Buyers or Sellers: Can the Pirates Be Both?

With the win over the Houston Astros last night, paired with a Milwaukee Brewers loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh Pirates took sole possession of second place in the NL Central, sitting 1.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pirates hold a 45-41 record, with seven games coming up against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, two of the worst teams in the National League this year.  There is a very strong chance...

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Chris Leroux Up, Brad Lincoln Down

After making a somewhat successful spot start yesterday, Brad Lincoln has been sent down to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chris Leroux has been recalled.  I talked about Leroux in this morning’s Daily Player Profile, and how he’s basically a new pitcher, with a new arm slot and an effective slider.  It should be interesting to see how the new approach translates to the...

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Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double header. The loss prevented the Pirates from moving three games above the .500 mark. Pittsburgh and Washington traded runs early on. In the second Jayson Werth walked...

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Brad Lincoln Up, Tim Wood Down

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up starting pitcher Brad Lincoln for game two of tonight’s double header, and to make room on the 25-man roster they have optioned right hander Tim Wood to AAA Indianapolis.  The move was expected, as the Pirates needed a spot starter for game two of tonight’s double header. Lincoln has a 4.14 ERA in 82.2 innings this year at the AAA level.  He got off to a bad start, with a 7.17 ERA in...

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Updated Projections: d’Arnaud, Presley, Lincoln

In the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual, I released my 2011 projections for players on the Pirates 40-man roster. I also ran projections for non-roster minor league players who received an invite to spring training. Thus, preseason projections were available for each of the players expected to join the major league team over the next week; Chase d’Arnaud, Alex Presley and Brad Lincoln. Those projections are now almost half a season out...

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