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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Taking a Guess at the Pirates’ Wild Card Roster
Sep30

Taking a Guess at the Pirates’ Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates will release their Wild Card rosters tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Clint Hurdle gave a few hints on the makeup of the roster, but wouldn’t reveal any names until tomorrow. Based on what we know, I wanted to do a prediction on who might be on the team. Below is just my guess, based on what Hurdle said in his press conference today, along with a look at how the Pirates handled the roster during the final month...

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Russell Martin Expects to Play Tomorrow
Sep30

Russell Martin Expects to Play Tomorrow

Russell Martin has been dealing with a hamstring issue, and his status for the Wild Card game was in question. That was until he┬áspoke with the media today. Then there was little doubt that the star catcher would play. Martin said that he felt good enough to play, and when asked what led to that decision, his answer was as simple as can be. “It’s the playoffs,” Martin said. He later addressed the same question and...

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First Pitch: Dear ESPN and TBS, Please Show This in Your Pre-Game Broadcasts
Sep30

First Pitch: Dear ESPN and TBS, Please Show This in Your Pre-Game Broadcasts

Last year when the first #PNCBLACKOUT campaign rolled around, I was a bit skeptical of how it would work out. I figured the crowd would be amped up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting what actually happened. A few hours before the game, I exited PNC to go outside to do a radio interview. What I saw was just a preview of that night. Federal Street was packed, due to thousands of people coming over the Clemente Bridge. It...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists
Sep29

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists

Yesterday we completed the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates minor league recaps, finishing with the GCL Pirates. Each recap featured notes on all of the best prospects at each level, along with a season-ending top 10 list. The lists are basically rough draft versions, which will be finalized in the 2015 Prospect Guide. Our top 50 prospects for the 2015 season will also be included in the upcoming Prospect Guide. That will go on pre-sale at...

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