First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season
Apr14

First Pitch: Meet the New Season, Same As the Old Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, dropping them to 6-6, and a .500 record for the first time since April 19th of last season. While looking that up, I noticed the Pirates also started off 6-6 last year. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of other trends that have been similar this year. Let’s take a look. Record 2014: 6-6 2013: 6-6 Run Differential 2014: 44 scored, 43 allowed 2013: 40...

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First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?
Apr13

First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?

Gregory Polanco keeps hitting. The top prospect went 4-for-4 tonight with his second home run of the year in just 38 at-bats. On the season he is hitting for a .500 average. It’s only 38 at-bats, so it still falls in the small sample size window, but it’s still impressive. We aren’t yet to the point in the season where a team can call up a prospect while gaining an extra year of control from that player. Teams would...

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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco
Apr12

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco

The Super Two subject is never popular with top prospects. It’s a smart practice to keep a player down for just two months, all to avoid an extra year of arbitration. If the player projects to be a star, then that extra two months could be worth $10-15 M over the long run. Nothing that a top prospect could do in his rookie season would be worth $10-15 M in the long run for two months in the short-term. Putting that in...

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First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?
Apr11

First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?

Earlier today I wrote an article looking at what should be expected from each spot in the rotation from a numbers standpoint. That focused on the league averages, and the ERA from each spot. As a side note, I prefer FIP and xFIP over ERA, but when you’re talking about league averages, it really doesn’t make much of a difference. Also, the goal was to look at what teams actually did last year, rather than what they’d...

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First Pitch: Are MLB Teams Getting Smarter With Certain Financial Decisions?
Apr10

First Pitch: Are MLB Teams Getting Smarter With Certain Financial Decisions?

Buster Olney wrote an interesting article earlier today, talking about Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales, and mentioning Vin Mazzaro clearing waivers. Mazzaro could have been had for just the cost of his $950,000 salary on waivers, but ended up clearing waivers and getting outrighted to Triple-A. Olney had the following quote from one GM to explain the situation. “Once you go to spring training, you’ve spent almost all the money...

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First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?
Apr09

First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?

Earlier today I took a look at the playoff odds for the first time this season. The Pirates were projected just outside of the second Wild Card spot, mostly due to the fact that their poor pre-season projections are still making up a bulk of the projections, despite their early season success. The Pirates are off to a 5-2 start, which really doesn’t mean much this early in the season. The pre-season projections should be making...

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