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Final: Dodgers 1, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (1-3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw

Time: 9:10 p.m.

Site: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Burnett, RHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is scarfing Dodger Dogs.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

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  1. Lets go Bucs

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  2. Will the 5th different lineup of the year snap the Pirates out of its offensive funk. El Toro to the 6 spot versus the leftie, Tabby the start in RF but not in the leadoff hole as Marte remains atop the lineup.

    Here’s hoping there is an AJ Burnett in store for us tonight.

  3. No Jones for the second game in a row. Why?

    • Lefty tonight

    • Perfectly understandable for him to sit versus a tough left hander. Jones hit .189 with a .297 SLG last year in his 74 AB’s versus LHP a year ago and it was worse in 2011 so I would not expect to see him in lineup on days a LH is starting.

      • It would be under normal circumstances but with the Pirates there are no normal circumstances.

        If we’re to accept that Jones isn’t starting tonight because there’s a LHP pitcher on the mound, then someone needs to ask Clint Hurdle why Travis Snider only has one start against RHP and why Gabby Sanchez, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata continue to get starts against RHP despite mounds of evidence saying none of them ever should be.

        I think you assigning a level of rational thought, logic and reason to Clint Hurdle’s process of making out his line up that just isn’t there. More likely, given Hurdle’s handling of Garrett Jones since coming here, he’s got something against him and will use whatever excuse is handy to keep from putting his name into the hat from which he randomly draws the name that end on the lineup card.

        At least that’s ow it appears to be.

    • I think Jones played first base last night.

  4. PANIC

    Panic on the streets of Pittsburgh
    Panic on the streets of Monroeville
    I wonder to myself…

    Could the Pirates ever win again
    On the field green grass, wins slip down
    I wonder to myself…

    Hopes may rise in the winter,
    But, honey pie, but the wins just won’t be there
    so you run down to safety of Center Street
    But there is panic in the streets of Oshkosh, Duncansville, even Florida
    I wonder to myself…

    (Dejan with the bridge)

    Tear down the PBC!
    Fire the blessed GM!

    Because the baseball that they constantly play
    It says nothing to me about a title
    Fire the blessed GM!
    Because the baseball that they constantly play…

    On the field green grass wins slip away
    and Pittsburgh town cries loud

    Fire the GM! Fire the GM! Fire the Gm! Fire the GM!
    Fire the GM! Fire the GM! Fire the Gm! Fire the GM! Fire the GM!

    Fire the GM! etc. etc.

    (apologies to Marr/Morrissey and Drew who does this much better)

  5. Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
    We’re so glad you could attend.
    Come inside! Come inside!

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    Total STRIKEOUTS by Pirates batters in tonight’s game
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  6. 100 on the under if you please

  7. 100 on the over please.

  8. Tonight,the Brewers are starting a rookie in left (Khris Davis) with Betancourt starting for the first time ever at first and the same with Alex Gonzalez at third.

    Braun and Ramirez are hurt.

    The Buccos are a better team. They are better than the Cubs and Brewers. They need to start playing to their potential.

    • Small sample size John, no problem in Pittsburgh. (sarcasm).

    • Good story, RF.

      The Brewers really wanted to move him to first given who they have playing left field. But I don’t think the kid could play the position. Front office types at Miller Park like his potential, though.

  9. Pirates offense
    2012 through four games: 2-2, 8 runs, 1 shutout, 1 HR
    2013 through four games: 1-3, 6 runs, 2 shutouts, 0 HR

  10. I think the odds of us winning tonight are greater than the odds we get no-hit.

  11. Wichita State was legit.

    Nice run but ultimately not in Louisville’s class.

    • I think the Shockers were in the class. Only one student could get an A in that class, but the Shockers scored a very close B+.

  12. I love the stars that get one name treatment.

    Frank

    Sammy

    Dino

    We know who they are.

    And now…

    Burnett

  13. First pitch swinging for Marte and single to CF… let’s get it started!

  14. and there goes your no-hitter…

  15. Really glad to see the Pirates holding back Marte last year was to make sure he knew how to run the bases…. OR NOT.

  16. Which coach do we blame for Marte’s base running blunder?
    Or do we blame Clint?

    Bylsma!!!

