First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery
Jul24

First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery

The Pirates need the 2013 version of Francisco Liriano in the second half. Last time out he struggled in the first, but recovered and threw five innings with no earned runs, striking out eight in the process. Tonight against the Dodgers the results were much like the 2013 Liriano, with one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings, along with four strikeouts. Liriano got off to a horrible start this year, and missed about a...

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First Pitch: MLB is NOT As Good As It Has Ever Been
Jul23

First Pitch: MLB is NOT As Good As It Has Ever Been

Bud Selig was in Pittsburgh today, and as you could have guessed, he attributed the Pirates’ success to MLB having a fair landscape. This isn’t unexpected, as it happens every time a small market team surprises everyone by contending. The Pirates have become contenders again, but they haven’t done it because MLB is fair. They did it by finding talent avenues that were under-valued. They did it through the draft,...

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First Pitch: Bringing Back Russell Martin Needs to Be a Top Priority
Jul22

First Pitch: Bringing Back Russell Martin Needs to Be a Top Priority

Last off-season was filled with a lot of drama surrounding A.J. Burnett, qualifying offers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates approach with free agency and the percentage that individual players take up on the team payroll. Prepare for act two this coming off-season. The Pirates will go through the same situation again with Russell Martin. To be accurate, it won’t be the exact situation. There won’t be a chance of Martin saying...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?
Jul21

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?

I don’t really want to write another article on why I don’t think it’s a smart move for the Pittsburgh Pirates to spend money and/or prospects to get relief pitching help. As I wrote last week, they’ve got a good track record of finding quality relievers without paying for it. They also have a good late inning combo of Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, which means their focus should only be on the middle innings....

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First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade
Jul20

First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade

As I looked around at the reactions toward the Angels’ trade for Huston Street, I noticed a lot of people commenting about how the deal was a good one for Los Angeles. This is a team that didn’t have a farm system, and traded the few prospects they had remaining for a relief pitcher who is making $10 M over the next year and a half. And I’d have to agree that this deal was a good one for the Angels. The Angels...

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First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline
Jul19

First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline

Earlier today I did a sort of trade deadline preview, although there’s not much to work with this year. The only player that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to was traded tonight when the Angels acquired Huston Street. That’s not something I’d lose sleep over, as the price was very high, as it usually is for closers. In less than two weeks, the trade deadline will have passed. I think it’s going to...

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