• Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

    It's Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It's a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

    We've already touched on the platoons of Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider/Jose Tabata in the previews of the infield and outfield, so for today's preview of the bench players the focus will be on Michael McKenry, John McDonald and Josh Harrison. Michael McKenry will be the backup catcher again this year....

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bullpen

    There's a debate this year about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates have a quality bullpen. Some argue that the bullpen is very talented, with a lot of hard throwers who have put up quality ratios throughout their careers. Others point out the question marks. They believe in the "Proven Closer" theory, which discounts...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

    It should be an interesting season for the Pirates outfield. At one position you have a perennial All-Star entering the prime of his career with the weight of a fan base on his shoulders. At another position you have a raw talent entering his first full major league season and a potential revolving door...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Minor League Lineups

    I've been piecing together the minor league starting rotations, as well as the starting lineups. I've confirmed the rotations and the lineups with people in the Pirates' front office. There are still some things that could change, specifically in this case with Clint Robinson being claimed. For the most part things are...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Minor League Rotations

    I've been piecing together the minor league starting rotations, as well as the starting lineups. I've confirmed the rotations and the lineups with people in the Pirates' front office. There are still some things that could change, but for the most part things are set. Below are the rotations, and the lineups...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Starting Rotation

    The Pirates starting rotation shaped up to be a battle for one spot, but Jeff Karstens started having shoulder problems. Karstens appears likely on his way to a spot on the disabled list to start the season, which opened up another place in the rotation. A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

    With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these...

  • Analyzing the Opening Day Roster

    The Opening Day roster is all but set. The Pirates cut nine players this morning, leaving 26 active players in camp. The only question mark remaining is whether Brandon Inge will start the season on the disabled list, which would put Josh Harrison on the bench. At this point it looks likely...

  • 2012 GCL Pirates Season Preview

    Stetson Allie will convert to a position player this year in the GCL. The GCL Pirates are very much about projection this year. The team is made up of a lot of international players making the jump to the US, and a lot of young draft picks. On the pitching side, the...

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