What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?
Apr10

What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?

Back in 2006, Jeff Sackmann wrote an article in the Hardball Times taking a look at what should be expected from each rotation spot. His research was done because people tend to overestimate how good a pitcher should be. Sackmann studied the 2006 season to find the results for each spot in the rotation, using the following method: For the purposes of this article, it’s necessary to define exactly what a #1 starter (or #2, or #3)...

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Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?
Apr10

Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?

If you look at Jeff Locke’s numbers from the 2013 season, you won’t find much wrong on the surface. He put up a 3.52 ERA in 166.1 innings last year, with a 4.03 FIP that suggests he over-performed his season numbers a bit, but no more than Charlie Morton (3.26/3.60), Wandy Rodriguez (3.59/4.42), or Jeanmar Gomez (3.35/3.85). But the season numbers don’t tell the story with Locke. During the first half of the season,...

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An Early Look at the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation
Apr09

An Early Look at the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation

It’s way too early to be talking about the 2015 starting rotation. The 2014 season is just over a week old, and we still have a lot of questions to be answered about the rotation this year. However, the recent injury to Jameson Taillon has led to a lot of questions about how the 2015 rotation will look. Taillon was originally supposed to be in the majors by mid-season this year, and would have been part of that 2015 group. Now...

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How the Cardinals View the Pirates as Competitors
Apr08

How the Cardinals View the Pirates as Competitors

The general consensus among fans and media following the Pittsburgh Pirates is that there’s a large gap between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pirates. The Cardinals are seen as one of the best teams in the National League. They’re a team that does everything right, has very few weaknesses, and a team that will coast to winning the NL Central, along with a majority of the games against the Pirates. Meanwhile, the view on...

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Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate
Apr07

Tony Sanchez, Chris Stewart, and the Depth vs Best 25 Debate

Yesterday there were two events that took place which will raise controversy in the next week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the minor league level, Chris Stewart started his rehab work, catching five innings for the Bradenton Marauders. At the Major League level, Tony Sanchez delivered the winning hit against the St. Louis Cardinals — a two out, RBI double in the bottom of the 7th inning. It was the second game winner in the...

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Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?
Apr06

Week In Review: Who Needs to Step Up With Jameson Taillon Out?

At the start of the week, Jameson Taillon received his second opinion on his injured right elbow. After the opinion the Pirates and Taillon were quiet as the Pirates decided the next step. Today we learned that Taillon will have Tommy John surgery. Taillon was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh this year by mid-season, with the hope that he’d do his best Gerrit Cole impression and look like an ace by the end of the 2014 season....

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