• 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...

  • If the Pirates Need a Pitcher From Indianapolis Tomorrow…

    Today's 19 inning game was easily the best win of the year for the Pirates. But the aftermath could lead to some roster shuffling tomorrow, especially with tomorrow's starter, Wandy Rodriguez, going two innings to finish the game. If the Pirates need a starter, they would have to go to Indianapolis to...

  • First Pitch: The Other Side of Team Friendly Extensions

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two outfielders to extensions in the last year. It was exactly one year ago today that the Pirates extended Jose Tabata to a six year, $15 M deal with three option years that could bring the deal to nine years and $37.25 M. Coincidentally, Tabata will join...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jaime Garcia

    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...

  • Jose Tabata to Join Club in St. Louis

    Jose Tabata is heading to join the Pirates in St. Louis according to a source. The outfielder has hit for a .297 clip with Triple-A Indianapolis since being demoted in early July. No word on the corresponding roster move yet. Both Starling Marte (right oblique strain) and Jordy Mercer (right wrist) were...

  • Should Pirates Promote Chris Leroux to be the Long Man?

    After Erik Bedard was pulled from the game on Saturday having pitched just 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, a question was raised -- who will pitch from the bullpen for length? The Pirates optioned Jeff Locke to Triple-A on Thursday, who made two appearances in his stay in the Majors in...

  • Tabata is Hitting For Average, But Not Hitting the Ball Well

    Where has Tabata's power gone? Outfielder Jose Tabata has appeared in 40 games since being optioned to AAA Indianapolis.  What has he been doing at the plate?  Has he been doing well enough to be brought back up to Pittsburgh? When Tabata first joined the Indians in July, he was clearly not...

  • First Pitch: Can Jordy Mercer Be a Starting Shortstop?

    Tonight I saw two different opinions on the upside of Jordy Mercer. First, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Mercer could be an "OK utility player" when asked about Mercer's upside. Then, in Kristy Robinson's notebook, Clint Hurdle said that he feels Mercer could eventually be a starting shortstop. I lean...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Lance Lynn

    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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