Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates
Jul28

Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates

Gerrit Cole vs Jose Fernandez. That was the matchup today. One was a first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The other was taken 13 picks later. Both have progressed to the point where they look like they could be future number one starters. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Fernandez looks like he might already be there. The young right-hander dominated the Pirates lineup for two runs on five hits in eight innings, setting a career high...

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Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss
Jul27

Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second game in a row, falling 2-0 to the Miami Marlins tonight. Thus begins The Collapsening 3.0.3. Or 3.0.4. It’s hard to keep track. There were two things that stood out in tonight’s loss, which have both been problems as of late. Jeff Locke Struggled With His Control The big story with Jeff Locke this year is the debate over whether he will maintain his high ERA, or see a regression....

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First Pitch: The Best $36.5 M Spent in Baseball Today
Jul25

First Pitch: The Best $36.5 M Spent in Baseball Today

There’s not a lot that $36.5 M will buy in baseball these days. **Ten free agents this off-season received contracts that will pay them $36 M or more over anywhere from 3-6 years. **The New York Yankees are spending $41 M on their injured third basemen — Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis. **20 players in the majors make $20 M or more, which means you couldn’t even get two of the highest paid players for that amount....

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Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson
Jul20

Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson

Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter. **Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters expand, although I don’t see either returning before that point if they’re just starting to throw in late-July....

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Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline
Jul02

Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline

The Pirates finally announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight. Jeff Locke will start Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez will pitch out of the bullpen. Gomez and Locke both threw aggressive bullpen sessions Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, taking both out of...

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