Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #8

Question #1: Did the BBWAA put in the right guys last Tuesday? Would you have done anything differently? Randy from Buried Treasure: Ripken and Gwynn were clearly first ballot candidates. I’m in the school of thought that says Ripken is overrated, but he’s a great player nonetheless. If it were up to me, Blyleven, Dawson, Gossage, Morris and Lee Smith would be in. I also would have voted for McGwire. I argued on my blog that by...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #7

Question #1: What do you think of Dan Szymborski’s 2007 ZiPS projections for the Pirates? In your opinion, will the Pirates’ regulars perform better, worse or the same as projected? Wilbur Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: I don’t see any obvious howlers in there. Like all projection systems, ZiPS leans heavily toward regression to the mean, so it’s not useful for projecting breakouts. Doumit or Bautista could be a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #6

Question #1: Should the Pirates keep veterans like Salomon Torres and Damaso Marte around when they control a number of younger relievers who may be ready to step into a big league bullpen? Matt and Alan from Bucco Wire: We think the Pirates should keep Torres. Torres was signed at a very cheap price for a dependable reliever, compared to what others are now getting on the market. He eats a lot of innings out of the bullpen and could...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #5

What is Mike Gonzalez’ perceived value to your team? What would be a fair return for him in a trade? Dan Benton from Off the Facade: His value to the Yankees would come in the form of primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera. He would also be able to close games when Mo was not available. Basically he’ll have the job the Yankees wanted to give Kyle Farnsworth that he wasn’t able to do. Gonzalez would potentially shorten...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #4

Question #1: Do you agree with the assertion made by Dave Littlefield during his pirates.com live chat that “good pitching is going to beat good hitting?” Pat from WHYGAVS: There’s probably no historical data that bears Littlefield’s statement out. Sometimes outstanding offenses beat great pitching and sometimes it’s the other way around. One person would point to the Braves beating the Indians in...

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