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Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Preview

This was the ultimate year of ups and downs for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They started so poorly in April with nearly every hitter struggling. Their offense all hit their positive regression at the same time and clicked through the rest of the months. Gregory Polanco provided a huge spark to the lineup until the league caught up with him, identifying some holes in his swing that he’ll...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
October 05, 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

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...
Via WHYGAVS?
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...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

What can the Pirates do with their rotation down the stretch?

The Pirates have clinched a playoff spot, and with the Cardinals’ loss to the Cubs last night, they’ve also kept a small amount of hope alive that they can win the National League Central (FanGraphs has them with a 25% chance, but my hopes fall much more in line with BP’s ~10% shot). This actually puts the Pirates in a sort of difficult position: they should try to do everything...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Comparing Last Year’s Group to This Year

Yesterday, we gave scouting reports on all 15 of the new players over from the Dominican Summer League. Today, we take a look at the group of 15 that came over last year for the Fall Instructional League and how they handled the jump to the States. The players that come over from the DSL to the FIL usually return to Bradenton for Spring Training and for the most part, it gives you...
Via Pirates Prospects
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

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 18, 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

Jeff Locke faces Felix Doubront as the Pirates look to keep hot streak going

If a week ago it seemed that nobody wanted to win the National League’s second wild card, suddenly the situation looks a little bit different on the season’s third-to-last Saturday. The Pirates have been slicing through the Cubs and Phillies like a hot knife through butter with seven wins in eight games, but they only managed to build a 1 1/2 game lead in the second wild card...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 143: Pirates 6 Phillies 4

I’m not sure if this game was closer than it needed to be, or an easier victory for the Pirates than it really should have been. For most of the game, Jeff Locke pitched really well, the Pirates left runners on base against Kyle Kendrick, and not many runs at all were scored. Locke gave up a run in the bottom of the fourth, Starling Marte hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Phillies 4

The Pirates have an opportunity to grab hold of this last wild card spot (and start challenging for more) with this stretch of games against bad teams. So far, they’ve taken advantage in a big way with a four game win streak…with nine more games in a row coming up against last place clubs. To make things better, both the Brewers and Braves lost, so the Bucs now find themselves...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Locke keeps Pirates in wild-card hunt with 9 Ks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and fell a triple short of the cycle to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates keep their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered with a half-game lead ahead of Milwaukee and Atlanta. Locke and Kyle Kendrick...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 143: Phillies vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68) atPhiladelphia Phillies (66-76) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Kyle Kendrick (8-11, 4.77 ERA) vs. PIT: Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA) Time: 7:05 , Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Cloudy, 74 Media: Twitter and Facebook Note for tonight:   The Phillies open a 4-game series tonight with their cross-state rivals as the Pirates will look to extend their lead for...
Via Phillies Nation
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirate playoff push continues on to Philadelphia

The Pirates’ sweep over the Cubs was a great thing to see. Even though the Pirates didn’t play all that poorly in getting swept by the Cardinals last week, the result was a devastating one that more or less ended their shot at winning the NL Central. Coupled with the Cubs playing good baseball prior to the Pirates coming to town, well, I was worried about the season having...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

This isn’t quite it but this is almost it

This feels insane to say out loud, but the Pirates are less than 70 hours removed from what was arguably one of their high points in the 2014 season. Partway through Sunday afternoons games, the Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 and the Cubs lead the Cardinals 5-0. With the Brewers struggling badly, it seemed like a real possibility at that point that the Pirates would end Sunday tied with...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 138: Cardinals 6 Pirates 4

I don’t know, I’m sort of all out of things to say about this Pirate team at this particular point in time. Tonight, Jeff Locke took the mound and had absolutely zero command of the strike zone. This has been a recurring problem of late, but there hasn’t even been a slight consideration to removing him from the rotation because the Pirates have literally zero other options...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

I’m pretty sure Pirate fans would have taken a split of two Jeff Locke vs Adam Wainwright matchups, and while that’s what happened over the past week, no one’s happy. That’s because the Pirates needed a win pretty badly in this one and had a chance to beat the Cardinal ace again, but again fell in frustrating fashion. Wainwright hurt the Pirates more with his bat than he...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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