The Unfair Treatment of UZR

Go to any Pittsburgh Pirates forum and you’ll see some variation of the following conversation: Fan #1: Ronny Cedeno is a horrible shortstop. Fan #2: According to his UZR/150, Cedeno is the ninth best defensive shortstop in the league this year. Fan #1: That just shows how wrong UZR is.  I’ve seen Cedeno, and he’s nowhere near the best defensive shortstops in the game. If you’re unfamiliar with UZR, it stands...

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Cedeno out with shoulder injury

Ronny Cedeno will likely miss this weekend’s series in Houston with a left shoulder inpingement.

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Is Chase d’Arnaud the Shortstop of the Future?

The 2009 season was a breakout year for Chase d’Arnaud, who was selected the previous season in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB draft.  After putting up a .286/.333/.423 line in 168 at-bats in State College during the 2008 season, d’Arnaud made the jump to West Virginia, where he hit for a .291/.394/.427 line in 213 at-bats, with three homers and 17 stolen bases.  The performance was enough for d’Arnaud to be...

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Pirates to call up Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to call up infielders Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement from AAA.  This is very interesting, as it indicates a potentially big trade in the works.  Langosch mentions that the move could be related to the Chris Snyder trade, as the Pirates will be acquiring Snyder once MLB approves how much money Arizona is sending to Pittsburgh in the deal. Snyder will take one roster spot,...

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Why is Ryan Church Stealing Time From Lastings Milledge?

Over the past seven games, Ryan Church has made the start in right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates five times.    Church is currently hitting for a .186/.240/.321 line in 156 at-bats this season, while Lastings Milledge is hitting for a .271/.341/.377 line in 247 at-bats.  Neither player is running away with the starting job, but Milledge clearly is doing better, which raises the question as to why Church is stealing...

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