Comments on: First Pitch: The Problem With the Pirates Offense http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:47:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30928 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 04:21:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30928 No Walker, definitely NOT Walker

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By: Susanne Klich Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30925 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:30:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30925 They are definitely wasting some good pitching reinforcing me wanting them to get a deal for a hitter done before the deadline. I wish they would have gotten something done late June even. They know they need a hitter and I understand deals take awhile but we all know from watching the last two seasons of going into and coming out of the asb playing good baseball. With the Reds and Cards in the division a 7-13 streak could kill them and one new hitter infused into the lineup and getting hot would do wonders for the lineup. As bad as a few guys have been even someone just providing a .750 OPS agaist a lefty or daily from RF would be a huge improvement. Tabata helps but he is not enough.

- Fred Langford

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By: Susanne Klich Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30924 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:22:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30924 Ron, if they had another option against lefties at 3B he would be playing in place of Pedro. Alvarez has a .633 OPS ops career vs lefties and it is .629 this year so he is not getting better. He is also striking out in extreme amounts vs lefties. He is not good against them. It should be clear he may need to be platooned in the future if there was a better option. The future could be in a few weeks if the right deal could be made. It’s not like his defense justifies the horrible offense against lefties. Although his defense has improved this year…at least his range has.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30911 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:44:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30911 In 7 of the Pirates last 9 losses they have scored either one or zero runs. In the 6 of those where they scored one run, the opponents scores were 4, 2, 3, 4, 2 and 2. Two of them were extra innings, and they still couldn’t score more than one run. Pathetic.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30910 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:38:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30910 If you’re referring to wRC+, that’s not a new stat.

Also, batting average is a horrible stat to use to judge overall value.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30909 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:37:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30909 I love how the baseball “experts” keep coming out with new stats to define how good or bad players are. How about this? Three of the Pirates 13 position players are batting below .210, and 5 of 13 are batting below .230. And they are 25th out of 30 teams in BA and 22nd in OPS. That is not good enough, no matter how good your pitching is.

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30905 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:03:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30905 PLEASE not Delmon Young. He’s a defensive liability and kind of a jerk. Quentin would be great, allowing for the fact that he is guaranteed to be injured 40% of the time.

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By: Blue Bomber http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30902 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:36:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30902 Young would be a great addition also. Either way, if there is a fire sale in Philly, the Pirates should be involved.

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By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30899 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:57:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30899 Tim doesn’t believe in “clutch”. He’s a scientific guy and its not something which can do anything but regress back to the mean.

HOWEVER- I fully agree that historically clutch bench players can help quite a bit. Reducing a pitching spot out of the pen and just rotating with minor league options when one of those pitchers needs a rest is perfectly fine with the depth we have don’t there between welker, reid, black, etc. Go find a Craig Wilson or Adam Hyzdu who can hit off the bench and do nothing else. Put him in that spot. I don’t care if he can play a position.

I like Tim’s idea to get a full time outfielder, but realistically, upgrading the bench is MUCH cheaper and easier

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-the-problem-with-the-pirates-offense.html#comment-30898 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:42:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=60049#comment-30898 Or put Jones on the bench and Tabata in RF, then you have a lefty with some pop of the bench late in the game. Either way, the lineup and bench significantly improve by replacing Inge with Young. I really like the versatility he would add. And he’s a vet with playoff experience, so Hurdle can have his cake and eat it too.

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