  17. Kershaw throws 6 pitches in first inning

    …Burnett throws 5 to leadoff hitter Carl Crawford

  18. Russell Martin watches Crawford steal second.

  19. Vin Scully:

    Honus Wagner made $138K over his entire 21-year career
    Honus Wagner baseball card sold today for $2.1 MILLION dollars

  20. Big strikeout against Kemp…

  21. Burnett touching 96 on the gun with great bite on his off speed offerings, arm looks alive tonight. Filthy pitch gets Kemp swinging.

  22. And than AJ makes Gonzalez look silly to K the side…have to like his power arm!

  23. PItches after 1st inning
    Kershaw – 6 (1 hit)
    Burnett – 20 (3 SO + 1 BB)

  24. take the positive… Russell Martin saw 6 pitches

  25. Kdro has that “strike 3″ look down pat………

  26. Pedro is no match against a lefty like Kershaw… where’s Casey McGehee?

    LOL

  27. Somewhat ironic to describe Pedro’s majestic batting practice home run over the roof of Dodger Stadium, and then cut back to Pedro getting rung up

  28. Kershaw throws 6 pitches in 1st, 6 to Martin, then 9 pitches to strike out Alvarez & Tabata

  29. 11 innings in LA….And still waiting for a run.

  30. pitches after 2 innings
    Kershaw – 21
    Burnett – 38

  31. Pirates need to trash the black softball shirts like the Penguins just did with their blue sweaters.

  32. Good night for Taillon tonight. 5 innings, no runs, 4 hits, 1 walk 4 K’s and got the win.

    McPherson not so much. 3 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits 2 walks, 1 K. Pitching against the immortal Dice-K.

  33. 12 innings in LA…..And still waiting for a run.

  34. Soft liner for a hit, quick SB due to the continued inability to hold and throw out runners and than a roller through left side of infield and down a run which maybe an insurmountable lead.

  35. Walk lives Marte. That throw to the plate was not close at all. And it bounced.

  36. Waiting for someone to say that 5 games is a small sample size to judge this team.

    OK… how about 20 years then???

  37. pitches through 3 innings

    Kershaw: 6 – 15 – 13 (34)
    Burnett: 20 – 18 – 23 (61)

  38. These guys may not be thinking about 2012, but they sure are playing like it. Upgrade at catcher or not.

  39. Bryan Morris closes out Indy’s first win.

    Vin Mazzaro actually threw better than McP tonight. 4 innings, no runs, 2 hits, no walks, 6 K’s and got the win.

    I find myself looking at the minors just like last season. Strange with all the talent at the ML level.

  40. Good grief both Cutch and Sanchez swing at Ball 4 difference between two men on and giving outs to the opposition…someone needs to wake this team up.

  41. pitches per inning
    Kershaw 06 – 15 – 13 – 12 (50)
    Burnett 20 – 18 – 23 – xx (61)

  42. Another day, another first run scored by the opposition. So far on this early season, when that happens, the Bucs lose, and usually by only giving up 3 runs total in each of the three games. The Bucs need to look at the only win – they scored first and didn’t give up any runs. With Kershaw getting the benefit of the home plate umps calls most of the night so far, this is going to be tough as usual. At SOME point, this team has got to start hitting good to great pitchers. Can’t keep just tipping your hat to the other guy. Just get PO’d and knock the darn hat off the guys head with a liner up the middle.

  43. Behind the “heart” of the pirate batting order, 3-1 on Cutch and that guy who was our spring muscle — not even a good foul ball — 2 strikeouts. Ugly.

  44. Bring back Lacey.

  45. Last inning Walkie was talking about how they may have changed up some sign to keep a guy on first from seeing if they are throwing a curve. well, they may have done that, but when you move your entire body to block what you are doing, that just as much gives the runner an idea that you are doing something. Try something new, and move your body to block the sign, but then throw a fastball, or pickoff move.

  46. OshKosh, your PANIC at the top is awesome!

  47. Another one hit night so far. I blame this on that very long and slow spring training. Seemed as though most of the starters almost sleepwalked through spring training because of the World Baseball Classic.

    • I was wondering about that myself. We seemed more concerned with getting at bats for the bench candidates, and the “regulars” got no more than 2 at bats before they were yanked.

