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Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:41 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:52 pm
 

BUCS TO BREAK THE STRING

                     This will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates finish over the coveted .500 mark.  Sure, the Buccos didn't make headlines with the moves they made this winter but they did make themselves better.  Shortstop was a position they wanted to upgrade and with the addition of Clint Barmes they did just that.  Another position they wanted to beef up was at first base.  They not only have Garrett Jones returning to that position more or less on a full time basis but they added some help with the versatle Casey McGehee who can play first or third giving them much needed depth like they haven't had in recent years.

                    With Rod Barajas behind the plate, they get a guy who can handle a pitching staff unlike anything we saw in years with Ryan "No-Mitt" Doumit and Chris Snyder departing with very little fan-fare.  Barajas will most likely share time with another defensive stalwart in Mike McKenry, who won the fans of Pittsburgh with his gritty play much like Mike Lavalier did the last time the Bucs were good.  Nate McLouth is another fan favorite who will be back this year to provide outfield depth as well as a nice bat off the bench.  This aquisition makes an already strong group stronger with last year's rookie phenom Alex Presley in left, Allstar Andrew McCutchen in center, and talented Jose Tabata roaming his hero Roberto Clemente's old position in right.  Speed kills, and this outfield will have plenty to burn as they run down fly balls in the gaps helping their improved pitching staff along the way.

                    Speaking of improved pitching, the Pirate arms will not only benefit  from their speedy outfield, they also benefit from having another year of experience under their belt.  With Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Charlie Morton, and Brad Lincoln gaining confidence from pitching at the major league level... they join veterans Kevin Correia and new-comer Eric Bedard in a battle for spots in the starting rotation.  Look for one of their young studs... Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole to either start the year or come up sometime during the season to make the pitching staff even stronger.  The Bucco bullpen, which was a strength for the team last year, should only get better with a healthy Evan Meek joining Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, and "The Hammer" Joel Hanrahan, making this the year the Pirates finally get over the hump and finishing with a winning season.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:41 pm
 

BUCS TO BREAK THE STRING

                     This will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates finish over the coveted .500 mark.  Sure, the Buccos didn't make headlines with the moves they made this winter but they did make themselves better.  Shortstop was a position they wanted to upgrade and with the addition of Clint Barmes they did just that.  Another position they wanted to beef up was at first base.  They not only have Garrett Jones returning to that position more or less on a full time basis but they added some help with the versatle Casey McGehee who can play first or third giving them much needed depth like they haven't had in recent years.

                    With Rod Barajas behind the plate, they get a guy who can handle a pitching staff unlike anything we saw in years with Ryan "No-Mitt" Doumit and Chris Snyder departing with very little fan-fare.  Barajas will most likely share time with another defensive stalwart in Mike McKenry, who won the fans of Pittsburgh with his gritty play much like Mike Lavalier did the last time the Bucs were good.  Nate McLouth is another fan favorite who will be back this year to provide outfield depth as well as a nice bat off the bench.  This aquisition makes an already strong group stronger with last year's rookie phenom Alex Presley in left, Allstar Andrew McCutchen in center, and talented Jose Tabata roaming his hero Roberto Clemente old position in right.  Speed kills, and this outfield will have plenty to burn as they run down fly balls in the gaps helping their improved pitching staff along the way.

                    Speaking of improved pitching, the Pirate arms will not only benefit  from their speedy outfield, they also benefit from having another year of experience under their belt.  With Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Charlie Morton, and Brad Lincoln gaining confidence from pitching at the major league level... they join veterans Kevin Correia and new-comer Eric Bedard in a battle for spots in the starting rotation.  Look for one of their young studs... Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole to either start the year or come up sometime during the season to make the pitching staff even stronger.  The Bucco bullpen, which was a strength for the team last year, should only get better with a healthy Evan Meek joining Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, and "The Hammer" Joel Hanrahan, making this the year the Pirates finally getting over the hump and finishing with a winning season.

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:05 pm
 

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

With the Pirates moving their popular "Fan Feast" to December 16-18 this year I'm hoping they remain aggressive and land some quality pitchers.  How about a nice "old fashioned" trade before that date to wet the appetite of us starving Bucco fans.  It doesn't even need to be a blockbuster to do the trick for the savvy baseball fans in the 'burgh.  We know our stats and we like the strikeout.  We currently have enough "groundball" pitchers...we want guys, starters, middle relievers, and set up men who throw heat.  That is presisely why we like "The Hammer" (Joel Hanrahan) so much...he brings it!  A starter that heats it up would be best but we'll take anyone.  The young studs they drafted won't be here for awhile so in the meantime a guy like say C.J. Wilson who cranks it up would be a nice present.

Category: Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:02 pm
 

BARMES A DONE DEAL

 As the great Myron Cope used to say..."Okall Dokall". Great start to the off season with the aquisitions of Barajas and Barmes. In Barmes they got a gritty, hardnosed player who has played under manager Clint Hurdle when the two were in Denver together. Could a deal with another of Hurdle's players be in the works?  Signing CJ wilson and in this holiday season would be the best gift any Pirates fan could possibly have. 

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:32 pm
 

WILL PIRATES SPEND WISELY?

            Will they spend at all might be a better question.  They've already shelled out some cash for Rod Barajas a 36 yr, old catcher who has some pop in his bat and can handle a pitching staff... so not a bad start to this off season for the most part.  Parting ways with Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, they had to do something to fill the void so this move makes some sense.  They still need an upgrade at shortstop and starting pitching with the latter more pressing if they want to get over that 500 mark that has eluded them for the last 19 years.

             We saw what good pitching could do for them the first half of the year last season.  Hopefully the Pirate brass paid attention and add at least two more quality major league arms.  There is a rumor floating around that the Buccos are interested in former Dodger and Cardinals shortstop Rafeal Furcal who made 12 million last year. What?... You have a weak hitting, slick fielding shortstop already.  Please save that money and GET PITCHING!  Certainly Clint Hurdle must have had a relationship with top free agent starting pitcher CJ Wilson shouldn't have he?  Send the smooth talking skipper to CJ's house and woo him like he did the media and fans of Pittsburgh.  This would go along way to show the fans of the Pirates that they mean business and will back up what they said they are going to do...build a winner in the 'Burgh!
Category: Fantasy Baseball
 
 
 
 
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