Comments on: First Pitch: This Year Actually is Different, For Real This Time, Seriously http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 03:43:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30430 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:05:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30430 The rise or decline of the Pirates will be based 100% on pitching and how they hold up. The offense is what it is, below average. Are Locke and Liriano really 2.00 era guys? Will Burnett be better than average in the second half this season, he wasn’t the last 2. Will Wandy come back strong? Can the bullpen hold on throwing so many innings? If the Pirates were a weather forecast I would probably predict a 90% chance of heavy rain, but I will continue to enjoy the sunny weather while it’s here and hope the weather man is wrong.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30429 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:26:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30429 What worries me is the offense. We have seen how quickly you can lose a whole rotation, if the something happens with a few starters it is lights out. Of course you can say that with most teams but the Bucs are really thin in that area.

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By: michaelbro8 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30420 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:57:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30420 Proof that this year’s team is much deeper than the previous year’s: The Bucs may have the best record in baseball at the all-star break; and have only one representative in that game.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30416 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:13:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30416 leadoff: John B. Foster, 1921, “How to Catch” referred to Catchers as “the most important man on the field and the Brain Center of the team.” IMO, the Catcher is the Quarterback of a baseball team, and a thorough watching of Bull Durham is in order for everyone to understand he also has to be a gifted psychiatrist to get the most out of pitchers.

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30415 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:04:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30415 I will disagree on Points #5 and 6.
#4: I don’t see Snider getting traded. He’s young and plays good defense. Yes the bat isn’t what we’ve hoped but, when platooned with Tabata, he is a very nice player to bat against righties. In addition, I think he is one of the guys the Pirates have talked about that helps with chemistry and I don’t think the Bucs would want to disrupt that.
#6: Attendance only gave an uptick about a month ago. While attendance will stay high as long as the Bucs continue winning, I don’t think it means the Pirates will turn to high priced players for help. I will agree, any move they make will involve sound judgement: is the player worth the money, how does he affect team chemistry, etc.

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By: rburgh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30410 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:09:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30410 Six reasons the Bucs won’t collapse.

1. Baseball Prospectus ranks them as the team most likely to make the playoffs. I seriously doubt they were ever in the top 5 in either of the two previous seasons.

2. SP depth.

3. Bullpen depth.

4. Offense does not really depend on one guy any more.

5. Pieces to trade in the minors. Also don’t forget that, although Travis Snider is not playing well, he still has trade value because he is cheap.

6. Solid attendance numbers should allow the FO to be willing to judiciously add salary.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30409 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:47:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30409 It is not the innings, it is the pitches thrown that they are looking at. You can wear out the starting pitching also.
It is highly unlikely that they would want their starting pitchers pitching more than 7 innings anyway.
The Pirate strategy is to shorten the game and they do that better than any team in baseball.
Case in Point. Locke threw 75 pitches or there abouts and he was taken out after 7 innings and he had given up 3 hits.

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By: maguro http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30408 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:47:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30408 More like hyperbole. But I get it.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30407 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:43:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30407 Martin’s value to the Pirates is not the same as any player on any other team.
Top catchers are much rarer than top position players.
As LaRusso once said Yaddy would be my starting catcher if he did not get a hit. Most people have no idea how important a top catcher is, forget their batting averages, getting some hitting is a good thing, but controlling the game is much more important.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-this-year-actually-is-different-for-real-this-time-seriously.html#comment-30406 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:42:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59053#comment-30406 I agree monkshot. I think we can say reliably that the starting rotation will be fine because of the depth. It is highly unlikely the bullpen can maintain their incredible run, and that is the real question mark for this team, as they are only an average team offensively. Wouldn’t it be great to have this bullpen as it is currently pitching, in the playoffs.

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