Pitching rich Pirates, no longer the Pitts in NL

Jun 5, 2007 3:41 AM

Not that a 24-32 record is anything to write home about, but the Pirates are one long win streak from first place in the wacky NL Central.

Only the Milwaukee Brewers are above .500 in the division and they have dropped six of their last nine. To find something good about the Pirates it all starts with that starting rotation.

Three of the top four hurlers are lefties, led by Tom Gorzelanny (6-3, 2.39 ERA are lefties. The others, Zach Duke and Paul Maholm are only 24. Duke was 8-2 two years ago as a midseason call-up. Ian Snell leads the staff with 64Ks and owns a solid 2.94 ERA.

The Pirates hit in spurts and have one stud player in OF Jason Bay (9 HR, 41 RBI, .309 BA). Hey, they could be the Cavs with luck.

WEDNESDAY

Royals at Indians: Byrd is the word. 6-1 this year. INDIANS.

Yanks at ChiSox: NY wins when Wang pitches. YANKS.

Astros at Rockies: Cook 3-0 lifetime vs Stros. ROCKIES.

THURSDAY

Cubs at Braves: Hill and James in another mound beauty at Turner Field. UNDER.

Astros at Rockies: Oswalt 5-1 vs Colorado. ASTROS.

SUNDAY

Brewers at Rangers: ESPN. Milwaukee power made for awful Texas P. BREWERS.

Last week: 5-4.

Season: 47-25 (65.3%)