James Santelli

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Come Back to Win 5-4 with Alvarez’s Bomb, Martin’s Walkoff

    The Pirates took full advantage of baseball’s worst team in their 5-4 comeback win Friday night, capitalizing on a pair of homer-ready fastballs and two Astros errors in right field. Pedro Alvarez pulverized a first-pitch fastball served up by a Quad-A pitcher with a 6.00 ERA to tie the score in the...

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    Jose Contreras Placed on Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Recalled

    Last season, Hughes posted a 2.85 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen. [Update: Hughes...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Robbie Grossman Finally Comes To Pittsburgh

    Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round. He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange. Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of...

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    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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