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    Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 2

    This is the second segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1, which introduced the study and previewed catchers and first basemen, is available here. We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick...

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    Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 1

    Yesterday's outsiders edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable sparked a passionate discussion. The comments section was filled with arguments from a variety of viewpoints that all brought up valid issues with our NL Central rankings. Lacking, though, was a concrete, objective system to assess the product on the field. First-hand scouting and background...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #15

    On Monday, you read what our regulars had to say. Now, you get to hear from the enemy: Enjoy the contrasting opinions that these big timers provide, and feel free to rip each other apart in the comments. Nothing like a good division rivalry, eh? EDIT:  Since this seems to be a...

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    New Fad: Blogger Profiles

    I can't fathom doing another Retrosheet project on 2006 right now, and I think between "Climbing Out of the Canyon" and the roundtables, 2007 has been thoroughly previewed. I could take a look a Pirates' history, but that's Randy's forte, not mine. I'd take a day off (you'd like that, wouldn't you?)...

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    We're Born Again, There's New Grass on the Field

    It's snowing. A whiteout. The roads are covered, schools are canceled. The weatherman just said we're going to have four inches of accumulation. In two days, though, all that won't matter. Our thoughts will be filled with sunshine, the crack of the bat, the smack of the ball hitting leather. On Thursday,...

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    Lineup Analysis, Part 3: Adam Picks Up the Pieces?

    The aggregation of Part 1 and Part 2: 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...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #14

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dejan Kovacevic recently held a question and answer session with Jim Tracy. Here's a snippet of that exchange: Q: Can the Pirates contend in the Central Division this year? A: You know what? Who knows? I don't like getting involved in predictions, so I won't. But I will say...

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    Slugging Sanchez: Lineup Analysis – Part 2

    A continuation of 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...

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    Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 5

    The Cubs are the last squad left in my 2007 preview of the NL Central. 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 (Part 4) was a different story; they got better...

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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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