Tag: A.J. Burnett

Pirates Capitalizing on Starting Pitching to Key Hot Stretch

A little more than two weeks ago, the Pirates returned home with a 18-20 record despite a plus-9 run differential overall. In the Pirates’ first 38 games, Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano made 23 starts combined. Pittsburgh went 10-13 in those starts. Fast-forward to today, as the Pirates come off a sweep of […]
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Pirates Pitching and Catching Proven in Season’s First Two Months

The calendar flipped to June and, if it doesn’t already, it will feel more like summer. By extension, it feels more like baseball season — even though teams have been playing for two months. Now in the thick of the 2015 season, small sample sizes are mostly done away with. Meaning, some real conclusions can […]
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First Pitch: Pirates Must Capitalize on Starting Pitching, “Clutch” Chances

A.J. Burnett was in the midst of his seventh quality start of the season Sunday but, oddly enough, it didn’t seem like the Pirates had the best chance to win the afternoon’s game. He had pitched four shutout innings and was matched every step of the way by Chicago starter Jake Arrieta. It was easy […]
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Francisco Cervelli Gives His Thoughts on the “New” A.J. Burnett

For most of the second half of Spring Training, A.J. Burnett seemed to have a personal catcher in Tony Sanchez. They worked together at McKechnie Field. They worked together at Pirate City, with Sanchez joining Burnett on the trip for his B Games. That was rare, as every other pitcher just threw to Elias Diaz, […]
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All of the Key Moments in the Pirates’ Home Opener Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers today in their home opener at PNC Park, bringing their record to 3-4 on the season. The...

Morton Abandoning Mechanical Adjustment; Polanco Fixing His Swing

Charlie Morton has been working on a mechanical adjustment this Spring, and in the process, has been struggling on the mound. On Saturday, Morton abandoned that adjustment in order to focus on getting ready for the season. “Those kind of things are going to have to go to the back burner right now, and I’ve got to […]
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Diaz Continues to Impress Hurdle, Kingham on the List, Burnett Using...

Elias Diaz caught seven innings in today’s Spring Training game, continuing to get a look from the Pittsburgh Pirates and from manager Clint Hurdle. Diaz is unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster, since the current catching combo of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart have the catching roles locked down. But Diaz is impressing in […]
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It’s Vance Worley vs Jeff Locke For the Lone Battle in...

This is shaping up to be one of the least surprising Spring Trainings I can remember for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are very few position battles, with most of the roster spots already spoken for. That is probably a side effect of being a contending team, and a buyer over the off-season. An example of […]
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First Pitch: Here is Why Projection Systems Will Be Low on...

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA projections, and the results weren’t favorable for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had an 80-82 projected record, finishing third in the NL Central, behind the Cardinals and the Cubs. That projected record has actually changed today, moving to 81-81 after the Travis Snider trade (and the Pirates improving in projections after […]
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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015...

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, […]
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