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How will the Pirates Prepare for Wakefield?

This is a baseball experts only question which actually came to me when the Pirates faced the Mets' Dickey earlier this season.  They beat him twice, but in one game his command was unbelievable and the Bucs flailed against the knuckler.  Fortunately, the Mets left Dickey in too long, his butterflies stopped fluttering, and we finally got to him on the 3rd trip thru the lineup.  It's possible the Dickey experience was enough to prep the hitters (with exception of Chase), but I still wonder how the Bucs conduct gameday BP in general and how they will prepare for Wakefield.   Can they predict to the hitters how the knuckler and other pitches will behave based on Saturday's weather?  Do they try to simulate the starter's pitches, speed, and motion?  Would they bring some old-timer knuckleball pitcher in to pitch BP?  Would they try to re-focus Ronnie (I know, Ronnie+Focus, ha ha) on his leg kick so he doesn't swing early (and adjust other hitters' plate approaches)?  Or is the prep all seat-of-the-pants?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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