The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation
Oct22

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season this year in large part to their starting rotation. It wasn’t the Opening Day rotation that led to their success. It was the depth throughout the season that kept the Pirates afloat. The Pirates ended up using 12 starting pitchers, and most of those starters made an appearance in the first three months of the season. They didn’t have many pitchers who were removed from the...

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First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year
Sep27

First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm...

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Jeff Locke Won’t Start Against the Reds
Sep24

Jeff Locke Won’t Start Against the Reds

Earlier this week I wrote about how it would be wise for the Pirates to skip Jeff Locke in the upcoming series against the Cincinnati Reds. It appears the Pirates are doing just that, per Travis Sawchik: Jeff Locke will not start vs. Reds, per Hurdle — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) September 24, 2013 Hurdle indicates the likely plan vs. Reds is Burnett, Morton, Cole. Does not want to push Liriano up on short rest — Travis...

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First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over
Sep23

First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over

Jeff Locke had a bad day. The left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning to the Cincinnati Reds, putting the Pirates deep in a hole in an important game for their playoff chances. Jeff Locke has had a bad second half. Since his last start in July, Locke has a 7.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, including today’s outing. During that time he only made it 6+ innings once. He had a few decent starts, and one dominant outing against the...

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