Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There
Jan02

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see Andrew McCutchen listed among the players with the...

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For the First Time on This Site Since 2012…
Dec31

For the First Time on This Site Since 2012…

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something this site hasn’t seen since 2012: I’ll be going on vacation. I’ll be unplugging completely, and won’t know what is going on surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates for over a week. I’ll be off until Sunday the 11th, at which point I hope to be recharged for the upcoming Spring Training and the upcoming season. From a site perspective, it will hardly seem like I’m...

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The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015
Dec31

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making the playoffs two years in a row. The 2013...

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Links: Hot Stove Winners, Crossroads for Alvarez, More Strikeouts For Cole, Pirates Needs
Dec30

Links: Hot Stove Winners, Crossroads for Alvarez, More Strikeouts For Cole, Pirates Needs

The end of the year is typically a slow time for baseball news, although there have been a few interesting articles I’ve read over the last few days, providing some analysis either on the Pittsburgh Pirates, or on baseball in general. Here is a look at four of those links. **Every off-season, there is a team, or multiple teams that end up being labeled as “off-season winners.” A few years ago it was the Toronto Blue...

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Will PNC Park Host a Wild Card Game For the Third Straight Year?
Dec30

Will PNC Park Host a Wild Card Game For the Third Straight Year?

During the regular season we do weekly playoff odds updates, and they always come with a disclaimer that they’re only projections, and a lot of things can change. That is even more the case early in the season. So as you could imagine, a projection in late-December is pretty much just for the fun of things, with a big disclaimer that a lot can change. With that said, FanGraphs has the Pirates doing well in their projected 2015...

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There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang
Dec29

There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang

A week ago, the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. The rumored cost for Kang will be four years and $20 M, and that doesn’t include the $5 M that the Pirates spent to negotiate with him. For the last week, one of the big themes I’ve been seeing in discussions about Kang is the anticipation for the other shoe dropping. The...

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