First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep29

First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

There’s one thing I’ve been saying in a lot of different articles over the past few days, and it remained true today: the Pirates have a lot of players who are getting hot at the right time. The playoffs are set up in a way where, once you’re in, you can win it all. Anyone can win a one game Wild Card matchup. Anyone can win a best of five or a best of seven series. It’s not as much about talent in these cases....

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Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?
Sep25

Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?

Today Francisco Liriano struggled on the road against the Chicago Cubs. That’s not a new thing. Liriano has been much better at home this year than he has on the road. Prior to today’s game he had a 1.47 ERA at home, and a 4.15 ERA on the road. The FIP numbers are a little closer, with a 2.50 FIP at home, and a 3.29 FIP on the road. This afternoon Liriano had 90 pitches through five innings. That was even after a short...

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Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Sep24

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about “Moneyball” is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team. The truth is that the methods the...

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Reds Stun Pirates in 6-5 Comeback Victory
Sep21

Reds Stun Pirates in 6-5 Comeback Victory

It’s difficult to put into words what happened at PNC Park Friday night. Long story short, the Pirates held a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth inning and lost 6-5 after 10 innings. With two outs in the top of the ninth and a man on second base, Jordy Mercer fielded a ground ball off the bat of Todd Frazier. Mercer fielded low, and threw it into the stands which gave Ryan Ludwick two bases to advance home and make the score 5-3....

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