Matt Bandi

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    Evening reading, 9/16/2010

    Your Thursday evening reading, with appearances by John Sickels, Jack Moore, Chris Jaffe and Tom Tango.

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    The value of context

    WAR is a context-neutral statistic. Describing a stat as comprehensive, despite its disregard toward a player’s high-leverage performance, immediately damages its trustworthiness in many fans’ eyes. However, removing context gives WAR a stronger predictive value.

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    Game 142: McCutchen's clutch double lifts Bucs to victory

    The Pirates had another late inning rally. This time they held on for the win by getting three ninth inning runs off Francisco Cordero. All three runs came around on a two-out double by Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan shut the door in the bottom of...

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    Fans Scouting Report

    If you have a few minutes to spare, please complete a Pirates entry for Tom Tango's Fans Scouting Report. This is a very helpful tool, but it only works with a large sample of entries. I believe the Pirates are generally one of the least represented teams and, while they...

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    Defensive positioning

    Earlier in the season, I took a stab at breaking down the Pirates’ unusual outfield alignments. About a week after writing that article, I set out to gather some additional data. I went to PNC Park, snapped some photos, forgot about them and moved on...

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    Is Walker a Rookie of the Year candidate?

    By continuing to hit baseballs very hard, Neil Walker has made a case for some Rookie of the Year consideration. When FanHouse baseball writer Ed Price posted some interesting rookie stats on his Twitter feed this afternoon, I thought it might be a good idea to...

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    Series Preview: Braves vs. Pirates

    Probable Starters RHP Tomy Hanson vs. LHP Brian Burres RHP Tim Hudson vs. RHP James McDonald RHP Derek Lowe vs. LHP Zach Duke

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    Series Preview: Nationals vs. Pirates

    Probable Starters RHP Livan Hernandez vs. LHP Zach Duke LHP John Lannan vs. LHP Paul Maholm RHP Jason Marquis vs. RHP Charlie Morton

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    State College Recap, 9/1/2010

    I was in attendance this evening as the State College Spikes fell to the Auburn Doubledays by a score of 1-0. The Spikes bats went silent as the team only managed two hits in the game. Click here to read a few of my observations...

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    Altoona Recap, 8/29/2010

    While traveling for work, I was able to stop in Altoona for a few hours on Sunday to catch a Curve game. Jared Hughes made the start for the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, which is gearing up for the postseason. Here are a few of my...

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