      I think that watching paint dry would be better than watching the ineptitude now.

      Stuart

  48. This game is doing my health no good.

    I’ve eaten half bag of potato chips and peanut butter cup. I’m ready for more watching this thing they call an offense.

  49. Martin and Bluto have the same GPA: .000.

  50. From Vin Scully – the pirates have had 14 three ball counts this series and are 1-13 with one walk…that is just not getting it done.

  51. Burnett bears down and gets out of a tough spot. Only one run.

    It’s a shame that it’s a run too many.

  52. 6 K’s for Kershaw through 4.2 – I’m feeling quite confident of winning those 100 points.

  53. Over/Under for hits should have been 1.5.

    • So frustrating being a fan of this team.

      • My brother suggested that Cutch is only going to put up with this for so long. Predicts he tells agent to get him traded within next few years. I don’t doubt it. Nutting wants to hold on to this team forever. And Selig is too much of a jack arse to ever step in and suggest Nutting sells. My taste for this team is being tried more than it’s ever been. I realize it’s early in the season, but I just don’t see good things happening. Apologies for the rant.

  54. Are those LIPS tattoed on Tabata’s neck?

  55. I can hear the post game chat, all about how Burnett pitched well, but was out dueled by Kershaw. Not true when you consider Kershaw only had to pitch against Pirates, while AJ faced major leaguers.

  56. Did that half inning just take 46 seconds?

  57. pitches per inning
    Kershaw 06 – 15 – 13 – 12 – 12 (62)
    Burnett 20 – 18 – 23 – 13 – xx (74)

    • Last thing I’m worried about is if kershaw at 0 runs and 60ish pitches looks a bit better than Burnett at 1 run and 70ish pitches.

      All that is secondary to their offense, or lack thereof

      • Oh that’s why I’m highlighting the pitching performance…

        Kershaw is facing the equivalent of a AA team while Burnett is facing real live major league hitters. The hitting approach is vastly different in this game.

        • Then that raises a Q.

          I wonder what Burnett’s line would be if he threw against the Pirates?

          Probably only have to wait until just after the trade deadline to find out.

  58. .176, .133, .287, .083, .000, .118, .000, .200…that my friends is your Pirate lineup tonight in batting average.

  59. Thru 4.5, the Bucs’ team batting average has fallen to .120

  60. Everybody Clap your Hands!

  61. When Kershaw steals second standing up, it’s time for basketball.

  62. AJ’s probably done. 8 STFD’s tonight.

  63. As I mentioned to another Pirates fan at work the other day, my hope is that the Bucs do the opposite of the past two years, this year and suck in the beginning, then just go on a torrid run at the end of the season and somehow come out over .500. The only real way that can happen is if they just don’t dig themselves such a huge hole that they can’t come out of it.

  64. Great effort AJ is providing again tonight, just so sad that is 1-0 and it already feels like its a blowout.

  65. We really need somebody to go yard right now.

  66. 9 K’s by Pirates….. wooohoooo easy $ tonight, lol.

    • I was going to bet the over tonight, but I got to the game after it started……….. didnt want to cheat.

      I knew the Bucs couldnt hit, but this is going way too far !!!

  67. AJ stays in!

  68. After following the travails of Burnett for almost two games, it makes me wonder if a pitcher who is 0-14 but with a 1.68 ERA might make the All Star game.

    SOMEone from the team has to go.

  69. Let dude hit. Enough drag fakes.

  70. If I had swings like the buccos I keep them on the porch.

  71. Another 25 yards and that ball was gone.

  72. Has anybody on this team heard of Wheaties? Seems like they may need to have some.

  73. Scully just said Burnett is pitching the better game, when considering the opposing line-ups

  74. Great game for AJ.

    So sorry that he has this bag of marshmallows backing him up offensively.

  75. The above post was full of sarcasm…..

  76. The bandwagoners are the ones who AREN’T here when they are losing.

    • I’m so tired of hearing people say I’m a bandwagon fan because I dislike the state of the franchise.

      • +2

      • What is outlandish RF?

        Come on… your fanatical support of this team is no more valuable as a rah-rah positive cheerleader than it is of my or others Twisted Sisters “we’re not gonna take it” echoes of doom and gloom.

