Comments on: First Pitch: This Year is Different Because of the Depth http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:15:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27904 Sat, 25 May 2013 05:00:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27904 Hopefully this is the year that the “This year will be different because” article is actually true. I know there was one last year somewhere I saw and there may have been 1 two years ago. Regardless, I will root for them every game but remain a non-believer until it actually happens. Oh well, at least they are entertaining for now so I will just sit back and enjoy it while I can.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27900 Sat, 25 May 2013 01:14:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27900 That is my nickname and I could care less if you don’t like it.

I’ve had it since I was a teenager. Get over it. I am truly amazed you created an account just for that purpose. You need a life, dude.

Lee “Foo” Young

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By: p100980 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27899 Sat, 25 May 2013 00:44:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27899 The pirates have done a good job of adding veterans to the mix with a solid farm system. The ability to bring up Mercer, Morris, Hughes and others and adding FA’s like Burnett, Martin and trading for Rodriguez has worked and made this team respectable and competitive. NH should be commended for his work.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27885 Fri, 24 May 2013 17:41:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27885 Totally agree with the article, which is why the Pirates won’t collapse this season. There is one thing that is missing. That is giving credit to the Pirates coaches. Ray Searage has been absolutely fabulous with what he has done with the pitching staff, and it looks like they have a keeper in Jay Bell who is already having more success with hitters than Ritchie had.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27880 Fri, 24 May 2013 16:46:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27880 Unfortunately, luck does play a very big part in what happens, but we like to say that is an excuse, but in reality it is not.

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By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27876 Fri, 24 May 2013 15:26:57 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27876 You can’t really fault the Dodgers that much. They had 3 legit starters in the pen to start the season. They’ve just had that much bad luck.

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By: reddfoxx39 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27875 Fri, 24 May 2013 15:19:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27875 You can sum up this entire piece by simply writing “The Dodgers signed Johnathon Sanchez”…..

Which they did over a week ago.

I really hope he makes it up when LA comes to PNC. He owes an easy win…

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By: mjdouble http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27874 Fri, 24 May 2013 15:01:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27874 The thing is that all that depth isn’t helpful if you can’t stash it. This is how roster management is a bit easier for lower payroll clubs. Remember the Dodgers came into the season with a really deep rotation. They had 7 proven vet starters. They had to trade Harang and move Capuano to the pen at the start of the season. Both those players would have been in the rotation of most teams. They certainly would have been in the Bucs rotation over Jonathan Sanchez. The Dodgers had to deplete their depth to comply with the rules. The Pirates on the other hand could stash a number of arms due to minor league options and players on the DL rehabbing injuries. That is why signing a rehabbing pitcher like Morton is kind of genius.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27872 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:38:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27872 I think the quality of the depth is the primary reason this team will do alright down the stretch, they have major league talent stacked up at AAA, they don’t even have to make any moves at the trading deadline, but they might make a Wandy type deal if one is available because good teams and small market teams are always building for the future.
I don’t think the Pirates should go platoon happy with every position, Walker needs to play every day and get a day off once in a while, Pedro needs to play every day and get a day off once in a while.
You see this is where stats get you in trouble, you look at the splits and you think guys like Petey and Neal should be platooned, but you have to look at their presence in the batting order, they cause managers to make moves by just being there, in the past they would never think of taking Stargell out of the lineup because he could not hit some left hander, his day of rest was his next day off, very similar to McCutchen, he has bad numbers against some pitchers but no one suggests he come out of the lineup when they play these guys, because he causes managers to make moves.
Players that cause managers to make moves must play most of the time.

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By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-this-year-is-different-because-of-the-depth.html#comment-27871 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:24:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54506#comment-27871 It is kinda funny that I missed Sanchez too when reading this article. The dude made 4 starts.

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