Projection Systems See Pirates Finishing Just Over .500

FanGraphs unveiled two new features Thursday, depth charts and projected standings. Supreme Overlord of FanGraphs (unofficial title) Dave Cameron explains how they work and how to use them. The key takeaway is that the standings use a combination of ZIPS and Steamer projection systems, along with the depth charts, to suss out season records for all 30 teams. One purpose we can use the projected standings for is looking at the...

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Gomez Shines on Short Notice in Pirates Win

With James McDonald a last-minute scratch, it was up to Jeanmar Gomez to pitch on short notice Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners at PNC Park. Not only did Gomez pitch, but he pitched well as the Pirates beat the Mariners 4-1. Gomez allowed just two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work before handing the ball to the bullpen to finish the job — which they did. Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Jose...

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First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the Reds, took three of five against the Cardinals, and took three of four each against the Braves and Phillies. Now the team is set up for a...

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Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point. But not all early-season statistics are unreliable noise. If you’re looking in the right places, you can find stats that are indicative of a...

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Pirates Can’t Find a Way to Win in Milwaukee; Pitchers Not Doing Themselves Favors

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates were blown out in Milwaukee, thanks in large part to a lot of home runs by the Brewers. The obvious solution? Hit more home runs and beat them at their own game. Tonight the Pirates did just that. They combined for four home runs, which accounted for seven of their eight runs on the night. The only problem was Milwaukee hit three home runs, and combined for 12 runs on the evening. The Pirates took an...

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