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Three games into the season and the Pirates are 2-1. Many Pirates fans who have been upset with the Pirates lack of offseason moves have been begging the organization to give players like Andrew Lambo, Gregory Polanco and Jameson Tallion chances to spice up the team. Even after impressive spring trainings from all of them, the Pirate’s front office appears to be content with keeping them in the minor leagues. I am okay with that. I do not want to see Lambo, Polanco and Tallion in the majors just yet. They are not ready and there is nothing that you can do worse to a player’s development than calling him to the Majors prematurely. The Pirates have a great young core with players such as Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. Those three compliment a fairly good and young pitching staff with Gerrit Cole at the helm. There is no rush for these prospects. Lambo, a fourth round pick by Los Angeles is entering his eighth year as a professional baseball player after being drafted right out of high school. He has shown stints of great potential. He hit a combined 32 home runs last year in time between AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis. Polanco, the 13th rated prospect according to, is maturing way ahead of schedule. Polanco is a speed demon whose game is fairly similar to fellow Dominican Starling Marte. Both are specialists at getting on base. Many fans have been dreaming about the possibility of having one of the fastest outfields in all of baseball with Marte, McCutchen and Polanco. The three would flag down a majority of fly balls that were hit to the outfield. The final big prospect, Jameson Tallion, the second overall draft pick in 2010 is rated the 10th best prospect according to MLB. The right-handed pitcher seems to finally have his pitching under control and looked impressive in spring training. Many fans were hopeful that he would be able to earn a spot on the big-league club. He did get injured, but prior to that, the plan was for him to begin the season in AAA. To the dismay of fans, neither of the three made the big-leagues out of spring training. Pirates management have been very consistent in their approach with all of their prospects in maintaining the same approach with all of their prospects, they will not bring any of them up until they are completely sure that they are ready. The Pirates management have taken this approach with Gerrit Cole, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. This plan has worked fairly well for them so far. Be patient Pirates fans, the three prospects will be up this season and when they come up they will complete the Pirates rotation/lineup and make it one of the best young teams in the Majors. You need to trust the work that Neil Huntington has done and let him direct the ship. The post Be patient Pirates fans, Tallion, Polanco and Lambo will be up soon appeared first on isportsweb.

Pirates' Charlie Morton (thumb) leaves game; X-rays negative

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was brilliant in his season debut against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. However, his outing was cut short due to a line drive off the bat of Nate Schierholtz.By Donball09 via Wikimedia CommonsThe liner hit Morton in his glove hand, injuring his thumb. After the infield turned an inning-ending double play to close out the sixth...

Gerrit Cole is a legit ace for the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Run expectancy table - when should the Pirates bunt?

I'm a big fan of the use of math when making decisions in on what action to take during sports games. Baseball is far and away the best sport to do such things, which probably accounts for a lot of the reason that this here blog exists. One of my favorite elements of the use of math in baseball is when you can use the history of the game to determine run expectancy in given situations...

Cardinals and Pirates resume emerging NL Central rivalry

The emergence of Gerrit Cole helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff appearance in 21 years last season. Shelby Miller similarly boosted the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation. The right-handers square off Friday in Pittsburgh with each looking to get their sophomore campaigns off to positive starts as their teams try to grab an early...

Russell Martin Opening Day 8x10 Auto.

I absolutely love collecting cardboard depicting former Dodger backstop Russell Martin. While my card collection of him is quite vast, I've never had the pleasure of meeting him to get non-card items signed or gone after any pieces of memorabilia online. That recently changed as I stumbled across the beautiful signed 8x10 below, which was had for roughly half a blaster. As with...

Charlie Morton 4/2 Pitch F/X

6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K Pitch TypeVelocH-BreakV-BreakCountStrike% 4-Seam 92.7 -7.81 6.15 12 75% 2-Seam 92.2 -9.512.483464.3% Sinker93.8 -9.571.394367.4% Curve78.710.91-7.81669.7%

Cubs (0-2) vs. Pirates (2-0), Game 3

Jason Hamel (0-0, 0.00) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) Pirates lineup: Starling Marte, LF Travis Snider, RFAndrew McCutchen, CF Pedro Alvarez, 3B Neil Walker, 2BTravis Ishikawa, 1BTony Sanchez, CJordy Mercer, SS Wandy Rodriguez, SP

Cardinals 6, Pirates 1 – TweetCap

Saturday lineups #pirates — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 5, 2014 Here is some info about tonight's game. #LetsGoBucs — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 5, 2014 Girl, are you a Francisco Liriano slider, because I'm a lefty and I know I won't be hittin' that tonight #LetsGoBucs — Rock Strongo...

Ishikawa happy to be back in big leagues

On Dec. 18,the Pirates signed 30-year-old first baseman Travis Ishikawa and invited him to camp as a non-roster player. Ishikawa, joining his fifth organization and third of 2013, parlayed the invitation into a spot on the opening-day roster after appearing in seven major league games last year.'s George Von Benko caught up with Ishikawa recently.

Wandy Rodriguez goes for a sweep (weather permitting)

The Pirates and Cubs are scheduled to play at 12:35 this afternoon, though the weather forecast is not pleasant. Since the Pirates and Cubs play about 100 more games this year and the two clubs played 16 innings last night, I’d be willing to guess they pull the trigger on canceling this one early, if it comes to it. Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to go for the Pirates. Obviously...

Opening Series thoughts and notes

Rather than just doing a basic recap like I’ve done in the past, this year I’m going to focus more on interesting observations, notes, and takeaways after games (rather than just saying what happened, because you probably already know). It probably won’t be after every single game, but I’ll try to get one up at the end of each series (along with a quick preview of the next...

Pirates GM Huntington, manager Hurdle extended

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.

Game 4: Pirates 12 Cardinals 2

There was a brief moment in time when the outcome of this game was in question. Gerrit Cole cruised through the Cardinals’ lineup the first time he faced them on the strength of his fastball, but it took a while for his other pitches to click. He ran into some trouble in the fourth inning, then gave up a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the fifth to make it at 3-2 game. It suddenly...

Martin calling for repeat performance

Russell Martin is calling for a repeat performance from Norwich City when they host West Brom in the Premier League […]

Francisco Liriano, Joe Kelly, and the early season

I never know what to do with myself for the first few weeks of baseball season; it’s always awesome when baseball comes back, but it’s incredibly hard to find meaning in anything that happens in the first few weeks of games. If you’re worried about how Francisco Liriano will hold up to a full season of work immediately following a nearly-full season of work, all you can do...
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