First Pitch: Is Going to a Live Sporting Event Better Than the Alternatives?
Sep18

First Pitch: Is Going to a Live Sporting Event Better Than the Alternatives?

I can’t say that I care at all about the A.J. Burnett tweet tonight about empty seats at PNC Park. If you missed it, here it is: Lots of empty seats. Lots! — AJ Burnett (@wudeydo34) September 18, 2013 That of course caused an uproar, which is usually what happens when you suggest that fans should be at the game when they aren’t. Of course Burnett wasn’t really saying that — he was only commenting that...

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First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Problem of One Bad Inning
Sep17

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Problem of One Bad Inning

No matter what happened with A.J. Burnett tonight, you can’t win when your offense only sends the minimum amount of batters to the plate. That said, Burnett struggled tonight in the seventh inning, continuing a trend where he has had one bad inning in almost all of his starts since early August. I talked about this after his last start, but didn’t really dig into the issue. Tonight I wanted to look at innings and pitch...

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First Pitch: The Week the Pirates Clinch the Playoffs?
Sep16

First Pitch: The Week the Pirates Clinch the Playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have 13 games remaining this year. The easiest part of their remaining schedule will take place over the next four games, with a four game homestand against the San Diego Padres. After that they finished with six of nine games against the Cincinnati Reds, with a three game road series against the Chicago Cubs sandwiched in between. Last week I wrote about how this would be a tight race, and how the Pirates could...

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First Pitch: And Now There’s No Doubt About Cole in the Playoffs
Sep15

First Pitch: And Now There’s No Doubt About Cole in the Playoffs

The last two nights I’ve been writing about the playoff rotation and how that has been shaping up. The main focus in the comments was on Gerrit Cole. I didn’t have Cole as one of my top four starters for the playoffs, putting him behind Charlie Morton and a healthy Wandy Rodriguez. Last night I wrote about the difference between the Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg and the Pirates potentially shutting down Cole....

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First Pitch: When Washington Shut Down Strasburg and How it Relates to Cole
Sep14

First Pitch: When Washington Shut Down Strasburg and How it Relates to Cole

Last night I wrote about the state of the rotation leading into the playoffs. My playoff rotation would include Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton, and Wandy Rodriguez. When I mentioned Gerrit Cole, I noted that he’s been great lately, but that my main issue with him is innings. I also said that the Pirates might want to use Cole as a reliever if they have four other starters who are capable. I thought that was...

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First Pitch: The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation
Sep13

First Pitch: The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation

For most of the season the Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by strong pitching, especially out of the starting rotation. Almost all of their starters have performed well this year, including most of the depth options that have come up to fill in for injuries. Now we’re approaching the end of the season, and the Pirates have their best starters in the mix. The Pirates are also pretty much a lock to make the playoffs. The only...

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