      • + infinity

      • You wouldn’t be so tired of it if they would field a competitive team every 20 years or so.

        It’s reasonable to expect failure.

        How long do you think it takes seeing the same result before we should expect it, 25 years, 30, 40?

        • It was competitive for 2 or 3 months. Can’t call Aug and Sept competitive by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s obvious at this point they were playing well above their talent level. It’s equally obvious that is not sustainable.

          The last two years have been the most cruel. Assemble the beginnings of competitive teams then big whiffs at the deadlines. The players have said as much. This isn’t opinion.

          Being a small market club, it’s generally agreed there are limited windows when the club can compete for post season. The last two years could have been that and were squandered.

          I think that is why the despair is kicking in do early this year even among many die hards.

          I hope we all get our winning season and a shot in the post season.

          So if I have to chose, I’ll take utter failure for last year. Not fair to say it is same as 62-100 but I’d bet the stomach churning feeling of the collapse part II was more intense and took more out of the fan base than a “straight” losing season would.

          • Did you just say essentially the same thing that Neal Huntington said at the end of last year? He got RIDICULED for saying that. And skewered for not going all-in.

            I guess six months gives perspective.

    • +1

    • The way the Pirates are playing, there wont be a bandwagon to jump on to.

      I am also sick of my fanhood being questioned.

      This is a favorite trick of the FO supporters (notice i didnt say Pirate fans. Pirates fans wouldnt question other peoples fanhood)………….. just because we dont blindly follow the ineptitude of this FO, we have our fanhood questioned.

      • You do realize it is pretty easy to find things to complain about?

        20 years… most likely going to 21 and for second consecutive year, this team is historically inept in April.

        • Eric, thank you for the backup.

          Shame Roberto cant address me without arguing and attacks. He has done it regularly to me, and I dont tolerate it. Most people on this blog are nice (notice I didnt say normal)………… but there is always one who cant play in the sandbox too well.

          Such is life………..

      • Hey troublemaker, give me something positive to cheer for the team about, and I will say positive things.

        I have seen you espouse the sunshine and roses aspect for them, evn when they are putrid.

        And you are the one who started stuff with me the other day. If you dont like my posts, skip over them, please. No need to constantly attack and argue.

        Oh, and by the way…………… I didnt say you werent a fan because you are a FO apologist, I said you question other peoples fanhood.

        Good day.

  77. Burnett the best pitcher in a Pirate uniform since Drabek?

  78. No idea how Hughes survived that inning not giving up a run… lucky it was bottom of the order for LA.

  79. Great defense by Martin on a few of those pitches by Hughes.

  80. Then call the EMTs too.

    They’re collapsing earlier this year.

  81. I don’t think Pittsburgh rescue teams have to worry about that one, no one cares that much about the Pirates losing some games in April.

  82. Now would be an opportune time for Pedro to turn us 45+ year Pirate fans into “bandwagoners.”

  83. Seriously Roberto.

    If the Pirates DON’T come back and have a winning season, are you calling them out?

  84. I can’t wait to watch Cole, Taillon, and Heredia pitch and get no run support.

  85. Another pick-off. But, hey, wasn’t that a great lead?

  86. And there is another base running gaffe as Martin is sleeping on first base but to be fair he hasn’t seen much of first base this year… so frustrating

    • so a .000 average and a pick off at 1B.

      When is Mckenry do to get a shot?

      Any chance that pro we got from Arizona gets a shot in the field?

      Whats scary is a guy like Sands couldn’t make it past the first round of cuts.

      I’m so glad they brought in all that competition in the off season; imagine where we’d be if these guys didn’t have to fight to suck.

    • That pick-off move by Kershaw is a balk. The rule book states: “…it is a balk when…the pitcher, while touching his plate” (rubber) “fails to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base.” Section 8.05(c)

      The angle of his step was well beyond 45 degrees.

      Not that it matters, of course, since the Pirates can’t hit…

  87. So he still hasn’t figured out what it is he’s missing.

  88. I’m thinking second and third base could be removed when the Pirates bat.

  89. Lets think positive here…

    If AJ and Wandy can pitch the way they have been pitching they should bring us a nice package of 26 year old AAAA prospects at the deadline.

