First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year
Oct16

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown. Major League Baseball announced their awards schedules today. One of the first awards to come out will be the Manager of the Year awards, on November 12th....

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First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker
Oct15

First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker

One thing I’ve never understood is the desire to see extensions and free agent years bought out for every single player. I understand it when it comes to guys like Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, or Gerrit Cole, as those could be impact talents. I don’t understand the thinking for guys who just profile to be role players on the roster. Each off-season the extension wish lists begin. Whether it’s in the comments...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course
Oct11

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course

David Price will be a big name on the trade market this off-season. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, and has two years remaining. If you want the comfort of two years of an established major league pitcher, you can’t do much worse than him. The Pirates certainly could use a top pitcher like Price. But it will cost you. It will cost a lot in prospects, like starting with Gregory Polanco. Although you can trade...

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First Pitch: 2013 is Just the Beginning for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Oct10

First Pitch: 2013 is Just the Beginning for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tonight Gerrit Cole pitched Game 5 of the NLDS. He wasn’t on the Opening Day roster. He joined the team mid-season. He didn’t look like an ace until the final month of the year. Next year the Pirates have Gerrit Cole for a full season, and hopefully at the level he’s been pitching over the last season. Starling Marte had a 4.6 WAR in his first full season in the majors. Andrew McCutchen had a 3.5 WAR in his first...

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First Pitch: Pirates and Cardinals Showing They’re Evenly Matched
Oct09

First Pitch: Pirates and Cardinals Showing They’re Evenly Matched

Can you get a series more evenly matched than this one? In game one the Cardinals blew away the Pirates, winning 9-1. The Pirates responded with their own blowout in game two, winning 7-1. Game three was a little closer, with the Pirates edging out the Cardinals 5-3. Game four was another close game, this time featuring the Cardinals getting the edge and winning 2-1. When you dig into the numbers, there are some things that are...

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First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Advance to the NLCS Today
Oct07

First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Advance to the NLCS Today

Back on September 8th, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced the St. Louis Cardinals in a matchup that saw Charlie Morton go up against Michael Wacha. The results weren’t good for the Pirates. Morton went 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. It was one of the few bad starts he had in August and September combined. The Pirates were shut down by Wacha, who threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. The Cardinals...

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