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Alright well earlier in the year I made a post picking the guys that I wanted to see starting the all-star game. Now that the real starters have been announced, I’d like to compare my picks with the real ones. So here are my picks for the National League :
Well the Pirates 10-game homestand was supposed to be a time where they could make up ground on the rest of the NL Central. It started out great, after losing their first game they won the next three and were sitting at 4-1. Then they ran into Zack Greinke and Rich Harden and were back at 4-3. They played a great game with the help of Ross Ohlendorf and put themselves back in good shape with a record of 5-3. However, another lack-luster offensive game last night puts back at 5-4 heading into their last game. Virgil Vasquez pitched pretty well giving up 3 runs in 6 innings and giving the Pirates a chance to win. However it was not enough. Today the Pirates take on the Mets, in a make up game that was supposed to go down on June 3rd, the day of the Nate McLouth trade. I will be heading down to the game, which means I will have attended all 3 games of this Mets series at PNC. In the other two games of this series, the Pirates defeated Johan Santana on a Tuesday night, and defeated Mike Pelfrey on Andrew McCutchen’s major league debut. I don’t see why the Pirates can’t win again today, with Paul Maholm taking on Tim Redding. The pitching matchup definitely favors us, and a win would make it a 6-4 homestand, which I’d be happy with.
Well the Pirates battled back this week after dropping the first two games of the 4 game set in heartbreaking fashion. The Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night with help from Jeff Karstens, who ironically got the win after relieving Charlie Morton (who had taken his spot in the rotation that day) after a hamstring strain and pitching 4.2 innings giving up only 1 run and eating up crucial innings for the Pirates. The game looked ugly at the beginning after Morton left, but the bullpen combined for 8 innings and 2 earned runs to help win the game for the bucs. Jason Jamarillo had an RBI base hit, and Adam LaRoche drove in 2. The crucial play of the game however was Craig Monroe scoring from 2nd on an infield single. He didn’t hesitate at all and took everyone by surprise and drew an off-line throw to score the third run for the Pirates. Matt Capps would come in with a 3-1 lead, but would give up a home run to Garrett Anderson, but would regain his composure and close the game out for his 14th save of the season.
The Pirates are now 28-32 and are heading home for a quick 3 game homestand against the Detroit Tigers. Tomorrow the matchup is Ian Snell vs. Rick Porcello. Advantage, Tigers.
That’s right the Pirates rallied back from a 3-1 deficit after the 7th inning to beat the White Sox 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The bucs were aided by Eric Hinske and Jack Wilson’s first home runs of the year. Hinske’s came in the 8th to pull the bucs within one and Jack’s came in the 9th with 2 outs to tie the game. After that, Nyjer Morgan doubled down into the right field corner and Delwyn Young scored him with a slap single into left. Matt Capps then came on to strike out the side, notching his 9th save of the year. It’s good to see Capps blow through 3 batters that quickly and not cause any drama.
Surprisingly, for me atleast, Jeff Karstens pitched well. He went 5.1 innings and only surrendered 3 runs. He was 2 outs away from a quality start. He gave up 5 hits and more importantly struck out that many as well. Karstens has never been a strikeout pitcher but apparently he had good stuff yesterday. I say apparently because again, I didn’t get to watch the game. I’m going to catch some of tonight’s game but I have to leave after a couple innings to play some tennis. But I don’t think any of you care about that :-P.
The Pirates are now 20-24 and looking to draw even closer to the ever sought after .500 mark. It won’t be easy though, as they face the other team in Chicago. The Cubs. We send Paul Maholm to the mound tonight, who has been terrific in his last couple outings. An interesting point was brought up in one of my live game blogs a couple games ago, that Paul Maholm has an ERA under 2.00 when Jason Jamarillo catches him and an ERA over 5.00 when Robinson Diaz catches. So let’s hope Jamarillo is behind the dish tonight. I’m sure Russell has caught onto this trend and will adjust the lineup appropriately.
In other news, my blog’s stats count continues to plummet. I have a ******** 50 views over the last 2 days and most of those were me or people clicking on the picture of BJ Upton that references my blog on google images. Maybe I should stop pouting and start commenting. That always seems to get me more viewers, and commenters
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Ah, finally, the Pirates are beating the Brewers. Right now the game is in the 8th, so it’s not over yet, and Paul Maholm just got lifted. Paul went 7.1 innings, giving up only 1 run on 6 hits and walking only one, just another great start from Paul. I’m sure that took the bad taste from his last start (in Milwaukee) away. Surprisingly, the Pirates scored 3 runs off of Yovani Gallardo tonight. Two of these runs put a big smile on my face, because they came from the bats of Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss. Moss tripled in the 2nd to score one, and Andy LaRoche (finally) hit a home run in the 4th to put the Pirates on top 2-1. Nate McLouth then added the 3rd run on a base hit after a Freddy Sanchez double.