  90. Nothing I’d like more than to bandwagon jump on a comeback victory tonight.

  91. Final Four game coming down to final possession.

    • Would have been nice to see an all Big East final but I think Michigan might be a better opponent for Louisville considering they haven’t played 3x this year.

      • It would have been interesting to see Wich. St. get to the Final game, but Mich.-Louisville is a quality matchup.

  92. Nice work by the Bucco pen as first Hughes and now Melancon wiggle out of jams. Can the lineup make that important by getting to Dodger pen now.

  93. Bye bye, Boeheim.

  94. We need a “Slump Monkey.”

  95. Congratulations to those who ‘bet’ on the over

    Pirates have 10 K’s

  96. Anyone see the latest issue of SI?

    Interesting quote from John Thompson; he said if I were a coach today I would stay at a mid major or middle tier school. He said there you are appreciated. He used the firing of Ben Howland as an example of why coaches are staying put. Sound like anyone we know at Pitt?

  97. Question for everyone…

    After watching Wichita State almost make the championship game I have to ask. Do they have superior talent than the Panthers?

    Yes I know they beat the Panthers but was it strictly talent? If so how is Wichita State able to recruit better talent than Pitt; if not why does Dixon keep getting rewarded?

  98. Going into the top of the 8th the Dodgers have more stolen bases than the Pirates have hits. 3-2 Dodgers.

  99. What are the odds Daniel Mccutchen was doing roids with the Pirates?

    If he was; just imagine how awful he would have been without them

  100. There were 6 penguins that had more hits in last nights game than the Pirates do as a team tonight

  101. Wait a minute! You mean a batted ball can carry all the way to the outfield AND the wall!

  102. I hope the Pirates clubhouse is stocked with Ketel One Vodka.

  103. I think there’s a very real possibility the Pirates could be WAY WAY under .500 by the end of this month.

    I’m thinking 7-21…

  104. The ump took one for the team there.

  105. Elementary, my dear Watson.

    Now for a ninth inning come from behind “W”…

  106. LET’S GO BUCS!!!! LET’S GO BUCS!!!! EVERYBODY HITS!!!! PITCHER, PITCHER, NOT A BELLY ITCHER!!!

  107. need a few lined together

  108. This is easily Jay Bell’s fault….
    Too soon?

  109. 17 straight innings without a single run in this series…weak fly out from Snider down to Marte and Walker staring at 8th consecutive loss at Dodger stadium.

  110. The sheer amount of tattoos displayed tonight is staggering.
    Looks like a game being played in the yard at San Quentin.

  111. ahahahahaha Walker walks

  112. Have pitched well enough to be 4-1 but this lineup has the Bucs 1-4 out of the gates. Wasted opportunities whether in April or August are just that wasted opportunities and we have seen some nice pitching wasted.

    And we rely on Jeff Locke tomorrow to snap this skid.

  113. I hate Dodger Stadium. Bad, bad, place.

  114. Pirates have been shutout 3 times in the first 5 games.

    No reason to panic.. let’s remember June and July from last season.

  115. Blecccch!
    Too bad my town doesn’t have any bridges to jump off of.
    Guess I’ll just have to come back tomorrow.
    Night all.

  116. Pirates Offense
    2012 April: 22 games, 58 runs, 2.63 per game
    2013 April: 05 games, 06 runs, 1.20 per game

  117. Well, this is certainly frustrating.
    It’s not like we are getting beat 6-1 every night.

    The Pirate bats are nowhere to be found.
    If a team loses consistently 2-1. 1-0. 3-1, it is going to be a very long season.

    We weren’t manhandled.
    We weren’t blown out.
    Giving up 1 run should give a fairly good chance at a win.

    But with this team, we almost have to pitch a shutout to have a chance.

    neal told us all would be well.
    We would be improved.

    Pitching wise, I like what I see.
    Hitting wise, YIKES !!!!

  118. The bandwagon will have to wait for tomorrow.

  119. The “Sunday Lineup” will explode with offensive output. Maybe.

  120. These questions by Robbie Inc(and something) to Hurdle… lame.

  121. I’ve figured it out. The Pirates lack of runs and offense in general is part of an intricate marketing plan to attract soccer fans. Now it makes sense.

