First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Stretch Wandy Rodriguez Out in the Majors
Sep08

First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Stretch Wandy Rodriguez Out in the Majors

Now that rosters have expanded, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of starting options. The problem is that they only have three rotation spots that look to be locked down at the moment. Francisco Liriano has been fantastic this year, with the occasional bad start mixed in. The strange thing about Liriano is that he’s lights out when the Pirates are on a losing streak heading into his start, but he struggles when the Pirates are...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Basically in the Playoffs Right Now
Sep07

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Basically in the Playoffs Right Now

I’ve never gotten caught up in the results of individual games. The Pirates can lose, and within minutes I’ve forgotten about the game. Some tough losses stick with you for a little bit, but individual games don’t have a huge impact on me, positive or negative. A big part of that is because I’ve been writing for so many years that this is more like a job than entertainment. When it was just a hobby, I...

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First Pitch: The Balance Between Minor League Stats and Skills
Sep06

First Pitch: The Balance Between Minor League Stats and Skills

All season I’ve talked about Tyler Glasnow, who dominated the South Atlantic League this year. I’ve also talked a lot lately about Austin Meadows, due to the fact that Meadows has been crushing the ball in the last week for Jamestown, capping off a strong pro debut. In each case the numbers are great, but I think we also need to add some perspective on what the numbers really tell us. In the next week I’ll be...

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First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year
Sep05

First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year

Tyler Glasnow posted a 36.3 K% this year, which is one of the highest marks in baseball in a long time.

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First Pitch: What Has the Losing Streak Meant to You?
Sep04

First Pitch: What Has the Losing Streak Meant to You?

I have to be honest, I’ve never really cared about the losing streak. Watching bad baseball for 20 years? That wasn’t good. Watching horrible move after horrible move for 20 years? It made you turn to your XBox, which was the only place the Pirates had a realistic shot of winning. But how many years in a row the Pirates had lost? I didn’t care. If the Pirates had won a few more games in 1997 or 1999, they...

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First Pitch: Pirates About to End the Streak the Way it Was Supposed to Be Ended
Sep03

First Pitch: Pirates About to End the Streak the Way it Was Supposed to Be Ended

This is the way it was supposed to happen. Tomorrow the Pirates have the chance to end their 20 year consecutive losing streak. They won game number 80 today, and can take win number 81 and avoid a losing season tomorrow. After that it’s win number 82 for the first winning season since 1992. And while people are excited for these two things, they take a clear back seat to the current playoff race. Just like it should be. If you...

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