First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench
Jan15

First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench

Earlier today we posted about how Buster Olney gave the Pittsburgh Pirates high rankings for their lineup, bullpen, and rotation. I don’t know if Olney is going to be ranking the benches any time soon, but I’m guessing the Pirates would rank high there, especially with the upcoming addition of Jung-Ho Kang. Their projected bench includes Sean Rodriguez, Corey Hart, Travis Snider, Kang, and Chris Stewart. It’s the...

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Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There
Jan02

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see Andrew McCutchen listed among the players with the...

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The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015
Dec31

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helpedĀ the Pirates making the playoffs two years in a row. The 2013...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench
Dec23

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with the latter catching 78 innings. After that season, it...

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Pirates Have Reportedly Discussed Shopping Travis Snider For Brian Matusz
Dec10

Pirates Have Reportedly Discussed Shopping Travis Snider For Brian Matusz

Rob Biertempfel has an update at the Trib about how the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for lefty relievers. Biertempfel says that the club is looking at free agent Craig Breslow, and that they’ve reportedly discussed sending Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles for Brian Matusz. Yesterday we heard that they were exploring trade options for a lefty reliever. Breslow is coming off a horrible year with the Red Sox, posting a 5.96...

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