Matt Bandi

  • Analysis
    Optimizing the Pirates' lineup

    Akinori IwamuraAdjustments to the batting order generally make very little difference over the course of 162 games. What matters is who is in the lineup, not the order in which they bat. That being said, every single run...

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    Pirates plate discipline in 2009

    Andy LaRochePatience is an issue that the Pirates have seemed to struggle with at the plate for years. Unfortunately, it did not get much better in 2009. A number of the team's hitters battled free-swinging tendencies, and the numbers...

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    Is Bob Nutting pocketing profits?

    Bob Nutting announces the firing of Dave Littlefield - Andy Starnes, Post-GazetteIf you don’t trust Bob Nutting, that’s fine. I’m not sure I completely trust him myself. But let’s...

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    Mental toughness

    In January, the Pirates hired Bernie Holliday away from West Point to be the team's mental health conditioning coordinator. He will begin working with the organization's minor league players. Read this interview with Holliday.

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    Hanrahan may return by opening day

    The opening of spring training brought news of an elbow injury for Joel Hanrahan. However, an MRI and a subsequent trip to Dr. James Andrews left Hanrahan with some good news.

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    2010 Pittsburgh Sports Blog Championship

    Two Pirate blogs square off in the finals.

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    Where is Jose Tabata’s power?

    Jose Tabata shows a glimpse of his hidden power in today's batting practice session.

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    2009 vs 2010: The offense

    Jeff Clement looks to improve the offense - Mark SobbaThe Pirates won only 62 games in 2009, meaning they will need a significant jump simply to sniff a .500 season. Where will...

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    Top prospect lists

    Baseball America and Project Prospect released their top 100 prospects lists today. See how the Pirates fared.

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    Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament – Final Four

    Our magical run in the Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament comes up a bit short.

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