Andrew McCutchen Calls On Old Coach For Home Run Derby

PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen was playing High School in Fort Meade, Florida, he used to joke around with his coach that one day he would be in the Home Run Derby. Little did he know that it would come true in just his fourth season in the big leagues. McCutchen texted his coach, John Sprandlin, to deliver him the news yesterday and ask an even bigger question. “He told me congratulations,” McCutchen said....

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Pirates Have an Easy Second Half Schedule, But Reds Have It Easier

Buster Olney, who at the start of the year said the Pittsburgh Pirates had the most difficult April schedule, released his second half rankings for the National League contenders. Many have noted the easy schedule the Pirates will face in the second half. Their first 19 games after the All-Star break are against teams who are currently under .500. Olney ranked the Pirates with the second easiest schedule. He noted that they have 26...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Tim Lincecum

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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn....

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Exploring the Arsenal – Ryan Vogelsong

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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn....

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Andrew McCutchen Putting Up MVP Numbers

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In front of our very own eyes, Pittsburgh fans are seeing an All-Star develop into a superstar. Andrew McCutchen can do it all. He showcased his unbelievable talent against the San Francisco Giants on Friday picking up three hits and driving in a pair of runs. “He very well could be,” Manager Clint Hurdle said on whether McCutchen is becoming a superstar. “I think we just need to give him time...

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Alen Hanson Leads Baseball America’s Hot Sheet With Sano Comparison

Baseball America has released their weekly hot sheet, and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Alen Hanson is number one this week. Hanson hit for a .324/.343/.735 line in 34 at-bats with four homers over the last week to get to the top spot. The writeup on Hanson made an interesting note on Miguel Sano. Sano was signed in 2009, the same year that Hanson was signed. The article points out that Hanson received less fanfare and money....

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