First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position
Aug23

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez and All of the Question Marks For the First Base Position

Tonight, Tony Sanchez played his first game at first base in Indianapolis. Ryan Palencer wrote about the details behind the move. I don’t want to read too much into the move, since the main reason is probably to get Elias Diaz some time behind the plate in Triple-A. The fact that Sanchez is playing first base is interesting for a few reasons. 1. There is a designated hitter spot. He can stay in the lineup without the need for a...

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First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season
Aug17

First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have an interesting playoff race over the next month and a half. They’re currently 4.5 games back in the NL Central, and half a game back from the second Wild Card spot. So far this season, they’ve had some interesting situations develop that are impacting the playoff race, and will impact the future plans. Those include¬†the emergence of Josh Harrison, the sudden surge from Travis Snider, Pedro...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Finally Have a Productive First Base Platoon
May30

First Pitch: The Pirates Finally Have a Productive First Base Platoon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been trying to put together a successful platoon for several years now. Each time, it has failed to work. It started in 2011 with Garrett Jones. After showing that he couldn’t hit left-handers while playing full-time in 2010, the Pirates brought in Matt Diaz as a platoon partner. Diaz had strong career numbers against lefties, but was on the decline, and didn’t do his part in the platoon with...

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First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?
Apr20

First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?

Now that Ike Davis is in the mix for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it looks like the first base position is settled, at least for the next few years. There is the possibility that Davis won’t work out. His career numbers against right-handers are strong, but he hasn’t always played up to those numbers, in part due to injuries. If he can play up to those numbers, and stay healthy, then he could pair nicely with Gaby Sanchez,...

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Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers
Apr18

Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers

Over the past weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates were swept in a three game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first series loss of the season for the Pirates, and dropped them to .500. Last night the Pirates returned home to face the Brewers in a new series. This time around they won 11-2, thanks to four home runs and strong pitching from Edinson Volquez. Here is a photo recap from last night, with some thoughts on a few of the...

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