• Exploring the Arsenal – Kyle Kendrick

    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...

  • First Pitch: Everything That is Wrong With the Closer Position

    There was a big situation in tonight's game that pretty much summed up all of my feelings about what is wrong with the closer's role. The Pirates had a comfortable 8-4 lead in the seventh inning. Then Jared Hughes and Tony Watson combined to give up three runs while recording zero outs,...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Raul Valdes

    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...

  • Hurdle: The Mentality is Different This Year

    Clint Hurdle is only in his second season as the Pirates Manager, but he's already got his club believing. "I’ve tried to encourage," Hurdle said. "I’ve tried to get these young men to believe in something they can't see. To know it can be pretty cool when you get a group of...

  • Surveying the National League – Part 2 of 2

    Checking out the strengths and weaknesses of the NL playoff contenders.

  • First Pitch: Marte Needs Consistency Before A Promotion

    I got a lot of questions tonight about when Starling Marte should get the call. The questions probably came because the center fielder went 2-for-5 with a home run, a day after going 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. And based on the questions, a big factor here is the poor...

  • With Guidance From Veterans, McDonald Evolving into Ace

    James McDonald - Photo by Mark Olson After James McDonald tossed his first career complete game his last trip to the mound on Thursday at PNC Park, he explained what was the biggest key for him in his impressive 2012 season. The reason? Guidance from veterans Rod Barajas and A.J. Burnett. "Those...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Vance Worley

    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...

  • First Pitch: Mega Pitching Prospect Day

    Today is probably the best possible lineup of pitchers in the minor league system you could possibly see in one day. Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Luis Heredia are all expected to start, with other top prospects like Rudy Owens and Zack Dodson scheduled to throw. Cole, Taillon, and Heredia are the...

  • Bryan Morris Finally Gets the Call to the Majors, Though Only For a Short Stay

    PITTSBURGH, PA -- When Bryan Morris arrived to the field in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon, the right-hander went about his normal pregame activities. That was until Triple-A trainer Bryan Housand told him to go to the Manager's office. " sat me down and he just looked at me and said, ‘Are...

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