Breaking Down Jason Grilli’s Struggles
Jun19

Breaking Down Jason Grilli’s Struggles

The poor recent outings from Jason Grilli have only highlighted his shaky performance in 2014.  The Pirates closer hasn’t been good by either traditional or sabermetric statistics.  He’s 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA, while blowing 3 saves out of his 14 opportunities. In 17 2/3 innings, he has struck out 17 (8.66 K/9) and walked 10 (5.09 BB/9).  Grilli hasn’t posted that low a strikeout rate or that high a walk rate since...

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Pirates are Actually Terrible Bunters
Jun12

Pirates are Actually Terrible Bunters

Bunting is a relatively big talking point in baseball circles. Saberists continue to point to data that shows bunting does more harm than good except in very specific situations.  Elsewhere, many have advocated bunting as a method of beating the shift.  And of course, botched bunts are always a popular subject for post game rage. Pirates fans have plenty to complain about when it comes to bunting. As outlined on this very site last...

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Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages
May31

Comparing the Makeup of the Pirates System to the MLB Averages

The Pirates system often gets compared to other systems in terms of quality.  In fact, it is often ranked very highly by all of the national outlets.  But how does it compare in other aspects? Is it pitching-heavy or position player-heavy? Was it built more through the draft or international signings compared to the average farm system? I recently posted some research on Batting Leadoff that looked at characteristics of MLB...

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