Injury News: Progress on All Fronts
Aug28

Injury News: Progress on All Fronts

Prior to tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a bushel of information came out regarding the Pirates’ veritable laundry list of current injuries. More important and relevant than any other news is that closer Jason Grilli threw a 25-pitch simulated game this afternoon and may make a rehab outing Saturday in Double-A Altoona. “If he feels good tomorrow, we’ll give him two days rest and then we...

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Pirates’ Comeback Attempt Fails in ‘Strange Game’, Lose 7-6 to Brewers
Aug28

Pirates’ Comeback Attempt Fails in ‘Strange Game’, Lose 7-6 to Brewers

If anyone watching tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers closed their eyes and somehow forgot that this is the year 2013 and the Pirates are going to the playoffs, this game would’ve seemed like it came straight out of 2012. Or 2011. Or 2010. Or 2009. Or 2008. Or any one of the last few years when the Brewers rang up a winning percentage around .75o against the Bucs. “I keep using the...

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Pirates Notebook: Marlon Byrd acquired on day of his jersey giveaway
Aug27

Pirates Notebook: Marlon Byrd acquired on day of his jersey giveaway

The Pittsburgh Pirates made news Tuesday before they even played a game to open their homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to the game, general manager Neal Huntington announced the Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and the ol’ ‘player-to-be-named-later’ which Huntington said will be a “pretty good...

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Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues
Aug22

Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues

Much has been made lately of the Pirates’ issues in the area of batting with runners in scoring position. We’ve talked about it, and you’ve talked about it as if it’s really the end-all, be-all when related to anything from a “Collapsening” to if the Pirates can win the World Series. The numbers are not good, that can’t be argued. But really, in all honesty, the fact remains that those numbers...

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The Fixes That Will Help Jeff Locke Avoid the Dreaded Regression
Aug08

The Fixes That Will Help Jeff Locke Avoid the Dreaded Regression

Jeff Locke may just be the story of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-handed rookie starting pitcher went 8-2 prior to the All-Star Break with a 2.15 ERA. He was the only starter from the Opening Day rotation to not miss a scheduled start until he sat out of the final game before the All-Star Break. And to be fair, he sat only as a precaution to take advantage of the upcoming break to rest his stiff back. In the post-All Star...

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