First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression
Jul28

First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression

Last night Jeff Locke put 13 batters on base. Only one of those batters scored. Tonight Charlie Morton put 9 batters on base. Four of those batters scored. Locke was bailed out by his defense and balls being hit to the right spot. Starling Marte threw out a runner at home. With the bases loaded and one out a liner was hit directly to Gaby Sanchez who had shifted away from the first base bag. That prevented two runs from scoring, while...

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McKenry Has a Career Night at the Plate, But Also Tweaks Knee
Jul28

McKenry Has a Career Night at the Plate, But Also Tweaks Knee

The Pirates had some unlikely heroes step up in tonight’s 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins. The offense was led by Michael McKenry. That’s the same Michael McKenry who Pirates fans have wanted demoted in favor of Tony Sanchez for most of the last two months. It’s the same McKenry that had just three hits from May 30th to July 20th.¬†Tonight McKenry had four hits, which is a career high. He brought in two of the runs. In...

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First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets
Jul13

Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets

Jordy Mercer was struggling at the plate through July when he came up in the 11th inning with two runners on. The Pirates’ now-second baseman stepped in¬†4-for-31 over the month with no extra-base hits. No time like walkoff time to stop a skid in front of 39,036 fans, PNC Park’s largest crowd since Opening Day. Mercer knew that Andrew McCutchen would score from second base if his hit found outfield grass, and he grounded a...

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Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs
Jul06

Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs

Pedro Alvarez hit a home run for the Pirates, his 22nd of the year, but Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs for the Cubs, his 11th and 12th, to raise the “W” flag in Chicago 4-1. The goal for Charlie Morton is to give up as few hard-hits as possible. In his successful 2011 season, Morton had the lowest home run rate for any pitcher in the NL: 6 home runs in 172 innings. Those two home runs allowed to Soriano, widely known as...

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