First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis
May01

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

Follow @NateBarnes_ As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National League by scoring 3.91 runs per game during the 2013 season. The key elements to this approach are being “intelligently aggressive” at the plate, striking out less and working counts to see good pitches to hit as opposed to flailing away at what a pitcher wants to throw in a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Neil Walker
Apr29

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Neil Walker

Regression is a funny word. It has developed a negative connotation, probably because it is most often used to describe players who are over-performing their advanced metrics, and who are expected to regress down to their expected performance levels. But regression can work both ways. It can be the usual decline in numbers, but it can also talk about a potential improvement in numbers. Last year we spent a lot of time talking about...

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First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense
Apr15

First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense

I can’t say that I’m too worried about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense. I don’t think they’re going to be a top offense in the league. I’m not saying that the string of home runs hit in that Little League park in Cincinnati is legit. I’m just saying that if you look at the offense, the positions you expected to perform aren’t performing. First you’ve got Andrew McCutchen, the MVP...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates Walk Off Opening Day Win in Photos
Apr01

The Pittsburgh Pirates Walk Off Opening Day Win in Photos

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in ten innings today, getting a great performance from their pitching staff, along with a huge walk off home run from Neil Walker in the bottom of the tenth inning. Here is a photo recap of the game, with all photos taken by our photographer, David Hague. Barry Bonds presenting Andrew McCutchen with his MVP award Jim Leyland presenting Clint Hurdle with the Manager of the Year award Jack...

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First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014
Mar31

First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to focus on those two positions, all while ignoring the fact that the positives on this team far out-weigh the...

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