Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?
Apr10

Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?

If you look at Jeff Locke’s numbers from the 2013 season, you won’t find much wrong on the surface. He put up a 3.52 ERA in 166.1 innings last year, with a 4.03 FIP that suggests he over-performed his season numbers a bit, but no more than Charlie Morton (3.26/3.60), Wandy Rodriguez (3.59/4.42), or Jeanmar Gomez (3.35/3.85). But the season numbers don’t tell the story with Locke. During the first half of the season,...

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First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?
Apr09

First Pitch: Where Can the Pirates Exceed Their Projections?

Earlier today I took a look at the playoff odds for the first time this season. The Pirates were projected just outside of the second Wild Card spot, mostly due to the fact that their poor pre-season projections are still making up a bulk of the projections, despite their early season success. The Pirates are off to a 5-2 start, which really doesn’t mean much this early in the season. The pre-season projections should be making...

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First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014
Mar31

First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to focus on those two positions, all while ignoring the fact that the positives on this team far out-weigh the...

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The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team
Mar28

The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team

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.┬áHere are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team – READING The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth
Mar20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth

I don’t really have a central theme for the night, but have a few thoughts to expand upon today’s articles, along with some thoughts on tonight’s game. **Wandy Rodriguez going four innings tonight was big. The rotation looks much better with Rodriguez looking healthy this year. If he can return and look like he did with the Pirates before his injury, that will be a big boost to the rotation. Brandon Cumpton going 4.2...

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