Travis Ishikawa is in the First Base Platoon…For Now
Mar25

Travis Ishikawa is in the First Base Platoon…For Now

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts, including optioning first baseman Andrew Lambo to Triple-A. That leaves Travis Ishikawa as the only first baseman on the active roster for the other half of the platoon with Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington didn’t exactly say that Ishikawa has the job when asked about the platoon today. “As we sit here today, yes, that would be the...

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Pirates Make a Lot of Cuts From Major League Camp, Including Andrew Lambo
Mar25

Pirates Make a Lot of Cuts From Major League Camp, Including Andrew Lambo

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the next round of cuts from major league camp today, cutting 11 players. The following players have been optioned to the minor leagues: Jaff Decker (Indianapolis) Jared Hughes (Indianapolis) Andrew Lambo (Indianapolis) The following non roster invitees were transferred to minor league camp: Zack Thornton Adam Wilk Chris Dickerson Jay Jackson Daniel Schlereth Robert Andino Omir Santos Michael Martinez The...

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First Pitch: Could Travis Ishikawa Actually Win the First Base Job?
Mar25

First Pitch: Could Travis Ishikawa Actually Win the First Base Job?

Earlier this evening, Jon Heyman said that Travis Ishikawa has a shot to beat out Andrew Lambo for the first base job against right-handed pitchers. Travis ishikawa is having nice spring and has good chance to beat out andrew lambo to share 1B with gaby sanchez. #pirates — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 24, 2014 This seems largely speculating based on his Spring Training numbers. Ishikawa currently has a .333/.467/.708 line in...

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Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP
Mar16

Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP

The first base position projects to be a platoon between Andrew Lambo and Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington was asked about the possibility of Sanchez being the everyday guy, and noted that Sanchez is in competition for the job against right-handed pitching. “As we’ve said from day one, Gaby is in that competition to become the regular first baseman, and to get the majority of at-bats...

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First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement
Mar13

First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement

I can’t help but draw some parallels between the current Andrew Lambo situation and the Jeff Clement experiment at first base a few years ago. In both situations you’ve got a guy learning first base in the majors. Lambo has more experience at the position than Clement, which gives him an edge, but not enough experience to make you comfortable with his defense. In each case the Pirates couldn’t play the player at his...

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