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  1. Wish the Pirates and O’s would win some darn games so the ‘Stros would have a shot at Rendon.

    We need him more!

    Comment by OremLK — June 24, 2010 @ 8:02 am

  2. Everything that could have gone wrong this year for the Pirates has. Church, Iwamura, and Morton have been disasters, Milledge looks every bit the 4th OF. And many good and decent prospects are getting injured, severely.

    Just watching games, it seems they hit a ton of line drives right at people. Or end up with the tough luck double plays very frequently. I have no statistical basis for these beliefs, but it is just a feeling I get while watching them.

    Comment by element1286 — June 24, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  3. As bad as Maholm’s start was, a greater tragedy for the Pirates occurred yesterday when last year’s top pick Tony Sanchez had his jaw wired shut after getting hit in the face with a pitch.

    Comment by gorillagogo — June 24, 2010 @ 9:52 am

  4. RJ – Just to add to the Maholm disasterpiece a bit, Nelson Cruz walked in between Murphy and Smoak in the first.

    Comment by Holla(r) — June 24, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  5. ‘Cutch proved he can play this year and Jones has proven that last year wasn’t a fluke. Neil Walker has given the Buc’s hope. Evan Meek has also been a pleasant surprise. To see a team that has had everything go wrong, look at Baltimore. They would kill to be as good as Pittsburgh.

    Comment by Bill — June 24, 2010 @ 11:09 am

  6. element1286: I just took a quick look at the numbers, and it appears that Pirate hitters are actually really neutral when it comes to luck. Their BABIP as a team is .281 which is really pretty crappy; however, when you consider their team LD%, their expected BABIP should only be around .286. Basically they’re tied for the lowest percentage of line drives with the Astros. They’ve maybe been very slightly unlucky, but if so it’s by a statistically insignificant amount.

    Comment by dhbooty83 — June 24, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  7. Isn’t there a better formula for BABIP than using just LD%? I know, as a team, they hit a ton of ground balls, which have a low hit expectancy.

    I wasn’t really saying they were unlucky, I know they are bad. Just the feel that no matter what good happens, it will be out-weighted by some impending bad. But that is life with bad teams I guess.

    Comment by element1286 — June 24, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  8. I thought this was going to be about AJ Burnett or Dontrelle Willis or …

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 24, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

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