Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors
Jan18

Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors

Buster Olney continued his Major League rankings, going with the best outfields in baseball(subscription required) on Sunday. He ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield as the second best in the Majors, trailing only the Florida Marlins. Olney said that the Pirates could have the best outfield in baseball next year if Gregory Polanco takes a step forward. That shouldn’t be difficult for Polanco, who had a great AAA season before...

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Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams
Jan15

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams

As was mentioned here yesterday, Buster Olney gave some very favorable rankings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, rating them near the top in baseball for their starting rotation, bullpen and lineup. I mentioned yesterday that their bench would likely rank very high once Jung Ho Kang is signed, but I missed out on the defensive side of things. Olney ranks the Pirates’ defense as the 8th best in the league, the same spot he has their...

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Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There
Jan02

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see Andrew McCutchen listed among the players with the...

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Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting
Nov13

Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting

Major League Baseball announced the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday night. Andrew McCutchen finished third behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw(winner) and Giancarlo Stanton in voting. He was looking to win back-to-back MVP awards, which was last done in the NL by Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. He was also trying to become just the second Pittsburgh Pirates player to win multiple award, following Barry...

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Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Win Silver Slugger Awards
Nov06

Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Win Silver Slugger Awards

The Silver Slugger awards are being announced tonight on MLB Network and Andrew McCutchen took home his third straight award. McCutchen hit .314/.410/.952 this season and led the National League in on base percentage and OPS. He had 38 doubles, six triples and 25 homers. Second baseman Neil Walker won his first Silver Slugger. He had a .271/.342/.467 slash line in 137 games this year. Walker had 25 doubles and set a Pirates record...

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