramillo.

Brad Lincoln gave up the majority of runs in his 3 innings starting, but only two runs allowed isn't that bad. Jeff Karstens got the Win in 2 innings of relief.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Overbay. BUCS LOSE.

Phillies 11, Pirates 4
Lyle Overbay homer.

Ross Ohlendorf and Aaron Thompson had a bad day.

Boston next.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

At What Cost? BUCS WIN.

Pirates 8, Rays 7
Center Field was strong in this game as Andrew McCutchen and Corey Wimberly both had 2 hits (2 for 2 and 2 for 3, respectively). Pedro Alvarez and Dusty Brown both had doubles, while John Bowker hit his first home run of the year.

The bad news is that both Cutch (Wrist) and starting pitcher James McDonald (Left Side) were injured during the game and their status is currently unknown. This obviously is not good, as the two players are two of the best players on the Pirates. Hopefully these were minor injuries and their recovery will be quick.

Danny Moskos was awful.

Up next is another 1pm game against the Phils in McKechnie. It will be broadcast on ESPN 970 AM in Pittsburgh.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Never the Twain Shall Meet. BUCS LOSE.

Orioles 11, Pirates 8
Not a good day for Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, or Jeff Karstens. Hanrahan had the Blown Save and the Loss.

No one had more than one hit, and Matt Diaz had the Pirates' only extra-base hit, a double, but somehow 8 runs were manufactured. That's encouraging, I guess, except for the pitching.

Next up is a 1pm game at Tampa Bay.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Night Capped. BUCS LOSE.

Pirates 2, Yankees 4
Cutch 2 for 4, Matt Diaz 2 for 2; Doubles for GFJ and Andy Marte.

Kevin Correia had a rough start, getting the Loss going 4 IP with 6 Hits, 3 ER, 3 BB and a homer, but did strike out 4. Charlie Morton gave up 1 homer and 2 Hits in 3 innings. He struck out 2.

Up next is another night game for the Bucs (6-7) in McKechnie against the Orioles (5-5) at 7pm. The game will be broadcast on 104.7 FM.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

John Lambo. BUCS WIN.

Pirates 5, Twins 2
Andrew Lambo's 9th inning 2-RBI single capped off a huge rally to win a game that was tied at 2 since the 7th. Lyle Overbay had his first homer of the spring. Ronny Cedeno went 2 for 3, but was also caught stealing twice.

Brian Burres is quietly having a strong spring, with 6 IP, 0 ER, and just 3 Hits allowed. He pitched 2 innings in this one allowing no hits or runs. Rudy Owens did not have a great effort in relief, but Fernando Nieve had a bounce-back effort, earning the Win.

Next up is a night game with the Yankees at 7pm today, a game which will be broadcast on 104.7 FM. Pirates are 4-1 on the road in GL play.

Let's Go Bucs.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Under the Gun. BUCS LOSE.

 Rays 4, Pirates 2
Matt Diaz had a homer and was 2 for 3. Neil Walker had a double.

Tyler Yates was awful.

At the Twins tomorrow for a 1pm game.

My Friends Have Lost Their Way. BUCS LOSE.

Blue Jays 5, Pirates 0
Pedro Alvarez.

Bautista still overachieving.

Whatever

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Walkerator. BUCS WIN.

Pirates 4, Phillies 3
Neil Walker is a beast. 2-run shot in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winning RBI. Lyle Overbay 3 for 3 with a double. Doumit and Bowker had doubles as well.

Jeff Karstens got the Win, Tony Watson and Sean Gallagher with Holds, Chris Leroux got the Save. Maholm went 3 IP to start allowing 4 hits, 1 ER, and 1 HR along with 2 Ks.

Up next tomorrow is the Blue Jays in McKechnie, a game that will be on the radio and TV(!) at 1pm.

Friday, March 4, 2011

There Was Something in the Air That Night. BUCS LOSE

Phillies 7, Pirates 4
Not a great day for Kevin Correia (3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR), but an especially awful day for Fernando Nieve (1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR). Brian Burres only allowed 1 hit in 2 IP. Danny Moskos had no hits and 1 K in the 9th. Andy Marte went 2 for 3 and had 2 RBIs and a double. Pedro Circiaco and Tony Sanchez also had doubles.

Up next is a rematch with the Phils in Clearwater tomorrow at 1pm.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Great Stuff. BUCS WIN

Pirates 4, Blue Jays 1


Started out slow. Charlie Morton allowed a run in the 1st, and you thought it was going to be one of those days. But then he settled down and that was the only run for the Jays in the game. Brad Lincoln got the Win and allowed no hits, Yates and Locke with Holds, and Cesar Valdez got the Save. Only 4 Ks total today, but no worries.

Jason Jaramillo went 2 for 2, but the other 7 hits were evenly distributed. 10 Ks for the Bucco bats, so not sure what's going on there. Doubles by Jaramillo, Friday, and Garrett Atkins. Atkins is having a beastly spring; I would love to see him translate that into a comeback summer. Oh yeah, Pedro had a triple. Guess he's not that fat after all.

The Twinning. BUCS LOSE

Twins 4, Pirates 2
Jose Tabata went 3 for 3 and stole a base. 10 Ks by the Bucco pitching staff, 4 by Ross Ohlendorf. Doubles by Lambo, Pedro, and Pearce. Doumit was Doumit, a passed ball that led to a run and 1 for 2. Whatev

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yanks Blanked: BUCS WIN

Yankees 0, Pirates 2
4 hits in total for the Yankees, James MacDonald is still a beast. No-hitter for the Bucs' pitchers after the 4th inning. Chris Snyder went 2 for 2, Pedro Ciriaco and Steve Pearce had doubles; Steve Pearce stole a base. Yeah