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Pittsburgh Pirates season recap

Posted By Jim Keller On Oct 4 2010 @ 2:51 pm In Pittsburgh Pirates | 5 Comments

[1]The Skinny:  The Pirates finished the season 57-105, their most losses during the 162-game era, one more than the 1985 edition.   The most losses by a Pirates team was 112 in 1954. …

The 105 losses is the most in the major leagues since the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 111 games in 2004.  The Detroit Tigers dropped 119 games in 2003, the most in this decade.  …

Pittsburgh finished with a 17-64 road record, matching the 1963 New York Mets for the fewest road wins since the schedule expanded to 162 games in 1962.   Only eight teams in major league history had a worse road winning percentage than Pittsburgh’s .210.

Read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s recap of the season [2]

All the losses cost manager John Russell his job [3]

The Good: The attempts by OF Jose Tabata [4] and 2B Neil Walker [5] to be the Bucs’ first

[6]

Neil Walker had a great season

rookie duo to bat .300 since 1899 fell short.   Tabata batted .299 and Walker .296. …

3B Pedro Alvarez [7] had a strong finish.   He had an 11-game hitting streak

stopped Saturday in which he went 21-for-45 with five homers and 21 RBI.  After All-Star break, Alvarez hit .270 with an .830 OPS in 71 games with 16 doubles, 13 homers and 53 RBI.   Walker hit .306 with nine homers and 54 RBI after the break.  Both hitters ranked in the top 10 in the majors in RBI after the All-Star break. …

With two strikeouts on Saturday against Florida, RHP Joel Hanrahan [8] became the fourth Pirates reliever all-time to reach the century mark.  Hanrahan joins Goose Gossage (151 in 1977), Don Robinson (101 in 1984) and Enrique Romo (106 in 1979).

[9]

Joel Hanrahan had a great strikeout season

Hanrahan also closed the season as the Bucs’ all-time leader in SO/9 IP among relievers with 50 IP with 12.92.  The 100 strikeouts and 12.92 SO/9 IP both ranked fourth among major league relievers this season.

Here are Pirates’ leaders in SO/9 IP  using the Baseball-reference.com [10]data base. …

The Bad:  You could say Pittsburgh won the triple crown.  The Bucs were last in ERA (5.00), fielding (.979) and batting – take your pick … runs (587), batting (.242) and OBP (.305). The Bumbling Bucs also ranked last throwing out attempted basestealers (22 percent).

The pitching staff ranked last in average against (.282), OPS (.798) and hits (1567).  …

Pirates starters also made history.  RHPs Jeff Karstens [11], Ross Ohlendorf [12] and Charlie Morton [13] became the first trio in the modern era to start at least 15 games each and win three games or fewer.

Baseball-reference.com list of teams since 1901 who had pitchers with 15 or more starts and three wins or fewer [14]

Pittsburgh also did not have a 10-game winner this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as the only clubs this season.  Thirteen clubs, including the 2008 Pirates, did not post a 10-game winners since 2000.

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[1] Image: http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2010/10/parrot.jpg

[2] recap of the season: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10277/1092474-63.stm?cmpid=pirates.xml

[3] cost manager John Russell his job: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5647630

[4] Jose Tabata: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/6672

[5] Neil Walker: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/6708

[6] Image: http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2010/10/Walker.jpg

[7] Pedro Alvarez: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/7003

[8] Joel Hanrahan: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/5031

[9] Image: http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2010/10/Hanrahan.jpg

[10] the Baseball-reference.com : http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi#n1=&as=result_pitcher&offset=0&sum=0&min_year_season=1901&max_year_season=2010&min_season=1&max_season=-1&min_age=0&max_age=99&lg_ID=lgNL&lgAL_team=tmAny&lgNL_team=tmPIT&lgFL_team=tmAny&lgAA_team=tmAny&lgPL_team=tmAny&lgUA_team=tmAny&lgNA_team=tmAny&isActive=either&isAllstar=either&isHOF=either&throws=any&games_started=60&role=reliever&games_relieved=90&qualifiersSeason=nomin&minIpValS=162&minDecValS=14&mingamesValS=40&qualifiersCareer=nomin&minIpValC=1000&minDecValC=100&mingamesValC=200&orderby=SOp9&layout=full&c1psl=SOp9&c1gtlt=gt&c1val=10&c2psl=IPouts&c2gtlt=gt&c2val=50&c3psl=&c3gtlt=gt&c3val=0&c4psl=&c4gtlt=gt&c4val=0&c5psl=&c5gtlt=eq&c5val=1.0&c5psl_b=&location=pob&locationMatch=is&pob=&pod=&pcanada=&pusa=

[11] Jeff Karstens: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/6353

[12] Ross Ohlendorf: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/6666

[13] Charlie Morton: http://www.rototimes.com/mlb/player/6918

[14] Baseball-reference.com list of teams since 1901 who had pitchers with 15 or more starts and three wins or fewer: http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi#n1=&as=result_pitcher&offset=0&sum=smatchTeam&min_year_season=1901&max_year_season=2010&min_season=1&max_season=-1&min_age=0&max_age=99&lg_ID=lgAny&lgAL_team=tmAny&lgNL_team=tmAny&lgFL_team=tmAny&lgAA_team=tmAny&lgPL_team=tmAny&lgUA_team=tmAny&lgNA_team=tmAny&isActive=either&isAllstar=either&isHOF=either&throws=any&role=anyrole&games_started=60&games_relieved=80&qualifiersSeason=nomin&minIpValS=162&minDecValS=14&mingamesValS=40&qualifiersCareer=nomin&minIpValC=1000&minDecValC=100&mingamesValC=200&orderby=SO&layout=full&c1psl=W&c1gtlt=lt&c1val=3&c2psl=GS&c2gtlt=gt&c2val=15&c3psl=&c3gtlt=gt&c3val=0&c4psl=&c4gtlt=gt&c4val=0&c5psl=&c5gtlt=eq&c5val=1.0&c5psl_b=&location=pob&locationMatch=is&pob=&pod=&pcanada=&pusa=

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