Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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Which Free Agents Could Get Draft Compensation?

One thing the Pittsburgh Pirates rarely see is draft pick compensation for their departing free agents.  For the most part, the Pirates never really have free agents that depart after the season.  They usually trade those players around the deadline for a guaranteed return, rather than holding on to the players in hopes of future draft picks, which is never a guarantee.  I’ve talked about the draft pick compensation system in...

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Game 107 Recap: Lee Pops Two Homers in Loss

The Pirates tried a couple of new things and at least one old thing. No thing worked as the offense sputtered behind a decent outing from Paul Maholm. The new things included two new bats in the lineup – Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick. The old was Andrew McCutchen hitting leadoff. The result was just three runs, all coming on homers from Lee. Maholm struggled with his control early on. He walked two (and stranded both) in the...

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Pirates Should Be Shopping Paul Maholm

Yesterday, before a lot of the trades started coming through, I took a look at how the market was shaping up, noting that it was looking like a seller’s market.  That opinion didn’t change yesterday, especially with starting pitchers. Ubaldo Jimenez was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Cleveland Indians.  Jimenez had a big year last year, but has struggled a bit this year, including a drop in velocity which is...

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Game 102 Recap: Braves Win 2-1 in Ten

What has been somewhat of a fairy tale season has all the makings of a tragic ending should the Pirates remain unable to score runs. This isn’t 1968, but it seems like it whenever the Pirates take the field. The most recent pitcher to channel Bob Gibson was Jair Jurrjens. He allowed a single run and six hits in seven innings. As it stands now, the Pirates have scored just once in the past 26 innings and are averaging less than...

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