First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?
Aug04

First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?

Tonight Francisco Liriano was the stopper for the Pirates, preventing them from slipping to a three game losing streak, and allowing the team to pick up a win on the same night that the second place St. Louis Cardinals lost. Liriano has been extremely reliable all season, and has been one of the best free agent signings this year. There are debates starting asking whether he should draw Cy Young consideration, although that award is...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Answered Their Draft and Development Questions
Aug03

First Pitch: The Pirates Have Answered Their Draft and Development Questions

I was reading Grant Brisbee’s article today detailing how the Pittsburgh Pirates were built, and how they’re a legitimate contender this year. Or, another way to put it, I was reading the annual “Grant Brisbee article that dooms the Pirates to a collapse over the final two months of the season”. Brisbee detailed how every player was added to the team — whether via draft picks, international free agent...

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First Pitch: Why Charlie Morton Belongs in the Pirates Rotation
Aug02

First Pitch: Why Charlie Morton Belongs in the Pirates Rotation

When it comes to any player in the majors, you’re going to get a variety of opinions. You’re going to get different opinions on how good a player actually is, and in some cases you’ll have a debate over whether the player is even good at all. There’s one player on the Pirates pitching staff who draws the biggest split in opinions, and that is Charlie Morton. There are a lot of people who don’t like...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Dodge a Bullet at the Deadline?
Aug01

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Dodge a Bullet at the Deadline?

The Pirates, like a lot of other teams around the league, didn’t make a move at the deadline. Well, unless you count the addition of Robert Andino, which technically came during the waiver trading period (Andino wasn’t on a 40-man roster, so he could be dealt any time). After the trade deadline had passed, Neal Huntington met with the media. James Santelli has a breakdown of the quotes from Huntington. The one quote that...

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First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?
Jul31

First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?

The trade market has been slow this entire month. The market looks weak, and has looked like a seller’s market leading up to the deadline. But for a short time there it looked like the Pirates were close to a very busy day. First there was the rumor from Monday about the Pirates being top options for Brian Wilson. Then, around 1:00 we heard that Bud Norris might be on the move, and the Pirates could be a landing spot. Not long...

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First Pitch: Why Not Andrew Lambo?
Jul30

First Pitch: Why Not Andrew Lambo?

Alex Presley was promoted today to replace Michael McKenry on the active roster. In the last two days the Pirates have replaced Travis Snider and McKenry with Presley and Tony Sanchez. The addition of Presley raised some questions of why Andrew Lambo wasn’t promoted. Then Andrew Lambo hit his 27th homer of the year later in the evening, and those questions came up again. I don’t know why the Pirates decided to bring up...

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