First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem. The team has four spots on the field which could require a platoon, due to the fact that they have so many players who can’t hit left-handers. The obvious player is Garrett Jones, who is established as a platoon player at this point. In his career, Jones has an .851 OPS against right-handers, and a .590 OPS against left-handers. The Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez last year, aimed at...

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What To Do With Jordy Mercer When Neil Walker Returns?

Neil Walker is starting a rehab assignment with the Altoona Curve on Thursday, and could be in line to rejoin the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. Walker being out has created an opportunity for Jordy Mercer to get some playing time in the majors. So far, Mercer is 3-for-15 with a double and a home run in that time. Mercer also had a .333/.404/.448 line in 109 plate appearances in Triple-A before coming up, with an impressive 11%...

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First Pitch: Should Travis Snider Be Starting Against Left-Handers?

It’s a question I get often: Why isn’t Travis Snider starting against left-handers? Sometimes it’s straight up. Sometimes it’s wondering if he’s really done enough to establish a trend in the majors. Sometimes it’s just complaining that Brandon Inge is in the lineup. Snider is off to a good start this year. After tonight’s game he has a .288/.366/.397 line on the year. Coming in to the night...

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Neil Walker Starts Rehab Thursday in Altoona, Could Join Pirates Over Weekend

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Altoona. Walker will play two games in Altoona, according to 93.7 The Fan’s Dan Zangrilli, starting with Thursday night’s game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6:30 p.m. ET. Walker could be back on the Pirates’ roster as early as Sunday in New York, per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He injured his right...

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Pirates Pregame: Mercer’s Role and Hurdle on Strasburg

Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win. Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The...

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