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First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have an interesting off-season. In the last two weeks I have been recapping all of the individual positions, noting what happened during the 2014 season and looking ahead to future years. Aside from the Russell Martin situation, and all of the decisions to be made on pitching, the Pirates have a lot of decisions to make that could go a lot of...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around ...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
14 days ago  |  Discuss

An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin

Today I finished putting together the 2015 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2015 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is...
Via Pirates Prospects
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Lineup For Wild Card Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their lineup for the Wild Card Game. 1. Josh Harrison – 3B 2. Jordy Mercer – SS 3. Andrew McCutchen – CF 4. Russell Martin – C 5. Starling Marte – LF 6. Neil Walker – 2B 7. Gaby Sanchez – 1B 8. Travis Snider – RF 9. Edinson Volquez No big surprises here. With the lefty, Madison Bumgarner on the mound, the Pirates are loading up...
Via Pirates Prospects
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Orioles are making the AL East weak

You might be hearing a common theme when talking about the AL East, one that completely sells the Baltimore Orioles short. The narrative surrounding the division is that “it’s just not that good”, which seems to infer that Baltimore is just lucky, or whatever. Quite frankly, that’s a load of crap – the AL East “stinks” because the Orioles are kicking the tar out of...
Via The Outside Corner
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Walk-off victory caps Cole’s return to Pirates rotation

The Pirates got a walk-off sacrifice fly from Gaby Sanchez Wednesday night at PNC Park to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in a game in which their young ace returned to the mound. Gerrit Cole was a sight for sore eyes in his return from a lengthy stint on the disabled list, inspiring the Pirates in a late comeback. The Atlanta Braves got runs in the first and sixth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dopes

I should be talking about the Pirates walkoff win over the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on a Gaby Sanchez sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.   Instead I have to talk about Steelers running backs, LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell were picked up for possession of marijuana at McKnight Road an hour before they were going to Philadelphia to play the Eagles tomorrow night...
Via KC Sports Ninja
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 119: Pirates 4 Tigers 2

The Pirates’ box score is fun tonight. Starting at the top of the lineup, Josh Harrison had one hit, Gregory Polanco had one hit, Jordy Mercer had one hit, Russell Martin had one hit, Starling Marte had one hit, Gaby Sanchez had one hit, Ike Davis relieved Gaby Sanchez part way through the game and had one hit of his own, and then way down in the seven spot, Travis Snider had two...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres 2, Pirates 1

This was an annoying loss. Wasting a strong pitching effort, struggling to hit against a bad starting pitcher, failing to cash in a golden opportunity down one in the eighth, and not having a sufficient bench available in key spots…it all added up to a home loss against a lowly Padres team. For the second night in a row, all the scoring took place in the first inning and the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-28-14 thru 8-3-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/28/14 thru 8/3/14, the 18th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 4 wins and 3 Losses, 36 Runs Scored and 25 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Josh Harrison. JHay was on fire this week. He smashed 4 homers and sparked late inning come from behind wins on Friday and Saturday night against the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Manage to Turn the Oddest Double Play You’ll Ever See after Issuing a Walk

All the fathers and little league coaches in attendance at the Giants-Pirates game on Wednesday were given an excellent free teaching opportunity on how not to act like a functional baseball player. In the 6th inning, Giants reliever Jean Machi issued a walk to the Pirates Chris Stewart, which would have loaded the bases, as Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez were on second and third...
Via Next Impulse Sports
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Somehow Run Into Inning-Ending Double Play After Drawing Walk (Video)

The Pittsburgh Pirates turned a great opportunity into an absolute nightmare Wednesday evening. The Pirates were the victims of the ol’ inning-ending double play on a walk, and if you haven’t heard of that one before, it’s because it might be the first time it’s happened in baseball history. We’ll break the shenanigans down for you. With Travis Snider on second base and...
Via NESN.com
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates ran themselves into embarrassing double play

