First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week
Jun23

First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get a boost this week, seeing two of their top players returning. Neil Walker has been a hot hitter this year, and is expected back on Tuesday. Gerrit Cole is expected to re-join the rotation this weekend. That combination means the Pirates will have to make a few moves this week. Those moves could include a decision on Travis Snider or Jose Tabata, and the demotion of one of three starting pitchers who are...

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First Pitch: Getting Value From the Upcoming Roster Moves
Jun03

First Pitch: Getting Value From the Upcoming Roster Moves

In the next week or two, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some roster decisions to make. The primary decision would be clearing a roster spot for Gregory Polanco. The arrival of Polanco, which I’m guessing will happen sometime next week, will mean the departure of an outfielder. Currently there are two prime candidates for that corresponding move: Jose Tabata or Travis Snider. Tabata has a .632 OPS this season. The one...

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Travis Snider and Russell Martin Suspensions Upheld
May09

Travis Snider and Russell Martin Suspensions Upheld

The suspensions for Travis Snider and Russell Martin have been upheld by Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced. Both players received suspensions for their involvement in a brawl against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 20th. Snider’s suspension was for two games, and begins tonight. Martin’s suspension was for one game, and will take place when he returns from the disabled...

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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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Russell Martin and Travis Snider Suspended
Apr22

Russell Martin and Travis Snider Suspended

Major League Baseball has announced that Travis Snider and Russell Martin have been suspended for their role in the fight during Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Snider received a two game suspension, while Martin received a one game suspension. On the Milwaukee side, Carlos Gomez received a three game suspension, and Martin Maldonado received a five game suspension. I can understand the suspension for Snider, since...

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