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Pirates Spring Training An Audition For Rotation Spots

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had back-to-back appearances in the MLB postseason, something the organization hadn’t done since making it three straight appearances from 1990-92. If the team hopes to equal the early 1990s streak, or even extend it into further seasons, then the Pirates’ brain trust will need to answer questions revolving around who will be in their starting rotation...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Now a Model Organization

When I first started running this site, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still seen as a joke. They were starting down the right path to a rebuild by spending in the draft, investing in Latin America, trading away veterans for prospects, and trying unconventional strategies on the field in order to try to gain an edge. Some of the early results were rough. The Jason Bay trade. The 2009...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Pitching Depth, as Told Through Flow Charts

Last night I uploaded flow charts, illustrating the depth at each position in the starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I enjoyed making the charts, and I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed reading the article. A few of you requested that I do the same for the pitching staff, and that would be fitting today, since I just previewed the starting rotation battles heading into...
Via Pirates Prospects
13 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Vance Worley vs Jeff Locke For the Lone Battle in the Rotation

This is shaping up to be one of the least surprising Spring Trainings I can remember for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are very few position battles, with most of the roster spots already spoken for. That is probably a side effect of being a contending team, and a buyer over the off-season. An example of this can be seen in the rotation. The Pirates added two free agent starters...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates as a 90 Win Team

In each of the last two years, whenever the ZiPS projections came out, I did a separate article using those projections to get an overall projection for the Pittsburgh Pirates that year. In 2013, that projection had the Pirates at 83 wins. That was low, since they ended up with 94 wins, although the projection was much higher than every other projection out there. Last year I did...
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25 days ago  |  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...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Mini Camp Roster

Today is the start of mini camp for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Pirate City. The technical term is “voluntary workouts” or something like that, since they can’t officially call it “mini camp” anymore. However, that’s basically what is going on here, with the MLB players in camp through Friday, and the minor league players in camp for at least two weeks (and some will be...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?

Whether it’s the trade market or free agents, the starting pitching market is currently being held up by one person: Jon Lester. Once Lester signs, other dominos will fall. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams looking for a pitcher. They have the money to spend, and they have the need. That need is not only for a pitcher, but for a quality pitcher who can be one of...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card: Pirates vs. Giants

Choosing who to root for tonight is basically a no-brainer for me. The most obvious reason is the fact that the Giants have won two World Series titles in the last five years, while the Pirates haven’t tasted victory in over three decades. But as I’ve noted in this space before, the Pirates boast a player from my home town of North Conway, NH (population: 2,349). Though Jeff...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle on the Roles for Worley and Locke, and Morel over d’Arnaud

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster. There weren’t too many surprises. When asked if he considered Francisco Liriano in a relief role, Clint Hurdle simply said “No.” He also discussed a few of the moves that rounded out the roster. The Roles For Vance Worley and Jeff Locke Last year the Pirates went with Francisco Liriano as their starter...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 01, 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Playoff and Rotation Watch: Friday 9/26

The Pirates enter the night 1 game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central and 1 game ahead of the Giants for the top Wild Card spot. Three games (including tonight) remain for each team. The Pirates (Worley) play the Reds (Leake) at 7:10. The Cardinals (Wacha) play the Diamonbacks (Cahill) at 9:40. The Giants (Vogelsong) play the Padres (Kennedy) at 10:15. Since they have the tiebreaker...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

If the Pirates are going to win the NL Central, they probably have to win tonight

Sorry for the lack of recap from last night; I’m trying to get a bunch of things in line this week since THE PLAYOFFS ARE NEXT WEEK and I just didn’t have much to say. Jeff Locke sucked, it would’ve been awesome if the Pirates won because the Cardinals and Giants both lost, but then it wasn’t quite as bad that they lost because those two other things happened. Frankly, I...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves 6, Pirates 2

The Pirates missed an opportunity to draw even with the Cardinals in the loss column as they lost in pretty lifeless fashion on Wednesday night. It was the type of game we haven’t been accustomed to lately – they pitched poorly and were never really in it. Jeff Locke was a mess – you could smell trouble when he started issuing walks early, and the trouble came pretty quickly...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Hangover Day, but these games are not quite meaningless

The Pirates have a wild card spot locked up and last night’s celebration was all kinds of fun, but the reality is that there’s still a little bit of work left to be done in the 2014 regular season. At the bare minimum, the Pirates need to win enough games from here on out to ensure that the Wild Card Game is played on their terms at PNC Park. With a one-game lead and a tiebreaker...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Playoff and Rotation Watch: Wednesday 9/24

Even though the Pirates have clinched a postseason spot, there are a number of things to keep track of if you’re wondering where they’ll end up, how the rotation will fall, etc. Until everything is set, I’ll try and lay the situation out here before each day’s set of games. Pirates’ record: 86-71, 5 games left (2 at Braves, 3 at Reds) Tonight: Jeff Locke vs. Julio Teheran...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

This is it (no, really this time)

On August 20th, the Pirates were 64-62. They had lost seven in a row and dropped like a rock in the NL Central and NL wild card races. They were seven games behind the Brewers in the Central and 2 1/2 behind the Giants for the second wild card, though they were in fourth place in the wild card race. On the night of the 20th, the Pirates came back from a 2-0 deficit against the Braves...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise

Jeff Locke is currently having another poor second half. Last year it was predictable. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 109 innings during the first half, with a 4.21 xFIP that suggested things wouldn’t go so well in the second half. And things didn’t go well. Locke’s control bottomed out in the second half, with a 5.8 BB/9 ratio, helping to lead to a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP. This...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 6, Pirates 4

Disappointing loss for the Bucs in this one. Home losses to teams like the Cubs at this point of the year – when everything’s crucial – will sting, but they’re still going to happen. The key is to make sure it’s one isolated bad night and win the series on Sunday.  The loss drops the Bucs another game behind St Louis – now 3.5 back, which really hurts their chances given...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke Struggles With Fastball Command

In most ways, Jeff Locke is just like almost any other major league pitcher: If his fastball command is off, than he has to find a way to compensate. And when he has to compensate, he’s likely to pay the price. Today, Locke paid the price. No, he didn’t struggle tremendously. Despite constantly missing his fastball to the glove side, Locke was able to fight his way through 5...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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