All posts tagged "Matt Capps"

  • Analysis
    The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

    Pirates GM Neal Huntington signing autographs at Petco Park. A little under a year ago, things weren’t...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: September 3

    We have five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that can be considered the best of the worst. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a walk-off win from the 1978 season. Matt Capps (1980) Reliever for the Pirates from 2005 until 2009. He was a seventh...

  • Analysis
    One Year Ago: January Bullpen Additions

    A year ago this week the Pirates signed Dotel. In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn't have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and...

  • Analysis
    Where Are They Now: 2004 Hickory Crawdads

    In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of...

  • Analysis
    What is the market value for Matt Capps?

    In the wake of the Matt Capps release, I thought I would take a stab at what his market value should be for the 2010 season. The following is Capps’ yearly Wins Above Replacement (WAR), according to FanGraphs. Year WAR 2006 0.4 2007 1.6 2008 1 2009 -0.4 Yearly Average 0.65 Capps...

  • Analysis
    Pirates non-tender Capps

    In a surprising move, the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps last night, allowing him to become a free agent. Neal Huntington explained his reasoning, stating that he felt the money saved could be used to replace Capps. I’m not sure that’s accurate, but one quote from Huntington stuck out to me: If you're...

  • Analysis
    Matt Capps and his 2009 struggles

    Matt Capps has decided that the best way to bounce back in 2010 is to throw more fastballs. I've tried a lot of different pitches this year, the slider, the change ... I've had a sinker, too, that runs in on right-handers. But when I'm just myself out there, I'm letting her...

  • Analysis
    Sanchez' 6 Hits Paces Offensive Outburst

    Freddy Sanchez had six hits in six trips to the plate, knocked in three and scored four times to pace a season high 18 hit attack. Andy LaRoche and Jason Jaramillo each had three hits. Andy LaRoche drove in two runs and Nate McLouth contributed the go ahead RBI with a two...

  • Analysis
    Rockies Rally in 9th off Capps

    I feel for Paul Maholm. He tossed shutout baseball for seven innings and then watched the bullpen struggle. Maholm allowed just five hits and whiffed four. The Pirates offense struggled against Jorge De La Rosa. He allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings to go along with 10 Ks. The...

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    Weeks Homer in the 9th Puts Brewers on Top

    The Pirates bullpen faltered in the worst possible way. The bullpen blew a lead of two runs in the 8th only to watch the offense put one on the board in the bottom half. But that skinny margin heading into the 9th wasn't enough as Matt Capps allowed a three run homer to...

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