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    Default Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Bob Biertempfel is saying on Twitter that he asked John Russell who should be the Opening Day starter and John Russell says he hasn't thought about it so....

    I pose the question of who you think should be the Opening Day Starter or basically the "Ace" of the staff

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    I went with Duke. That probably surprises some but I've got my personal; reasons

    The big reason is that whoever becomes the #1 pitcher on the Pirates staff for a while now has either a down year or a flat out bad year. I don't think Duke is that good so if he has a bad year or a down year, it's not beyond expectations IMO. I'd rather not see someone like Morton, Ohlendorf and even Maholm not have bad years. I think they are stronger difference maker pitchers who if they have good years, their good years would be better than Duke's good year

    It's messed up logic... but everyone needs a reason I suppose

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    you're completely twisted!

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Duke

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

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    I pose the question of who you think should be the Opening Day Starter or basically the "Ace" of the staff
    I agree that USUALLY the "ace" is the opening day guy, but it does not necessarily have to be that way... Yea, all teams are different, but just as an example, Harang may not be the opening day starter for the Reds (still to be determined as of today), but he is obviously the ace of their staff.
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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Wish I could vote for Ian Snell :-)

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Maholm

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too early to be anointing anyone.

    That being said, I vote for Ohlie to be the pitching leader this year.
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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    I voted for maholm because I simply want to make sure Maholm and Duke slot in as the 1 and 3 and maholm has been more consistent overall.

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Kerrigan's comments swayed me to Maholm. He pitched hurt a lot last year and I never heard about it. He's "no excuses", "I'll take the ball". Now let's hope that he matures enough to know when "not" to take the ball.

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible for Maholm and Duke to pitch well in the same season. They're just too similar. I think Maholm is slightly more talented but I voted for Ohly.

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    Based on last year, Duke deserves it. That being said, it should be the last bit of recognition he should recieve based on last years results. Ollie will be the Ace this year.

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    Based on last year, Duke deserves it. That being said, it should be the last bit of recognition he should recieve based on last years results. Ollie will be the Ace this year.
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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Ohlendorf

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    Default Re: Who Should Be the Opening Day Starting Pitcher?

    Maholm.

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