• 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....

  • First Pitch: Jeff Locke and the Defense of FIP

    I'm a big Louis CK fan. I've mentioned this at times on the site, or on Twitter, and especially on Facebook. Although I don't really make my Facebook page public, so you'll just have to trust me on that one. I think I've grown to like Louis CK even more in the...

  • First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

    A question I get a lot these days is "why isn't Stetson Allie in your top 20?" The answer is that we don't update the top 20 until after the MLB draft. The rankings that we display on the Prospect Watch each night are the pre-season rankings. There have been a few...

  • First Pitch: The Altoona Four – Where Are They Now?

    Jeff Locke was one of the four pitchers known as The Altoona Four. In 2010 the Altoona Curve had a group of pitchers that went on to be called "The Altoona Four" out of convenience. I say convenience because the group led Altoona to an Eastern League title in 2010, but they...

  • First Pitch: Should Jose Tabata Be the Everyday Right Fielder?

    Jose Tabata has been better against right-handers than Travis Snider so far. Photo Credit: David Hague So far this season the Pittsburgh Pirates have been using Travis Snider most of the time against right-handers. However, when a lefty is on the mound, Snider is on the bench. On the season Snider has...

  • First Pitch: I Miss the Astros, But Not the Reminder They Bring

    It's weird seeing things from the other side. About six years ago the Pirates were exactly where the Houston Astros are right now. They were in complete rebuild mode, trying to build up a depleted farm system, and looking horrible in the majors. There's no hope in the short-term, and it may...

  • First Pitch: Thursday Thoughts on Liriano, Martin, Wilson, Milwaukee, Sanchez

    Thursday is podcast recording day. Today it was also "Go see Luis Heredia at Pirate City" day (article coming tomorrow), and "Ten Articles Will Go Up on the Site Today" day, and "Your friends want to go to trivia at 9 PM and the Pirates are already destroying the Brewers so you...

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