James Santelli

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Play Game of the Year in Liriano’s Debut, Beat Mets 11-2

    If the Pirates make a run for the playoffs, a real run in which they are keeping pace with the Reds and the Cardinals, look back at this game. Look back at Saturday’s 11-2 win over the New York Mets and see the where it all started to come together. The hitters...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Four Things We Have Learned About Pirates Pitchers

    We took a look on Monday at five Pirates hitters and which stats have a large enough 2013 sample size for us to see year-to-year changes. Now it’s time for the pitchers. Remember a couple important caveats. First, batting statistics tend to be more reliable than pitching statistics, especially in small samples. Second,...

  • Analysis
    Projection Systems See Pirates Finishing Just Over .500

    FanGraphs projects Andrew McCutchen to finish the season with a 5.4 WAR. (Photo Credit: David Hague) FanGraphs unveiled two new features Thursday, depth charts and projected standings. Supreme Overlord of FanGraphs (unofficial title) Dave Cameron explains how they work and how to use them. The key takeaway is that the standings use a...

  • Analysis
    Neil Walker Starts Rehab Thursday in Altoona, Could Join Pirates Over Weekend

    Neil Walker could be back in the Pirates' lineup by Sunday. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona. Walker will play two games in Altoona, according to 93.7 The Fan's Dan Zangrilli, starting with Thursday night's game against the Richmond Flying...

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    Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

    It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point....

  • Game Recaps
    Sanchez Ejected in 1st, Walker Hurt as Pirates Lose 9-1

    If Jonathan Sanchez has made his final appearance with the Pittsburgh Pirates, what a way to go out. Home run, home run, single, hit by pitch, ejection. Ejecting Jonathan Sanchez because you think he was throwing at a batter’s head on purpose is like yelling at a cloud for raining on you....

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    Pirates Keep Rolling with 6-4 Win Over Phillies

    The Pirates’ offense jumped on starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies’ relievers for 14 hits for a 6-4 win Thursday afternoon. Add in the fact that manager Clint Hurdle made far more of the right moves than his counterpart Charlie Manuel, and the Bucs wrapped a key four-game series win. This is...

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    Pirates Shut Out Phillies 2-0 as Pitching Continues to Thrive

    If Jeff Locke was pitching to save his spot in the rotation… he is well on his way. Locke put together the best start of his brief Major League career Tuesday night to tack on another outing to a strong run of Pirates’ pitching. After some early hiccups, Locke recorded outs on...

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    Pirates Beat Braves 4-2 to Complete Successful Homestand

    The Pittsburgh Pirates getting out to a 10-8 record to start 2013 would be far less impressive if half of those games were against, say, the Marlins, Padres and Astros. Strength of schedule plays a larger part in early-season stats and records than many of us want to recognize. Yes, the Texas...

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    A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter

    So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of...

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