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Pirates: Beyond Numbers and Wins, Hot Start Is Still Impressive

Published by on April 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Yes, I know.  It's a long season.  You have to play 162 and win at least 82 to have a chance (unless, perhaps, you're playing in the AL West) at glory.

And yes, I also know statistics rule baseball with an iron fist.

But let's take a look beyond the numbers with the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates and recognize some things that make this 9-7 start all the more astonishing and impressive.

The numbers tell the tale of the rejuvenated pitching staff.  There's not much need to dig deeper there to be impressed, but there is something more about this year's staff.

They're confident again.  Last night, Ian Snell got into some early and mid-inning trouble, but he never looked like he'd lo...

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