Jonathan Sanchez Will Open the Season as the Fourth Starter

Today was the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Early this morning Sanchez and his agent met in Clint Hurdle’s office with Hurdle and Neal Huntington. The Pirates decided to add Sanchez to the roster, giving him the fourth spot in the rotation. “We’ve had some very good competition this Spring. All four guys have thrown the ball well at times, some better...

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First Pitch: Decision Day For Jonathan Sanchez

Today is the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez wants to be a starter, and the Pirates have to either add him to the active roster, or grant him his release. Coincidentally, he’s also scheduled to start today. With the current makeup of the team, there should be no reason why he isn’t added to the team. The Pirates have three guys with guaranteed rotation spots:...

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Major League Roster Predictions With One Week Remaining in Camp

The Pirates made three cuts this morning, trimming the active roster down to 37 players. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the moves, and the position battles at the bottom of the tracker have been updated. However, I wanted to take a closer look at each battle with a week remaining in camp. Below I break down each position battle, with all of the contenders included — even guys I have listed in red on the...

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Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth, after Locke gave up a walk and a double to lead off the inning. Locke got a groundout for the first out, but the Pirates called on Irwin to get out of the jam....

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First Pitch: Those Lefties Are All the Same Frustrating Pitcher

Let’s take a look at four numbers tonight: 4.1 5.0 5.8 6.0 What are those numbers, you ask? They’re the career BB/9 ratios of the four left-handers who threw in today’s Spring Training game. In order, they go Tony Watson (4.1), Jonathan Sanchez (5.0), Justin Wilson (5.8), and Andrew Oliver (6.0). The numbers come with a disclaimer that not all of the pitchers have the same innings totals. Watson’s walk rate has...

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