First Pitch: This Would Be the Perfect Time For a Pedro Alvarez Hot Streak
Aug24

First Pitch: This Would Be the Perfect Time For a Pedro Alvarez Hot Streak

On Friday, I looked at the drop the Pittsburgh Pirates saw in their playoff odds. A big reason for this drop was due to their 1-5 week, when everyone else in the NL Central or NL Wild Card race had big weeks. Fortunately, the Pirates are in a position where they control their own destiny. They are currently in a stretch of games that includes nine games against the Brewers and Cardinals in the span of a week and a half. If they can do...

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First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position
Aug23

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position

Tonight, Tony Sanchez played his first game at first base in Indianapolis. Ryan Palencer wrote about the details behind the move. I don’t want to read too much into the move, since the main reason is probably to get Elias Diaz some time behind the plate in Triple-A. The fact that Sanchez is playing first base is interesting for a few reasons. 1. There is a designated hitter spot. He can stay in the lineup without the need for a...

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Prospect Rewind: Josh Harrison is Exceeding All of His Old Prospect Reports
Aug22

Prospect Rewind: Josh Harrison is Exceeding All of His Old Prospect Reports

In the past, we’ve done the Prospect Rewind series, looking back at the reports on certain players, and how they’ve fallen short of those reports, met their reports, or exceeded the projections. With the recent success from Josh Harrison in the majors, I felt like it was a good time to look back on his prospect reports, to see what he was projected to become. This is also a reminder that the 2014 Prospect Guide is on sale...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up
Aug22

Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a horrible week. They went 1-5 since last week’s playoff odds update, and to make matters worse, all of the other teams in the race around them had good weeks. Milwaukee went 4-1. St. Louis went 5-1. Atlanta went 6-1. San Francisco went 4-2. As you could expect, the playoff odds plummeted. In last week’s projections, the Pirates were holding on to the second Wild Card spot. In this...

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First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?
Aug22

First Pitch: How Has the Move to Second Base Impacted Alen Hanson’s Prospect Status?

The biggest theme surrounding the Pirates’ farm system this year has been injuries. Look through the top 20 prospects, and almost everyone has spent time on the disabled list this year. Most of the injuries aren’t long-term concerns. Most of the players who have been injured have performed well when healthy, while either maintaining their prospect status, or showing improvements. So it’s a bit ironic that one of the...

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