First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out Of A-Ball
Sep01

First Pitch: Morneau For Two Players Who Barely Made It Out Of A-Ball

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Justin Morneau today for Alex Presley and a PTBNL, who is reportedly Duke Welker. For our analysis on the first part of the deal, check out the trade article. I was thinking about the two players involved in the deal, and thinking about how they got to where they were. First, this is another deal where the Pirates are getting short-term help, but not giving up anything they will miss. Morneau is a...

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First Pitch: The Other Trade Deadline, and Playoff Rosters
Aug31

First Pitch: The Other Trade Deadline, and Playoff Rosters

In less than 24 hours the playoff rosters will have to be set. If you haven’t read James Santelli’s article detailing the rules for playoff rosters, you need to do that now. A big takeaway from that article is that the playoff roster deadline is a soft deadline. For the purposes of the Pirates, the players eligible for the playoff roster include guys on the 25-man roster, and guys on the disabled list. But anyone who is on...

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First Pitch: Finding the Line Between the Rays and the Brewers
Aug30

First Pitch: Finding the Line Between the Rays and the Brewers

Back in June, on one of the Pirates Prospects podcasts, we discussed the difference in trading strategies between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rays hoard prospects. They’ve made a few deals where they send away young players, but you can probably count on one hand how many deals they’ve made where they’ve traded prospects for rentals. On the other end of the spectrum is Milwaukee. They’ve...

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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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