The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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Injury Notes: Gaby Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Travis Ishikawa
Mar01

Injury Notes: Gaby Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Travis Ishikawa

A few injury updates from this morning. **Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the lineup today with discomfort in his right knee and is day to day. **Phil Irwin has been experiencing some discomfort in his right elbow.  Irwin will work through a throwing program before returning to game activity. **Travis Ishikawa remains day to day due to discomfort in his right hamstring.

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Phil Irwin Healthy, Looking to Get Back to Being Philthy
Feb21

Phil Irwin Healthy, Looking to Get Back to Being Philthy

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the perfect situation for any young pitcher trying to break into the big leagues. The Pirates saw a lot of injuries, especially during the first three months of the season, leaving a lot of rotation spots up for grabs. Phil Irwin was one of those young pitchers who got an early shot at the majors, making his debut on April 14th. The debut didn’t go well, with Irwin giving up four runs in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means that...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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