First Pitch: The Red Flags Surrounding Gerrit Cole’s Rehab
Aug07

First Pitch: The Red Flags Surrounding Gerrit Cole’s Rehab

Earlier today, Clint Hurdle announced that Gerrit Cole would pitch another bullpen session, and then would make a third rehab start. As Ryan Palencer wrote on Tuesday night, Cole’s second outing didn’t go so well. It wasn’t just the stat line, but the fact that he dropped his velocity in the later innings. Overall, there are a lot of red flags surrounding the right-hander, and it’s not looking good for a quick...

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First Pitch: Why the Diamondbacks Are Pretty Much the Worst
Aug06

First Pitch: Why the Diamondbacks Are Pretty Much the Worst

I don’t know if Andrew McCutchen’s injury had anything to do with getting hit with a 95 MPH fastball from Randall Delgado. What I do know is that McCutchen WAS hit with a 95 MPH fastball, and the next day he goes down with an injury swinging a bat, which is something he’s managed to do his entire career without an injury. The place he injured? Just where he was hit with that fastball. You could draw theories about...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen
Aug05

First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen will most likely go on the disabled list with an oblique injury, which is a huge blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s not impossible for them to contend from here, but it’s going to be very difficult, especially without their MVP. There’s no one player who can replace the lost production from McCutchen, but the Pirates would still have a chance of contending if they get just good production from...

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First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates
Aug04

First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates

When Pedro Alvarez was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, there were two beliefs about his future. First was that he could be the big power bat that would anchor the middle of the Pirates’ lineup for years to come. Second was that he might eventually have to move to first base, due to his size. Six years later, only one of those things is true, and unfortunately for the Pirates, it’s not the good one. Alvarez has...

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First Pitch: Alen Hanson and the Future of the Pirates Infield
Aug03

First Pitch: Alen Hanson and the Future of the Pirates Infield

Today we wrote about how Alen Hanson was moved to second base by the Pirates. Hanson has played second base before in the lower levels, but hasn’t been at the position for the last few years, and hasn’t been there in Altoona. He made his first start there tonight. One of the issues he was having at shortstop were defensive lapses, where he would make errors on routine plays. Hanson had a throwing error in his first game at...

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First Pitch: If the Pirates Don’t Make a Move, It Would Be the Exception
Aug02

First Pitch: If the Pirates Don’t Make a Move, It Would Be the Exception

Every year after the deadline, we hear a little bit about discussions that didn’t end up turning into deals. The last two years, that’s all we’ve had for the Pittsburgh Pirates, since they didn’t make a trade on either deadline day. This year, the news was that they made a better offer for David Price in terms of talent, but that the Rays wanted young guys who were in the majors. Naturally, this was met with...

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