• Exploring the Arsenal – Travis Wood

    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...

  • Gerrit Cole Has Lots of Weapons, But Which One Will He Focus On?

    Gerrit Cole has a 3.00 ERA in 99 innings this year, with a 101:29 K/BB ratio. If you look at Gerrit Cole's numbers since being promoted to Double-A Altoona in June, you'd likely be disappointed from the Pittsburgh Pirates No.1 overall pick in last years draft. Heading in to his start last night, he sported...

  • The Gaby Sanchez Trade From a Marlins Perspective

    Sam Evans writes for Fish Stripes, a Miami Marlins site on the SB Nation network. Sam covers the Marlins prospects for Fish Stripes, and was kind enough to send over his thoughts on the Gaby Sanchez trade, with a look at the struggles from Sanchez this year, as well as more information...

  • First Pitch: The Pirates Had the Right Deadline Strategy

    There are a lot of extremely short-sighted opinions on the trade deadline out there today. People wanted the Pirates to make a big splash. Deal prospects away, if that's what it takes, but go for it all this year. Worry about future years when they come. This is all that matters. Small...

  • Pirates Focus on Short Term and Long Term Help at the Deadline

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to a lot of big names throughout the month of July, in their search to find help for their run at contending in 2012. Names like Chase Headley, Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and even Billy Butler were mentioned in connection with the Pirates. But when...

  • 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...

  • Brad Lincoln – Yankee Hunter

    By now you've read that the Pirates are allowing Brad Lincoln to explore the wonders of Yonge Street and Casa Loma in Toronto in exchange for giving Travis Snider the opportunity to eat at Primanti's and gape in awe at Fallingwater. My snap reaction is that I would have loved this trade...

  • First Pitch: Why I Like the Travis Snider Trade

    The Pirates acquired outfielder Travis Snider tonight for reliever Brad Lincoln. My immediate reaction was that I loved the move. Snider is a young outfielder who profiles as a left-handed power hitter. He's been hitting well this year in Triple-A, and has been solid since his call up to the majors a...

  • Victor Black Dominating With an Upper 90s Fastball and Plus Slider

    Vic Black has been dominant in his first season at the Douhle-A Level. When spring training broke camp, the Pirates decided to promote Victor Black aggressively to the Double-A level, despite just 6.2 innings in high-A. Black, Pittsburgh's first round supplemental pick in the 2009 draft, had only compiled 71.2 innings over parts of...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Justin Germano

    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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