Monday, July 7, 2008

I have information on the Pirates

I’ve been undercover in the Pirates camp and have returned with important information we can use for the upcoming 3 game series with Bucs. They didn’t seem to mind a bit and hardly noticed me as I swabbed their decks and polished the brass. They are an interesting band to say the lease. Let’s take a look at the information I’ve uncovered.

The Pirates team batting average is .251, above the league average of .234,.but below the Railroaders at .267. We’ve shown an edge here. We’ve got them on slugging and OBA too, they are .335 and .355 while we are .386 and .387. We have 24 homeruns to their 9. Our 226 runs to their 179. The Pirates do have 11 more stolen bases (55) than we have and 3 more triples than the Railroaders. But in most other areas, we produced more.

So what do the Pirates have that makes them so good?

It must be the pitching. Their team ERA average is 2.38 with the League average at 3.34. The Railroaders BTW are 3.19. The Pirates top 4 starting pitchers have a combined record of 17-3 in 24 starts. Their combined ERA average is 1.69. These guys control the game and keep it close. Their offense is designed to win with bold action at the right time. We need to be on our toes to STOP IT and find a way to bust up the pitching.

Our record against the Pirates this year is 2-3, so far. We have 5 games left with them and these 3 at home in the Yard are important for us to win. We'll see them again later in the month for 2 more games. This will be the Bucs' first visit to the Yard in 2008. We need to get everyone out and involved to help stop the attack I’ve seen them planning for us. Let’s keep the guns warmed up and ready. We’ll need all hands!

Update: No truer words spoken than in the posted comment, “. . .our destiny is in our own hands.” Yes, it will take all our bats, gloves, cleats and more, plus body, mind and spirit to deal properly with these Pirates. The Firebirds may have been finger-lick’in-good, but the dish the Pirates are planning to serve us is a different meal indeed. One thing for sure, it’s supposed to be the hottest day of the year and I know it’s going to be on the field of play tonight at the Yard!

30 comments:

  1. The key to winning in these games will be not walking batters, there will be homeruns hit at the yard, its just going to happen. The thing is solo home runs will not beat us, so if we just pound the zone, we should be alright, because our bats are just plain FIRED UP. Lets take three and send Coach E. to the All-Star game!!

    Good Luck Boys

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  2. The birds have flown away from the yard for the regular season, hope they have a good rest of year,
    Now those Pirates are sailing into our dock tonight and bringing some hot pitching according to that hoghead report,our bats have to meet the challange and send those baseballs outta here like cannonballs, First place can be obtained here at home in these next games,FIRE it up guys, nice job last 2 games-keep the train rolling.All fans on deck we need lots of hometown noise in the yard!!!

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  3. It doesn't seem right to me that the Pirates are in 1st place when they've actually played 2 fewer games than the Railroaders. I don't know who they missed games against but will they have to make them up before the season is over and the pennant is decided?

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  4. Yes, the Pirates have 1 game each with the Oilers and Firebirds to make up.

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  5. we just need to sink their ship and we wont have to worry about them winning or loosing as they say our destiny is in our own hands
    (bats,gloves,cleats ecttt....)
    ROLL TRAIN!!!!!

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  6. the 30 second train horn after homeruns is a little obnoxious. you should cut it to 5-7 seconds at the most. its just a little obnoxious.

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  7. will pass that along to the crew, sorry,we just get a little excited and luv to blow that thing, we know what it means :) it has been blown till the batter rounds the bases back to home. Maybe we stop at first.I would really hate to go a game and not hear it though.

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  8. will pass that along to the crew, sorry,we just get a little excited and luv to blow that thing, we know what it means :) it has been blown till the batter rounds the bases back to home. Maybe we stop at first.I would really hate to go a game and not hear it though.

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  9. I don't think we match up real well with them. I've seen them play UC, too, and they are real deep. I could see maybe taking one game, but not 2 of 3. I'd put my money on Tradewater. They can put the ball in play better than anyone in the league.

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  10. So much for information, huh? Pirates rule the seas, and the yard.

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  11. Well I must say I didn't except we'd lose due to poor defensive play, but the bug sure bit us on Monday. However, the guys finally shook off the sleepies or whatever they had, and made a good come back late in the game. Too little, too late though. I suppose there's a lesson in there somewhere.

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  12. For Wassmer, I agree, the pirates are pretty darn good. But look at the box scores from Monday's game. I think we match up well with them, with the exception of the errors. Had our players paid attention and focus on fielding, the outcome would have been different. I spoke to one of the Pirate players after the game and he admitted it scared him how the Railroaders came back. All in all, it was an exciting game, we just didn't win it.

