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 Post subject: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:33 am 
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News Alert: Pirates pitching has been bad this year. (Really, Bucfan? We did not know that.) The hitting has been relatively good, however, as the Pirates are in the top 4 in the NL in runs scored. The following depicts the hitting vs. pitching so far this season:

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2008 National League Ranks
 AVG  R   OBP SLG  OPS SB
.260 285 .329 .410 .738 16
7th  4th   9th 9th   8th 16th
ERA  BAA  OPS SV  WHIP   QS
5.03 .288 .793 11  1.59   0
15th 16th 14th 12th 16th 16th


(The quality start stat is obviously wrong, but the others are accurate.) If the pitching were just average, the Buccos would be well above .500.


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 Post subject: Re: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:35 am 
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Only 2 AL teams have scored more runs.

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 Post subject: Re: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:28 am 
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Looks like they're finally hitting like the 2004 Dodgers.

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 Post subject: Re: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:47 am 
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It's scary to think where this team could be if the starting pitching was just decent, not even good. A few games over 500?


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 Post subject: Re: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:19 pm 
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Argentum wrote:
It's scary to think where this team could be if the starting pitching was just decent, not even good. A few games over 500?


The Buccos are 26-29 despite (1) Brian Bixler freezing at third and giving away one win, (2) Jack Wilson missing 1/3 of the season, (3) their clean-up hitting catcher going on the DL, (4) their number 1 and 2 starters going a combined 6-10 with an ERA of about 6.50, and (5) Adam Laroche having a terrible season hitting the ball.

The most likely area of improvement is the return to health of Wilson and Doumit. Those guys round out the lineup and make the team much better offensively.

The second most likely area of improvement is with respect to the starting pitching. Seriously, they cannot have a combined ERA over 5.50 for the rest of the season, now that Dumatrait has replaced Morris and is pitching well.


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 Post subject: Re: Pitching vs. Hitting
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:48 pm 
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I don't think there are many other teams, either, who score that many runs and get the combined production we do out of our infield. LaRoche is slipping back to about the .210 mark, Sanchez simply hasn't been able to hit the ball since coming back from injury, Bautista (with all due respect to his improvement at the plate of late) was pretty non-existent early on, and for the longest time Rivas/Bixler were even worse than the others.


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