All posts tagged "Pittsburgh Pirates News"

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    Exploring the Arsenal – Bud Norris

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

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    GIF: Drew Sutton

    Drew Sutton reacts as his game-winning home run clears the center field fence. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below....

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    GIF: Lincoln shuts it down; McCutchen knows you’re impressed

    On Wednesday night, the Pirates were in danger of blowing an 8-2 lead. With things getting out of hand in the seventh inning, Brad Lincoln entered the game. Three runs had already scored in the inning, the Pirates led by just a run and there were still two runners on base with...

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    GIF: The Pirates throw baseballs

    The Pirates had a rough bottom of the first inning in Philadelphia on Monday. The struggles included several throwing miscues. A few "highlights." ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month....

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    Garrett Jones’ lack of patience

    Garrett JonesGarrett Jones dug his left cleat into the fresh dirt scattered around Busch Stadium’s home plate and tapped the end of his bat on the ground. He lifted his head, stared without expression toward the pitcher’s mound and took a casual practice swing. Cardinals’ pitcher Jake Westbrook, oblivious of Jones, focused...

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    The Pirates are swinging at everything

    The graphic below indicates the location (from the catcher’s point of view) of every pitch the Pirates swung at in last night’s game against the Orioles. The strike zone is an estimate for a six-foot tall right-handed batter, using Mike Fast’s formula. By my count, there are something like 17 pitches here...

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    Lincoln Gaining Confidence on the Mound

    Right-hander Brad Lincoln has been solid out of the 'pen - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander Brad Lincoln has looked dramatically different on the bump in 2012 then the version Pittsburgh saw last season. Lincoln made 12 appearances (eight starts) with the Pirates in 2011, where he bounced back...

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    Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

    Jordy Mercer PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt...

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    Expectations Should Be Fluid

    Many times in life, what we expect to happen does not come close to what actually happens.  We have to adjust our plans accordingly and move on, whether it is a positive change or a negative one.  The same should be true with expectations as they relate to the Pirates. Expectation #1...

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    Jared Hughes Thriving in Reliever Role

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Jared Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, making 11 starts before being turned into a reliever. He has since thrived in the reliever role. Hughes went on to make 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis where he posted a 2.11 ERA, before getting a September callup with...

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