Failure to deal relievers at deadline proves costly for Pirates

When the Pirates passed on Matt Wieters and chose Daniel Moskos in the 2007 amateur draft, fans lashed out with an amount of outrage that I have never seen. It is rare in Major League Baseball for a fan base to react so passionately to a draft pick, but the choice was so absurd that even casual fans were left fuming. It did not help that the decision appeared to be financially motivated, as Wieters was expected to demand a signing...

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Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Pirates

With the Pirates about to put the finishing touches on a 15th consecutive losing season, let us be optimistic for a change. Here are some of the positive developments that occurred during the 2007 season: – Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny have emerged as above-average major league starters. Snell in particular has shown ace-caliber stuff, with mid-90’s heat and a plus slider. Productive, pre-arbitration starting pitchers are...

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How long will Jim Tracy manage the Pirates?

On Tuesday, the Pirates officially announced that Neal Huntington would be the team’s new general manager. Since coming on board, team president Frank Connelly has maintained that the new GM would make the decision on Jim Tracy’s future with the team. That subject was raised several times during Huntington’s first day on the job. Let us take a look at how he responded. From the Post-Gazette: For me to speculate on any one individual...

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Series Preview: Diamondbacks vs. Pirates

The losing streak has reached nine, and things won’t get much easier as the Pirates host the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Despite being outscored by 14 runs, the D-Backs are in prime position to clinch a playoff spot, holding a 2.5 game lead over the San Diego Padres. One possible explanation for the run differential/record discrepancy? Arizona’s bullpen ranks second in the majors with a 14.515 WXRL. WXRL essentially...

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Is Jose Bautista a Major League starter?

In December 2003, the Pirates lost Jose Bautista in the much-publicized Rule V debacle. Four different teams were willing to place him on their roster during the season before the Mets returned him to the Pirates in a July 30 trade. This is evidence that he had enough potential to stay on a Major League roster for the entire season despite clearly not being ready for the level. In the end, that lost season of development may have...

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