First Pitch: The RISP Problems For the Pirates Are a Fluke
Aug14

First Pitch: The RISP Problems For the Pirates Are a Fluke

Two nights ago I wrote about how the Pirates aren’t perfect, but they are legit contenders. The main flaw with the team this year has been the offense, and one of the problems has been their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. As I also mentioned in that article, RISP numbers are not something you should build analysis on, as explained in¬†this article by Matt Snyder. But let’s entertain this idea for a...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?
Aug13

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the “best 25″ in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn’t always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel...

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Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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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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Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series
Jul08

Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series

There are a lot of people you could blame for the Pirates losing Sunday: Brandon Inge for going 0-for-4 and fouling up an easy double play turn Garrett Jones for going 0-for-5, leaving four runners on base and making hiccups at first base Russell Martin for going 0-for-3 and committing his season’s first error in the 11th Manager Clint Hurdle for letting the game slip away without using All-Star Jason Grilli or five infielders...

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