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It's still April (which may be the scary part)

April 20, 2008 - John Mehno

Sometimes baseball teams split along positional lines. Maybe the pitching staff is doing a great job, but gets no run support. The pitchers hate the hitters.

Or maybe a team is scoring nine runs a game, only to have the pitchers allow 10. That leads to resentment by the hitters.

No such problem with the PIrates. They're not doing anything well. If defense is a tie-breaker, they're pretty awful at that, too.

Look at the lack of production from the corner infield spots. Adam LaRoche looks like a guy who's missed his wake-up call and Jose Bautista isn't a major league third baseman. Jack Wilson is out, and no one else can play shortstop.

They're home for seven games this week, and they'd better be ready to go at least 4-3, or things are going to get mighty grim mighty early.

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