Comments on: First Pitch: No One Is Hitting, Let’s Over-React http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:23:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Kerry Writtenhouse http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26128 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:01:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26128 The negativity of some of your followers suggest otherwise.

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By: TNBucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26127 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 18:12:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26127 Great idea to go back to an article from last year. I think they’ll break out of it sooner than they did last year, but if this lasts much longer it should raise a question about how they use spring training to prepare their hitters.

In early March some were complaining about wasting AB’s on guys that weren’t going to make the team (Hawpe being the main example, but Presley, Pie, and others also being in the conversation). Perhaps our regulars needed those AB’s?

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26126 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:32:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26126 I don’t have kids, but I do know the importance of raising kids is much greater than the importance of following a baseball team.

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26125 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:31:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26125 No. We have a winner for common sense on behalf of a skilled writer who follows the system and major league team much closer than any of us.

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By: Kerry Writtenhouse http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26124 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:27:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26124 I hope you guys don’t have kids. If you do, I can’t imagine the message you must be sending. The first time your kid gets a bad grade, do you say “that’s okay Johnny, you suck at math.” The point is simply, each year is a different year. This version at least deserves a chance to prove they do suck like their predecessors.

It’s been 5 games out of 162. Against 3 guys who have cy potential.

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By: Steve Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26123 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:23:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26123 No one’s hitting, let once again not react or adapt; simply remind all the fans out their that this regime is turning the ship utilizing advanced analytics. Yet, I am certain at some point they will hit the ball during the season, but yet again Huntington has created a team that is well behind the division leaders and the league in general. Has anyone looked at the AAA roster? Why is there not one 3rd baseman with potential in our system???

News flash: the sabremetrics team he has assembled over the past few seasons is antiquated at best. Beane has said so himself, sabremetrics does not have the impact it did ten years. Yet Huntington continues to rattle off statistical data that all other teams have access to and have created adaptive strategies for. This regime reminds me of a scouts searching the Negro leagues for talent after 1948.

Wake me up when Huntington is fired.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26121 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:36:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26121 We have a winner for the first full blown apologia of the season! Yay!

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26119 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26119 You named 1 guy on a handful of teams struggling. My point is, most of those teams, if not all have hitters that take a better approach to hitting than the Pirates do as a whole. Therefore you don’t see the situation the Pirates have where everybody is struggling and have been nearly no-hit 4 times in 5 games. It’s not just a bad coincidence that everybody is struggling, they have a history of it. Their lows as a team are just too low. Hopefully this doesn’t last much longer and they can start 1 of their hot streaks.

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By: Matthew McNally http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26118 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:59:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26118 The point is not just that the hitting is awful. Examine the context in which that awful hitting is occurring. The pitchers have made 5 starts and allowed 8 runs, while the bullpen has allowed only 2 runs in 5 games. So naturally, this Pirates team is 1-4, producing barely one run a game while allowing only two runs per game. With this pitching, it is not unreasonable to say that the Pirates should be 5-0 or 4-1. We saw last year how spoiling good pitching early came back to bite the buccos. They must capitalize on the good pitching now and win the games that only require 2-3 runs, because later in the season (when the pitching inevitably declines) it will take 5, 6, 7, or more runs to pull out a win. It only takes a few of these games early to change the landscape of the season. From here on out they must play 4 games over .500 to finish above .500. Sure, the hitting is small sample size stuff, but it is also frustrating stuff. The pitching is putting the team into what likely amounts to some of the most winnable situations they will face all year. At this point mediocre hitting will win games, but even that has been too much to ask.

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By: BuccoMike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-no-one-is-hitting-lets-over-react.html#comment-26117 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:42:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49667#comment-26117 Tim, your embracing a bad start. 15-36 in the last 51 games last year and what a 1-4 start this year. This Pirates team doesnt have any real good obp guys outside of a-cutch who normally struggles in cold weather months (april and part of may) before he heats up. Career obp – cutch .374 , martin .352 (about .330 over the last 3 years), gaby sanchez .332, (about .290 over the last 3 years), neil walker .338, bum jones .320, marte .295 in limited at bats, travis snider .307, jose tabata .339 (#2 hitter numbers- .294 , .350 obp, .744 ops) , barmes .298 obp, mckenry .320 obp , josh harrison .279, inge .303, – need i go on. Pirates need to trade for contact hitters that draw walks and arent hacking at everything and everything or move some hitters around.

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