• Kingham’s Recent Success a Result of Increased Confidence

    In order to succeed in baseball, confidence is key. Whether you go through a rough stretch or a hot streak, belief in yourself when on the mound is huge. Right-handed prospect Nick Kingham said that confidence is the result of what has allowed him to post just a 1.50 ERA over his...

  • Zack Von Rosenberg Still Dealing With Fastball Inconsistency

    Von Rosenberg has struggled as of late, after a strong July. Instead of heading to the minors after spring training ended, the Pirates organization decided to keep Zack Von Rosenberg in extended Spring Training to focus on two things: keeping the ball down and repeating his delivery. The right-hander worked hard and...

  • Pirates Notebook: First Inning Runs off Bucs Unfortunate Trend

      Photo by Mark Olson The Pittsburgh Pirates first inning woes continued on Wednesday after James McDonald allowed San Diego to plate three runs in the opening frame. The first inning struggle has been somewhat of a trend for the Bucs as of late. In each of the opening frames against the Padres over...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Andrew Werner

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs . Wednesday, 6:35 PM – Andrew Werner No PITCHf/x Data Available table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;}...

  • Pirates using Grilli, Hanrahan poorly

    The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Tuesday night when Chase Headley launched a two-run, 10th inning home run. In the bottom of the eighth, with the Bucs trailing 4-3 and facing one last chance to tie the game, Clint Hurdle sent Chad Qualls to the mound. Qualls entered...

  • First Pitch: Free Bryan Morris

    Yesterday I wondered why the Pirates didn't seem to trust their prospects. Rather than giving a start to one of Kyle McPherson or Justin Wilson, the Pirates went with Kevin Correia, who had pitched the day before. Today the Pirates sent down McPherson and Wilson in order to activate Chad Qualls and...

  • First Pitch: Why Don’t the Pirates Trust Their Prospects?

    Ever since Neal Huntington and company took over prior to the 2008 season, they have gone with a plan I agree with. Build the farm system up through the draft, trades, international market, and any other method of adding young talent. Use that talent to put together a young team that can...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jason Marquis

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Alvarez Showing Good Signs After Lengthy Session With Hurdle

    A 162 game season is a lengthy one. Staying consistent throughout the entire year is tough. There's hot streaks and slumps, and Pedro Alvarez has recently been on the downside of things. But after a lengthy session with Manager Clint Hurdle, who also served as a hitting coach with the Texas Rangers...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Edinson Volquez

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

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