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Starting pitching was not a problem for the Pirates last season, a big reason why they returned to the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh starters finished with a 3.50 ERA in 2013, the fourth-best mark in the NL, while an opponents' .667 OPS led the league. The rotation had depth, getting 19 starts or more from five pitchers, with two of them making 30 starts. That could be the case for the Pirates this season as well, yet there's a big question mark at the back end of the rotation that could be a significant concern.
First base was more of an issue in Pittsburgh last year, with Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez splitting time at the position. Overall, the Pirates got decent production, hitting a collective .264 with a .768 OPS. However, the team still felt the need to address — and upgrade — its first base situation enough to trade for Justin Morneau at the waiver trade deadline. Morneau left via free agency in the offseason and the Pirates did nothing ...
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pedro Alvarez and Travis Ishikawa hit long home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Alvarez and Ishikawa, both left-handed hitters, took advantage of a stiff wind blowing out to right field at Hammond Stadium. Alvarez, the Pirates' third baseman, connected off former Pittsburgh teammate Kevin Correia.
After second-half collapses led to fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, the Pirates finally compiled a winning record and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1992. It was a long time coming. Pittsburgh deeply enjoyed the Bucs following through on early-season promise, overtaking the Reds for the NL's first wild-card spot and beating Cincinnati in the wild-card...
With some of these "four horsemen" lists, maybe we've tried to be a bit tricky and clever. A team's four best players aren't necessarily the same as the four who could have the biggest influence on whether or not the season is successful. But that's really not the case with the Pirates. The Bucs need their best players to meet — if not exceed — expectations...
So I really like playing basketball. I played in high school, I played a lot of intramural in college, and I recently competed in a Pittsburgh Sports League. When I was a kid I was really into it and imagined being in the NBA and all that crap. Through high school I grew up mentally a lot more than physically and now, here I sit at 23 being a skinny 5'9'' white guy. At...
Last season Jordy Mercer appeared in 103 games, wrestling his way into the starting lineup as the Pirates' everyday shortstop. He hit .285 and slugged .435 and he earned himself a job for 2014. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Mercer recently.
The Pirates go into the 2014 season with major questions at the right field and first base positions. The fifth starter is also a concern, but Pittsburgh should have enough arms to cover that. Though the Pirates return largely the same club that won an NL wild-card bid last season, the team carries a few other questions that need to be answered. These issues will have to be addressed...
So it's been since October of 2012 that I was serious about blogging/writing about the Pittsburgh Pirates. Throughout the 2013 season I can't say I missed it, it was a refreshing year off, especially with me graduating from college and trying to get my life figured out and whatnot. Apparently I picked a pretty bad season to skip out on - I heard the Pirates made the playoffs...
Dependent on passing a physical, free agent and former Cleveland center fielder Kenny Lofton agrees to a one-year pact to play with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. Lofton will start in center field, moving another former Tribe player Brian Giles to left field with Reggie Sanders going to right.