First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions
Aug09

First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions

Earlier today, Mike Petriello wrote an article over at ESPN looking at the curse of the contract extension. Petriello pointed out a lot of big extensions that were given out from 2010-2014, well before an extension was needed. A lot of those extensions are now backfiring, such as Ryan Howard’s five-year, $125 M deal, and Joey Votto’s ten-year, $225 M deal, which is currently in year one and is seeing Votto miss a lot of...

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First Pitch: Is Diaz the Number One Catcher? When Will Glasnow Be Promoted?
Aug08

First Pitch: Is Diaz the Number One Catcher? When Will Glasnow Be Promoted?

Tonight I’ve got some thoughts on two prospects in the system who have been performing very well this year. One of the prospects has been a bit of a breakout (Elias Diaz), while the other is just continuing to impress and move up the top prospect lists (Tyler Glasnow). The two topics are largely inspired by questions I’ve gotten on these two players, but we also wrote about both guys today, so I felt it was a good time to...

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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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