• First Pitch: What Would The Rays Do?

    For me, the model franchise for small market teams is the Tampa Bay Rays. That's probably the case for a lot of other people, and for good reason. The Rays broke out in 2008, winning 97 games and the competitive AL East. Four teams in that division won 86 or more games,...

  • 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...

  • First Pitch: Erik Bedard, Kevin Correia, and Trusting Advanced Metrics

    Erik Bedard had a strong start to the 2012 season. Then he went down with an injury in early May and hasn't been the same since. Was it a result of the injury? Only Bedard can really say for sure, and he's saying he's healthy. After tonight's start, Bedard has a 4.80...

  • 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,"...

  • 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...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Barry Zito

    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: Do the Pirates Have Depth in Their Farm System?

    Baseball America released their mid-season top 50 prospects today, which featured four Pirates Prospects. The bonus content suggested that the Pirates could have eight top 100 prospects next year (or seven if you assume that Starling Marte loses his eligibility in the second half of this year). Heading in to the year,...

  • Potential July/Deadline Strategy for the Pirates

    Here we sit the day after America celebrates its independence from poor dental hygiene and thinking that Benny Hill is funny, with the Pirates in 1st place with a 45-36 record (2nd best in the National League).  Whether you think the Pirates are "contenders" or not, the fact is that they are...

  • Yamaico Navarro Arrested for DUI

    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that infielder Yamaico Navarro was arrested for drinking and driving on Wednesday night while in Indianapolis. The Pirates had a joint statement from Indianapolis Indians  General Manager Cal Burleson  and Pirates GM Neal Huntington on the issue. “The Indianapolis Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates regret that Yamaico Navarro was arrested for driving...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Bud Norris

    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...

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