P3 Episode 6: The Battling Buccos, The Bullpen Usage, and The Pirates System

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode six of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include:

**The Battling Buccos. We analyze the Pirates and their late scoring ways. The Pirates starters are keeping games close, the bullpen is shutting opponents down, and that’s allowing the offense to come back late in games.

**Should there be any concern with the way the bullpen has been used so far? Can Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson be replacements for Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon?

**The Pirates don’t have a history of trading for established relievers. Could they change that approach this year at the deadline?

**How much will the Pirates offense improve? The Pirates will see some improvements getting hits with runners in scoring position.

**Do the Pirates have a system in place with ground balls and good defense? They’re employing the same strategy that the Cardinals have been successful with, and a strategy that small market teams should employ.

**Non Pirates thoughts: high school baseball tournaments, Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and peanut butter and bacon stuffed burgers.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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