• Analysis
    In-game strategy too predictable

    With the Pirates leading 1-0 tonight, Rod Barajas led off the seventh inning with a double. On the next pitch, Clint Barmes tried to sacrifice him to third. The bunt was mediocre and the slow-footed Barajas was easily thrown out at third on the play. Yamaico Navarro flew out for the second...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Steps Up in Spot Start, McLouth Needs to Produce

    Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on April 18, Brad Lincoln was used in relief with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And in that role, the right-hander was very good. He entered game action with just an 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings, which is third-best in the National League among relievers. “Whatever’s in play now -–...

  • Prospect Watch
    Prospect Watch: Three Hit Night For Hanson, Good Start For Kingham

    TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (2-1, 3.18) – DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 1.47) – DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF...

  • Analysis
    The Rise of The Altoona Four

    Like any good superhero trilogy, the first movie introduces the viewer to the heroes.  By the end of the movie, the team is united and ready to fight evil.  However, the second movie usually introduces some type of conflict, whether internal or external, that challenges the team and makes them all question...

  • Prospect Reports
    Marte Returns, Wilson Injured in Indians’ 1-0 Win

    Indianapolis Indians 1,  Norfolk Tides  0 (Box)   Yesterday the Tides shut out the Indians, while spoiling a strong start by Tribe starter Rudy Owens, who allowed Norfolk only 5 hits.  This afternoon at Victory Field, the Indians turned the tables, shutting out the Tides, and spoiling starter Steve Johnson’s 3-hit complete...

  • Analysis
    Hurdle: Did you Have This From Our Pitching? Seriously. This is Good Stuff.

    Following the Pirates 3-2 walkoff win in 12 innings at PNC Park, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle continued to express his pleasure with the club’s pitching this season. Pittsburgh enters game action on Monday with one of the best pitching staff’s in the Majors. The Pirates team ERA is ranked No.2 in all...

  • Analysis
    Weekly Prospects Chat Transcript 5/14

    Below is the transcript for this week’s prospects chat.

  • Analysis
    Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Marlins’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of...

  • Injury Updates
    Justin Wilson Leaves Start With Injury

    Indianapolis Indians left-hander Justin Wilson left his start this afternoon with an unknown injury. Wilson threw three shutout innings to start off his day, giving up one hit, no walks, and striking out one. He came off the mound during his warm ups prior to the fourth inning, and was replaced with...

  • Analysis
    Jose Tabata Gets His Swagger Back

    Towards the end of April, Jose Tabata said that he was working on tweaking his swing. The outfielder was watching old videos from the 2011 season, and put that work into the cages with Manager Clint Hurdle and hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. Tabata knows his strength is to right-center field, and admitted that...

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