Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately
Aug23

Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by their starting pitching all year. The reason the starting pitching has been able to carry the team all year has been due to depth, with the assist going to the defensive shifts that have kept the numbers down for everyone. But defensive shifts can only do so much, and they can’t do anything if you don’t have a good foundation of pitching to work with. We’re getting to the...

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Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win
Aug23

Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win

SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay. The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain gave up three straight hits to start the game down 1-0, then he served Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer matching 92-mph fastballs in the 2nd that the hitters...

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First Pitch: The Five Stages of Jeff Locke Regression Grief
Aug18

First Pitch: The Five Stages of Jeff Locke Regression Grief

All season on this site we had been talking about how Jeff Locke was due for regression. The left-hander had an ERA around 3.00, and eventually that dropped as low as 2.01 on June 19th. That would have made him one of the best starters in the majors. His advanced metrics suggested a different story. Locke’s FIP bounced around a lot in the first half of the season, but from the start of June he has been consistently in the...

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Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning
Aug17

Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning

Let’s start by looking at Jeff Locke’s results after his disastrous Saturday outing of 10 hits and eight runs allowed over 2.2 innings: 1st Half of 2013 – 2.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP 2nd Half of 2013 – 4.78 ERA, 2.02 WHIP Again, those are the results via FanGraphs. Locke had good results before the All-Star break and has bad results since. Now let’s look at the process after the Pirates’ 15-5 home loss to...

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Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Stays in Rotation, But For How Long?
Aug17

Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Stays in Rotation, But For How Long?

All three times this year Gerrit Cole has pitched on at least a week of rest, he has gotten a quality start. In his nine other starts, he has only four quality starts. Small sample size, certainly. We do not yet know if Cole is a better pitcher given more rest, and he will even tell you his breaking ball did not feel as sharp Friday night against the Diamondbacks (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) when he took the mound after a full week...

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