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  13. You right hoghead it was an exciting one,but a very up and down one for our guys, hot first inning, then things get cold and several errors and we found ourself in a hole,but hats off to our crew they battled back and the bottom of the 9th made all fans glad they stayed and sure put us on the edge of our seats,the last at bat by Bolden was a classic battle between pitcher and batter.
    I tell you what, with both teams in Home white uniforms last night ,it was confusing from time to time, Tonight will be another good one,Our guys can play head to head with these Pirates and win, Stoke that boiler, We can fire it up and take the rest of this series.You greyhound fans come on back tonight,had great seats huh.
    ROLL TRAIN

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  14. OK, let's hope we got the errors and blahs out of our system last night. We sure seemed to have them from the 2nd through the 7th innings. Even the stands sounded like a tomb. However, we came back to life in the final 2 frames for some good ball. Let's take that trend into tonight's ballgame and make the Pirates walk the plank!

    Come out tonight baseball fans, let's all help the home team bring home a victory.

    Go Railroaders!!

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  15. I guess the Pirates plan to throw their ringer tonight, so look out.
    And, I hear they had a little meeting after the game, concerning the umpiring. Could be an interesting game!

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  16. Well the ump behing the plate was consistantly awful. I know the guy tried but he may be at the age to lay it down

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  17. Listening from Bedford, PA. We appreciate your broadcast...go Pirates!!

    Parents of Coach Kurt Elbin

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  18. Way to regroup and charge full speed ahead. Sign of a great coach that can refocus the players and come back to smoke the Pirates out!Great game Railroaders!

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  19. wow that was a great turnaround game for our boyz, the errors were all but gone, and the bats were fired up,Nice team efford,we didnt get to blow the homerun horn last night but there were some sweet rbi's to cheer about and the defence keep the pirates from sailing in the yard. Those Pirates dont like left handed pitchers,Donze hurled well over a 100 pitches,and left hander Ryan closed the door.Lets hope the rain called for today doesnt stop the game tonight ,it should be a great battle as the series is tied at one game each, come on out to the yard and support our crew,the boiler will be stoking and the engines fired up.

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  20. I'd like to believe we can win two of three, but I don't think we have the team to compete with the Pirates. They were a little flat last night. I also don't think the starter tonight for us will be able to hold the door closed. We need deeper pitching to get through the last half.

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  21. I think bellringer must have his eyes closed, when these boys play solid defense, they play with anyone. Hall has had some quality outings this season, and it does seem like they have been struggling against lefties. There is also a few arms left in the railroader bullpen, the big righty hasn't thrown in a few days, and seems like he should be pretty fresh, We have the team to take two of three from the pirates, and we have already beat them two in a row at their place, so it can surely be done at the yard. We need a big crowd tonight to cheer our boys on.

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  22. I think the Owensboro team may be the bad medicine for us after we get done at home.

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  23. Hey Bellringer, get ya a shovel and help me stoke sum coal.you know our boys have what it takes to sink that Pirate ship tonight,
    First thing we got to do is get em a hole and take the wind fromem,I think they will have trouble battling back, you saw monday night we have the gusto to get back into it, not to mention hopefully a rockin house at the yard tonight!!

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  24. After looking at the box score, I saw that several hits I recall to right field were ruled as an error on the the right fielder. I understand that Lohaus is unique in its 225 ft right field fence, but I feel like if a ball is hit cleanly to right field the hitter should be rewarded. On one occasion I believe there was not even a throw...

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  25. Both throws were mishandled causing the errors and from a short distance, no more than from short stop distance. You are correct on the unigue right field in Fulton, and as such, many ground balls hit there result in a 9-3 ground out. When one is miss handle from that short field position, it is scored just as it would be from an infield position.

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  26. I think the Pirates have the stuff to go all the way. They have deeper pitching than anyone, and can put two different lineups on the field, each with strength. Their guys are more rested. They have like 8 starters for the mound, and four guys that play a bunch of positions.

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  27. well coach e you let it go too far with t hall. he didnt have what it takes against this kind of team. you need to be more alert and see what is happening early on and not just setting on your perch.we haver the team to taske this but you need to make a decision early on if we are digging ourselves a hole. i know our depth is shallow but are you doing anything to take of? the cut off date is soon and we need some arms. got any contacts? it crunch time and we just have to msuck it up and get the mind in focus.

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  28. I dont care how short the right field fence is, that's ridiculous to think that the right fielder should be charged an error on a ground ball to him. An error is a play that the fielder doesn't make that he is expected to. A right fielder is not expected to throw out a runner at first. To think that he should be charged errors for that and that the hitter has hits taken away for that is the dumbest thing ever. Learn how to score correctly, and quit inventing new stipulations on the game

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  29. this is for the stat guy. Lee had 2 RBI's on Tuesday nights game in the bottom of the 7th. JD and Allen both crossed the plate on his single (could have been ruled a double). Please correct.

    Thanks
    The Mom

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