• First Pitch: The Dismal Tide

    "You know, if you'd have told me 20 years ago I'd see children walking the streets of our Texas towns with green hair, bones in their noses, I just flat-out wouldn't have believed you." "Signs and wonders. But I think once you quit hearing 'sir' and 'ma'am,' the rest is soon to foller." "Oh, it's the tide. It's the dismal tide. It...

  • First Pitch: Looking Deeper at the Black Hole at the Bottom of the Lineup

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas over the off-season, looking at each player for values other than offense. So far on the season, both players have put up some horrible offensive numbers. Yet each is getting playing time. Barmes is getting playing time because of his defense. His 17.5...

  • First Pitch: The Disappointing Results Against Bad Teams

    You could call it a collapse. You could call it a regression. You could use whatever word you want. I think all Pirates fans would agree that one word fits the most: disappointing. Whether the Pirates were legitimately as good as they played through the month of July, the fact is that...

  • First Pitch: Why Do Bad Pirates Hitters Become All-Stars Elsewhere?

    The Pirates have been frustrating lately. The offense has struggled, losing a lot of close games, and failing to come up with runs in situations where at least one run should be expected. What might be even more frustrating is looking around the league and seeing former Pirates having success at the...

  • First Pitch: A Few Cases of Increased Velocity, and the More Important Skill

    Today I wrapped up the West Virginia Power 2012 season recap. The three lowest levels in the farm system are now complete, which covers a lot of the young pitchers in the system. It also covers a lot of the guys who fall under the "projectable frame" category. You might see that...

  • First Pitch: Fire Neal Huntington? Let’s Keep Perspective

    The Pirates have been playing some horrible baseball lately. Five game losing streak. Two wins in their last ten games. Going 13-25 since the start of August. Take your pick, but either way the story is the same. The team is just playing terrible baseball. Some call it collapsing. I think of...

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