The Pirates defeated the Marlins for the third consecutive time today, winning the game 7-3. It was another close, well played and hard fought game for the bucs. Let’s wrap up this homestand and head on to the offday tomorrow where we will look forward to our 6 game road trip!
- Paul Maholm pitched today and got his 3rd consecutive win. This was no doubt his least effective start of the year, but he still pitched very well. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings while striking out 4 and walking only 1. It shows that Paul Maholm isn’t perfect and could possibly lose a couple of games this year, but the offense didn’t let it happen today.
- The offense hit the ball all through the game, scoring in 5 of their 8 offensive innings. Adam LaRoche led the offense today with 4 hits (one gift), 2 runs and 1 RBI. Before this week LaRoche’s performance was a very pleasant surprise, but after the Doumit injury, I’d say that it is now a vital occurrence.
- Andy LaRoche had a clutch RBI double in the 5th after Brandon Moss was intentionally walked for the 2nd time in the game. The Marlins obviously didn’t find LaRoche as much of a threat today, and although he struck out with the bases loaded in the first, he made them pay in the 5th. I guess the Marlins haven’t noticed how awful Brandon Moss has been at the plate lately. Oh well, our gain.
- Nyjer Morgan created a run of his own as well today. He singled in Delwyn Young, who collected his first hit as a bucco in the form of a 1 out double, and Nyjer then went on to steal third base and score on an overthrow by (former Pirate) Ronny Paulino. I guess it wasn’t that terrible of a throw, so some blame should go to Emilio Bonifacio as well. Nyjer’s play has been consistently terrific, let’s hope he can keep that up.
- The bullpen also did more great work today, giving up no runs in 3 innings of work. Jesse Chavez and Sean Burnett combined for one of those innings of work, setting down their hitters 1-2-3. John Grabow was excellent, striking out the side in the 8th, and Matt Capps finished the game up with his 5th successful save conversion. He is a perfect 5/5 in save opportunities this year. It’s really uplifting to see the bullpen pitching well right along with their starting rotation.
Well the Pirates are done with their first homestand of the year, a stretch in which they went 6-3. their record is now at a beautiful 9-6 record and if the Cubs and Cardinals lose tonight, the Pirates could be tied for the division lead. I’m expecting to see more Pirates on Baseball Tonight!
Tomorrow is an offday, but I’ll think of something to make a post for
Pick ‘Em Friday contestants, get your picks in! I’ll post mine tomorrow.
There was a great baseball game played tonight in Pittsburgh, and for the first time since Monday, it was played by the home team! Paul Maholm took the mound to get the team off of the schneid, and he did it in sparkling fashion. It was a pitchers duel that Maholm came out on top of.
Well first off, here are the results from week 1 of Pick ‘Em Fridays, congrats to Mets Go for correctly picking 10/15 games and earning the #1 spot.
Now, back to business. The Pirates defeated the Reds 10-2 today, improving their record to 3-2 on the year. Paul Maholm pitched brilliantly, and the offense really picked it up late in the game. Ryan Doumit hit a grand slam and Adam LaRoche hit a solo shot in the ninth to put the game from 5-1 to 10-1. Jesse Chavez struggled in the ninth but ended up only giving up one run thanks to terrible base-running by Jay Bruce. Nate McLouth went yard in the first inning for his 2nd hit of 2009 and his 2nd 2-run homer of the year. That blast put the Pirates up early and they never looked back. I really want to highlight the performance of Nyjer Morgan.
Nyjer had 3 more hits today, raising his average to .391 on the young 2009 season. Morgan seems to do something exciting every time he comes to the plate. Today he took out Ramon Hernandez while scoring a run, and in the ninth he broke up a double play beautifully that led to the final 5 runs of the game for the Pirates. He hit a triple today, that almost everyone else on this roster would have stopped with a double on. Nyjer stole 2 bases today and neither of them were even close. His play has really energized the Pirates, and he’s been one of the most effective players in the league this week. If it weren’t for players like Emilio Bonafacio and Joey Votto, I think Nyjer would have a legitimate shot at winning the NL Player of the Week. All of this after he got all kinds of doubt from Pirate fans. I have always been a supporter of Nyjer, but I never really saw this coming. Most Pittsburghers are just counting the days until Andrew McCutchen comes up, I am also very excited for his arrival in Pittsburgh, but I have no problem letting him stay in Indianapolis for a couple months while Nyjer helps the Pirates win.
Paul Maholm pitched an amazing game today, adding to the Pirates recent string of good starts. The Pirates have played 5 games and gotten 4 great starts. Ian Snell struggled, which might have been in part effected by the flu he was fighting, but Maholm, Duke, and Ohlendorf all look great. This is a great sign for the Pirates, because if we want to have any kind of chance of being a respected team in the league this year, we’re going to need above average pitching.
Another great thing that happened for me today was that I got tickets for Wednesday’s Pirate game for a buck a piece! Section 139, which are amazing seats.