• Exploring the Arsenal – Yovani Gallardo

    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...

  • First Pitch: Will Cole and Taillon Make the Majors in 2013?

    The Pirates have pushed Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the end of the season. Taillon received a promotion to Double-A for his final three starts, after having an up and down year in Bradenton. Cole was sent to Indianapolis for his final start of the year, and for some playoff experience,...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Marco Estrada

    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...

  • First Pitch: Profiling the September Callups

    As Kristy Robinson reported tonight, the Pirates will call up five players tomorrow when rosters expand, including infielder Brock Holt. To serve as an introduction to some of these players (or a refresher), here is a brief summary of each player. I included Kyle McPherson in this list, even though he was...

  • Rick VandenHurk, Jeff Locke Receive Indianapolis Awards

    The Indians gave out the team awards after the game tonight: Most Valuable Player -- Rick VandenHurk.  He finishes the regular season with a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 19 starts (plus two relief appearances) for the Indians. Starting Pitcher of the Year -- Jeff Locke.  Locke went 10-5 for...

  • Matt Curry Wraps Up a Good Year With a Promotion and the AFL

    Matt Curry stepped out of Manager P.J. Forbes' office after the Curve beat Akron 6-4 on their final home game on Thursday and received hugs and high fives from his teammates. The first baseman was told that he was being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Although the move is not yet official, Curry...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Mark Rogers

    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...

  • Erasing Psychological Damage (Or Inflicting More?)

    Transport yourself one month into the future.  The Pirates will be preparing for their final series of the regular season.  And if you believe the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds Report, the Pirates will have positioned themselves to have a 1 in 4 chance of being on the precipice of the playoffs. Who...

  • First Pitch: Wild Card Race Could Be Turning in Pirates Favor This Weekend

    The Pirates had the day off on Thursday, but still benefitted in the Wild Card race. The Cardinals lost 8-1 to the Washington Nationals, bringing the Pirates to half a game back for the second spot. The Dodgers also lost, falling 2-0 to Arizona, and moving one game behind the Pirates. At...

  • Brock Holt Named Altoona MVP; Phil Irwin Altoona’s Pitcher of the Year

    The Altoona Curve announced their 2012 Team Awards today, giving out honors for the Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Fireman of the Year, and the Unsung Hero. Brock Holt took home the top award, being named the team's MVP. Holt was promoted to Indianapolis earlier this month, and in that...

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