First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders
Aug11

First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders

If you look at the season numbers, the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have the best results from their starting rotation. They rank middle of the pack in ERA and xFIP, and rank last in the majors in WAR. However, the season numbers don’t really tell the story of the current rotation. The season numbers include Wandy Rodriguez. They include struggles from Francisco Liriano before the All-Star break. They don’t include¬†full...

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Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves
Jul10

Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves yesterday, calling up Matt Hague, announcing plans to send Vance Worley to the bullpen, and designating Duke Welker for assignment. Here are some thoughts on each of those moves, and what they mean for the short and long-term for the Pirates. Matt Hague Joins the Pirates Hague has been having a strong year with Indianapolis. He originally broke in with the Pirates in 2012, after putting...

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Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen
Jul09

Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano will return to the team on Sunday to start the last game before the All-Star break against the Cincinnati Reds. Liriano threw six shutout innings on Monday down in AAA. He last started for the Pirates on June 10th, giving up two runs over three innings before leaving the game with an oblique injury. This season, he has a 4.60 ERA in 72.1 innings over 14 starts. Liriano has 77...

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First Pitch: The Tough Decisions When Francisco Liriano Returns
Jul06

First Pitch: The Tough Decisions When Francisco Liriano Returns

In the upcoming weeks, Francisco Liriano will be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation, with his return currently anticipated for just after the All-Star break. The Pirates are getting good starts from their entire rotation, which will lead to a difficult decision when Liriano returns. The current rotation consists of Gerrit Cole, Jeff Locke, Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, and Vance Worley. Of that group, only Locke...

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First Pitch: Have the Pirates Already Added the Pitching They Need?
Jun27

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Already Added the Pitching They Need?

A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to be sitting on the fence between buyers and sellers. They were just below .500, just saw their top prospect promoted, and had several teams to jump in the Wild Card race. I wrote about how they needed pitching, and should pursue a pitcher that they can control beyond the 2014 season, as the need for pitching and the chances to contend in 2015 looked to be greater than their chances in...

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