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Link-O-Rama: Pirates have mastered losing in Milwaukee

Aug 31, 2009, 3:21 PM EDT

* Yesterday the Pirates lost in Milwaukee for the 21st straight time, which as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes is the the fifth-longest streak in baseball history for one team losing in a road city.
As manager John Russell put it: “I don’t have an answer for that. It’s a lot of games.” The amazing thing is that the Brewers are 21-0 against the Pirates at Miller Park, but just 216-217 in all other games since 2007.
* Written off by the Cubs after struggling in limited playing time through the age of 23, Felix Pie is now showing that his strong minor-league track record is no fluke by hitting .272/.335/.457 with very good defense for the Orioles. Yet another reason why the future is looking pretty bright in Baltimore finally.
* Baseball-Reference.com passes along an interesting stat: Of the 20 active players who have the most career plate appearances without a homer, 19 of them are pitchers and one is … Angels outfielder Reggie Willits. In fact, Willits sits atop the list with 785 homerless trips to the plate, although he has managed to post a strong .365 on-base percentage while swiping 37 bases. You need some serious plate discipline to draw 103 walks without homering even once.
* Like me, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post can’t help but watch the Dodgers whenever the legendary Vin Scully is announcing the game. How often is an 81-year-old still at the very top of his profession?
* Not only are the Royals extending general manager Dayton Moore’s contract, they’re extending it through 2014. Good luck with that. And as a fan of one of the other AL Central teams, thanks.

  1. Grant - Aug 31, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Wow, the Royals sure don’t get it, do they?
    There’s actually going to be a playing time issue for Pie, it seems. Markakis and Jones are pretty well entrenched at this point, leaving Pie, Reimold, and Scott on the roster for left field, 1B, and DH. They’re trying Scott at first, and I suppose that makes Reimold the DH, though you hate to consign a 25 year old who has always been rated as a decent enough defender to such a position. Pie is an excellent defender, though, so even if he never quite hits like a prototypical left fielder the Orioles could have one of the best outfield defenses in baseball. Too bad the infield still needs a bit of work. Gaping hole at short…

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