Pirates option Lincoln, DFA Donnelly

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned starting pitcher Brad Lincoln to AAA after today’s start, and have designated Brendan Donnelly for assignment.  Lincoln was called up in the middle of June, but struggled in his debut.  Lincoln posted a 6.29 ERA in 44.1 innings heading in to today’s outing, with an 18:12 K/BB ratio.  Four of his eight starts prior to today were quality starts, although three of those were the three runs...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Half-Season in Review

For two years in a row, I’ve opened the season with a list of things to watch for during the upcoming season.  Both years I’ve numbered the list according to the consecutive losing streak, and the year the Pirates were currently on.  Last year at the All-Star break, I reviewed the list mid-season, and to continue with the tradition (or I guess to make a tradition out of it), here is the mid-season update from my...

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A quick look at Brad Lincoln’s pitch location

Unfortunately, due to real life responsibilities, I have been unable to watch either of Brad Lincoln’s past two starts. However, I wanted to share a quick nugget of Pitch f/x data that I noticed this morning. Click here to see a pitch location comparison between Lincoln’s start last night and his June 30th start in which he threw seven shutout innings.

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Brad Lincoln's First Four Starts

What is it about Brad Lincoln and his first four starts at a level? In 2009 he opened the season in AA, posting a 4.26 ERA, a 7.6 K/9, and a 2.7 K/BB ratio in his first four starts. That’s not bad, but nowhere near as good as his performance after the first four starts.  Lincoln put up a 1.61 ERA, a 7.9 K/9, and a 4.1 K/BB ratio in his final 56 innings at the AA level, seeing a huge improvement in his control. After being...

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Not Worried About Alvarez, Lincoln Yet

The big thing every Pirates’ fan has been looking forward to for the 2010 season has been the debuts of top prospect Pedro Alvarez, and top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln.  So far, those debuts have been a bit of a disappointment.  Alvarez is currently hitting for a .114/.158/.171 line in his first 35 at-bats, while Lincoln has a 6.00 ERA, and an 8:8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings of work. Pirates fans may have been spoiled...

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