First Pitch: Maybe the Pirates Pitching Staff Won’t Regress
Jul04

First Pitch: Maybe the Pirates Pitching Staff Won’t Regress

We’ve talked a lot this year about regression. Jeff Locke is a regression candidate. Jeanmar Gomez is a regression candidate. The entire Pirates’ pitching staff has combined to lead the league in BABIP, and it’s not close. You could say the same for strand rates, although the Braves and Royals are close behind them. Every time the topic of regression comes up, it is met with “Maybe (insert player here) is the...

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First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?
Jul03

First Pitch: What Does a Starter Do Between Starts?

Today the Pirates called up Brandon Cumpton to make a spot start, due to the fact that Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke both threw on Sunday. There was some discussion on the site today about the decision, with questions as to why Gomez and Locke couldn’t throw. The end result of all of this is that Locke was moved back a day, Gomez will go to the bullpen for the short-term, and Cumpton made his start instead of Gomez. So it’s...

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First Pitch: The Short and Long Term Impact of Wandy Rodriguez’s Injury
Jul02

First Pitch: The Short and Long Term Impact of Wandy Rodriguez’s Injury

Wandy Rodriguez has received a few setbacks in the past week. He had some tightness in his forearm, and was shut down. Today he received Platelet Rich Plasma injections, which will put him out for three weeks. Even when he starts back up, you’re looking at a few weeks of rehab starts, which means the Pirates might not see him until the middle of August. I wanted to take a look at the short-term and long-term impacts that these...

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First Pitch: This Year Actually is Different, For Real This Time, Seriously
Jul01

First Pitch: This Year Actually is Different, For Real This Time, Seriously

It’s time for the annual “The Pirates are for real this year” post. Two years ago the Pirates were in first place in mid-July. They were “contending” up until the end of July. Then they suffered a collapse and finished with a losing record. Last year the team was contending and in first place in mid-July. Then they suffered a bigger collapse and finished with a losing record. In short, no matter how good...

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First Pitch: The 2013 Draft Could Have the Most Upside
Jun30

First Pitch: The 2013 Draft Could Have the Most Upside

The evaluation of a draft can change over time. You first evaluate a draft at its completion, or after all of the players have signed. That evaluation is based entirely off potential, since obviously you don’t have any results to go off of. As time passes, you start adding results. Potential still plays a role in the early years, but the further away from the draft you get, the less it becomes about potential and the more it...

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First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working
Jun29

First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working

I’ve never been a fan of the new draft rules. I liked the old system where teams could spend whatever they wanted. I think if teams are allowed to spend whatever they want in free agency, then they should be able to spend whatever they want in the draft. I also never bought in to the fear that the Yankees and Red Sox could someday decide to pour all of their resources in the draft and out-spend the Pirates. The draft isn’t...

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