First Pitch: Who Are the Best Reclamation Starting Pitchers For the 2015 Season?
Oct24

First Pitch: Who Are the Best Reclamation Starting Pitchers For the 2015 Season?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten a lot of value on the pitching market. They added A.J. Burnett for two years, Francisco Liriano for two years, Edinson Volquez for a year, Vance Worley for the 2014 season plus four more years of control, and several other relievers for small costs. The combined cost for Burnett, Liriano, Volquez, and Worley was just under $30 M. The four pitchers combined for 164 starts with...

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2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation
Oct23

2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation

The results from the 2013 season gave some hope for the 2014 rotation. At the end of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had three top of the rotation guys in Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and A.J. Burnett. During the off-season, they didn’t bring back Burnett, and instead went for Edinson Volquez. As a result, there was a lot of fan backlash to the set of moves, with Pirates fans wanting Burnett back, and...

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Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?
Oct01

Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Edinson Volquez for $5 M last year, there were no predictions that he would be pitching in the NL Wild Card Game this October. Instead, the predictions were more along the lines of “When will the Pirates replace Volquez in the rotation?” and “There is no way they return to the playoffs.” And yet, here we are on October 1st, and Edinson Volquez is pitching in the biggest game...

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Edinson Volquez Officially Announced as the Wild Card Game Starter
Sep29

Edinson Volquez Officially Announced as the Wild Card Game Starter

Last night I wrote about how Edinson Volquez had been listed on the Pirates.com page as the starter for the Wild Card game, which went along with a lot of speculation to say that Volquez would be the guy getting the ball. Today, the Pirates have made it official that Volquez is the starter. https://twitter.com/Pirates/status/516602650520199169 I gave my thoughts on the subject in last night’s article. In short: I’d rather...

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First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game
Sep29

First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game

When I first started this site, I was 26 years old. The first year I ran the site, I was driving 45 minutes back and forth from Lynchburg every night. The second year on the site, I finished the season with a driving tour that took me from Charlottesville, VA to Richmond, Bowie, State College, Williamsport, Altoona, West Virginia, and back to Charlottesville, all in the span of two weeks. I don’t consider my currentĀ age of 31 to...

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