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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:32 pm 
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bucco boy wrote:
If Joel Hanrahan is going to walk people with a three run lead, start giving the ball to Meek

Don't like the walks, but it is what it is with Hanrahan. He's throwing 98-99 mph in cool weather.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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This game is the way they'll have to win all year.

Draw walks, steal some bases, timely hitting and good enough starting pitching. We generated runs today by taking walks, instead of the constant hacking of years past. And hell, Alvarez stole a base!

Hurdle stressing those two components of the game proved effective today and we won.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:46 pm 
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Some interesting points: Extra base hits - Bucs 5, Cubs 0
Walks drawn: Bucs 7, Cubs 2

Things you haven't see to much in recent history.

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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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Hi guys. I can't see the game but I just saw the video clip of Pedro's high throw to first on Gameday.
Did Overbay make any effort to grab that ball? I wonder if he couldn't have caught that.

About to watch the Indians-White Sox on TV. I hope Fausto Carmona pitches well.


Ollie...nobody answered your question. The answer is no. I am not sure if he misjudged it, or he was too worried about keeping his foot on the bag...but he certainly could have had it!

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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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VanSlick wrote:
Draw walks, steal some bases, timely hitting and good enough starting pitching. We generated runs today by taking walks, instead of the constant hacking of years past.

That is how every team in baseball has won for the past 25 years, the Pirates of 1990-1992 included.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:57 pm 
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bucco boy wrote:
Some interesting points: Extra base hits - Bucs 5, Cubs 0
Walks drawn: Bucs 7, Cubs 2

Things you haven't see to much in recent history.

Ain't that the truth! Encouraging for one day, that's for sure. If this team gets some early road wins under its belt the confidence will grow and they'll be less likely to tank ALL the time on the road like last year. Then, who knows what could happen? I'm dreamin'...don't wake me up.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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Bucfan wrote:
VanSlick wrote:
Draw walks, steal some bases, timely hitting and good enough starting pitching. We generated runs today by taking walks, instead of the constant hacking of years past.

That is how every team in baseball has won for the past 25 years, the Pirates of 1990-1992 included.


But that's not what John Russell's teams even attempted to do.

I like that Hurdle made a point of working on these in the spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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Animal wrote:
Ollie wrote:
Hi guys. I can't see the game but I just saw the video clip of Pedro's high throw to first on Gameday.
Did Overbay make any effort to grab that ball? I wonder if he couldn't have caught that.

About to watch the Indians-White Sox on TV. I hope Fausto Carmona pitches well.


Ollie...nobody answered your question. The answer is no. I am not sure if he misjudged it, or he was too worried about keeping his foot on the bag...but he certainly could have had it!


To me, it looked like the throw sailed. Overbay was keeping his foot on the bag to make the play, but the ball kept rising.

Pedro REALLY looked bad in the field today on 4 different plays.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:23 pm 
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VanSlick wrote:
Pedro REALLY looked bad in the field today on 4 different plays.

From now on, when a pop-up is hit to the left side of the infield, I hope the pitcher calls for it.

Yeesh, that fiasco when Correia got a nothing pop-up with the leadoff batter in the 7th was brutal. If the Pirates play good defense, they win 6-1.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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yeah....the pop-ups were the only ugly stain on an otherwise great day. On the bright side...I had to watch the Cubs feed...so listening to Brenly talk about how bad the Pirates are, only to get real quiet from the 5th inning on...loved Correia's game and though Meek and Hanrahan looked great! Game on.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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ParrotLuv wrote:
yeah....the pop-ups were the only ugly stain on an otherwise great day. On the bright side...I had to watch the Cubs feed...so listening to Brenly talk about how bad the Pirates are, only to get real quiet from the 5th inning on...loved Correia's game and though Meek and Hanrahan looked great! Game on.


Ugh....The Cubs broadcast is maddening.

It drives me crazy. There could be an inside the park home run happening, but they're still talking with the head of the Girl Scout troop that stopped by the booth.


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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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Bucfan wrote:
bucco boy wrote:
If Joel Hanrahan is going to walk people with a three run lead, start giving the ball to Meek

Don't like the walks, but it is what it is with Hanrahan. He's throwing 98-99 mph in cool weather.

Was it just me, or did it look like his fastball was showing a lot more movement than it did last year?

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 Post subject: Re: Opening Day 4-1-11, Pirates @ Cubs
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Was it just me, or did it look like his fastball was showing a lot more movement than it did last year?

Strike three to Byrd and the pitch that got a ground ball from Ramirez showed very definite, late movement.


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