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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Looking at the Trends of Andrew McCutchen Getting Hit by the Reds
Sep21

Looking at the Trends of Andrew McCutchen Getting Hit by the Reds

Last night the Cincinnati Reds hit Andrew McCutchen for the fourth time this season. This time it was Sam LeCure, and it happened in the eighth inning. After the game, Dusty Baker denied that the hit by pitch was intentional. David Manel of Bucs Dugout has the full quote here. It’s not a surprise that Baker would deny it. If it was intentional, he’d never admit that. But let’s look at some of the trends to see if...

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A.J. Burnett 50/50 on Retiring After the 2013 Season
Sep21

A.J. Burnett 50/50 on Retiring After the 2013 Season

Karen Price of the Trib reports that A.J. Burnett is 50-50 on playing baseball beyond 2013 or retiring. This is something we’ve heard all year, even during Spring Training before the season started. Burnett has said he would be open to a return to the Pirates. The only other team that has been heavily speculated has been the Baltimore Orioles, since that is Burnett’s home town. It’s hard to imagine that Burnett would...

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Five Players Who Could Help the Pirates Win the NL Central
Sep20

Five Players Who Could Help the Pirates Win the NL Central

The MLB regular season is designed for the best teams to come out ahead over a 162 game schedule. It’s hard to luck into a winning record or a playoff spot with that many games played.¬†When it comes to the playoffs, the best team doesn’t always win. Most of the time the winning team is the team that gets hot at the right time. Anything can happen in a best of five, best of seven, or a one game playoff series. For the...

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A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer
Sep19

A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer

The playoff race brings out strange emotions. One of those emotions is the tendency to magnify a bad outing into something more than just a bad outing. It’s normal to forget the good performances and remember the bad performances. But when it comes to late September in a close playoff race, those bad performances get elevated into something more than just one bad outing. Last night the reaction I received on Twitter was...

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Trades Were Never Going to Help This Streaky Offense
Sep18

Trades Were Never Going to Help This Streaky Offense

In the last two days the Pirates have been one hit and lost a 5-2 game against the San Diego Padres. That’s the same San Diego team that is 70-80 this season, and 29-47 on the road. There was a time this year where the lack of offense the last two nights would have been met with loud cries of “Trade for a bat!”, with no regard for the cost of that bat. That time was actually a few weeks ago, before the Pirates added...

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