Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Sep24

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about “Moneyball” is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team. The truth is that the methods the...

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A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key
Sep24

A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a wild finish to tonight’s game. It started in the eighth inning when Mark Melancon came on to protect a one run lead. Melancon gave up a run on two hits for his third straight blown save. He got out of the inning with a 1-1 tie, sending it to the ninth inning. That’s when Starling Marte came up huge with a solo home run to left field, bailing Melancon out and putting the Pirates back on top with...

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A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer
Sep19

A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer

The playoff race brings out strange emotions. One of those emotions is the tendency to magnify a bad outing into something more than just a bad outing. It’s normal to forget the good performances and remember the bad performances. But when it comes to late September in a close playoff race, those bad performances get elevated into something more than just one bad outing. Last night the reaction I received on Twitter was...

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Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2
Sep18

Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2

For an inning, it seemed the ship would be righted. Andrew McCutchen hit a 93 mph get-me-over fastball in a 3-0 count off San Diego starter Tyson Ross and Charlie Morton worked eight innings of one-run baseball as he delivered the ball directly to Mark Melancon to pitch the ninth. The Pirates, they of the 74-2 record when leading after eight innings, found a loss added to that mark when the Padres scored two runs in the ninth off...

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Liriano Flirts with History, Pirates Win 3-2
Sep15

Liriano Flirts with History, Pirates Win 3-2

Francisco Liriano made it seem like, for the first time since 1965, the Chicago Cubs would go without a hit. But after six innings of no-hit baseball, Liriano had thrown 99 pitches and a foregone conclusion it was that he would be unable to finish the game. In the top of the seventh, Hurdle sent Liriano back to the mound after Liriano said he was “good to go”. Eight pitches and three batters later, Liriano allowed a...

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