Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Schedule
Apr. 1: vs Chicago Cubs – Buy Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Schedule
Over in the National League, the delightful Dodgers continue to lead the way. Maybe not as brightly as early in the season, but they are still tops in the National League.
The Dodgers have been the cream of the crop in the National League for the entire season. The team’s sale finalized seems to have rejuvenated the Dodgers and given them a whole new lease on life as it were. Last season, they were in the pit of despair and this year they are the best in their league. Over the last 10 games, the team has had a bit of a stutter going 4-6 but still holding a 3 game lead over the Giants. The rest of the NL West is trailing badly with the Padres continuing to occupy the cellar 16 games back.
The Braves have been on a roll for a while now and that three game loss to start the season is looking more and more like early season nerves. The further along the season gets the more into beast mode the Braves seem to be.
The team is now 13-7. They reside in 2nd place in the NL East still behind the surprising Nationals but now at only 1 game back. For their last 10 games, the Braves have gone 8-2. They have also posted three wins in a row. The team is a scorching 6-1 at home.
The National League is a very different story from the American League in the early going. While the American League has one team that seems to be far and away better than all the others, in the National League several teams are keeping pace at or near the top of the standings.
There are three teams that are leading the way in the National League with almost the same records to start the season. The Washington Nationals are 11-4, the St. Louis Cardinals are 10-4 and the red hot Dodgers are 11-3. These teams are a combined 25-7 over their last 10 games. They are all well over .500 to start the season. The wealth of winning is spread over all three NL divisions as well.
In baseball, pitching wins games. It’s just that simple and just that difficult. Opening Day showcased yet again that outstanding pitching will win games and that will probably be the statement uttered most during the 2012 season, another year of the pitcher.
As much as people like to talk about the power hitters and those going to games love to see the long ball, what most baseball watchers and writers will see this year is another phenomenal display of pitching. Opening Day showcased that very thing yet again. Pitching dominance ruled the day and most all the games. Even the stomach flu couldn’t stop a great pitcher from giving it 110%.
The Phillies won their second opening day behind Roy Halladay, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon 1-0. Although it was a slow start they were still able to get the job done. There were a few surprises to the line up, especially with John Mayberry Jr. playing left field and Juan Pierre on the bench. It seems as it will be a day to day decision as to who will get that position.
Roy Halladay only gave up two hits. Those two hits were given up in the first inning, to the first two batters. He also hit two batters. He went eight innings. He showed up as the Halladay as everyone was expecting.
Opening Day is filled with a lot of excitement, some nerves, a lot of unanswered questions and sometimes teams that should win don’t and teams that shouldn’t get lucky. Today will likely not be any different. Here are my predictions for today’s schedule of games.
Red Sox vs Tigers – Lester vs Verlander – The Red Sox have much to prove after their debacle at the end of last season and their subsequent house cleaning. Many unanswered questions for the Red Sox to start the season and they will be concentrated on proving that they belong in the elite baseball ranks. The Tigers will continue their push to become one of the elite and Verlander is just the guy to lead them off this year. The game gets national TV coverage today on ESPN2 and there will be a lot of eyes watching, and not just fans of these teams. I think the Tigers behind Verlander come out on top in the end.
The Pittsburgh Pirates did something last season they hadn’t accomplished in six years—win at least 70 games. And while their final 72-90 record was their 19th straight season playing below .500 baseball, they managed to stay right in the thick of things in the NL Central race for a good portion of the year.
However, one thing that might prohibit them from competing in 2012 is the amount of turnover the organization had over the winter. Last year’s mid-season acquisitions, Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick, both aren’t returning, with Lee possibly opting for retirement and Ludwick signing with the Reds. Long-time Pirate Paul Maholm had his huge option declined, so he took his talents to Chicago and signed with the division rival Cubs. And the plethora of catchers that the Pirates rotated behind home plate last year—Jason Jaramillo, Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit— have also left town.
With two of baseball’s biggest names leaving the division, National League Central fans have begun to wonder what this means for the 2012 season. With Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis and Prince Fielder’s departure from Milwaukee, a glimmer of hope is sprouting for the remaining teams in the NL Central. But can the departure of these two players really cause a shift of power within the division?
The Brewers and the Cardinals were technically the National League’s two best teams in 2011, as they battled each other in a rigorous six game National League Championship Series. St. Louis then went on to beat the Texas Rangers in an exciting World Series, gaining their 11th title. Do opposing fans actually think these two teams were only able to succeed because of Pujols and Fielder?
After the New York Yankees picked up Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda this offseason, it was no secret that A.J. Burnett’s services (or lack thereof) were no longer needed in The Big Apple.
The much-maligned right-hander never fully lived up to expectations set for him as a Bronx Bomber, and with no place left for him in the starting rotation, and the fact that the Yankees still owe him $33 million over the next two seasons, the team is looking to trade him any way they can.
Enter the Pittsburgh Pirates.