First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
Oct30

The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop
Oct30

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

In my opinion, shortstop is the hardest position to fill at the major league level. That’s probably not just my opinion. There’s a reason why teams don’t trade young shortstop talent. There’s a reason why guys like Yuniesky Betancourt get starting jobs in the majors. Shortstop is the hardest position to defend, requiring the most athleticism. Catcher might be tied, but catching requires skills completely...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base

The most notable thing about Neil Walker’s season might end up being the fact that he went 0-for-19 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a poor finish to a decent season for Walker as the starting second baseman. This is the third full season that Walker has been the starter at second, and he has emerged as an average to slightly above average option. The hometown player put up a 2.7 WAR, which tied with two...

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Pirates/Cardinals Game Two Lineups — Mercer Replaces Barmes
Oct04

Pirates/Cardinals Game Two Lineups — Mercer Replaces Barmes

Only one change in the lineups for either team today, and that’s Jordy Mercer replacing Clint Barmes at shortstop and batting eighth. Thoughts below: Pirates 1. Starling Marte, LF 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Justin Morneau, 1B 5. Marlon Byrd, RF 6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B 7. Russell Martin, C 8. Jordy Mercer, SS 9. Gerrit Cole, SP Cardinals 1. Matt Carpenter, 2B 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 4. Matt...

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