First Pitch: Is the “Proven Closer” Era Over?
Aug10

First Pitch: Is the “Proven Closer” Era Over?

This morning Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider wrote an article about how the closer myth is dying. Petriello pointed out that a lot of top teams this year have gone the cheap route with their closers. Atlanta and Los Angeles are using closers brought up through the farm system. Boston, Detroit, and Oakland are using free agent relievers who weren’t signed as closers, although Boston definitely tried to add “Proven...

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First Pitch: Putting Neal Huntington’s Amazing Off-Season in Perspective

There was a lot of talk today about the big off-season moves the Pittsburgh Pirates made. Most of that discussion probably stemmed from a question by David Todd on Twitter, asking people to rank the big three off-season additions. It was only after David asked this that I got a few similar questions. I’m not going to discuss tonight my feelings on who was the better addition out of Mark Melancon (for 4 years), Francisco Liriano...

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Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4
Aug08

Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4

Tuesday, they trailed 3-0. Wednesday, they trailed 2-0. Thursday, they trailed 4-0. No problem, no problem and no problem for baseball’s best team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Miami Marlins grabbed the series’ largest lead in the finale, but the Pirates used timely hitting and five shutout relief innings to complete their 28th comeback win and a PNC Park-record 9th walkoff victory.¬†Thursday afternoon’s pinch-hit hero...

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Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory
Aug07

Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory

Charlie Morton is the ground ball. The ground ball, Charlie. Morton played grounders for seven innings of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The Pirates starter faced 25 Marlins batters, saw 20 of his pitches put into play and 15 ground balls to produce a quality start. He even contributed one of the Bucs’ four RBI in a victory that put them three games ahead in the National League Central. When batters have put...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before
Aug06

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Have Seen These Fish Before

An interesting twist to the Pirates’ three-game weekday home series against the Miami Marlins is that they not only faced the Fish a week and a half ago, the two teams are using the same three starting pitchers they sent to the mound in Miami. The hitters see the same sequence of pitchers: righties Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins; LHP Jeff Locke, RHP Charlie Morton and RHP Gerrit Cole for the...

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