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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:48 am 
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It was just nice to see some watchable baseball being played out there tonight. It felt really nice to see the win but man...those other games were hard on the eyes!

I know there was some rule involved in this, but why wasn't Karstens called up to replace Ohlendorf again? Why exactly did we need to suffer through Burres? I just don't understand what the rule was.

Anyhow, it's also nice to see that tomorrow Maholm will have the benefit of a more rested bullpen.


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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:36 am 
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NDL wrote:

I know there was some rule involved in this, but why wasn't Karstens called up to replace Ohlendorf again? Why exactly did we need to suffer through Burres? I just don't understand what the rule was.



Well, Karstens was sporting a 7.31 ERA as an AAA reliever, so it wasn't exactly an ideal call-up. And while I hate to do so, I will most likely think of his performance tonight as a fluke (perhaps still trying to get revenge out of the Dave Kerwin incident?).

At any rate, as you said, "watchable baseball" was a dire need after the past week and a half.


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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
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As far as Karstens goes, he wasn't really awful last year. He's a serviceable pitcher. I don't necessarily like him in the rotation but you can do a lot worse (and we know because we did this already this year). I kind of thought of him being bumped out of the rotation as having someone just as good with more upside: Dan McCutchen. Granted, McCutchen has been awful this year but you would think that if he was able to be called up before he would have been the guy to get the call over Burres.

When you look at Karstens from last year he looked out of place with the other starters because everyone was pitching better. We were getting a lot better starts in the beginning of the year from Duke, Ohlendorf, Maholm. This year Duke and Maholm have been ok but when the bullpen has to take over all 3 other starts because of the Morton, McCutchen, and whoever was pitching for Ohlendorf fiasco it causes real trouble. The best thing Karstens did tonight was give the bullpen a little rest.


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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:37 am 
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Karstens ERA in Indy was high because he was working on a sinker and was having problems with it...

I missed part of the game, but I dont think he threw it all lastnight. That and I think the hitters were afraid he was gonna get bean ball crazy with that fastball of his...lol

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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:03 pm 
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NDL wrote:
It was just nice to see some watchable baseball being played out there tonight. It felt really nice to see the win but man...those other games were hard on the eyes!

I know there was some rule involved in this, but why wasn't Karstens called up to replace Ohlendorf again? Why exactly did we need to suffer through Burres? I just don't understand what the rule was.

Anyhow, it's also nice to see that tomorrow Maholm will have the benefit of a more rested bullpen.

As I understand it, Karstens was passed over because he spent all spring preparing to pitch in relief and he wasn't ready to throw enough pitches to use him as a starter.

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 Post subject: Re: April 27, 2010 Pirates (7-12) at Brewers (9-10)
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sisyphus wrote:
As I understand it, Karstens was passed over because he spent all spring preparing to pitch in relief and he wasn't ready to throw enough pitches to use him as a starter.


The ironic part of that is the relievers have probably thrown more pitches than the starters...

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