The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff
Sep11

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often, and in so many different ways, that it...

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Morning Report: Former Pirates Bringing High Heat For the Competition
Sep11

Morning Report: Former Pirates Bringing High Heat For the Competition

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had some bullpen issues this year, but they are still right in the middle of a playoff chase. One of the teams they are chasing is the San Francisco Giants, who hold the first Wild Card spot. The Giants recently called up two pitchers to reinforce their bullpen and both of them can hit triple digits on the radar gun. They are also both former Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players. On September 1st against...

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First Pitch: Has Pedro Alvarez Played His Last Game With the Pirates?
Sep11

First Pitch: Has Pedro Alvarez Played His Last Game With the Pirates?

Today it was announced that Pedro Alvarez would be out 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. That pretty much ends his season, and unless the Pirates make it deep in the post-season, it means he’s probably done for the year. Then there’s the other situation involving Alvarez, where he is now finished with one of the worst years of his career, which featured a drop in power, and some horrible defense at third base that led to an...

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Pedro Alvarez Out 4-6 Weeks With Foot Injury
Sep10

Pedro Alvarez Out 4-6 Weeks With Foot Injury

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress reaction of the fourth metatarsal on his left foot. The recovery time for that particular injury guarantees that he will be out for the rest of the regular season and the team would need to advance well into the playoffs for him to be an option. Effectively, the injury ends his season as he hasn’t played since August 26th, except...

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Cody Dickson’s Turnaround in 2014 Due to a Common Pirates’ Minor League Focus
Sep10

Cody Dickson’s Turnaround in 2014 Due to a Common Pirates’ Minor League Focus

On the surface, 22-year-old left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson had a below average season in his first full year in Low A West Virginia. In 129 1/3 innings pitched, Dickson had a 3.90 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, to go along with 58 walks and 108 strikeouts. But Dickson is another case in the Pirates system of a pitcher who struggled in the first half of season, only to see big improvements in the second half. In the first 3 months of the year,...

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Morning Report: Revisiting a Busy Day of Off-Season Signings
Sep10

Morning Report: Revisiting a Busy Day of Off-Season Signings

On December 18th, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they had signed seven players as minor league free agents. The article can be found here listing the following players, pitchers Kyle McPherson, Elvin Ramirez, Brandon Mann, Daniel Schlereth and Adam Wilk, infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Travis Ishikawa. You probably already know the contributions from these players for the Pirates if you’re reading this....

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