Thursday, March 24, 2011
Looks Like Another Long Season
Pirates right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia will be the starter on Opening Day, April 1 when the club plays the Chicago Cubs, a National League Central rival at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Left-hander Paul Maholm will start the Pirates' home opener on April 7 at PNC Park against the Colorado Rockies...
This spring, Correia and Maholm have each started five games. Correia has a 1-2 record and 6.38 ERA and has given up 27 hits in 18 1/3 innings; Maholm has pitched 20 innings, giving up 26 hits with an 0-3 record and 4.50 ERA.
Good gravy, even for spring those are horrible numbers! The position players seem to be firming up, but you cannot win without competent pitching! We saw this same scenario a few years ago where the Bucs had arguably the best outfield, defensively and offensively in the majors (Bay, McLouth, Nady) solid up the middle (Wilson, Sanchez), meh at the corners (LaRoche, Bautista), OK behind the dish (Paulino). This was the lineup that SHOULD have made the Pirates competitive, but the pitching staff fell apart that year. You simply cannot compete in the Bigs without competent pitching. Looks like we'r in for a replay of 2007.