First Pitch: Pittsburgh Has Become a Prime Destination For Bounce Back Pitchers
Sep22

First Pitch: Pittsburgh Has Become a Prime Destination For Bounce Back Pitchers

On Saturday night, Edinson Volquez pitched a gem, throwing seven shutout innings with three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. That lowered his season ERA to 3.15 in 185.2 innings. Today, Vance Worley threw eight shutout innings, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out five. His ERA was lowered to 2.93 in 104.1 innings. The recent success, combined with the season-long success raises a simple question: Why should the...

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First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?
Sep21

First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles, could Alvarez have some trade value to...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC
Sep20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the book. With instructs starting this week, I...

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Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out
Sep19

Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out

Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s announcement. “Charlie...

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Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season
Sep19

Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been capitalizing on their easy schedule at the end of the 2014 season. They took on the Cubs and the Red Sox in the last week, going 5-1. That follows a week where they went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies, leading to a combined 11-2 stretch over the last two weeks. As a result, they’ve seen their playoff odds soar by about 60-70 percentage points in that time span, to the point where they are now...

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