First Pitch: Pirates Have Solved One of This Year’s Biggest Problems
Aug29

First Pitch: Pirates Have Solved One of This Year’s Biggest Problems

I’ve had a lot of campaigns this year when it comes to the Pirates. Jeff Locke will regress. Charlie Morton deserves to be in the rotation. Francisco Liriano is the ace of the staff. Jeanmar Gomez has The Will to Win. But the one that has held the biggest significance to the Pirates’ standings has been their inability to hit left-handers. Well, that and Jeanmar Gomez and his #TWTW. All year I’ve pointed out that the...

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First Pitch: Trades Are Graded on a Different Scale For Contenders
Aug28

First Pitch: Trades Are Graded on a Different Scale For Contenders

The Pirates have officially reached the other side of the rebuilding process. It was only a few years ago that we saw the Pirates trading away rentals, hoping to land a piece that would help them build for the future. Pirates fans were searching everywhere for information on the player they just acquired, trying to figure out what kind of player he could become in the future. Trades were evaluated on whether the Pirates won the deal,...

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First Pitch: The Most Important Two Weeks of the Year
Aug27

First Pitch: The Most Important Two Weeks of the Year

The next two weeks are going to be the biggest weeks in the NL Central playoff race. This is something that gets said before every series between the Cardinals and Pirates, Reds and Pirates, or Cardinals and Reds. It’s true for all of those matchups, because this is a tight division race, and every game counts. But the next two weeks are going to be the biggest two weeks of the series, and that’s not hyperbole at all. The...

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First Pitch: MTV VMAs — The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Aug26

First Pitch: MTV VMAs — The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

I don’t know why, but the MTV Video Music Awards are a must watch for me every year. It’s probably fueled by nostalgic reasons, remembering back when the VMAs were amazing. This year they opened with Lady Gaga. That can’t compare to the year where they opened with The Smashing Pumpkins, which was an amazing performance that didn’t feature Lady Gaga’s ass. I still watch the VMAs for the same reason that I...

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First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?
Aug25

First Pitch: Is Gregory Polanco’s Move to Right Field a Sign?

The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t seem to catch a break offensively this year. All year the outfield has had one hole: right field. You might not have noticed this, but after standing pat at the trade deadline, the Pirates have seen Jose Tabata hit for a .298/.365/.491 line in 57 at-bats. That’s a small sample size, and Tabata has been known to have streaky performances where he will go on hot streaks, then fail to sustain that...

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First Pitch: Charlie Morton Should Be the Number Three Playoff Starter
Aug24

First Pitch: Charlie Morton Should Be the Number Three Playoff Starter

It’s hard to believe that it was only about three weeks ago that I was arguing for Charlie Morton to stay in the rotation. At the time, Morton was coming off a horrible start where he gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings, sending the Pirates to a brutal loss against St. Louis. That outing raised his ERA to a 4.07 mark, which for some reason was completely unacceptable for some Pirates fans. Morton bounced back in his...

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