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    Zach Duke

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    Not a surprise and it also coincides with my prediction that Duke isn't going to touch his numbers from last year because opening day Pirates starters struggle compared to the previous year.

    So.. we're likely looking at...

    Duke
    Maholm
    Ohlendorf
    Morton
    McCutchen

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    Not a surprise and it also coincides with my prediction that Duke isn't going to touch his numbers from last year because opening day Pirates starters struggle compared to the previous year.

    So.. we're likely looking at...

    Duke
    Maholm
    Ohlendorf
    Morton
    McCutchen

    ?
    Ohlendorf and Maholm will be flip-flopped. That's things line up based on when they're scheduled for the spring, and it also makes sense to put a gap between the two lefties.

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    Not a surprise and it also coincides with my prediction that Duke isn't going to touch his numbers from last year because opening day Pirates starters struggle compared to the previous year.

    So.. we're likely looking at...

    Duke
    Maholm
    Ohlendorf
    Morton
    McCutchen

    ?

    I sure hope they put Ohlendorf between Duke and Maholm. I hate having those two back to back. It's nearly throwing out the same pitcher to a team on back to back days.

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    I sure hope they put Ohlendorf between Duke and Maholm. I hate having those two back to back. It's nearly throwing out the same pitcher to a team on back to back days.
    They are. I just noticed that Dejan put up on his blog the rotation order which appears to be made based on ST starts..

    Ross Ohlendorf and Paul Maholm also were considered, but the spring schedule lined up best to use Duke. Ohlendorf, Maholm, Charlie Morton and Daniel McCutchen will round out the rotation, in that order.
    So,....

    Duke
    Ohlendorf
    Maholm
    Morton
    McCutchen
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    Default Re: And the opening day starter is...

    Just for fun, here is a list of some recent opening day starts.

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    2000 Jason Schmidt L 2–5 Houston Astros Three Rivers Stadium
    2001 Todd Ritchie L 2–3 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark
    2002 Ron Villone L 2–6 New York Mets Shea Stadium
    2003 Kris Benson W 10–1 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark
    2004 Kip Wells W 2–1 Philadelphia Phillies PNC Park
    2005 Óliver Pérez L 2–9 Milwaukee Brewers PNC Park
    2006 Óliver Pérez (2) ND (L) 2–5 Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park [133]
    2007 Zach Duke ND (W) 4–2 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park
    2008 Ian Snell ND (W) 12–11 Atlanta Braves Turner Field
    2009 Paul Maholm ND (W) 6–4 Stl Cardinals Busch Stadium

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...rting_pitchers

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    I'll never forget that Astros series. It was phenomenal.

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    Default Re: And the opening day starter is...

    Why Duke over Malhom. Duke is the most likely to be traded at the All star break and maybe even sooner if Veal and or lincoln are ready. Maholm is our best big game pitcher so it would seem that Maholm would of been the better choice!

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    Why Duke over Malhom. Duke is the most likely to be traded at the All star break and maybe even sooner if Veal and or lincoln are ready. Maholm is our best big game pitcher so it would seem that Maholm would of been the better choice!
    First because I think Duke lines up better. Second, I agree that Maholm is probably our best pitcher--at least as we've seen so far. I am a Maholm fan and I think on a good/great staff he'd make a great 3-4th starter. Hopefully Morton can be a #2 and Ohlendorf being a #3 and the rest sorting itself out--we still need a #1 in my mind and I think McCutchen/Lincoln could be #5s.

    However, I have said recently and it seems more and more true...that if we have a WHOLE staff full of Maholms, Dukes, McCutchens (now lets not talk strictly about "stuff" etc but just talk about numbers) in terms of stat lines then we will have a good year and good future. If you can have a staff average 4.5 ERA 1.35-1.4 WHIP then you're going to have a pretty darn good staff comparatively.
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    I'll never forget that Astros series. It was phenomenal.
    Opening day the last 3 years has been great every time. I remember exactly what happened in each game.

    2007 the Pirates were down 2-1 when Nady homered off of Lidge in the 9th, then Bay homered off of Qualls in the 10th to win it.

    2008 the Pirates were up 9-4 in the 9th, then Marte and Capps exploded letting them tie the score with 5 runs in the inning. Nady homered for the second time in the game to win it in the 12th.

    2009 the Pirates were down 4-2 in the 9th, then just went nuts on Jason Motte's fastball and I don't think he ever closed again. Jack Wilson had the big hit in that one.

    Duke's opponent this year will be Vicente Padilla, by the way. Joe Torre said he picked it out of a hat or something.

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