First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return
Jun24

First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return

Two weeks ago we started talking about the upcoming decision involving Gerrit Cole. Eventually the Pirates could be in a situation where they have A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Jeff Locke healthy. The key word there is “could”, because Pirates starting pitchers have been getting injured every other week it seems. If this happens, the Pirates will have a tough decision to make. The likely outcome...

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First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH
Jun23

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines of how the Pirates don’t have a...

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Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim
Jun22

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances
Jun18

Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances

This week’s odds report was delayed by one day because my laptop was driving the StruggleBus yesterday. It couldn’t boot up. But one reformatted hard drive later, Lappy and I are all good. It’s a fresh start. So let’s also use this chance as a fresh start for looking at the Pirates’ playoff odds. First, we will take a gander at the standings through June 17: National League Central St. Louis: 45-25...

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First Pitch: Why is Gerrit Cole Throwing So Many Fastballs?
Jun17

First Pitch: Why is Gerrit Cole Throwing So Many Fastballs?

In his first two starts, Gerrit Cole has gone heavy on the fastball. Really heavy. As in 80.7% of his pitches have been fastballs. Only one pitcher in all of baseball can top that amount, and that is Bartolo Colon, who is throwing 84.6% fastballs. The first thing I thought about when I saw Cole’s fastball percentages was an article I read a little over a month ago about Ross Detwiler. The article was written by Adam Berry of...

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