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.