Talk Like a Pirate Day Diamondbacks Style

After a successful three game series against the San Diego Padres to open the season the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their first home stand of the 2010 season with a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates have been the doormat of the National League for several years now. The rebuilding project that began when Barry Bonds left for greener pastures in San Francisco now is in its second decade.

The once proud franchise that featured such superstars as Roberto Clemente, Dave Parker, and Willie Stargell now offers such names such as Doumit, McCutchen, and Duke; not exactly the same kind of household names as in years past.

The Pirates come into Chase Field from winning their first series of the season taking two of three games from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have been picked by many to repeat as the National League Western Division champions so losing two to the Pirates is definitely a source of optimism.

The first game of the series features the Diamondbacks debut of Rodrigo Lopez who made the team as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Game two of the series features Dan Haren who is coming off his first Opening Day start for the Diamondbacks. The series finale features Edwin Jackson in his second Diamondbacks start.

Sometimes the back stories of a series can be more intriguing than the game itself. This series features the LaRoche brothers as they face each other just a year removed from when they were teammates with the Pirates.

Andy LaRoche is the starting third baseman for the Pirates while older brother Adam was signed this off-season to play first for the Diamondbacks. So far neither has been much of a factor. Adam has gone hitless during his first three games while Andy has struggled at the plate for the Pirates.

On paper the series favors the Diamondbacks but as the Pirates have already shown in their series against the Dodgers, you cannot discount these Pirates.


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