Starling Marte Has Been Ready And Waiting

The Starling Marte era is about to begin for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which means that many more of you will be getting to see what I have been lucky enough to be watching all season: an outstanding player who can be a star for many years. In the field, Marte can cover just about anything.  He began the season playing mostly center field, but with the arrival of Jose Tabata, Marte has played more left field, and even a few games in...

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Exploring the Arsenal – Ryan Dempster

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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The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

Taking a look at what the Pirates gave up in the Wandy Rodriguez trade

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Exploring the Arsenal – Paul Maholm

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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Jose Tabata Struggling in Triple-A Since Demotion

The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted Jose Tabata to Triple-A in early July in order to reignite his game and to get him back on track. The organization got to a point during the season that they had enough of Tabata’s miscues in the field and struggles at the plate that they decided to send him to Indianapolis to get consistent reps, at-bats and games played. Tabata, who back in 2010 hit for a .299 clip in his first season in...

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Pirates Considering Spot Starters in the Month of August

With a tough stretch coming up for Pittsburgh in the month of August, the Pirates are considering several options in order to keep their starting staff fresh. After an off day on August 2nd, they will play 20 straight games without a day off. Nine of those 20 games are on the road, finishing with three games on the West Coast. Both General Manager Neal Huntington and Skipper Clint Hurdle said that they are considering on using several...

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