Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Sep24

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about “Moneyball” is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team. The truth is that the methods the...

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The Pirates Want to Keep Burnett, and They Have the Money For It
Sep23

The Pirates Want to Keep Burnett, and They Have the Money For It

With the Pittsburgh Pirates currently in a playoff race, the upcoming off-season moves take a back seat as far as priority goes. That said, the Pirates will have some interesting decisions to make this off-season. One decision is whether to keep starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. That decision won’t be completely up to the Pirates. Over the weekend it was reported that Burnett is 50/50 on retiring after the season. If he does...

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Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds
Sep22

Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds

For the first couple innings of Saturday night’s game, it looked as though the Cincinnati Reds had properly shifted the momentum of their win Friday into the next day’s game. Brandon Phillips scored on a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first, and Zack Cozart homered leading off the second for a two-run lead at the expense of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. “That’s kind of the only pitch that I ran back the middle. He put a good...

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Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’
Sep21

Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’

Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter’s box leading off the bottom of the eighth inning last night, as the Pirates led the Reds 5-2. On a 2-2 pitch, reliever Sam LeCure ran a fastball inside and hit McCutchen on the shoulder. LeCure was warned by home plate umpire Mark Carlson, and manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout to argue the issue of intent on LeCure’s behalf to hit McCutchen. “I don’t understand a...

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