• First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Keep Andrew Lambo in Altoona

    Andrew Lambo should be in Indianapolis starting over Brett Carroll and Felix Pie. Photo Credit: David Hague. At the start of the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of options in the outfield. They had to make some difficult cuts at the end of Spring Training, cutting the hot hitting...

  • First Pitch: The Common, Yet Wrong Way to Manage a Bullpen

    There is no reason why Mark Melancon should be handcuffed to the eighth inning. Photo by: David Hague After today's game, Clint Hurdle announced that he would only be using Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon when the team is ahead. Hurdle didn't use either reliever in the ninth inning, instead turning to...

  • First Pitch: The Road to Contending Goes Through Milwaukee

    For the past two years I've had the same thought about the Milwaukee Brewers and what they say about the Pirates' chances. The thought is always "if the Pirates can beat the Brewers, they'll show they are legit this year". Last year the Pirates went 4-11 against Milwaukee, including a 1-8 record...

  • First Pitch: Hanrahan a Recent Example of Why You Sell High on Relievers

    Joel Hanrahan has been removed as the Red Sox closer. Back when the Joel Hanrahan trade happened, there were a lot of complaints that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't get enough in return and should have held on to Hanrahan until the trade deadline to get a better return. Today, after a rough...

  • First Pitch: A Look at the Short-Term and Long-Term Pitching Moves

    I was asked this morning on Twitter how the pitching staff would look on July 1st. The recent starts by Jeff Locke, the eventual returns of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton, and the possibility of Gerrit Cole arriving mid-season make that an impossible question to answer. That's especially true when you consider...

  • First Pitch: What to do About Jonathan Sanchez in the Short-Term?

    Jonathan Sanchez has at least one more start before Francisco Liriano returns. Photo credit: David Hague Francisco Liriano had a great start on Thursday. He threw five innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jonathan Sanchez didn't have a good start on Friday. He...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Prospects Podcast

    For the last few years I've debated whether to add a podcast to the site. There are already some good podcasts out there at Bucs Dugout and Rumbunter, and I wasn't sure that I could add anything which would be different than what was already on the site. With my move to...

  • First Pitch: Thinking Back to Dylan Bundy

    I happened to be thinking about Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy this afternoon at McKechnie Field. I was watching Nick Kingham long tossing from about 300 feet, throwing from the area between the mound and home plate all the way to the wall next to the 335 sign. I think about...

  • First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth

    Jose Contreras could be a 7th inning option for the Pirates soon. If there's one thing the Pirates have been good at, it has been finding relievers. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, and even guys like Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro have come cheap for their production. Those bullpen scouting skills look like...

  • First Pitch: These Pirates Are Good, But…

    In tonight's game story, James Santelli broke down the great homestand the Pirates just had, and how impressive it was that they beat three teams who look like they'll be heading to the playoffs this year. I thought about following up on that by looking back at what I've said over the...

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