• 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...

  • First Pitch: Wandy Rodriguez Will Most Likely Land the Pirates a Draft Pick

    Wandy Rodriguez will likely land a draft pick for the Pirates in 2014. Photo Credit: David Hague When the Wandy Rodriguez trade first went down, I wasn't a big fan of the deal. Rodriguez had been struggling with the Astros in the two months leading up to the trade, and had seen...

  • First Pitch: Taking the Jordy Mercer Approach With Tony Sanchez

    Tony Sanchez has a .918 OPS in Indianapolis. The one thing we can take away from the Jordy Mercer situation is that the Pirates plan to have him as the primary shortstop in 2014, or at least the top candidate for the job. We hope that's the situation. Otherwise it really makes...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Find Some Way to Beat Milwaukee

    The Pirates couldn't beat the Brewers with A.J. Burnett taking on the struggling Marco Estrada. Photo Credit: David Hague Today there were 12 articles and updates that went up on the site. That should give you plenty to read. Or at least that's the excuse I'm using to go with some thoughts...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Should…But the Pirates Will…

    There is no reason to have John McDonald on the roster. Photo Credit: David Hague I was talking with David Todd on Twitter earlier today, discussing the potential Jordy Mercer move. Yesterday on the Bucs Dugout podcast, David talked about what the Pirates will eventually do, and noted that he would rather...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Have an Easy Decision to Make With Jordy Mercer

    The decision on Jordy Mercer when Neil Walker returns is an easy one to make. Photo Credit: David Hague After Jordy Mercer's first home run today, Greg Brown said the Pirates will have a difficult decision coming up, deciding what to do with the infielder. After the second homer, Brown said the...

  • First Pitch: Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Could be the New Moneyball

    I've talked about platoons a lot this week, first questioning whether Travis Snider should be in a platoon, then pointing out all of the different platoon candidates the Pirates have. In the process I noticed that the platoon at first base is working. Like, really well. Take a look at the numbers...

  • First Pitch: Thoughts on Curry, the Draft, Pimentel Hitting 98, and Liriano

    Thursday has become podcast day on the site. For the last three weeks I've gotten together with Tom Bragg and James Santelli to record the Pirates section of the podcast, and for the last two weeks I've also recorded sections of the show with John Eshleman and John Dreker. It's a lot...

  • First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem. The team has four spots on the field which could require a platoon, due to the fact that they have so many players who can't hit left-handers. The obvious player is Garrett Jones, who is established as a platoon player at this point. In his career,...

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