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Well well well, who woulda thunk it. It's the All-Star break, the Pirates and Nationals are in first place, the Phillies in last, the Orioles are actually in contention, and "The Freak" is pitching like, well…a freak. These are among the leading surprises as we take stock of the first half, causing us to ask, "What's going on here?" After all, this is baseball, where most teams perform pretty much the same, year in and year out. Not this season.
Let's start in the nation's capital, where the Nats have never even had a winning record since moving there from Montreal in 2005. Not only are they in first place, but their impressive 49-34 mark is the best in the NL, and one of the best in baseball. And that's without one of their best hitters, Jayson Werth, out since May, and their closer Drew Storen, who has yet to play this season. This from a team that last finished with a winning record in 2003, when they were the Montreal Expos. With some of t...
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#Pirates sign 18th-rder John Kuchno for $125k ($25k counts vs pool). #OhioState RHP runs fastball to 95, also shows plus curve. #mlbdraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) July 13, 2012
As Jim Callis points out, since Kuchno’s bonus is over $100K, $25K of it will count against the Pirates’ draft pool, thus taking another $25K off the maximum amount the Pirates can offer Mark Appel...
Stanford pitcher Mark Appel was projected to be the top pick in June's MLB draft. Appel fell to the Pirates at eighth, and the maximum amount that the Pirates could offer him without having to pay taxes on bonuses was in the neighborhood of $3.3 million. Because Appel could get more higher in the draft, he opted not to sign and will return to Stanford for his senior year. This...
MILWAUKEE At this time last year, a prevailing sense of optimism seemed to follow the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. After taking the lead in the NL Central one game into the second half of the 2011 season, the Pirates seemed to be on the brink of turning around what had for so long been the league's most familiar losing franchise.
Eighteen straight losing seasons had worn on...
Now that Mark Appel saga has passed, the Pirates can re-focus their energies on making a move or two at the trade deadline. But not only will improving the product help on the field, but it can also have positive financial impacts for the Pirates in 2012 and 2013.
Last year I looked at what each individual fan contributes to the Pirates per game. The research showed that each...
It has been about six weeks since I last looked at how solid (or not) the starting pitching that Pirates have faced has been overall. It is time for an update.
The conclusion I came to after looking at this before was that the Pirates hadn’t faced a bunch of great starting pitching as much as the Pirates just hadn’t been hitting. The recent hot streak from the bats has turned...
Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer, Jesus Flores drove in two runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break for both clubs.
Jordan Zimmermann (6-6) pitched six scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out six for the Nationals, who have won six of eight.
Josh Johnson (5-6) lost to Washington for...
Jim Negrych is the definition of a journeyman ball player.
The St. Francis grad and career minor leaguer has played for eight different teams over the course of his seven-year professional career after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 6th round of the 2006 MLB Draft.
Year after year, Negrych puts up decent numbers, only to be told that he isn’t good enough by big...
Final: Brewers 10, Pirates 7
WP: Francisco Rodriguez (2-4, 3.86 ERA)
LP: Tony Watson (4-1, 5.00 ERA)
This was just one of those really strange games. First off, it took forever (3 hours, 50 mins). Second, a lot of really good things happened for the Pirates. And third, a lot of really bad things happened for the Pirates. Unfortunately, the bad things out-weighed the good things....
By MATT BECKER,
STATS Senior WriterThe Pittsburgh Pirates exit the All-Star break in first place for the first time in 15 years.It's been significantly longer since the last time a pitcher started three consecutive major league games, something Milwaukee's Zack Greinke will achieve in the Brewers' second-half opener.The Pirates look to continue their march toward a division...
Mark Appel, a big right-handed pitcher out of Stanford and the Pittsburgh Pirates 1st round selection in 2012 failed to come to an agreement on a signing bonus making him the only player selected in...
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We knew it would come down to today. It always does when you are dealing with Scott Boras clients. But this afternoon, at 5 PM ET, the Pirates’ 1st round pick Mark Appel will either be starting his professional career or he will be heading back to Stanford for his senior season.
We know one thing. And that is that Appel is not going to be offered any more than $3,837,575. That...