Francisco Liriano Leaves as a Precaution With Groin Tightness
Mar20

Francisco Liriano Leaves as a Precaution With Groin Tightness

Francisco Liriano came out to the mound for the sixth inning tonight against the Orioles, after throwing five scoreless frames. Then, with two outs in the sixth inning, Liriano looked like he landed funny on his leg, leading to a trip to the mound from Russell Martin, Clint Hurdle, and a trainer. Liriano left the game, walking off with no assistance. After his outing he said that everything was fine, and that he only left as a...

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First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set
Mar17

First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set

No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time. The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his...

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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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Spring Training Notes: Liriano Focused on the Sinker; Sanchez Does it Again
Feb26

Spring Training Notes: Liriano Focused on the Sinker; Sanchez Does it Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates came back to beat the New York Yankees 6-5 today, recovering from some early game struggles by Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez. Both pitchers gave up two runs in one inning of work, although the Pirates were able to rebound late with a four run seventh inning to take the lead and their first victory of the Grapefruit League season. Liriano All About the Sinker Francisco Liriano only went one inning in...

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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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