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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First Pitch: The Pirates Once Had a Good Bullpen; How Can They Get Back?
Sep10

First Pitch: The Pirates Once Had a Good Bullpen; How Can They Get Back?

The other day I was going back and looking at a few articles that I wrote from the start of the season, when I ran across this title: The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball At the time it was true. The bullpen was great last year, and the Pirates were returning the same bullpen this year. But five months after that article was written, it’s clear that the emphasis in that sentence should now be...

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