• A Behind the Numbers Look at Jameson Taillon’s 2012 Season

    Jameson Taillon was promoted to Altoona today. On July 25th, Jameson Taillon took the mound on the road in St. Lucie. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings. It was an unimpressive stat line, which has been an alarming trend for the top pitching prospect this season....

  • Pirates Hoping Extra Side Helps McDonald Get Back on Track

    Photo by Mark Olson The second half of the 2012 season has been a struggle for James McDonald. The right-hander went into the All-Star break with an impressive 2.37 ERA over 17 starts. He whiffed 100 batters over 110.0 innings while holding opposing hitters to just a.196 average and a 0.97 WHIP....

  • First Pitch: Garrett Jones Has Earned a 2013 Roster Spot and a Raise

    Heading in to the 2012 season, if you would have asked me to guess whether Garrett Jones would have returned to the Pirates in 2013, I probably would have said no. The first baseman is making $2.25 M this year, and because arbitration heavily favors home runs, he could very easily double...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jake Westbrook

    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...

  • Me, Dallas, Dave, and Corned Beef

    With the Pirates picking Dallas McPherson up off of waivers yesterday, I was reminded of a chance encounter I had with Dave Littlefield back in 2003.  It was the spring of 2003, perhaps late May or early June, and the computer guy at my "day job" and I went to Smallman Street Deli...

  • First Pitch: Is The Trade Deadline Overrated?

    With the recent slump by the Pittsburgh Pirates, there have been a few claims that the Pirates should have made a big trade at the deadline. The Pirates did make a big move that most people liked when they added Wandy Rodriguez, rather than going with in-house options like Jeff Locke or...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Blanton

    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...

  • The Batting Title is Andrew McCutchen’s to Lose

    Andrew McCutchen is currently in the lead for the batting title in the National League, and his .359 average leads the majors. The biggest threat to his league leading average this year has been Melky Cabrera, who currently has a .346 average. But today it was announced by Major League Baseball that...

  • The Break-Even Point of Erik Bedard

    It was quite a surprise when the Pirates signed Erik Bedard before the Winter Meetings last December.  Bedard was a "name player" that had some pedigree to him, but his recent seasons had been injury-plagued.  That was the majority of the reason that the Pirates were able to swoop in and get...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Clayton Kershaw

    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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