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Pirates Have Two Players Ranked Among the Top 100 in the...

Back in January, MLB Network had their countdown show for the top 100 players in the majors right now. It airs every year during a slow time, so we always post an article afterwards. This year there was no article because they didn’t have a single player from the Pittsburgh Pirates on the top 100 […]
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Pirates Notes: Jameson Taillon Debuts; Gregory Polanco Gets Some At-Bats

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 10-4 to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday afternoon in Bradenton. It was the spring debut of Jameson Taillon, who was only pitching simulated games before this appearance. Taillon went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. All five hits were doubles. Jordan Lyles followed […]
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Jameson Taillon Gets the Opening Day Start

On Saturday morning, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced the rotation for the first four games of the regular season. Jameson Taillon will start the season opener on March 26th in Cincinnati. He will be followed by Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove to wrap up the series with the Reds. When the Pirates play their […]
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Jameson Taillon’s New Approach Has a Very Surprising Impact on an...

On May 27th, Jameson Taillon made an important adjustment to his pitching approach. The Pirates have long been an organization that leaned heavily on the fastball — whether that is the four-seam or sinker — throwing the pitch 60-70% of the time. That, plus a decent usage of the changeup, left about 20-25% usage for […]
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Morning Report: Is There a Slider Revolution Happening in Pittsburgh?

There was a time in the minors where Jameson Taillon was challenged to throw three changeups per inning. It’s not a productive strategy for results to throw a developing pitch that often. It is productive in terms of developing the pitch. This is a strategy you see often in the minors. It’s not a strategy […]
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Gajtka: Team Keeping Up In NL, But Young Pedigreed Pirates Still...

I was not (completely) correct in my analysis. You might recall my opening day column, referring to the Pirates' "vanilla veterans" and how it was...

Williams: Unless They Adjust, the Pirates Will Waste Jameson Taillon and...

I'm not that worried about Mitch Keller's recent struggles. At least not in the sense of his long-term upside. Keller gave up three runs and...

What Do Starting Pitchers Do on Their ‘Off’ Days, Anyway?

Ivan Nova was the Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Tuesday night. Wednesday, he’ll mostly be “a cheerleader.” Such is the life of a starting pitcher. Day of the week? Doesn’t matter. The city they’re in? They might not even play there. It’s all about what day it is in the five-day cycle. There’s the day they […]
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Jokes Aside, Pirates Pitchers Adding Value On The Margins

PITTSBURGH – Is there a parallel between Major League Baseball pitchers attempting to engage in offense and anything else in major professional sports? In what other realm are specialists in one discipline expected to contribute in a completely different aspect of their sport? It’s like if hockey goalies were asked to take the opening faceoff […]
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Did Complete Game Set Jameson Taillon Back? Is It Something Else?

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon’s complete-game blanking of the Reds on April 8 was a first in his professional career, but did it come at a cost beyond a Gatorade shower on a chilly day? To wit: Since the nine-inning outing, Taillon has pitched 11 1/3 innings, allowing 12 runs on 14 hits … and that’s […]
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