• First Pitch: Who Should the Pirates Consider For an Extension?

    Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported tonight that Scott Boras would be open to a long-term deal involving Pedro Alvarez and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the article, Biertempfel quoted Frank Coonelly and Scott Boras, who both said they'd be open to the discussions. That doesn't mean much, since discussions are far from...

  • First Pitch: Thoughts on the Bullpen, Mercer, Taillon, Cole, and the Reds

    Thursday is podcast recording day, which means I spent most of my time today writing articles for the site, recording tomorrow's show, and editing that show. Therefore, rather than a formal article, we're going to do a Thursday thoughts article again. **Put me down as someone who isn't concerned with the bullpen...

  • First Pitch: Are Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke a Product of a Successful System?

    Last night I finished my article about Jeanmar Gomez with a thought -- should there be a debate between Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke for the final rotation spot when Charlie Morton returns? On one side you've got Locke, who has a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings, but has a 4.30 xFIP....

  • First Pitch: Jeanmar Gomez is the New Kevin Correia

    I'm what you call a cord cutter. I don't have cable or DirecTV. A few years ago I discovered that all of the shows I watch were either on Netflix, or on Hulu Plus the next day. And since I never watched shows the night they aired, the "next day" part of...

  • First Pitch: The Not-So-Great Jordy Mercer Compromise

    Jordy Mercer is getting playing time, but he should be getting most of Brandon Inge's playing time as well. Photo Credit: David Hague About two weeks ago the biggest topic surrounding Pirates baseball was the fate of Jordy Mercer. Some argued that he should have remained in the majors, with John McDonald...

  • First Pitch: Who Pirates Draft and Who Fans Want, Might Not Be The Same

    Since taking over the draft coverage on the site this year, I have learned one thing that is pretty clear. Unless you're picking at the top of the draft class, there is nothing close to a consensus. That is especially true with the Pittsburgh Pirates two first round picks this year. There...

  • First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

    Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager's office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt. Neal Huntington became Trader Neal to get a lot of young players in his early years. No, that's not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates'...

  • First Pitch: Runs Tough to Come By in Burnett Starts

    A.J. Burnett has pitched like a staff ace so far in 2013 but does not have the record to show for it. The Pirates scored three or fewer runs in seven of A.J. Burnett's 10 starts prior to Friday. Photo Credit: David Hague Granted, wins and losses are not good statistics to...

  • First Pitch: This Year is Different Because of the Depth

    Jeanmar Gomez represents the biggest strength of the 2013 Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague) After recording the podcast today, I was talking with James and Tom about depth. We were specifically talking about the Dodgers, and how despite their mega payroll, they don't really have a good team. They've had a lot...

  • First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Make Any Trades This Year?

    Earlier this week Jon Morosi of Fox Sports wrote that the Pirates needed to add some depth at the trade deadline, especially for their over-worked bullpen. It's probably too early to talk about deadline strategies, since the deadline is over two months away, and most trades don't start happening until late June....

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