Game 6 Recap: Correia Sharp as Bucs Best Birds

This club is 4-2 and needs just 78 more wins to a season above .500. Early returns on Kevin Correia are beyond my expectations. The Pirates starter and winner on Opening Day made his second outstanding start of the year. Correia limited St. Louis to five hits and two walks in seven shutout innings to run his record to 2-0 and drop his ERA to 1.38. If there is a concern it is the lack of production. The Pirates collected five extra...

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Game 5 Recap: Cards Scratch Out One Run Win

There will be better days for Pedro Alvarez. There will be – and already have been in his short career – stellar days. This was not one of them. Alvarez whiffed three times and hit into a double play as the Pirates offense came up a run short. Everything started out well. Lyle Overbay launched his first homer as a Pirate in the first inning with Jose Tabata aboard. James McDonald allowed no hits through three innings. But...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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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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