Pirates Notebook: Who Makes In-Game Hitting Adjustments?

Let’s get right to the stat of the day for the 2013 Pirates: 93 runs scored in first five innings (0.34 per inning) 103 runs scored from the 6th-9th inning on (0.49 per inning) I don’t know whether this difference shows a team that makes good offensive adjustments as the game goes on or if it’s just random variance. Either way, the difference is a big reason for the Pirates’ 15 comeback wins (3rd in MLB behind...

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Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Every year it seems like there’s one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don’t recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a historically bad offense this time of the year last year). In the last few days there have been a few articles that have gone up...

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First Pitch: Are Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke a Product of a Successful System?

Last night I finished my article about Jeanmar Gomez with a thought — should there be a debate between Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Locke for the final rotation spot when Charlie Morton returns? On one side you’ve got Locke, who has a 2.45 ERA in 58.2 innings, but has a 4.30 xFIP. Locke is due for a regression mostly due to a low BABIP (.224) and a high strand rate (84.1%). The league averages are usually .290-.300 and 70%. On...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Working on Historic Run of Run Prevention

One moment in particular struck me about the Pirates’ 5-4 win in Milwaukee on Sunday. If Wandy Rodriguez had been able to retire Norichika Aoki or Jean Segura or Ryan Braun in the 5th inning, the Bucs would have exited Miller Park having given up only five total runs in the three-game series. You can play the “if, and, but” game all day long, certainly, and the Brewers have a very good top of the lineup for a reason....

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First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager’s office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt. No, that’s not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates’ minor-league system in shambles despite six straight Top-11 picks, but at least a couple of those prospects worked out. Three productive players in the Pittsburgh lineup were all amateurs picked up by Littlefield: Andrew...

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