Andy Oliver Named the International League Pitcher of the Week

Andy Oliver made two starts last week for the Indianapolis Indians, and combined to give up one earned run in 11 innings, allowing just five hits, and posting an 11:10 K/BB ratio. For the pair of starts, Oliver was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Oliver threw six shutout innings last Monday, giving up two hits, walking four, and striking out five. In his second start he gave up one run on three hits in five...

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Anthony Rizzo’s Extension is a Good Guide For Starling Marte

On Saturday I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend Starling Marte, giving a price guide for a potential deal. Last night the Chicago Cubs extended first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a seven year, $41 M deal with two option years. Coming into the season Rizzo had 0.168 years of service time. He had six years of control remaining, including 2013, and would have been a Super Two player after the 2014 season. That’s...

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Pirates Should Extend Starling Marte – And Here’s a Price Guide

I was discussing Starling Marte on Twitter this afternoon with Travis Sawchik of the Trib and Charlie of Bucs Dugout, and we got on the topic of extensions. Marte currently has less than a year of service time, and at the end of this season he will have a little over one full year. We all agreed today that Marte should be extended, perhaps as early as yesterday. But the list of offensive players who have received such extensions with...

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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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