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The in depth analysis on the Pirates

Posted on: April 14, 2009 7:03 pm
 

        After the first week of baseball the Pirates are still breathing at 4-3. Just last year, it took 10 games to get to 4 wins, and we all can remember the years where the Pirates found themselves in late April struggling for their first few wins. There have been a few things thus far that have impressed me- first being the pitching. Zach Duke has been absolutely impeccable going 2-0 and allowing 1 earned run in his first 15 1/3 innings pitched with a complete game shutout to boot. Duke also has hit 2-4 with 2 doubles! Paul Maholm also had an impressive outing, and even in a loss Ross Ohlendorf seemed to have his stuff together out there on the mound. It's a shame our offense couldnt have helped out Ohlendorf on that day. The Pirates offense finds themselves at about middle of the road in most offensive categories. I have been very impressed with Nyjer Morgan thus far in the leadoff position, and Freddy Sanchez has been hitting the ball well with 6 doubles thus far, most in the MLB .  As far as fielding is concerned the Pirates are also middle ground. Out of the five Pirate errors, 3 have been made by Andy LaRoche . The Pirates have the only triple play in the Majors this year, so that's something fun to toot our horn about.

 

 

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2009 12:34 pm
 

The in depth analysis on the Pirates

Thanks man, this really encourage my writing to have someone take the time to offer their thoughts up like you have. I agree with most of your points, especially about McLouth, how his first two hits were both homeruns (which in a 10 game season, you would love) but theres no way he gets away with the all or nothing type hitting throughout the rest of the season. Better come around. Also I am very impressed with Wilson's play, but that could probably all be attributed to his game winning hit on opening day.

Since your post- Karsten picked up that start, and as expected he wasnt exactly spectacular. Doumit sat for a day, and we felt the repercussions from that as well.

 

 

 




Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:52 am
 

The in depth analysis on the Pirates

 Good thoughts...

Morgan is the table setter and he is doing well at that... will never be a walk machine, but is getting deeper in counts... playing better defense than I expected... keep hitting to left field and use his speed...

Sanchez has been great one day and awful the next (kind of like the entire line-up)... needs to keep getting those contact AB's and his hits will come...

McClouth... all or nothing thus far... 2 bombs and a lot of looking... I have seen him take quite a few strikes this year... not sure if he is having trouble seeing the ball or his timing is not right... hopefully he is not trying to do too much... hitting 3rd instead of lead-off will take an adjustment

Doumit... played every game... that is big as the drop to backup is severe... doing well... happier with his handling of staff than his hitting... we know he can hit, he is learning to be a catcher...

Adam LaRoche... lets face it, the fact that he has hit anything is shocking... after his dismal starts to seasons, it was great and I mean great to see him hit the ball hard a couple of times this year... his 2 run dinger on high heat was a beautiful sight...

Moss will be a work in progress this year... has some pop... thought he was a pretty good fielder... that throw versus St. Louis... wow... but he will get better as the season progresses

Vazquez gets the nod at 3rd... he is a professional hitter... will not do what he did in Texas, but he will be solid... Andy Laroche... wow... can he hit reset... the hitting is one thing... o'fer so far, but 3 errors??? come on... the pop-up summed against Albert summed up his season thus far...

Wilson, he is gonna be here forever... he has been 'trade' more times that I can count yet, #2 still is wearing the black and gold... he has been great... hitting 8th is hard... they never give you a good pitch to hit... but he comes through in the clutch... 3 run double opening day... and a 4 hit game already this season... glove is slick... when does he get his gold glove???

Hinske has been what we need... veteran presence... pinch hit... nice versus Cards in opener... Monroe, have not needed him yet... all righties... did knock one to the track the other day in pinch hitting duty... Cruz and Jamarillo, the fact we are not talking about them is a good thing...

Pitching MVP Joe Kerrigan... see what happens when you pitch inside... Duke and Maholm have listened... Ohlendorf used and effective sinker to havea great 1st start (even though he got the L --- that hitting problem on his day in the rotation)... Snell looked bad and then he drank the "pitching Inside Kool Aid" and look at his second start... one mistake and the non-hitting team showed that day, so he took a tough 2nd 'L'... No need for Karsten yet... maybe a good thing...

Bullpen has been... well ok... Yates has yet to get it in gear... Veal and Hansen will be Maloox moments all year... Chavez is intiguing... has a lot of zip on the heater... who knew??? Grabow, ok... not great but ok... Burnett has been solid... needs to keep getting righties out to avoid the lefty only tag...  Capps... very nice...

So let's hear it for the Pirates... 4-3 is nothing to write home about, but for the Pirates it is a great start to the season...



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