  122. With the first pick in the 2014 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates are proud to select…..

    • It’s part of Neal’s process that I didn’t understand.

      The only place they’ve reliably gotten talent is in the top few picks of the draft. So they’re trying to get more talent in the only way they know how.

    • A player who has informed all MLB, Japan League, Korean League, Indian League, and any other professional team in existence that, if drafted, he will not sign.

  123. Just found this absolutely hilarious:

    David Cameron ‏@DCameronFG After tonight’s shutout, the 2013 Pirates are now hitting .117/.185/.145. In 2012, pitchers hit .130/.171/.187.

  124. Well, you know it’s bad when even I expected more.
    What’s the sense of scoring a run in L.A. now?

  125. See the Sun comes up and we have another chance today.

    Hope beats eternal.

  126. If McKenry goes 4-5 today with 2 HR’s, does Martin find a seat on the pine?

  127. JAL’s Keep on Trying Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWnBD6n9j74

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dHVOMzdPYm9wUEJtdVJ0WWUzVWhFc2c#gid=0

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: No One Is Hitting, Let’s Over-React

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html

    Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/pirates-shut-down-by-kershaw-shut-out-1-0.html

    Prospect Watch: Taillon Throws Five Shutout Innings In Debut

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/prospect-watch-taillon-throws-five-shutout-innings-in-debut.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates 2-hit yet again in 1-0 loss

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/4/7/4192588/pirates-2-hit-yet-again-in-1-0-loss

    7 WHYGAVS

    Game 5: Dodgers 1 Pirates 0

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/april-2013/game-5-dodgers-1-pirates-0.html

    8 The Green Weenie

    Bucs v Dodgers, Notebook

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/04/bucs-v-dodgers-notebook.html

    9 Rumbunter

    Did Dr. Dre Spell Andrew McCutchens’ Name Wrong On Purpose?

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/04/06/did-dr-dre-spell-andrew-mccutchens-name-wrong-on-purpose/

    This Tweet Will Scare The Hell Outta Pittsburgh Pirates Fans

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/04/06/this-tweet-will-scare-the-hell-outta-pittsburgh-pirates-fans/

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Dodgers 1, Pirates 0

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2013/04/dodgers-1-pirates-0/

  128. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Offense is Absent

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/04/07/pittsburgh-pirates-offense-is-absent/

    12 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Andrew McCutchen running more may not be best idea

    http://cityofchampionssports.com/2013/04/06/pittsburgh-pirates-why-andrew-mccutchen-running-more-may-not-be-best-idea/

    13 LA Times

    Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is sharp again, beats Pirates, 1-0

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0407-dodgers-pirates-20130407,0,1702629.story

    14 Bleacher Report

    Pittsburgh Pirates Need to Improve Approach at the Plate

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1595088-pittsburgh-pirates-need-to-improve-approach-at-the-plate

    15 Erie Times News

    SeaWolves lose to Curve, Taillon

    http://www.goerie.com/article/20130407/BASEBALL01/304079908/SeaWolves-lose-to-Curve-Taillon

    16 Fox 59

    Indians Gerrit Cole keeps it simple while waiting for major league call

    http://fox59.com/2013/04/06/indians-gerrit-cole-keeps-it-simple-while-waiting-for-major-league-call/#axzz2Pm5WcUPj

    17 CBS Sports

    Los Angeles-Pittsburgh Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20130407_PIT@LAD

    18 PBC Site

    Burnett falls victim to LA’s Kershaw, Bucs’ cold bats

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_04_06_pitmlb_lanmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=pit

    Gomez OK after comebacker to ribs in Bucs debut

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130406&content_id=44082102&notebook_id=44091458&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Fantasy Mailbag :A Trout/Cabrera Tandem?

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20107

    20 Fangraphs

    Kicking Rocks: Your Team Is Like A Good Steak

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/kicking-rocks-your-team-is-like-a-good-steak/

  129. Fire the GM…
    Fire the President…
    .
    The plan is NOT working.

  130. Kicking the Pirates while they are down… Pirates offense

    Runs – last
    hits – last
    doubles – 27th (4)
    triples – last (0)
    home runs – last (0)
    Average – last
    On base % – last
    slugging – last
    ops – last

    Now to be positively shocked, their pitching
    ERA – 2nd
    Walks – 3rd
    Strikeouts – 8th
    Batting Avg Against – 2nd
    WHIP – 2nd

  131. Ok. NOW can we panic?

  132. at least they haven’t been no hit……yet

    averaging 1 run per game?

