P3 Episode 16: What Would the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation Look Like?

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode 16 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Nate Barnes (@NateBarnes_TPN), James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include:

**Last week James and Nate predicted the Pirates would go 5-1 against the Rockies and Marlins. The Pirates did go 5-1 in those games. We reviewed those games, and where the Pirates are in the standings.

**The Cardinals have suffered a lot of injuries, including Yadier Molina. They have also struggled a lot in the last few weeks. We talk about whether that’s going to hurt the Cardinals in the long-term, and give the Pirates an advantage.

**The Pirates have their first two starters in a playoff series in Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett. The list of pitchers after that raises a lot of question marks. James wrote about the playoff roster earlier this week, and we talked about who could be the number three starter in the playoff rotation.

**Jeff Locke has started to regress, and Nate wrote about his regression this week. We talked about how Locke will still be good enough to be an option for the playoff rotation.

**Gerrit Cole probably won’t be one of the four starters in the playoff rotation, but he could be a great reliever for the Pirates down the stretch.

**We talked about the Alex Rios trade, with Nate mentioning that he hates Rios. We talk about the waiver trading process.

**We preview the upcoming games on the road against the Rockies and the Cardinals. Nate and James predict 3-3, while I go 4-2. We recorded this before the Pirates lost game one to the Rockies.

**Music: ‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

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‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com

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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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  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    Tim,
    I have to ask this question. Why would the Pirates not put in a waiver claim on Josh Johnson?? Only owed $4m and putting up a strong numbers with K’s and BB’s – sounds like another Liriano type to me and coming into free agency couldn’t cost much. Seems like a no-brainer to me…