Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #14

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic recently held a question and answer session with Jim Tracy. Here’s a snippet of that exchange: Q: Can the Pirates contend in the Central Division this year? A: You know what? Who knows? I don’t like getting involved in predictions, so I won’t. But I will say this: I think we’re very capable of picking up where we left off in 2006. We’ve got some young...

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Slugging Sanchez: Lineup Analysis – Part 2

A continuation of Part 1: More Retrosheet stuff. This time, I looked at the number of times the lead-off batter got on in each game and tried to determine what effect, if any, that had on the production from the third and fourth batters. For the purposes of this study, I defined “getting on base” as reaching via a walk or hit–something easily countable in a box score. I didn’t include any times that a hitter may have reached on a...

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Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 5

The Cubs are the last squad left in my 2007 preview of the NL Central. St. Louis (Part 1), Houston (Part 2) and Cincinnati (Part 3) failed to impress me–it seems as if an overachieving Pirates squad could hang with those teams. Milwaukee (Part 4) was a different story; they got better in the off-season. And Chicago? Dusty Baker’s Cubs finished at 66-96 in 2006, 17.5 games back of the Cardinals (and one back of the Pirates). But...

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Bopping Bay: Lineup Analyis – Part 1

More Retrosheet stuff. This time, I looked at the number of times the lead-off batter got on in each game and tried to determine what effect, if any, that had on the production from the third and fourth batters. For the purposes of this study, I defined “getting on base” as reaching via a walk or hit–something easily countable in a box score. I didn’t include any times that a hitter may have reached on a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #13

Question #1: How many games should Ryan Doumit play in 2007? With Paulino, LaRoche and Nady as starters, would the Pirates be better off trading Doumit to fill other needs? Alan from Bucco Wire: Ryan Doumit should play in any as many games as he can. His bat should see every game possible at least once, meaning I’d consider a game appearance for him to include a pinch-hitting situation. His bat has the possibility to be a...

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Statistical Analysis: Nasty Nate Leading Off

Time and time again, we’ve come to the same conclusion about the 2007 Pirates: They’ll go as far as the top of the order carries them. We’re not worried about Sanchez, LaRoche and Bay. We’re confident that our starting rotation can at least achieve mediocrity. We lost our closer, but our bullpen is still a strength. It’s Duffy and Wilson that make us nervous. I decided to take a look at the 2006 Pirates...

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