Comments on: Game 23 Live Blog: Pirates at Dodgers Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:03:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lee Young Mon, 14 May 2012 14:04:00 +0000 I’m rooting for us to be the East Coast version of the Giants….:)

By: Lee Young Mon, 14 May 2012 14:04:00 +0000 ’09 & ’11 versions, that is.


By: Randy Linville Sun, 13 May 2012 22:56:00 +0000 Thanks for the comment. I’m attempting to inject some realism into the optimism. The goal is to make the post-season, right? Or at least play meaningful games in September and finish over .500. Based on recent history, odds are 0% for the playoffs and less than 20% for 82 wins or more. I’m moving past the excuses. BABIP is a smoke screen for deeper issues (not getting on base via BB, among other things).

Bottom five in the NL in BABIP heading into Sunday followed by their runs per game:
Cincinnati – .283 BABIP, 3.73 runs/game
San Diego – .281 BABIP, 3.15 runs/game
Milwaukee – .275 BABIP, 4.21 runs/game
Miami – .272 BABIP, 3.64 runs/game
Pittsburgh – .271 BABIP, 2.85 runs/game

So, other than San Diego, who has the worst home park for offense in the league, the other four teams with a low BABIP are averaging 0.75 runs per game or more than Pittsburgh. How would anyone explain that? My answer is a simple one – the offense is no good. Even the Padres are nearly 1/3 of a run better per game.

The starting pitching excuse also rings hollow to me. The Pirates have faced the top five staffs in the NL (top five in ERA). But they have also faced three of the five worst.

By: Pirate Captain Sun, 13 May 2012 21:23:00 +0000 Pirates are below league average in BABIP, and they’ve gone up against the best pitching the NL has to offer. Too early to hit the panic button