First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?
Apr22

First Pitch: Who Should Replace Wandy Rodriguez in the Rotation?

Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list today, meaning the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to need a starting pitcher on Thursday. Jeff Locke made his start tonight for Indianapolis, so that starter won’t be him. Casey Sadler is expected to make his start tomorrow for the Indians, which would remove him from the running. The two players who are the top candidates for the starting role are Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton....

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First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do With Jason Grilli?
Apr21

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do With Jason Grilli?

Today’s game got a lot of attention for two things: the fight between the Brewers and Pirates, and the second blown save by Jason Grilli. I’m going to skip talking about the fight. I’ll save that topic for the next time a Brewers player overreacts to a slight against him, then blames the other person for his over-reaction. You know, the same thing that children do. Instead, I’m going to focus on Grilli. The...

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First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?
Apr20

First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?

Now that Ike Davis is in the mix for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it looks like the first base position is settled, at least for the next few years. There is the possibility that Davis won’t work out. His career numbers against right-handers are strong, but he hasn’t always played up to those numbers, in part due to injuries. If he can play up to those numbers, and stay healthy, then he could pair nicely with Gaby Sanchez,...

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First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade
Apr19

First Pitch: The Fallout From the Ike Davis Trade

After an entire off-season of speculation, rumors, and being attached to every potentially available first base option on the trade market, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally traded for a first baseman. Today, in the third week of the regular season, they acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets, in exchange for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. As I mentioned in my article today, the PTBNL could be a big piece. Thornton...

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First Pitch: What Can the Pirates Expect In the Draft This Year?
Apr18

First Pitch: What Can the Pirates Expect In the Draft This Year?

The 2014 draft is obviously different for the Pittsburgh Pirates than the draft has been over the last couple decades. They have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is much lower than they are used to getting. Even in a year like 2013, when they picked ninth and 14th, we had a good idea all season of who they might take. Last year it seemed like the same 16 players were getting mentions in the top 16 spots, with only the...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow, Morales, Drew, and Tabata
Apr17

First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow, Morales, Drew, and Tabata

Here are today’s stories, along with some notes on each feature. **Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates? I looked at both players today, along with the situation where no MLB teams like them enough to offer a contract. In both cases, I think the names are more valuable than the actual players. They’d be good for the Pirates if things went wrong at certain positions, but I don’t think these...

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