The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball
Sep20

The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball

Tony Sanchez will play in the Dominicans this upcoming winter, as Pete Ellis reported. Sanchez played 81 games in Triple-A this year, hitting .235 with a .758 OPS. He’s also played 25 games for the Pirates, amounting a .275 average and .669 OPS. In all, it was an inconsistent year for Sanchez at the plate, and the Pirates would like to see him make improvements in his approach. “He’s going to see spin [in the Dominicans], he’s...

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Morning Report: A Big Draft Pick With Impressive Numbers
Sep20

Morning Report: A Big Draft Pick With Impressive Numbers

During the 2013 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates took left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson in the fourth round out of Sam Houston State. While the Pirates were scouting him, they no doubt noticed another starter for SHSU that was draft eligible this year. In the sixth round of the 2014 draft, the Pirates took a 6’6″, 220 pound right-hander and signed him quickly for just below slot value. Tyler Eppler was ranked as the 256th best...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC
Sep20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the book. With instructs starting this week, I...

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Pirates Win a Game of Trends
Sep19

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into the game, and he lowered that a bit with his outing....

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Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates
Sep19

Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates

Morton’s Season Dependent on Doctor’s Visit Before today’s game, the Pirates announced that Vance Worley will start Sunday in place of Charlie Morton. Morton pitched Tuesday against the Red Sox, throwing five scoreless, four hit innings. Morton ran up his pitch count to 92 on the game, and was taken out early as a result. Some late pain might have factored in, as well. “Actually felt some discomfort at the end of the...

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Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season
Sep19

Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been capitalizing on their easy schedule at the end of the 2014 season. They took on the Cubs and the Red Sox in the last week, going 5-1. That follows a week where they went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies, leading to a combined 11-2 stretch over the last two weeks. As a result, they’ve seen their playoff odds soar by about 60-70 percentage points in that time span, to the point where they are now...

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