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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-28-15 to 10-04-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/28/15 thru 10/04/15, the 26th week (and final week) of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 20 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ took the hill for two must win games for the Pirates this week. This was his line: 12 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks...
Via Hidden Vigorish
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is still within the realm of possibility that the Cubs may do this, but please...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

This is game one of one

You as a Pirate fan likely have a lot on your mind. Can the Pirates win tonight? Can they somehow win tomorrow with Charlie Morton scheduled to start? If they do sweep the Cards to tie the division, can they actually beat the Reds enough to give that meaning? What if the Pirates and Cards end up tied for the division, who starts in Game 163? Who starts the Wild Card Game then? Failing...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustrating losses, Charlie Morton, and series splits

I suppose if you want to have a charitable view of the universe today, you could say that the Pirates’ loss last night was the karmic counterpart of their win in the first game of Tuesday’s double-header: Jake Arrieta pitched a gem, the Pirates tied the game because the Cubs’ made some dumb/bad plays, and the Cubs ended up winning anyway. From the Pirate fan perspective, though...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 119: Pirates 4 Brewers 0

Charlie Morton’s sinker gets most of the press, and because of that it’s easy to forget that his curveball was once supposed to be his out pitch. Against the strongest lineup in the National League last night (at least statistcally speaking) it was the curveball that was generating a ton of whiffs for Morton, though, enabling him to put together one of the most impressive recent...
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ground balls galore for Charlie Morton

Travis Sawchik, an MLB reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, just recently published a book about titled Big Data Baseball. It deals with how the Pittsburgh Pirates reinvented themselves in 2013 by using sabermetrics and unconventional ways — like discovering hidden talent — in order to find a way to end their winning drought. One of the ways the Pirates got into the...
Via The Outside Corner
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The End of Charlie Morton’s Run at History

As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better than one-in-four chance of making the postseason. One of their pitchers, Charlie Morton, was recently placed on the disabled list with hip discomfort. Morton’s value is not necessarily reflected in his win/loss record, but he’s been an extremely serviceable pitcher this year, worth over a […]
Via Fangraphs
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What Can We Expect from Charlie Morton?

The Pirates are front and center in a playoff run and Charlie Morton has been their most valuable pitcher. Sadly, Charlie Morton has only posted 1.2 wins above replacement. So yes, he may lead the Pirates but he merely leads Mark Melancon by 0.1 wins above replacement and Vance Worley, who has made 14 less starts, by 0.3. Morton’s start yesterday against the Padres was a microcosm...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Charlie Morton (thumb) leaves game; X-rays negative

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was brilliant in his season debut against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. However, his outing was cut short due to a line drive off the bat of Nate Schierholtz.By Donball09 via Wikimedia CommonsThe liner hit Morton in his glove hand, injuring his thumb. After the infield turned an inning-ending double play to close out the sixth...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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