How Can Justin Wilson Get Back to the Successful 2013 Version?
Sep14

How Can Justin Wilson Get Back to the Successful 2013 Version?

In 2013, Justin Wilson looked like he was on his way to becoming a dominant left-handed relief pitcher for years to come. The solid performance of the Pirates’ bullpen in 2013 was one of the biggest reasons for their 94-win season. Wilson played a big role in it, posting a 2.03 ERA to go along with 59 strikeouts in 73.1 innings of work. But the 2014 bullpen hasn’t been as dominant, and neither has Wilson. His ERA has grown to 4.31...

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Jeff Locke Struggles With Fastball Command
Sep14

Jeff Locke Struggles With Fastball Command

In most ways, Jeff Locke is just like almost any other major league pitcher: If his fastball command is off, than he has to find a way to compensate. And when he has to compensate, he’s likely to pay the price. Today, Locke paid the price. No, he didn’t struggle tremendously. Despite constantly missing his fastball to the glove side, Locke was able to fight his way through 5.1 innings, walking three and surrendering six hits and three...

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Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way
Sep13

Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way

The Pirates weren’t crushing the ball in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Despite opposing starter Tsuyoshi Wada leaving his high 80s fastball over the plate several times, the Pirates didn’t bash numerous extra base hits. Yet, with a single here, a blooper there, and a few extra base hits mixed in, the Pirates put seven runs and 14 hits on the board, winning the game 7-3. It wasn’t anything spectacular; not an offensive showcase to...

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John Holdzkom Quickly Earns Clint Hurdle’s Trust in the Late Innings
Sep12

John Holdzkom Quickly Earns Clint Hurdle’s Trust in the Late Innings

It’s no coincidence that Clint Hurdle has put tremendous faith in John Holdzkom after only pitching 27.2 innings in the Pirates’ minor leagues. Hurdle trusts the reports he gets from the Indianapolis Indians’ manager, Dean Treanor, and pitching coach, Tom Filer, and their word was enough for Hurdle to throw Holdzkom quickly into the mix. “Going in, I was looking for things from Holdzkom based on the reports I’ve gotten from Dean and...

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The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff
Sep11

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often, and in so many different ways, that it...

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Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting
Sep05

Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting

The Pittsburgh Pirates are about to take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, opening a series where they hope to turn things around and capitalize on the recent slide by Milwaukee and the .500 play by Atlanta. While you wait for the opening game of the series, here are some interesting links to check out. **J.J. Cooper wrote an amazing article at Baseball America about how John Holdzkom went from indy ball to the big leagues. Cooper...

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