Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scouting Report: Pirates at Nationals (5/20)

Let's get this out of the way: booooooo!!!!!

Click here to check out my preview on the Bucco's hitters and bullpen. Here's my preview of the Pirates starting pitcher and prediction for the finale.

On the Mound
Paul Maholm: Maholm is a groundballing lefty who operates in the high 80s with good command and low strikeout rates. He's benefited from low BABIPs for the last season-plus, but regardless he's a solid mid-rotation guy. He and Lannan are actually quite similar pitchers, though Maholm's a little better.

Fearless Prediction
Season Record: 24-12
I didn't get a preview up yesterday because of a minor child-rearing emergency. So from here on out my record will be one game behind the team's in the number of games played.

Anyway, how can you pick this team to win any games at this point? Sorry Lannan, I'm calling it Buccos 7-5.


Anonymous said...

This is the night I think they've got a shot to win. Lannan should give them some good innings, and the offense should tee off on Maholm (who sucks). I'm saying this is a WIN.

JayB said...


Looks like you were correct in general terms about the fate of Olsen and DCab......For perhaps different reasons and different landing areas then you said, but both are now out of the rotation and it is indeed Mid May.

Now if we can just get Acta out we might be finally heading in the right direction.

Unknown said...

I can't decide what's more pathetic- the fact that the Nats have 4 rookies and Lannan as their starting rotation, or the fact that I recognize a rotation this young is virtually suicide and I still think it was a good move...