First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?
Sep15

First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?

Josh Harrison is in a very unique situation. He’s having a breakout season in 2014, and contending for the batting title, after looking like a bench player for his first three years in the majors, and at times looking like he didn’t belong in the majors at all. The breakout season is coming at the right time, since Harrison is about to enter his first year of arbitration. The arbitration process relies on comparable...

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Josh Harrison’s Triple Play Sparks Pirates Rally
Sep14

Josh Harrison’s Triple Play Sparks Pirates Rally

The Pittsburgh Pirates were already down 3-0 in the 4th inning — a deficit that looked well on it’s way to expanding. Edinson Volquez was starting to struggle, allowing a leadoff double to Chris Valaika and a walk to Mike Olt. And then, in one 5-4-3 fell swoop, the inning was over. Valaika, Olt, and Matt Szczurall all out. And it was started by, who else? Josh Harrison. Immediately, Harrison was thinking triple play. “Hit hard...

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Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday
Sep14

Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday

Gregory Polanco will get the start today in right field, hitting 8th in the lineup in the series finale against the Cubs. Jacob Turner — who has given up an .808 OPS against lefties — will start with the Cubs. “We keep having optimism that he’s getting closer,” Clint Hurdle said. “We’ll give him a couple more opportunities to put some at bats today.” After a hot start following his call up, opposing pitchers made...

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How Can Justin Wilson Get Back to the Successful 2013 Version?
Sep14

How Can Justin Wilson Get Back to the Successful 2013 Version?

In 2013, Justin Wilson looked like he was on his way to becoming a dominant left-handed relief pitcher for years to come. The solid performance of the Pirates’ bullpen in 2013 was one of the biggest reasons for their 94-win season. Wilson played a big role in it, posting a 2.03 ERA to go along with 59 strikeouts in 73.1 innings of work. But the 2014 bullpen hasn’t been as dominant, and neither has Wilson. His ERA has grown to 4.31...

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Morning Report: Where is the Speed?
Sep14

Morning Report: Where is the Speed?

While looking over the leaders in stolen bases for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, it looks like a lot of players stole bases this year at a decent clip. There were no huge totals, but 29 players reached double-digits and eight of them had at least 20 steals. That might seem good for the future of the Pirates on the surface. When looking at the leaders for each team, the names don’t give you much hope that they will be able...

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First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise
Sep14

First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise

Jeff Locke is currently having another poor second half. Last year it was predictable. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 109 innings during the first half, with a 4.21 xFIP that suggested things wouldn’t go so well in the second half. And things didn’t go well. Locke’s control bottomed out in the second half, with a 5.8 BB/9 ratio, helping to lead to a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP. This year it looked like Locke would be getting...

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