This is just awful. The Pirates had a chance to blow their game with the Giants wide open in the sixth inning after Jean Machi walked Chris Stewart to load the bases with one out. And then…disaster. Travis Snider, who was on second base at the time of the walk, inexplicably began to trot down to third base. Machi noticed, and alertly threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who got...
Via The Outside Corner
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Makes Sense for the Pirates

The Pirates don’t have much of a recent history of buying. This is because the Pirates don’t have much of a recent history of winning, but they were somewhat active over each of the last two seasons. In the middle of 2012, the team added guys like Wandy Rodriguez, Gaby Sanchez, and Travis Snider. In […]
Via Fangraphs
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sanchez, bench power Pirates in rallying to a road victory over Mets

Clint Hurdle and the Pirates hitting coaches rethought their pinch-hitting program this spring after the club's bench bats struggled last season. The new program, and the new equipment, continued to pay off in a come-from-behind, 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday. This season there are new pinch-hit routines and approaches, but the biggest change is the Pirates are now...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 50: Pirates 5 Mets 3

Within the last week or so, I came across an article here or there about Jose Abreu. Seeing his name, I briefly thought about how I had wanted to see the Pirates more involved in the bidding for the Cuban star over the winter. Almost immediately, I realized that Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis have more or less been good enough this year to render that desire moot. I’m not sure that...
Via WHYGAVS?
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap-Up: Elation to devastation

- UGH! The Pirates were so close to what would have been a really big, meaningful series win at “The House of Horrors” in Milwaukee. Three outs away. If the ninth inning goes as planned on Thursday, the Bucs head to New York with four consecutive series wins, the Brewers monkey off their backs, and a much smaller hole to climb out of with a slightly easier schedule coming up...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 40: Brewers 4 Pirates 3

After six solid innings from Wandy Rodriguez, after a Tony Sanchez two-run home run and a Gaby Sanchez solo homer off of a righty, after all of those improbable things came together to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead headed into the bottom of the ninth, Mark Melancon went out and gave up a single to Ryan Braun, then walked back to back hitters before giving up a game-ending two-run...
Via WHYGAVS?
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 37

Alright. I’m going to preface this by saying that in no way am I rooting for the Pirates to lose or for Neal Huntington to fail. BUT!!!!!! I’m glad the Pirates got some instant karma in the guise of Gaby Sanchez as an outfielder. The Pirates deserved to be put in such a terrible situation…
Via This Is Getting Old
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals offense stumbles again in 6-1 loss to Pirates

ST. LOUIS -- Gaby Sanchez had two RBIs in a four-run fourth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen worked seven strong innings after starter Francisco Liriano left with flu-like symptoms and dizziness in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Matt Holliday had an RBI double for the Cardinals, who have mustered five runs in their last six games. They got three...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why trading for Ike Davis is a great move for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to the New York Mets in exchange for first baseman Ike Davis. The Pirates’ current starting first basemen are Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa starts once or twice every few days when the Pirates are facing a right-handed starting pitcher, but every time the Pirates...
Via Total Sports Live
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ Ike Davis Is Now Pirates’ Ike Davis: Shrewd Move For Buccos

Something shocking happened. You’re not going to believe me. It’s incredible, unbelievable, and totally could not have been for seen: the Pirates plan of platooning Gaby Sanchez and Travis Ishikawa at first base isn’t working out. Crazy, right? As of April 19, Ishikawa is batting a paltry .206 with one homer and Sanchez is raking to the tune of  .226 with 3 bombs. Sanchez’s...
Via Off The Bench
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates, Reds Combine For 10 Homers In Suspended 6-Inning Game (Video)

If you dig the long ball, you might want to tune in to the Pirates-Reds game Tuesday afternoon. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati put on an absolute slugfest at Great American Ball Park on Monday, combining for 10 home runs through just six innings of play despite the rain-soaked conditions. A total of nine different players hit home runs, and Pittsburgh alone had three sets of back-to...
Via NESN.com
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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