This is the 4th and final article in a series of articles examining how small payroll teams have found success in recent years. The goal is to try and determine what methods were successful in an attempt for the Pirates to emulate them.
This is the second in a series of 5 articles that will try to get Pirate fans inside the organizations of the Pirates’ NL Central opponents. Next up are the Chicago Cubs, easily the most interesting club in the NL Central. They are the sleeping giant in the NL Central, because frankly there is no excuse for them not to be winning this division every year.
The Washington Nationals placed Adam Dunn on waivers today, which may sound like big news if you’re unfamiliar with the waiver system in August. If you are familiar with the August waivers, you know that this is something that isn’t uncommon. Almost every player gets placed on waivers in August, as the August waiver period is fully revocable. The Pirates, for example, could place Garrett Jones, Andrew McCutchen, and...
Wouldn’t it have been great if the Pirates had gone undeafeated for the month of July and gotten back in the pennant race? Wouldn’t it be great if monopoly money was real? Wouldn’t it be great if cars ran on water?
John Kruk said it best on Baseball Tonight: The Pirates seem to get beat by giving up five runs here and five runs there. Why not just give up a bunch of runs in one inning? And that’s exactly what they did.