Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams
Jan15

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams

As was mentioned here yesterday, Buster Olney gave some very favorable rankings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, rating them near the top in baseball for their starting rotation, bullpen and lineup. I mentioned yesterday that their bench would likely rank very high once Jung Ho Kang is signed, but I missed out on the defensive side of things. Olney ranks the Pirates’ defense as the 8th best in the league, the same spot he has their...

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Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014
Jan07

Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014

Mark Simon from ESPN found a very impressive accomplishment from Jordy Mercer during the 2014 season, as shown in his tweet below. Defender of the Day Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer did something in 2014 that rated better than every other SS … pic.twitter.com/jCzzZub59Z — Mark Simon (@msimonespn) January 7, 2015 Mercer had a 1.6 WAR on defense in 2014 according to Baseball-Reference. That is up from the 0.2 dWAR...

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2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer
Oct15

2014 Recaps: The Pirates Have Finally Found Their Shortstop in Jordy Mercer

The Pittsburgh Pirates may finally have a shortstop for the foreseeable future. The team hasn’t had a solid shortstop since they traded away Jack Wilson in 2009, with Wilson nearing the end of his career. They went with Ronny Cedeno, then defensive specialist Clint Barmes, before giving Jordy Mercer a shot in 2013. Mercer did well in his time at the position last year, but not good enough to look like more than a stopgap option...

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How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL
Sep30

How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL

During the first two months of the season, if I would have told you that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished the 2014 season with one of the best shortstop/third base combos in the NL, you would have said I was crazy. Pedro Alvarez couldn’t complete a throw to first base to save his life. Jordy Mercer was struggling offensively, finishing the month of May with a .508 OPS on the season. But everything changed in June, and...

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Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update
Sep17

Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update

Francisco Liriano gets the nod tonight against Boston, making his 27th start of the season. Liriano has pitched like an ace in the second half of the season, with a 2.22 ERA and a 2.68 xFIP. One of the big differences in Liriano’s performance in the second half has been his ability to limit the walks and command all three of his pitches. Liriano lowered his first half 4.91 BB/9 to 3.26 BB/9 in the second half. His better command has...

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