    Knowing you were going to be offensively challenged and your sole solution is bringing in Martin?

    a measly 66 million in payroll after the great attendance figures last year, after promising “if the fans come, we will spend”

    • Hey, he spent…………..

      New Burger bar,
      New Scoreboard,
      Russell Martin,

      give the millionaire a break!
      Its not easy losing 21 straight years !!!!

      • Actually, it’s billionaire.

        This organization has turned losing/failure into an art form. That’s all they know and all they do. I can see this team losing indefinitely as long as the owner stays in place.

    • Come on….What about the addition of John (Old) McDonald?!

      • Yep. Get a defensive specialist late inning SS replacement for a defensive specialist starting SS. Sheer brilliance. No one else would have thought of it. No one.

        • The strategy is to have a good pinch hitter bat for Barmes late in games.
          They may still be working on that part.

          • They have the same 25 player limit as other teams. But maybe they haven’t figured that out. WE all know they are offensively challenged.

            • I was being sarcastic in that they can’t find any part of the equation.

            • Using in vogue business-speak, they are NOT offensively challenged. Rather, they are achieving exactly the offense they were designed for.

              Yeah. I know. This stuff is always overstated, and if taken to its extreme because silly.

              But i believe there is at least half a good point in this.

              Of course if we take it to En Vogue we have a whole different meaning.

              • I could rewrite En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go.

                Picture Greg Brown holding onto Neal’s leg.

                Or after today, Dejan holding onto yours.

      • Mildly agree but it’s the least of their problems.

        Anybody see how his starters are hitting?

    • Blaming these results on the payroll just isn’t going cut it anymore as the facts of the past several just don’t support the argument.

      13 Million of that payroll is going to two guys who simply can’t hit and whose combined salary could have instead been used to sign one decent hitting lefty corner outfielder or first baseman. Martin and Barmes are getting the money this time but the names are almost irrelevant at this point as it’s been the case every year now since Huntington come on board the he’s spent sizable amounts of money on marginal quality spare parts that implode rather than use the money to adequately address the offenses needs.

      This season it’s doubly frustrating as they had the very type of player they need to be acquiring already in the organization at a very low cost but let him go on waivers just two days before the season opener because the brain-trust running this outfit believed a 39 year old UTI was more valuable that a left handed first baseman who hits home runs and walks in bunches.

      I’m thoroughly convinced by what’s transpired the last few seasons that even if Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle were handed the top payroll in the majors the team wouldn’t look much different than it does now and you’d just see the same light or non hitting utility type players earning scads more money.

  133. So Philadelphia traveled to Winnipeg yesterday where they were spanked by the Jets, 4-1.

    I wonder if Dejan was there.

    Cheering.

  134. Let’s say the Pirates start their B Team for the day game.

    Let’s say they win with the B Team, and guys like Fort, Old McDonald or Harrison knock the cover off the ball.

    Honestly, I wouldn’t know what to make of that.

  135. Ah. The McD’s thread. Billions and Billions served.

  136. <—–PANIC BUTTON. Tony Siragusa, if you're out there, please jump up and down on it.

  137. The Window has some errands to run and chores to do before the game, so I’m posting today’s PICK ‘EM Line right here. Need a kind soul to move it over once today’s game thread goes up. Thanks in advance!!

    Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
    We’re so glad you could attend.
    Come inside! Come inside!

    Let’s open The Window, and as always this is just for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Max “wager” is 100 units on each separate line.
    All “wagers” must be divisible by 5.
    Please reply in this box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.

    Today’s PICK ‘EM
    Total HOME-RUNS hit by Pirates batters in today’s game
    ZERO
    ONE
    TWO
    THREE OR MORE

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!
    What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?

    **The Window is on twitter, @TheBuccoWindow, feel free to follow**

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

  138. 100 on ZERO homeruns

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