The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP
Jul20

The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects When the Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season, an offensive approach touting the importance of on-base percentage was emphasized after the team finished ninth in the National League with a below-average .313 clip. After 97 games this season, the Pirates lead the National League with a .332 OBP, and are scoring over 4 runs per game. Year On-Base Percentage League Rank Runs Per Game League...

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All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery
Jul15

All-Stars Responsible for Pirates’ Early-Season Recovery

Follow @NateBarnes_ Follow @pirateprospects The Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season in a fashion rather unbecoming after they finally ended professional sports’ longest losing streak with 95 victories last year and pushed the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to five games in the 2013 National League Division Series. By May 20, the Pirates were 8 games under .500 at 18-26, 8 games back of the first-place Milwaukee...

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Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?
May09

Which Edinson Volquez Will the Pirates Get Going Forward?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Clint Hurdle doesn’t like to use the phrase “reclamation project” when discussing players whose careers the Pirates have turned around in the past few years. He sees the men in his clubhouse as humans first, and players after that. So, for him, to call a player a “reclamation project” as if he was a piece of furniture salvaged from a trash dump to be renovated and added to a living room just doesn’t make sense....

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis
May01

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

Follow @NateBarnes_ As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National League by scoring 3.91 runs per game during the 2013 season. The key elements to this approach are being “intelligently aggressive” at the plate, striking out less and working counts to see good pitches to hit as opposed to flailing away at what a pitcher wants to throw in a...

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Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage
Apr30

Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage

Follow @NateBarnes_ Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate against pitcher Alfredo Simon in the third inning of the Pirates’ April 23 game against the Cincinnati Reds with his team locked in a 1-1 tie. In his first at-bat, McCutchen lined out to center field after three pitches. The MVP’s second plate appearance of the night lasted ten pitches and culminated in a line drive home run into the left field bleachers that traveled over 400...

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