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Pittsburgh Pirates 2009

Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:57 am

  I have the Pirates finishing with the worst record in the majors at 59-103. Call me a pessimist, but I have several reasons why I think the Pirates will put a new defintion to the word "suck" this year. First off, nowadays the MLB is all about the big fly. The Pirates have only three players that are a threat to do that, and one of them falls asleep at random times. Adam LaRoche is a horrible player until mid-June every year, and I have no reason to belive that will not happen again. Reporter John Smith spoke with LaRoche yesterday and asked him why he can't hit worth crap until June. LaRoche responded: "I think it's because it takes me a while to get warmed……(Snore)…….up you know? I mean, it gets better." Right you are Adam. Ryan Doumit has some pop in his bat too, and I actually think he will have a good year this year. Nate McLouth is a different story. Nate was the Pirates best player last year, but I have a bad feeling that's the best he will ever be. He hit 26 homers and drove in 94 runs. As the leadoff hitter. Now, John Russell stupidly will move him to the third spot and bat Nyjer Morgan 1st. A-DUH. Morgan can't hit a friggin beach ball. A smarter choice would be to call up Andrew McCutchen from AAA Indianapolis. The kid was the Pirates second leading hitter in ST, but meanwhile he isn't good enough to make the worst team in MLB? C'mon. He should be the 3rd hitter on the Buccos, and bat McLouth 1st.
 Another reason why the Pirates will suck is because of how bad their front office is. And I really don't feel like beating this dead horse again so I will just leave it at that for the time being.
 The third reason the Pirates will suck is that their pitching is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E. Paul Maholm is the "Ace" of the staff. He had an astounding year with a 9-9 record and 3.71 ERA. Ace. Gag me. After that comes Zach Duke and Ian Snell,  who had a combined record of  12-26. Wow.  The final two starters are Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff Karstens, who had a combined record of 3-10. So let's do some math. The starting rotation of the Pirates had a combined record of 24-45. That is HORRIBLE. TERRIBLE. EMBARASSING. That's all I have to say about that. Matt Capps is a decent closer, but you actually have to be winning to close a game, so he will get very little chances.
 The Pirates season begins today against the Cardinals. Execution time is set for 4:00 PM EST. Adam Wainwright will start for St. Louis, Maholm for the Pirates. Please keep the Pirates in your prayers. The game is on FSN Pittsburgh. Yay.
 The Pirates opened up the new season with a shocking 6-4 defeat of the Cardinals. Jack Wilson hit a three run double for the winning hit in the top of the 9th inning. Ryan Ludwick of the Cardinals broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th with a leadoff homer. The Cardinals added another run via sacrifice fly in the inning to put the Pirates down two going into the last inning. Jason Motte, the Cardinals rookie closer, came in to close the game. Freddy Sanchez led the inning off with a double. After two outs, Adam LaRoche uncharacteristically got a hit in April and scored Sanchez. Eric Hinske then came in for Ryan Whi…er Andy LaRoche and doubled Adam LaRoche to third. Brandon Moss then stepped to the plate and was hit by the first pitch he saw, probably on purpose. Wilson then stepped to the plate and was promptly in an 0-2 hole. The next pitch Wilson saw was at his eyes. And he swung. But, somehow, he managed to hit the ball into the left-center field gap, scoring all three runs with a double. Matt Capps then capped the game off and got his first save of the year.
 Interesting stats: Nyjer Morgan: 3-5 2 RBI. Doumit 0-5. Andy LaRoche 0-3, 4 Runners Left on Base, 2 errors. Hinske 1-1 2B. I have deemed Andy LaRoche the worst player in the MLB.
 The Pirates season returned to normal Tuesday night as they were beat badly by the Cards, 9-3. Ian Snell showed absolutely no prowess last night, and was pounded hard. Snell gave up 8 runs in 4 innings off of 9 hits. Fire Neal Huntington. Albert Pujols and Chris Duncan both went yard off of Snell. Donnie Veal (who is that?) came in and relieved Snell and promptly let up a homer to Yadier Molina. Andy LaRoche added a nice 0-3, 1 error day that raised his average to .000 and his fielding percentage to .375. Fire Neal Huntington. On the bright side, Freddy Sanchez homered for the Bucs. Also, Nate McLouth and Ryan Doumit, the 3-4 hitters in the lineup, both are batting .000. McLouth is 0-6, Doumit 0-8. GOOD. Actually, out of the 9 starters for the Pirates last night, 4 don't have any hits. GOOD. Morgan and Sanchez lead the team with .444 averages each. Andy LaRoche sucks. Craig Hansen looked good in his two innings, striking out three.

Category: MLB

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 4:35 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates 2009

Nice write up.  It looks like the Pirates are going to shatter Philly's record of the losingest major sports team in the modern era with 17 sub-par .500 seasons in a row!!  That is amazing.  They can't even accidentally have a decent year.  The truth is, it isn't really the players fault.  That sounds stupid, but I truly believe they are doing their best and trying to win.  They're just not very good.  If you refuse to spend any real money and don't go after any marquis talent you will lose. 

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