First Pitch: Thursday Thoughts on Liriano, Martin, Wilson, Milwaukee, Sanchez

Thursday is podcast recording day. Today it was also “Go see Luis Heredia at Pirate City” day (article coming tomorrow), and “Ten Articles Will Go Up on the Site Today” day, and “Your friends want to go to trivia at 9 PM and the Pirates are already destroying the Brewers so you can watch on your phone on the way” day. So we’re doing the Thursday night “thoughts” article again....

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First Pitch: Taking the Jordy Mercer Approach With Tony Sanchez

The one thing we can take away from the Jordy Mercer situation is that the Pirates plan to have him as the primary shortstop in 2014, or at least the top candidate for the job. We hope that’s the situation. Otherwise it really makes no sense to get Mercer adjusted to the majors in the short-term as a utility player. But I think that the fact that Mercer was used as a starter when Neil Walker was down speaks well to how the...

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Horseshoe Is On the Other Foot as Pirates Walk Off on Brewers

Milwaukee always seems to have luck on its side when the Brewers play Pittsburgh. Not on Tuesday. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run off Mike Fiers in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Pirates a come-from-behind 4-3 win against Milwaukee at PNC Park. McCutchen had previously hit two balls that appeared to be possible home runs earlier in the game, but both ended as long outs on the warning track. When what proved to be the...

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Pirates Pregame: Martin Back in the Lineup

Russell Martin is back in the lineup for the Pirates tonight, playing catcher and hitting seventh. Martin said the soreness in his neck that has kept him out of a handful of recent games is gone. “There was soreness in there. you can play through some soreness but when it’s your neck and you’re playing a position where there can be some contact ¬†you want your neck to feel like it can support your head,” Martin...

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Pirates Notebook: Four Things We Have Learned About Pirates Pitchers

We took a look on Monday at five Pirates hitters and which stats have a large enough 2013 sample size for us to see year-to-year changes. Now it’s time for the pitchers. Remember a couple important caveats. First,¬†batting statistics tend to be more reliable than pitching statistics, especially in small samples. Second, early-season pitcher performance can often be skewed by which teams the pitcher has faced. I’ve talked...

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