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The first in a multi-part series laying out what pieces are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, how well they’ll mesh with the team, and what the Pirates may have to move in return… (Opening image credit, SD Examiner)
Part 1: Available hitters, and their suitability grade with the current team roster
A+ OF Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres
2012 Season: .268, 7HR, .924 OPS
In terms of a good fit with the team, it doesn’t get much better than a power hitter putting up huge numbers while playing half of his games in the offensive purgatory of Petco Park. Only signed to a 1-year deal by the Padres prior to the season, the expiring contract should reduce San Diego’s asking price, yet there’s nothing preventing a new team from opening the pocket book and extending the 29-year old long term.
For a power hitter, Quentin rarely strikes out, and has posted the following OPS+ since 2008 (100 denotes an “average” player): 149, 98, 119, 122, 160 (current). Acquiring him would ignite a
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Final: National League 8, American League 0
The game was well out of reach when both players entered the game, but it didn’t stop either of the Pirates’ two all-stars from chipping in a bit.
Andrew McCutchen entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take over for the game’s eventual MVP Melky Cabrera. McCutchen singled on a line drive to left field in the sixth...
Check out Part 1 of the series right here. The players covered were Carlos Quentin, Justin Upton, Josh Willingham, and Chase Headley.
The second in a multi-part series laying out what pieces are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, how well they’ll mesh with the team, and what the Pirates may have to move in return… (Opening image credit, SD Examiner)
Part 2: ...
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio below two, which caused McDonald to alter his arsenal before the season. This year, he has an ERA and FIP under 3.00, with an xFIP and SIERA just under 3.60, thanks to the...
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PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record...
Final: Pirates 13, Giants 2
WP: A.J. Burnett (10-2, 3.68 ERA)
LP: Tim Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA)
Man, what an amazing way to cap off the first half of the season. Outside of Casey McGehee‘s groin injury, this was as good a game as you can see.
A.J. Burnett rolled through six innings giving up just two hits. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before exiting, but the game was...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are the best team in the National League Central with a one game lead at the break over the Reds. The Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 13-2 in the teams last game before the All-Star break. Neil Walker had a great day at the plate, Walker went 5 for 5 with 2 R.B.I.’s and he alone accounted for 4 of the 13 runs the Pirates scored. Andrew McCutchen the...
It’s hardly even a surprise anymore: AJ Burnett shut down the other team’s offense while the Pirates’ offense scored a lot of runs. Today’s 13-2 win over the Giants is what we’re getting used to. ”We were good all over the board today,” Clint Hurdle said after the game. ”Just a good finish.” Burnett pitched [...]
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. At eleven games over .500, the Pirates are poised to end their streak of losing seasons at 19 years.
The turnaround in Pittsburgh can be attributed to solid pitching, and the emergence of NL batting average leader Andrew McCutchen. The 25 year...
To say that the past nineteen baseball seasons have been a disappointment for a city that boasts the sporting tradition that Pittsburgh does is about as much of an understatement as saying that Terry Bradshaw was just another quarterback or Mario Lemieux just a decent hockey player. The summer months in the Steel City have hummed to a familiar cadence over the past two decades...
It’s the mid-summer classic, and though we’ll be missing the real games for the next five days, we couldn’t be happier the season’s halfway point’s here. How can you be disappointed knowing the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first, and there’s a bunch of other small-market teams in the playoff hunt? The second half’s set-up to [...]