Statistical Analysis: Nasty Nate Leading Off

Time and time again, we’ve come to the same conclusion about the 2007 Pirates: They’ll go as far as the top of the order carries them. We’re not worried about Sanchez, LaRoche and Bay. We’re confident that our starting rotation can at least achieve mediocrity. We lost our closer, but our bullpen is still a strength. It’s Duffy and Wilson that make us nervous. I decided to take a look at the 2006 Pirates...

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Leading Off

Tim Dierkes at RotoAuthority takes a look at the NL Central’s lead-off hitters.  Here’s what he has to say about the Pirates: Duffy had one good month out of three last year (September).  If he can hit enough to remain the everyday CF and lead-off man, we could be looking at 90 runs and the cheapest 40 SBs you’ll find.  If he reaches his PECOTA (.287/.339/.413) he’ll keep his job all year. Keep in mind that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #12

Question #1: How many appearances should Salomon Torres make in 2007? Should he only be used as a closer? Matt from Wait ‘Til Next Year: The Pirates need to make sure that Salomon Torres stays among the league leaders in appearances in 2007. There are two reasons for this. First of all, Torres’ biggest asset is his durability. It seems as if he could pitch every day without a break, and often times he does. Taking away a large...

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Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 4

Finally we come to the first improved team in the NL Central as I continue to preview the 2007 division. St. Louis (Part 1), Houston (Part 2) and Cincinnati (Part 3) failed to impress me–it seems as if an overachieving Pirates squad could hang with those teams. Milwaukee, however, is a different story. Ned Yost’s Brewers finished at 75-87 in 2006, 8.5 games back of the Cardinals. Between last July’s trade deadline...

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Give Them The Darn Ball (Or Vamoose! Chacon)

I was going to write Part 4 of “Climbing Out of the Canyon” tonight, but then I found an article (with a little help from a Keith Law ESPN Insider chat transcript) that I had to relate to the Pirates. Had to. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote “Modest Proposal: A Four-Man Rotation.” First, his intro: Barring injury, the Cardinals will open the 2007 season with a starting rotation that...

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