Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds
Apr14

Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a tough week, getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend to drop to 2-4. That also saw a drop in their playoff odds across the board. At this point in the season, the playoff projections are going to be extremely volatile. A big week will see a big jump in the projected standings, while a bad week will see a big drop. As an example of how small sample sizes can dominate early season analysis,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll
Mar31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll

USA Today has released┬átheir 2014 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries and the salary for Travis Ishikawa ($1 M). That is always the final thing needed for┬áthe 2014 40-man payroll page. I’ve updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of just under $75 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes: **The payroll...

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Taking a Look at the Current Market For Ike Davis
Jan20

Taking a Look at the Current Market For Ike Davis

On the surface, it appears that the Milwaukee Brewers might be moving on from Ike Davis. In the last week the Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay, with the latter signing taking place today. Reynolds has crushed left-handers in his career, while Overbay has done a decent job against right-handers (although not so much during his time in Pittsburgh). The fact that the Brewers have signed two first basemen doesn’t...

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First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series
Oct23

First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series

What Would the Rays Do? If you’ve read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by “long enough”, I mean “for at least a week”. The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They’ve found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the biggest spending division in baseball, while also removing the word “window” from their vocabulary....

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Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory
Oct02

Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory

Clint Hurdle has mentioned in the past that there are certain “three-out sequences” that alone can determine the course a game takes. If there was one such sequence that played heavily into the Pirates’ 6-2 victory in Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card game, it came in the fourth inning. The Pirates scored two runs that inning, but the impact of the inning came when no Pirate had a bat in his hand....

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