Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?
Oct01

Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Edinson Volquez for $5 M last year, there were no predictions that he would be pitching in the NL Wild Card Game this October. Instead, the predictions were more along the lines of “When will the Pirates replace Volquez in the rotation?” and “There is no way they return to the playoffs.” And yet, here we are on October 1st, and Edinson Volquez is pitching in the biggest game...

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Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster
Oct01

Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that. Pitchers (9) Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise Catchers (3) Russell Martin Chris Stewart Tony...

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Pirates Fans Could Establish PNC Park as the Toughest Playoff Baseball Atmosphere
Oct01

Pirates Fans Could Establish PNC Park as the Toughest Playoff Baseball Atmosphere

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the San Francisco Giants, hosting the NL Wild Card Game for the second straight year at PNC Park. Last year, the Wild Card Game featured one of the best baseball atmospheres I’ve ever witnessed. The players noticed this as well. “It was unbelievably loud. I couldn’t hear myself talk,” Andrew McCutchen said. “You’ve got 40,000+ people on their feet,...

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How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL
Sep30

How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL

During the first two months of the season, if I would have told you that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished the 2014 season with one of the best shortstop/third base combos in the NL, you would have said I was crazy. Pedro Alvarez couldn’t complete a throw to first base to save his life. Jordy Mercer was struggling offensively, finishing the month of May with a .508 OPS on the season. But everything changed in June, and...

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The Pirates Didn’t Make a Big Splash, But Had the Best NL Bullpen in September
Sep30

The Pirates Didn’t Make a Big Splash, But Had the Best NL Bullpen in September

It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak bullpen. The group collectively combined for a 3.79 xFIP in the first half of the season, which tied for the second worst in the NL. Their -0.5 WAR was also second worst. Despite the struggles, they didn’t add anyone at the trade deadline. Instead, they made a few minor moves. First, the team claimed John Axford off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on August 14th....

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