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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 they, not the youngsters, who would limit this team’s potential. Gajtka: Vanilla Veterans Limit Pirates’ Potential More Than Youth To my slight surprise, that assessment hasn’t been completely accurate to […]
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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 walked five batters in four innings on April 28th. He rebounded in his next start with a good outing, but struggled again in his last start, leaving after 4.1 innings […]
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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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Williams: What Can the Pirates Learn From Gerrit Cole and Charlie...

It’s hard to ignore what’s going on in Houston right now with former Pirates pitchers Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. Morton joined the Astros last year, and so far has combined to put up a 3.33 ERA and a 3.45 xFIP in 164.2 innings. He’s getting there with a 10.28 K/9 and a 3.06 BB/9. […]
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Was This Hot Start Critical For The Pirates? Depends On Who...

We could argue that a team like the 2018 Pirates needed to fashion a fast break out of the starting gate to have a realistic chance at contention. Perhaps ‘need’ is a strong word here, but with young players taking on additional responsibility after two high-profile players were traded in the offseason, early positive feedback […]
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How Technology Has Changed the Way Pitchers Learn Their Craft

PITTSBURGH — Pitching is one of those things that frequently seems to straddle the line between art and science. If you hand someone a baseball...

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