Comments on: First Pitch: What Led to Last Year’s Collapse and Why This Year Is Different http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 18 May 2014 19:25:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30790 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:17:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30790 That would be on Hurdle. No clue why Sanchez is playing vs right-handers, other than they just wanted Jones to play RF and felt Sanchez was better than the RF options at the time. That has happened a few times.

In his career, Sanchez has an .885 OPS vs LHP.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30789 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:01:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30789 That’s all well and good, but the offense still has to score at least 1.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30788 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 02:55:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30788 That’s all well and good, but he has 135 plate appearances vs. right handed pitchers and only 69 vs. lefties according to baseball-reference.com. He is hitting .204 against righties of which he sees almost twice as many times as he does a lefty. So explain to me how his role in the platoon is to face lefties when he only hits against them half of what he does righties? Also, Gaby Sanchez had been demoted to the minors when the Pirates picked him up. Picking up a guy like that isn’t exactly something that is going to make a team feel like management is behind them. Lastly, Gaby’s sample size against lefties this season is about 18 games worth, not exactly a huge sample size. I’m sure his lifetime OPS against lefties is probably pretty good, but not .991 good.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30764 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:47:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30764 Sorry Tim I wasn’t thinking about you when I wrote that.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30761 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:38:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30761 Yet mediocre is not good enough. It remains a black hole, especially since Jones has struggled for months.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30758 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:31:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30758 Batting is a concern, but for fielding they rank tied for 4th when you use the advanced metrics. Cardinals are 28th and Reds are 11th.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30757 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:28:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30757 I know you said exactly. I’m not a sabermetric ( I can’t even spell it ) guy but the Pirates are # 1 in pitching, # 12 in batting and 14 in fielding.
the Cards and Reds are #3 & 4 in pitching and # 1 & 3 in batting and # 2 & 3 in fielding according to the stats on the ESPN stats page today.
Just by looking at their rankings the Cards and Reds seem to be more balanced.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30750 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:58:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30750 I’m not saying anyone is a traitor. Personally I don’t think that way. I think if there’s reason for doubt, then express doubt. But right now I don’t see a reason to doubt the team. Going from “they went 2-4 and they have some weaknesses” to “Collapse 3.0″ is a huge leap. Every team goes 2-4 and every team has weaknesses.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30749 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:52:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30749 smurf , The only problem I have is that when fans are treated like some kind of traitor if they express doubts about the team.
I understand there are a lot of people who hate Nutting and his F.O. and will write things just to spite people who believe in the Pirates but to put people who care about the team but have reservations about them in the same category is wrong.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-what-led-to-last-years-collapse-and-why-this-year-is-different.html#comment-30747 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:43:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=59832#comment-30747 Did I mention the Pirates have a pitcher (Gomez) whose ERA is close to 2.00 in his starts that is their 6th man in the rotation? Did I mention they just sent down a RP to the minors who also has about a 2.00 ERA?

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