First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?
Apr11

First Pitch: What Do the Pirates Have in Their Rotation?

Earlier today I wrote an article looking at what should be expected from each spot in the rotation from a numbers standpoint. That focused on the league averages, and the ERA from each spot. As a side note, I prefer FIP and xFIP over ERA, but when you’re talking about league averages, it really doesn’t make much of a difference. Also, the goal was to look at what teams actually did last year, rather than what they’d...

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An Early Look at the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation
Apr09

An Early Look at the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation

It’s way too early to be talking about the 2015 starting rotation. The 2014 season is just over a week old, and we still have a lot of questions to be answered about the rotation this year. However, the recent injury to Jameson Taillon has led to a lot of questions about how the 2015 rotation will look. Taillon was originally supposed to be in the majors by mid-season this year, and would have been part of that 2015 group. Now...

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First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?
Apr09

First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?

Earlier today I took a look at the playoff odds for the first time this season. The Pirates were projected just outside of the second Wild Card spot, mostly due to the fact that their poor pre-season projections are still making up a bulk of the projections, despite their early season success. The Pirates are off to a 5-2 start, which really doesn’t mean much this early in the season. The pre-season projections should be making...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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First Pitch: The Death of Free Agency
Apr04

First Pitch: The Death of Free Agency

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to an extension with right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, getting control of two of his free agent years in the process. Archer becomes the 15th player during the 2014 calendar year to sign an extension that buys out control of at least one free agent year. The Pittsburgh Pirates made one of those deals, extending Starling Marte two weeks ago. There have been a lot of extensions of this nature around...

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