The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball
Mar30

The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Pirates Preparing Relievers For the Possibility of Multiple Innings
Mar22

Pirates Preparing Relievers For the Possibility of Multiple Innings

Two weeks ago, Tony Watson came over to minor league camp to get some work in. That’s not uncommon, since the Pirates send a lot of their established pitchers over to minor league camp to get innings. This allows the Major League coaching staff to get a closer look at the guys battling for roster spots, while still allowing guys like Watson to get their innings and get ready for the season. On this day, Watson threw two innings,...

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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield The Rotation Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen
Oct24

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went down early with a season ending injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. Melancon put up a 1.39 ERA in 71...

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