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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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    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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