Pirates fans are quickly learning to appreciate the 6 ft 2, 212 pound Zach Duke, the Pittsburgh Pirates 2007 Opening Day starter. Second-year manager Jim Tracy
is pinning his hopes on one of the youngest pitching staff’s in MLB. As a 22-year old in 2005 left-hander Zach Duke came on strong and posted a resounding 8-2 record in 14 starts, with a stingy 1.81 ERA.
Upon Furtherv Review:
A control pitcher with a fastball in the mid-80s, the 6 ft 2, 212 pound Zach Duke can change the trajectory of his fastball up-or-down, and to either side of the plate. He works his slider and curve as good as anyone pitching in today’s game.
On Opening Day April 2 2007 Zach Duke pitched the first seven inning of a 10 inning, Pirates 4-2 win. He yielded just 2 two runs, walked just one, no Ks. Pittsburgh won on a 2-run, 2-out homer by left-fielder Jason Bay before 43,803 in Houston.