When the Pirates dealt three relievers at the July 31st trade deadline, it looked like the rest of the 2010 season would be quite the adventure in the late innings. After seeing someone absurdly knock the Octavio Dotel trade because it hurt the bullpen, I decided to take a quick look.
I have a weakness for patient hitters. I thoroughly enjoy hitters who torture pitchers by refusing to chase anything out of the zone. Having said that, I think Pedro Alvarez could greatly improve his production by being a bit more aggressive.
Your Thursday evening reading, with appearances by John Sickels, Jack Moore, Chris Jaffe and Tom Tango.
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.
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 the inning.