One Year Ago: January Bullpen Additions

In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn’t have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek were the only bullpen options that were locks to make the team, and they weren’t viewed as strong late inning relievers at this time last year.  The Pirates said they would...

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What Do the Pirates Have in Their 2011 Rotation?

Yesterday I looked at the average production around the majors from each spot in the rotation.  To recap, the numbers from each spot: League Average #1: 3.10 ERA #2: 3.61 ERA #3: 4.15 ERA #4: 4.62 ERA #5: 5.69 ERA Average of the Top 15 Rotations #1: 2.84 ERA #2: 3.31 ERA #3: 3.73 ERA #4: 4.20 ERA #5: 5.41 ERA Average of the Bottom 15 Rotations #1: 3.37 ERA #2: 3.91 ERA #3: 4.56 ERA #4: 5.03 ERA #5: 5.97 ERA Range for Each Spot #1:...

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Should the Pirates start spending this offseason? – Part Two

In August, I considered whether the Pirates starting lineup could be significantly improved through free agency this upcoming offseason. I completed that post by promising a part two. Well, that was more than two months ago, but a promise is a promise.

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Dodgers Trade Octavio Dotel to the Rockies

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Octavio Dotel to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later.  While that news doesn’t really have any impact on the Pittsburgh Pirates, it provides a perfect opportunity to take a look at what might have been one of Neal Huntington’s best trades so far. The Dodgers acquired Dotel from the Pirates at the trade deadline in exchange for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo....

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Pirates sign Taillon, Allie

It is frustrating being a Pirates fan. Most nights conclude with a disgusted shut-down of the television, followed by nightmares of mental and physical errors. Loss after loss piles onto your shoulders. But for one night, it felt good to be a Pirates fan.

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