First Pitch: Here is Why Projection Systems Will Be Low on the Pirates For the 2015 Season
Jan30

First Pitch: Here is Why Projection Systems Will Be Low on the Pirates For the 2015 Season

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA projections, and the results weren’t favorable for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had an 80-82 projected record, finishing third in the NL Central, behind the Cardinals and the Cubs. That projected record has actually changed today, moving to 81-81 after the Travis Snider trade (and the Pirates improving in projections after trading Snider away is a totally different subject...

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First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details
Jan14

First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details

I had a different article planned for tonight, but needed one more thing for that, so I’m pushing it to the morning after I get to Pirate City. For now, here is a thought on Charlie Morton’s value, following his bullpen session today, and an update on Radhames Liz’s contract status. **I’ve written before about how Charlie Morton is an under-rated pitcher. He gets graded on his entire career stats, which...

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Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient
Jan13

Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient

It’s rare to see a guy throw off the mound during mini camp. Usually pitchers are just getting started back up after a short break over the holidays, and only throwing off flat grounds. That wasn’t the case today with Charlie Morton. The sinkerball pitcher wanted to get out on the mound today for the first time since having surgery back in September. He threw a short bullpen session with Ray Searage, Jim Benedict, and...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field
Dec15

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP in 39.1 innings pitched. Ray Searage believes that Cole...

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