First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance
Jul15

Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance

All you need to take away from the Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in their final game before the All-Star Break is up in that headline. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and three runs in the 1st inning. Eric Young and David Wright knocked two fastballs for ground-ball singles, followed by Marlon Byrd mashing Cole’s slider for an RBI ground-rule double to left. Cole walked Josh Satin to load the...

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Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday
Jul13

Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday

Pirates left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke suffered lower back tightness and will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game or make his scheduled start Sunday. Locke felt back soreness in his last start and threw a bullpen session Friday. Gerrit Cole will be pushed up to start against the New York Mets on Sunday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said there have been conversations about Cole’s innings jump in 2013, but...

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Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game
Jul10

Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game

The Pirates lost 2-1 Tuesday night to the Oakland Athletics to drop their fourth-straight game and third-straight series loss. This fact is significant. Over these three July series, Pittsburgh’s offense has averaged a below-average 8.4 hits and 2.9 runs per game. This fact is more significant. In the 2013 season, the offense has averaged 8.2 hits and 3.9 runs per game, both 12th in the 15-team National League. This fact is most...

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Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby
Jul08

Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby

The Oakland Athletics start a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at PNC Park, arriving 9-0 against the Bucs and the only Major League team that is undefeated against one opponent. They swept the Pirates in their only Pittsburgh series in 2002 and also pulled off home sweeps in 2004 and 2010. This interleague series also reunites the A’s with former third baseman Brandon Inge, who hit for a .675 OPS with Oakland last...

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