Commanding the Sinker Will Be a Key For Jared Hughes to Win a Bullpen Spot

It was only a few years ago that Jared Hughes looked like a guy who would wash out in the upper levels of the minors. The 2011 season was the fourth year where he spent time at the Double-A level. He had put up less than impressive numbers as a starting pitcher, and combined for a 4.09 ERA in 61.2 innings that season, spanning 13 appearances and 11 starts. In the second half of the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Hughes < 500

This is what I think is great about Jared Hughes: there’s an awfully good chance that he’s walking proof that the Pirates’ front office is a step ahead of most analysis about the relationship between pitching and defense. Over the course of his Pirate career, Hughes has pitched in 170 games and thrown 183 innings. He’s struck out 119 batters and he’s walked 61. He keeps...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Will Have to Make Some Tough Roster Choices Now That They’re Contenders

To put it nicely, the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen was a disaster. That’s not exactly nice, but it’s probably the nicest way to describe what happened. Players under-performed, then went on to other teams to look lights out (Jason Grilli, Bryan Morris). The team excelled in previous years with reclamation projects, but didn’t find that same magic for most of the 2014...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Indianapolis Indians: Top Prospects, Roster Projections, and Position Battles

When I’m writing up the Prospect Guide each year, I’m usually taking notes on which players could play at which level during the upcoming season. In most cases, the only way to accurately do this is to figure out where everyone could be playing, and that is no easy task. At the end of Spring Training, I always have a good idea of where everyone will start the season. That’s...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates finalize 4-year deal with Korean SS Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH -- Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang's outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues. They are willing to find out. Pittsburgh and the 27-year-old infielder finalized an $11 million, four-year contract on a busy Friday for the Pirates. The...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

All 12 Arbitration Eligible Pirates Players File on Tuesday

All 12 arbitration eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially filed for arbitration. The Pirates now have until Friday to either settle with the players or exchange figures. The Pirates have said that they have a “file and trial” system, where if the two sides exchange figures on Friday, they will take the players to a arbitration hearing. The 12 players that...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pirates Have Almost No Position Battles Lined Up For Spring Training

This morning I uploaded the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Spring Training tracker. We have that resource on the site every year, allowing you to keep track of who has been invited to Spring Training, and their chances of making the team. The tracker also shows who is still remaining in camp once things kick off and cuts begin. As for this year’s tracker? It’s kind of boring. The Pirates...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Vance Worley and Jared Hughes Are Super Two Eligible

A list of 26 players came out on Wednesday, with the names of those that qualify for an extra year of arbitration due to Super Two status. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two players on the list, pitchers Jared Hughes and Vance Worley. The cut-off this year was 2 years and 133 days of service time. Hughes has 2 years and 162 days of service time, while Worley has 2 years and 139 days.
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss

Heading into the Wild Card game, there was a lot of debate about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should have held Gerrit Cole back on Sunday, yielded the division to the St. Louis Cardinals, and saved Cole for the Giants. Cole ended up dominating, but the Pirates lost. Things didn’t go well tonight for Edinson Volquez tonight, and anyone saying Cole should have been the starter...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates and Giants played some crazy games this year

The Pirates will meet the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night in the NL Wild Card game. The game will be at PNC Park because the Pirates won the season series 4-2 (taking two of three at PNC and at AT&T). The two teams finished with identical records, and amazingly enough, identical run differentials (+51). I’ll be looking at this matchup in a number of posts before the...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Reds 1

Good news and bad news: First, the good. The Bucs won, of course, and San Francsico lost. That means PLAYOFF BASEBALL IS RETURNING TO PNC PARK! There will be at least one more blackout. We’ll get to scream our heads off. And the Pirates will have a chance to advance in a place where they have played extremely well all season. After experiencing the intensity, bedlam, and sheer...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Braves 2

Your browser does not support iframes. Buctober is back. We knew that was coming, of course. After the Brewers series, it was only a matter of time. And I wondered that with the division still in play, a fight for WC home field coming down to the wire, and it not being the first playoff berth in 20 years would result in a more subdued celebration this time around. Of course there...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Phillies 1

When the Pirates left St Louis after getting swept, things were looking bleak. It looked like their divisional hopes were toast and it seemed possible that the three devastating losses could help knock them back in the wild card race. But, the one thing that you could look at optimistically was the upcoming schedule, and the Pirates took full advantage of their next seven road games...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Pirates 2

You can just add this one to a long list of gut-punch losses the Pirates have suffered at the hands of NL Central teams this year. They failed to add to their early 1-0 lead despite numerous chances, lost the lead and then the game with two outs in the seventh, and came up just short with a comeback attempt. All that in a crucial game to start off a series against a division competitor...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Holliday's hit lifts Cardinals over Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Holliday's two-run single in the seventh inning off Jared Hughes capped a late rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Monday night. Jon Jay's pinch-hit single tied the game with two outs in the seventh and Holliday followed with a sharp single to left off Hughes (6-4) to score Jay and Matt Carpenter. John Lackey (13-8) worked out...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Holliday's hit lifts Cardinals over Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH -- Matt Holliday's two-run single in the seventh inning off Jared Hughes capped a late rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Monday night. Jon Jay's pinch-hit single tied the game with two outs in the seventh and Holliday followed with a sharp single to left off Hughes (6-4) to score Jay and Matt Carpenter. John Lackey (2-1) worked out of...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-11-14 thru 8-17-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/11/14 thru 8/17/14, the 20th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 2 wins and 5 Losses, 33 Runs Scored and 36 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Travis Snider. Lunch Box hit safely in every game this week going 11 for 26. Snider found his power stroke against the Detroit pitching staff. He took...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats 6, Pirates 5

What a crushing weekend for the Pirates. Three one-run losses, two walk off losses, two blown-leads by their best relievers, a season-long losing streak (longest since 2012), and a lot of ground lost in the various playoff races. This game was a wild one, and wasn’t exactly well-played by either side at several points. Edinson Volquez and Doug Fister both looked great, but both...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 124: Nationals 6 Pirates 5

Look, I don’t know what to say other than that this game was beyond exasperating. The Pirates scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but after they did that they still managed to score zero runs after loading the bases with nobody out. The umpires didn’t help, as Ike Davis took a pitch up around his neck with a full-count and was called out on strikes to end the inning, but...
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats 4, Pirates 3

This was definitely one of the more brutal Pirate losses of the season. They looked to be on track to end a three game skid with a really nice road performance against what might be the best team in the NL. Instead, it all came crashing down late and now they’re stuck on a four game losing streak, out of a wild card spot for now, 4.5 back in the division, and still staring at...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 120: Tigers 8 Pirates 4

For all of the good things that Neal Huntington and his front office have done for this Pirate franchise in the past few years, it’s easy to wonder if maybe they aren’t a victim of their own hubris when it comes to the Pirate bullpen in 2014. The Pirates have had plenty of luck finding relievers in all kinds of places over the past couple of years, but in the past 12 months...
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers 8, Pirates 4

The Pirates had a good chance to stay hot as they rolled in to Detroit on a two game winning streak, facing a young pitcher making his debut while their best starter in the second half took the mound. Things were going along quite well for about half the game, but then it all fell apart and their recent momentum came to a halt. The offense was good enough against Buck Farmer, generating...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins 6, Pirates 3

Day one of the McCutchen-less stretch was looking pretty good for seven innings. Charlie Morton dealt with some wildness to deliver a very solid start, and an ugly lineup was able to scratch out two runs and put him in position for a hard-earned victory. Then the Pirates bullpen let the collective air out of a packed PNC Park as the game slipped away in slow, miserable fashion....
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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