Pirates Notebook: David Wright Talks about Adding Alvarez to Derby
Jul12

Pirates Notebook: David Wright Talks about Adding Alvarez to Derby

There was much dismay, consternation, anger, irritation, even exasperation that National League captain David Wright did not initially select Pedro Alvarez to the 2013 Home Run Derby. “Everyone got to gyrate,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Okay, gyration. Point is: Alvarez is in now. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, chosen because he leads the NL in home runs, suffered a finger injury that will keep him out of the...

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Pedro Alvarez Selected to Home Run Derby as Injury Replacement
Jul11

Pedro Alvarez Selected to Home Run Derby as Injury Replacement

Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby, chosen by National League captain David Wright in place of the injured Carlos Gonzalez. Many Pittsburgh fans were up in arms after Alvarez, tied for second in the NL with 23 homers, was not picked for the home run-hitting contest at New York’s Citi Field. Mets third baseman David Wright selected Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and childhood friend Michael...

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First Pitch: The Actual Value of Platoons
Jul11

First Pitch: The Actual Value of Platoons

Last night I wrote about how the problem with the Pirates offense this year has been that three positions in the lineup struggle against left-handed pitching. Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and the right-field duo of Travis Snider and Jose Tabata have all struggled against lefties this year. Platoons are very underrated. Or should I say the left-handed side of the platoon is underrated. Just look at a lot of the comments about Gaby...

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Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win
Jul11

Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win

The Pirates collected 12 hits, including five with runners in scoring position, to break free of an offensive slump. Meanwhile Francisco Liriano pitched seven shutout innings and recorded his fourth-straight victory in a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. That is what we call a double-barrel lead, since the Bucs were stellar on both sides Wednesday night for the first-ever franchise win over the A’s in 12 tries. The offense and...

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Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game
Jul10

Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game

The Pirates lost 2-1 Tuesday night to the Oakland Athletics to drop their fourth-straight game and third-straight series loss. This fact is significant. Over these three July series, Pittsburgh’s offense has averaged a below-average 8.4 hits and 2.9 runs per game. This fact is more significant. In the 2013 season, the offense has averaged 8.2 hits and 3.9 runs per game, both 12th in the 15-team National League. This fact is most...

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