Game 1 Recap: McCutchen and Walker Power Pirates to Win

If there is one trend the Pittsburgh Pirates have had over the years, it’s that they haven’t capitalized when the opposing pitcher is on the ropes.  Today, with the Chicago Cubs leading 2-0, and Ryan Dempster struggling in the fifth inning, that wasn’t the case. Ryan Doumit started off the inning with a single, and moved to second when Garrett Jones grounded out to third.  Ronny Cedeno fought back from a 1-2 count to...

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Historical Context For The Big Four

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark....

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Two Years Ago and One Year Ago Today

Looking through the site archives, I noticed two noteworthy items that happened on this date in the last two years: -Two years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Nate McLouth.  At the time, McLouth was coming off a 2008 season where he hit for a .276/.356/.497 line, with 26 homers and 23 stolen bases.  He was one of three extensions signed that off-season, joining Paul Maholm and Ryan Doumit. As we know,...

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Piratefest 2011 – Backstage Blogger Q&A (2 of 2)

Click here to read part one. As the 7 p.m. General Public Q&A was starting to wind down, I made my way to side of the stage to meet up with Media Relations Coordinator Matt Nordby of the Pirates.  He was gathering the “nerd herd” of bloggers and online media to meet with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player backstage.  Present at the backstage event were myself, Charlie and Vlad from Bucs Dugout, Matt...

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How Can the Pirates Improve Internally?

Any time a move is made during the off-season, the same question gets brought up: how does this improve the team for the following season?  The entire off-season is full of this sort of analysis of the following year, usually consisting of a comparison between the team from the end of the previous season, and the projected roster for the beginning of the next season.  In this analysis, there is one flaw that I notice: the idea that...

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