Pirates Announce Post-Season Ticket Information

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced 2012 Post-Season ticket information today. Current Pirates Season Ticket Holders will receive the first priority for Post-Season ticket availability, as well as the greatest value in post-season ticket pricing. All current full-season, half-season and 20-game plan holders will be offered a discount ranging from 16 to 30 percent over the individual post-season ticket price. Current Pirates Season Ticket...

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Gerrit Cole Leads Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet

It’s a big day for the top pitching prospects in the system. On the same day that Jameson Taillon was promoted to Altoona, Gerrit Cole ranked number one on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. Cole got the top spot for his two starts over the last week, combining for a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings, with a 15:3 K/BB ratio. Last night he struck out nine batters in six innings, which was a career high for the 2011...

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A Behind the Numbers Look at Jameson Taillon’s 2012 Season

On July 25th, Jameson Taillon took the mound on the road in St. Lucie. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. It was an unimpressive stat line, which has been an alarming trend for the top pitching prospect this season. I spoke to Bradenton Marauders pitching coach Mike Steele the day after the start, and his response was a bit surprising. “It was his best outing of the year,” Steele said of the...

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Pirates Hoping Extra Side Helps McDonald Get Back on Track

The second half of the 2012 season has been a struggle for James McDonald. The right-hander went into the All-Star break with an impressive 2.37 ERA over 17 starts. He whiffed 100 batters over 110.0 innings while holding opposing hitters to just a.196 average and a 0.97 WHIP. McDonald raised eyes when he was snubbed from the All-Star roster, and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to start the second half of the season as McDonald as the...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Jake Westbrook

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Blanton

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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