First Pitch: Did the Pirates Dodge a Bullet at the Deadline?
Aug01

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Dodge a Bullet at the Deadline?

The Pirates, like a lot of other teams around the league, didn’t make a move at the deadline. Well, unless you count the addition of Robert Andino, which technically came during the waiver trading period (Andino wasn’t on a 40-man roster, so he could be dealt any time). After the trade deadline had passed, Neal Huntington met with the media. James Santelli has a breakdown of the quotes from Huntington. The one quote that...

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First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?
Jul31

First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?

The trade market has been slow this entire month. The market looks weak, and has looked like a seller’s market leading up to the deadline. But for a short time there it looked like the Pirates were close to a very busy day. First there was the rumor from Monday about the Pirates being top options for Brian Wilson. Then, around 1:00 we heard that Bud Norris might be on the move, and the Pirates could be a landing spot. Not long...

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First Pitch: Why Not Andrew Lambo?
Jul30

First Pitch: Why Not Andrew Lambo?

Alex Presley was promoted today to replace Michael McKenry on the active roster. In the last two days the Pirates have replaced Travis Snider and McKenry with Presley and Tony Sanchez. The addition of Presley raised some questions of why Andrew Lambo wasn’t promoted. Then Andrew Lambo hit his 27th homer of the year later in the evening, and those questions came up again. I don’t know why the Pirates decided to bring up...

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First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions
Jul29

First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions

Every year at the start of the year I get the same questions: When do you think (Insert Player) will be promoted to (Insert level that is one higher than his current level)? Of course then I get the same question over and over until that player is promoted. At which point I get the same question, only for the next level. I understand it. The only purpose of the minor leagues is developing prospects. People want to see progress, and...

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First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression
Jul28

First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression

Last night Jeff Locke put 13 batters on base. Only one of those batters scored. Tonight Charlie Morton put 9 batters on base. Four of those batters scored. Locke was bailed out by his defense and balls being hit to the right spot. Starling Marte threw out a runner at home. With the bases loaded and one out a liner was hit directly to Gaby Sanchez who had shifted away from the first base bag. That prevented two runs from scoring, while...

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First Pitch: Is the Trade Deadline Overrated?
Jul27

First Pitch: Is the Trade Deadline Overrated?

There’s one thing I’ve never understood about the trade deadline. A team contends for the majority of the season. They hold their own against other contending teams, and beat the weaker teams. You get a situation where a team has the best record in the majors on July 31st. Then everyone says they need to make a trade. As if everything they’ve done in the first four months is meaningless, and the only way they can...

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