First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis
May01

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

Follow @NateBarnes_ As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National League by scoring 3.91 runs per game during the 2013 season. The key elements to this approach are being “intelligently aggressive” at the plate, striking out less and working counts to see good pitches to hit as opposed to flailing away at what a pitcher wants to throw in a...

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First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling
Apr28

First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling

We’re almost a month into the 2014 season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a rough start. They’re 10-16, the offense has been poor, and the pitching has been closer to middle of the pack than a top group this year. There are calls for Gregory Polanco to arrive on a daily basis, along with any other help the Pirates can find. Guys like Polanco would help, but the truth is that this team is seeing several of their...

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Jose Tabata Leaves Wednesday’s Game With Concussion-Like Symptoms
Apr16

Jose Tabata Leaves Wednesday’s Game With Concussion-Like Symptoms

During Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds, Jose Tabata collided with the left field wall after he made a catch in the fifth inning. After being attended to in the outfield by the trainer, Tabata was removed from the game with mild concussion-like symptoms according to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starling Marte, who was given the day off to start the game, replaced him in the field.

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First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense
Apr15

First Pitch: Why I’m Not Worried About the Pirates Offense

I can’t say that I’m too worried about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense. I don’t think they’re going to be a top offense in the league. I’m not saying that the string of home runs hit in that Little League park in Cincinnati is legit. I’m just saying that if you look at the offense, the positions you expected to perform aren’t performing. First you’ve got Andrew McCutchen, the MVP...

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First Pitch: The Death of Free Agency
Apr04

First Pitch: The Death of Free Agency

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to an extension with right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, getting control of two of his free agent years in the process. Archer becomes the 15th player during the 2014 calendar year to sign an extension that buys out control of at least one free agent year. The Pittsburgh Pirates made one of those deals, extending Starling Marte two weeks ago. There have been a lot of extensions of this nature around...

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