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Day two of our NL Central preview week rolls along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who came tantalizingly close to breaking their streak of losing seasons in 2012..but failed. Where will they end up in 2013? Well...we'll take a look today.
Yesterday was Cubs day on TOC, and here's your recap.
Cubs on TOC
End of Season Postmortem
Hope for the Hopeless
2013 Season Preview
You May Say I'm a Dreamer
2013 Burning Question
This Is My Nightmare
Also around the Corner, this is what you missed.
-WBC day three recap, with Cuba and Japan clinching spots in the second round.
-Imagining what the Cuban WBC team could look like if they could use *all* of the Cuban-born players around.
-Cuba decoyed the hell out of China in the WBC.
-Will Ohman got cut by the Nationals in the middle of a game.
-Does Martin Perez's injury open the door for Kyle Lohse in Texas?
-Rafael Furcal's elbow still isn't healthy
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Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday’s start.
Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two months. The right-hander gave up 45 earned runs in 66.1 innings from May 16th to July...
Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today.
Gerrit Cole didn’t have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn’t need anything else.
“He was focused. He went out there...
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their third player drop out of the World Baseball Classic since the provisional rosters were announced. First Ivan De Jesus Jr dropped out so he could concentrate on making the Opening Day roster, then Russell Martin bowed out, saying he wasn’t ready to catch nine innings this early in Spring. Martin came up with right shoulder soreness shortly afterwards...
There are two types of lists that usually come out this time of year. The prospect lists focus on the future and the upside of each player. Then there’s the lists that focus only on the impact prospects can make in the upcoming season. Baseball America released one of those lists today, looking at the top 20 rookies for the 2013 season. The list is ranked based on the impact the...
The Pirates rolled to a 10-0 victory over Spain’s World Baseball Classic team on Tuesday. Spain’s lineup didn’t have any major leaguers in it, but Gerrit Cole‘s performance was still notable. Cole struck out the first six batters he faced and ended up going three strong innings. Gaby Sanchez also homered for the Bucs, continuing his hot spring.
Over in Arizona, Jameson Taillon...
Jameson Taillon is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-handed beast of a pitching prospect. Drafted second overall out of high school in 2010, Taillon, 21, isn’t as polished as fellow Pittsburgh pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, but he still offers tremendous upside as a future major-league starter.
Photo credit: Associated Press
Taillon has pitched well at all three stops in his minor-league...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The streak is over, and not only are the Pirates a winning team, they are the champions of baseball. Their championship run was truly a team effort, but if you could point to one player...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
Nightmares can come in many different forms. For most of the teams that we've been covering in these series...
Key offseason additions: Francisco Liriano, Jonathan Sanchez, Brandon Inge, Mark Melancon, Russell Martin Key offseason departures: Joel Hanrahan The Pittsburg Pirates have not seen the playoffs or a winning record since the 1992 season. They had two fast starts the last two seasons only to tank in the second half of both seasons. … Continue reading »
I love cities with a grid system. It makes driving simple. Bradenton doesn’t have a true grid system, but it’s to the point where I’ve been here a week, and I’m already to that point where you drive from home to work without really focusing on where to turn or what street to take. There are some strange things about the layout. For example, you can’t just drive down 17th...
Last year I noticed something about Pirate City. When the major league camp is there, every writer is there. When the major league camp heads over to McKechnie Field, the writers follow, and people rarely come back to Pirate City. Usually it’s just me in an empty media room, with a cooler stocked full of soda, tempting me to break my ban on drinking soda.
The full roster of players...
When thinking about Charlie Morton the first thing that generally comes to mind is “Electric Stuff”. Either that or his other nickname “Ground Chuck”. Very endearing stuff. What often is overlooked is the fact that Charlie Morton‘s mental toughness has been questioned. Is he strong enough mentally to do this? No one really knows for…
The Pirates pounded the Red Sox 9-3 on Wednesday, although it may have felt kind of like a scrimmage with so many former Bucs on the field for Boston. Brock Holt, Drew Sutton, Pedro Ciriaco and David Ross saw action for the Sox.
Jeff Locke pitched pretty well. He went four innings and allowed one run on three hits and two walks. The lefty struck out two and appears to be inching...
The third weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some power from one of the top draft-eligible third basemen on Friday and Sunday. Mark Appel showed why he will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection with the 9th overall pick, and then select again with the 14th pick. The two third baseman we are following closely, Kris Bryant...
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
McKechnie Field– Bradenton, FL
Weather: 59, Clear
TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.
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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.
1. Revere – CF
2. Young – 3B
3. Utley – 2B
4. Howard – 1B
5. Ruf – LF
6. Brown – RF
7. Mayberry – DH