Francisco Liriano Could Be a Difference Maker For the Pirates

Francisco Liriano will be making his Pittsburgh Pirates debut today, going up against the New York Mets. The Pirates agreed to sign Liriano over the off-season to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. Shortly after the agreement, Liriano broke his right (non-throwing) arm. That delayed the signing, and eventually resulted in a re-structured deal where Liriano would only make $1 M guaranteed this year, plus extra money depending on when he would...

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Projection Systems See Pirates Finishing Just Over .500

FanGraphs unveiled two new features Thursday, depth charts and projected standings. Supreme Overlord of FanGraphs (unofficial title) Dave Cameron explains how they work and how to use them. The key takeaway is that the standings use a combination of ZIPS and Steamer projection systems, along with the depth charts, to suss out season records for all 30 teams. One purpose we can use the projected standings for is looking at the...

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Jeanmar Gomez to Start on Sunday

Jeanmar Gomez’s start last night appears to have bought him an additional start. Michael Sanserino reports that the right-hander will also get the start on Sunday. Jeanmar Gomez will start Sunday. #Pirates — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) May 8, 2013 I went over the options to replace James McDonald yesterday, and noted that Gomez and Andy Oliver seemed to be the best bets. Gomez definitely made a strong case for himself...

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What To Do With Jordy Mercer When Neil Walker Returns?

Neil Walker is starting a rehab assignment with the Altoona Curve on Thursday, and could be in line to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. Walker being out has created an opportunity for Jordy Mercer to get some playing time in the majors. So far, Mercer is 3-for-15 with a double and a home run in that time. Mercer also had a .333/.404/.448 line in 109 plate appearances in Triple-A before coming up, with an impressive 11%...

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Who Could Take James McDonald’s Spot in the Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation after dropping Jonathan Sanchez last week. Gomez was expected to be replaced this weekend by Francisco Liriano. Today, James McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list, which put Gomez back in the rotation for the short-term. Liriano is still set to join the rotation on Saturday, but the Pirates will need a starter to replace McDonald on Sunday. Here are my thoughts on who could...

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Neil Walker Starts Rehab Thursday in Altoona, Could Join Pirates Over Weekend

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona. Walker will play two games in Altoona, according to 93.7 The Fan’s Dan Zangrilli, starting with Thursday night’s game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6:30 p.m. ET. Walker could be back on the Pirates’ roster as early as Sunday in New York, per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He injured his right...

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