The Wild Card Playoff Roster Will Have a Lot of Position Players
Sep30

The Wild Card Playoff Roster Will Have a Lot of Position Players

Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, and gave a few indications of how the playoff roster for the Wild Card round would look. The Wild Card round is only one game, but it counts as a separate round as far as the rosters go. That means you can load up on position players and/or bullpen options in the Wild Card round, then go back to a regular roster in the Division Series. The Pirates will definitely be loading up on the...

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Pirates Announce Ticket Price Increase and Tiered Pricing in 2014
Sep27

Pirates Announce Ticket Price Increase and Tiered Pricing in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t increased the price of tickets often at PNC Park since the stadium opened in 2001. It’s not like they could exactly raise prices with the losing streak going on. So it’s no surprise that the first winning season and playoff appearance gave them the opening to raise prices. In 2014, the average ticket price will go up from $17.21 to $18.32. The $17.21 figure was the third lowest in Major...

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Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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Jeff Locke Won’t Start Against the Reds
Sep24

Jeff Locke Won’t Start Against the Reds

Earlier this week I wrote about how it would be wise for the Pirates to skip Jeff Locke in the upcoming series against the Cincinnati Reds. It appears the Pirates are doing just that, per Travis Sawchik: Jeff Locke will not start vs. Reds, per Hurdle — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 24, 2013 Hurdle indicates the likely plan vs. Reds is Burnett, Morton, Cole. Does not want to push Liriano up on short rest — Travis...

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Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Sep24

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about “Moneyball” is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team. The truth is that the methods the...

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The Pirates Want to Keep Burnett, and They Have the Money For It
Sep23

The Pirates Want to Keep Burnett, and They Have the Money For It

With the Pittsburgh Pirates currently in a playoff race, the upcoming off-season moves take a back seat as far as priority goes. That said, the Pirates will have some interesting decisions to make this off-season. One decision is whether to keep starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. That decision won’t be completely up to the Pirates. Over the weekend it was reported that Burnett is 50/50 on retiring after the season. If he does...

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