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    Bopping Bay: Lineup Analyis – Part 1

    More Retrosheet stuff. This time, I looked at the number of times the lead-off batter got on in each game and tried to determine what effect, if any, that had on the production from the third and fourth batters. For the purposes of this study, I defined “getting on base” as reaching...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #13

    Question #1: How many games should Ryan Doumit play in 2007? With Paulino, LaRoche and Nady as starters, would the Pirates be better off trading Doumit to fill other needs? Alan from Bucco Wire: Ryan Doumit should play in any as many games as he can. His bat should see every game...

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    Statistical Analysis: Nasty Nate Leading Off

    Time and time again, we’ve come to the same conclusion about the 2007 Pirates: They’ll go as far as the top of the order carries them. We’re not worried about Sanchez, LaRoche and Bay. We’re confident that our starting rotation can at least achieve mediocrity. We lost our closer, but our bullpen...

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    Leading Off

    Tim Dierkes at RotoAuthority takes a look at the NL Central’s lead-off hitters.  Here’s what he has to say about the Pirates: Duffy had one good month out of three last year (September).  If he can hit enough to remain the everyday CF and lead-off man, we could be looking at 90...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #12

    Question #1: How many appearances should Salomon Torres make in 2007? Should he only be used as a closer? Matt from Wait ‘Til Next Year: The Pirates need to make sure that Salomon Torres stays among the league leaders in appearances in 2007. There are two reasons for this. First of all,...

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    Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 4

    Finally we come to the first improved team in the NL Central as I continue to preview the 2007 division. St. Louis (Part 1), Houston (Part 2) and Cincinnati (Part 3) failed to impress me–it seems as if an overachieving Pirates squad could hang with those teams. Milwaukee, however, is a different...

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    Give Them The Darn Ball (Or Vamoose! Chacon)

    I was going to write Part 4 of “Climbing Out of the Canyon” tonight, but then I found an article (with a little help from a Keith Law ESPN Insider chat transcript) that I had to relate to the Pirates. Had to. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote “Modest Proposal:...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 4

    Among the reasons the Pirates were horrible in the mid-80s, poor trades made in an effort to build the 1979 team isn’t one of them. Previous posts looked at the moves that brought Bert Blyleven, John Milner and Mike Easler to the Steel City. Both of those trades were good ones. Up...

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    Tracy's Tendencies (Wilson, Sacrificial Lamb)

    I stumbled on this post at Chronicles of the Lads, a Los Angeles Angeles blog, while perusing the work of Tom Tango (a sabermetrician associated with the Marcels projections). Tom talked in mathspeak before coming to the conclusion that “All-in-all, it’s likely that the Angels’ bunting was a wash.” I thought to...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #11

    Question #1: True or false: The Pirates are putting too much stock in their top four starting pitchers. Wilbur T. Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: True. The bullpen figures to be deep but not outstanding, especially with Gonzalez gone. The hitting still figures to be below average. It’ll have to be the...

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