High camp, lowdown, Feb. 23: New K-zone?

It is interesting that the Pirates’ rotation now packs two pitchers whose resumes include 200-strikeout seasons: A.J. Burnett (203 in 2002, 231 in 2008) and Erik Bedard (221 in 2007).

That matches the number the Bucs have had in their entire history>: Bob Veale, who did it four times between 1964-1969, and Oliver Perez (2004).

A reader of Pirates.com recently wondered whether they’d ever had two pitchers hit 200 strikeouts in the same season.

Heck, not even in the same quarter century. …

In case you’re dying to know, no — no individual or organization has approached Andrew McCutchen, whose dreadlocks put Jose Reyes’ to hirsute shame, about cutting his hair in the name of charity. …

Put this on your bulletin board: The highest-ranked Pirates starting pitcher in a poll conducted by a website of its bloggers in Bedard, at No. 59. …

And stick this one right next to it: Eric Byrnes, participating on the MLB Network’s Hot Stove show, picked the Washington Nationals to win the 2012 World Series. …

Then, again, do you suppose, had there been an Internet and cable television at the time, we would have heard a bunch of people in February picking the Mets to win the 1969 World Series? …

Quote of the Day:

“Focus more on your desire than your doubt — and the dream will take on itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires — unless you make them.” (Marcia Wieder)


great job once again tom. please do not be putoff by my name its for francais x coonelly, our president. guess his latest p.r. nightmare is off limits. how bout braun and his “technicality.”

Tom, I like you optimism and it’s nearing spring and I want to jump on board. The pitching staff has potential both with starters and bullpen. 1,2,3 in the lineup could be exciting (Tabata, Presley, McCutchen is how I envision it). 7,8 is fine for those spots (Barajas and Barmes). But 4,5,6? Ugh. Those are the big run producing spots. Just trying to be realistic, is there any team out there with less potent projections from the 4,5,6 spots? Maybe a couple, though I’m not even sure. Anything can happen, but it’s just hard for me to see them consistently putting up runs with so little punch in the middle of the lineup. I need some hope, Tom! Give me something to grab on to here!

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