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Unfortunately, the final record for the Pittsburgh Pirates did not accurately reflect the progress they made this season. They played meaningful games after the all-star break for the first time since 1997. Pitching was cited as the main reason for the Pirates success, but good pitching does not happen without good fielding.
When you look at the recent history of the Pirates, you see a ton of last place finishes in DER. That can only negatively impact the pitching staff to the point where most people think the Pirates have inferior pitchers. Their turn around this season is proof positive that fielding matters and that can only get better as their fielding improves.
DER: .684 (25th)
RA: 652 (19th)
FLD%: .982 (21st)
Baseball Reference: -13 runs (23rd)
Fangraphs: -12.5 runs (20th)
Fielding Bible: -18 runs (25th)
Baseball Prospectus: +3.2 runs (12th)
Composite Runs: -10.1 runs
I know many of you are looking at these numbers and wondering what the big fuss is about, but bel...
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Just a little bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends today… the Dominican League had a scheduled day off.
Caribes de Anzoategui 3, Bravos de Margarita 1
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