Comments on: Analyzing the Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:58:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25756 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:30:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25756 I think he’s just arguing that you’re glossing over the reality that most relief pitchers are right-handed, so the probability is much higher (not 90%, but much higher) in later-inning pinch-hit situations that the relief pitcher on the mound is a righty.

Given that, it’s hard to understand the argument AGAINST the importance of having at least one lefty bench bat for those situations -same balance you’d wanna have across the rest of your team.

And, it’s fine if the other team then switches up and brings a RHP right back at you – let ‘em burn one of their pitching options, all part of the dance.

I think you agree that having the lefty bench bat would have been a smarter move, but when you (over) downplay it, it sounds like you’re downplaying the importance of making the smarter move.

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By: Nathan Swartz http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25732 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:41:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25732 Morris was sent down so he could get more work on a few things. I still feel like they are hoping to turn him into a closer down the road. I’d rather see him work on things and then come up to stay when he’s fully ready.

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By: ianmonk http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25724 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:54:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25724 Still can’t believe McPherson didn’t grab the bull by the horns and show he’s better than Locke. Then again, I guess the 5th starter won’t really need to be utilized until half way through April. Regardless, I can’t wait for the season to start.

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By: absolute59 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25723 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:47:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25723 I don’t know that I consider MI depth the choice of Mercer, Chase or DeJesus. Bodies yes but I don’t see that is depth if Barmes or Walker go down for an extended period.

same with Catcher. I don’t know that we can say that Sanchez and Paulino provide depth if either Martin or the Fort go down.

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By: bohringer9 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25721 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:32:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25721 I really couldn’t care less about Spring Training stats. Projection systems are probably be about 100 times more likely to predict regular season performance than using spring training stats. I like Presley, but I like having Presley AND Tabata And Snider. Losing Tabata or Snider at this point would be something the Pirates would be immediately mocked for, and with good reason. I disagree with McDonald or Inge having significantly diminished value because of the bench options. I see it as Harrison not being able to do one thing better than the Inge-JMc combo. If one or both wasn’t here Harrison adds a little value, but those guys can cover his positions as well or better defensively and our similar/better hitters IMO. I don’t see why we sent down Morris so we can keep Gomez, when Morris is definitely a better pitcher and we have other long-relief guys. Then we had to DFA Strickland and Robinson (who may actually contribute) That’s the only move I didn’t like.

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By: bohringer9 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25720 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:17:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25720 The average NL team had 227 ph abs last year (the same as the Pirates), and although it is tough to track down how many are against rhp, I would assume its close to half. Which means you even if the situations you describe make up an absurd 90% of ph against righties, we would still only be talking about 100 abs. How much better is one of our left handed bench options going to do than our right handed ones in those 100 abs? I would doubt that they would have more than a .050 obp advantage (5 times more on base) and similar numbers for slugging. That’s a couple runs over the course of the year, maybe half a win. And that doesn’t take into account you have less options against lhp, and the fact a left handed ph can only ph once a game. It’s just not that big of deal, and there’s a whole season of injuries and unexpected performances that will change bench up drastically.

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By: jalcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25717 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:53:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25717 They did face some good arms, but not for the entire 55-60 games on April-May. Do people already forget how legendarily bad we hit those months?

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By: Mike Adamson http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25716 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:34:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25716 A couple things that I don’t get is-

1. Travis Snider I get tired of potential being the reason you earn a job. I think Jones should be in RF and Gaby at 1B. I’m really like Sanchez and expect a big bounce back year.

2. Why was Justin Wilson not given a shot at a rotation spot? He has awesome stuff. Better than Locke or McPherson from what I’ve seen.

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By: Douglas Byrd http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25714 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:29:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25714 Thank you for an excellent well thought-out article. I for one can’t wait to see a full season of Marte!

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/analyzing-the-opening-day-roster.html#comment-25704 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:33:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48695#comment-25704 The main reason they did not hit for the first month or so was because they were up against some of the best pitching in the majors, once they cleared that pitching they became one of the best hitting teams in baseball, sometimes why things happen can be important, especially if someone is calling for changes and most fans are most of time.

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