Matt Bandi

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    Adam Hyzdu

    Some great information became available yesterday, as Dan Szymborski (creator of the ZiPS projection system) posted his minor-league-to-major-league translations for every player season of the past 30 years. Dan works very hard to provide this type of information to the general public free of charge, so I would encourage you to follow...

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    Lessons learned from the "Freak Show"

    During today's postgame show, a caller brought up the 1997 "Freak Show" team that went 79-83 and was in postseason contention entering the final week of the season. He was upset that management was unable to build around that team and turn it into a contender, citing some of the solid pitchers...

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    Embrace the losing streak

    I was running late. As usual. Due to my impeccable time management skills, I parked my car at 12:24 PM. Eleven minutes before first pitch. I hopped onto the sidewalk and broke into a brisk walk toward PNC Park, arriving at the gate with seconds to spare. A friend met me there...

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    Ohlendorf deserved better

    The Pirates did not deserve to win yesterday's game in Milwaukee. They managed just one run on nine hits and four walks, stranding eight base runners and hitting into four double plays in the process. This output came against a struggling Jeff Suppan, who lugged a 5.73 FIP into the game. No,...

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    Joel Hanrahan and peripheral stats

    When the Pirates acquired Joel Hanrahan from the Nationals, I immediately noticed the huge discrepancy between his peripherals and his unsightly 7.71 ERA. Hanrahan struck out 35 batters, walked 14, and allowed three home runs in his 32.2 inning with Washington this year. That comes out to a FIP of 3.60, more...

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    Where is Andy LaRoche's power?

    One of the most disappointing aspects of the season for me has been Andy LaRoche's complete lack of power. He is currently ranked 131st out of 160 qualified hitters in Isolated Power (ISO), right between Craig Counsell and Felipe Lopez. If the Pirates are going to turn the corner and become a...

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    "The Pirates are just a Triple-A team for the Yankees!"

    Here is a question from Dejan's Q&A yesterday: Q: Dejan, with all of the dumping of players over the past two seasons, would it be safe to say that the Pirates are not a Major League Baseball team but a developmental team for the rest of the majors? This is a typical...

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    Was McLouth's power legitimate?

    In Nate McLouth's breakout 2008 season, he hit .276/.356/.497. With the Pirates this year, he hit .256/.349/.470. Since he was traded to Atlanta in early June, he has hit .259/.343/.418. Obviously, McLouth's slugging percentage has dropped considerably since he moved south. Thinking PNC Park's short porch in right field may have contributed...

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    Pearce earning his keep

    Last night, John Perrotto wrote that Steve Pearce is running out of opportunities at the major league level. I felt Pearce had been doing pretty well since being recalled from Triple-A, so I decided to look at his numbers. Obviously, there is a sample size issue with all of these stats. Pearce...

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    Site news

    Just a couple of quick Pittsburgh Lumber Co. notes today.  The 40-man roster has been updated to reflect the new post-deadline Bucs, and can be accessed by clicking Roster at the top of the page.  Also, you may have noticed that the link Required Reading was added to the header some time...

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