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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Pirates DFA Russ Canzler, Add Kyle McPherson to 60-Day DL
Aug27

Pirates DFA Russ Canzler, Add Kyle McPherson to 60-Day DL

To make room for Marlon Byrd and John Buck on the 40-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Russ Canzler for assignment and have placed Kyle McPherson on the 60-day disabled list. To add McPherson to the 60-day DL they had to recall him. Canzler was added back in July from Baltimore for Tim Alderson. He’s an infielder who can hit left-handed pitching. If he clears waivers he could still be an option for the Pirates...

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Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson
Jul20

Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson

Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter. **Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters expand, although I don’t see either returning before that point if they’re just starting to throw in late-July....

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First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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