One of my photos from the Dry Tortugas is featured in a story at Florida Rambler.
We’re only 9 games into the 2012 season and the Pirates are only 3-6, but I think there are reasons for cautious optimism. The pitching, in particular, has been stellar. All 9 games have been close. Pirates starting pitchers have thrown a quality start, or very very near a quality start, in every single game. And the bullpen has the lowest earned run average in all of baseball at the moment. Check out the stats.
Game 1: Eric Bedard, 7 innings, 1 earned run (vs. Roy Hallady, Cy Young winner 2003 and 2010)
Game 2: Jeff Karstens, 6 innings, 1 earned run (vs. Cliff Lee, Cy Young winner 2008)
Game 3: James McDonald, 6 innings, 2 earned runs
Game 4: Kevin Correia, 6 innings, 1 earned run (vs. Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young winner 2011)
Game 5: Eric Bedard, 5 innings, 2 earned runs
Game 6: Jeff Karstens, 5 innings, 3 earned runs
Game 7: James McDonald, 5.2 innings, 3 earned runs
Game 8: Charlie Morton, 5 innings, 3 earned runs (vs. Barry Zito, Cy Young winner 2002)
Game 9: Kevin Correia, 6 innings, 1 earned run
BULLPEN: 25.1 innings, 5 earned runs (1.78 ERA – Best in all of baseball)
And all that without A.J. Burnett, who might be their best starter. And you’ll also note in 4 starts the Pirates have faced Cy Young Award winners. A 3-6 start against this schedule is not too bad in my eyes. I’m not quite ready to proclaim they’ll finally have a winning season in 2012, but there’s no doubt the Pirates are heading in the right direction.
Boston Ironsides vs. Framingham Exiles at Moakley Park, Boston, MA April 14, 2012. More on my Flickr photo stream.