Game 123: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

It’s only the Marlins, but JA Happ’s Pirate resurgence continued tonight with six shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out six, and issuing just one walk. Happ actually gave up half of those hits in the first inning, and he only allowed one base runner after the third. Happ’s now only allowed one run in his last three starts (17 1/3 innings), striking out 16, walking...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates GM isn't such a big fan of second wild-card anymore

Back in the good old days when Major League Baseball had just one wild-card team, that club trucked right on into the divisional round for a best-of-5 series. Well, those days are long gone with advent of a second wild-card spot a few seasons ago, and Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington isn't so sure he's much of a fan of it like he once was. "I'm not sure that there...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-10-15 to 8-16-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/10/15 thru 8/16/15, the 19th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 2 Losses, 31 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Gregory Polanco. Polanco is scalding hot. This week he picked up 14 hits in 29 ABs, scored 5 runs, and drove in 4. Polanco also continued to display...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Burned by MLB Trade Deadline before

(Check out previous MLB Trade Deadline articles I wrote on the Pirates here and here.) With the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline a few days into the rear view mirror, many teams that went big and added legitimate talent are already reaping the rewards.  Here are but a few examples: *Through 3 games, OF Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .333 with a .968 OPS for the New York Mets, who are riding...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-27-15 to 8-2-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/27/15 thru 8/2/15, the 17th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 2 Losses, 34 Runs Scored and 34 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. There is no hotter hitter in baseball right now than Jung Ho. The rookie Korean SS mashed 3 homers and 3 doubles on the way to a 9 for...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: 2015 trade deadline hangover

A letter grade ranking of each trade Pirates GM Neal Huntington executed leading up to the July 31st non-waiver MLB Trade Deadline. Martin was a huge addition to the 2013 and 2014 teams Neal Huntington struck gold on a number of players that I never saw coming.  I was initially critical when the GM signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin to free agent contracts in the...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Deadline additions: Michael Morse and J.A. Happ

The Pirates were not silent at the deadline on Friday, as many thought they would be. The trades they did make were….not exactly exciting, but they at least made some sense considering the circumstances. Considering the current state of the rotation, I would have loved for them to snag another quality arm, but those are tough to come by. Apparently, A.J. Burnett informed the Pirates...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco Thriving Since Returning to the Leadoff Spot

It is hard to not view the first three months of Gregory Polanco‘s season as anything but disappointing. On July 5th the talented young RF of the Pittsburgh Pirates was saddled with a 231/300/330 triple slash line. The Pirates were facing a crossroad. Not only was Polanco struggling, but the team had just lost leadoff hitter Josh Harrison to a thumb injury that would sideline...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

A trade and a win….better now?

After everyone was all angry just about 24 hours ago, there are a lot more positive vibes around the Pirates after they swung a much-needed trade and followed it up with a strong win over the Nationals to begin the weekend series. So, Aramis Ramirez, huh? There’s certainly some irony and a sense of his career coming full circle here, after he was painfully traded away just about...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Richard to Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-hander Clayton Richard to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations, according to "It was a challenging decision," Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told "We really like Clayton a lot, and we feel he can and will help a Major League team. [When] he exercised the clause, the Cubs called, and we could have called...
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July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates make a series of roster moves

The Pirates 25-man roster looked a little bit different on Sunday as the team welcomed two new faces into the dugout. Pittsburgh designated Jose Tabata and Chris Volstad for assignment and called ip Gorkys Hernandez and Steve Lombardozzi, according to The Pirates had been working with an eight man bullpen, but now the team has seven relievers and five bench players...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Eliminating Teams Using the Thome Corollary

In the first chapter of his (excellent!) Big Data Baseball, Travis Sawchick describes how now-Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington used an interesting bit of historical analysis to help inform a controversial roster move. Writes Sawchick: Using the software [DiamondView], the Indians made key decisions, such as when they elected not to sign aging star […]
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates draft results just a coincidence

When looking back on the Pirates draft, it looks like the team targeted both shortstops and college players in general, but General Manager Neal Huntington said that was not the case. “It’s no specific effort on our part to draft shortstops,” Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It is great to have depth at premium defensive positions, especially if they’re...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates ready for 2015 draft

  The 2015 MLB Draft is next week and while it may not garner the type of media attention that the NBA and NFL drafts do, that doesn't mean it's any less important. The Pirates don't have any of the first few picks so they will wait and see how the first round unfolds, but General Manager Neal Huntington does have a strategy. "We really do subscribe to the best-player philosophy...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Kang gives Pirates versatility, flexibility

Now that Kang has adjusted to life in the Major Leagues and proven himself a valuable commodity on the Pirates roster and in the lineup, the Bucs have an overload of talent in the infield. Kang is another asset that Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle can plug into the middle infield alongside Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer. Having three middle infielders and two spots may create problems...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: This isn’t your old Buccos’ tale

The old narratives that use to apply to the Pittsburgh Pirates no longer applies, it hasn’t for quite some time as it turns out. No longer are the days of trading a star player, getting a handful of young players – who usually didn’t pan out to be anything – and then trading those who did turn out to be tradable assets. Signing Andrew McCutchen well into his free agent...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Final Analysis of the Pirates Offseason

On the eve of a new baseball season it seems an appropriate time to take a final retrospective of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason. The 2015 Pirates will return most of the core from a team that has qualified for the playoffs as the NL Wildcard each of the last two seasons. The lone exception is star catcher Russell Martin who signed with the Blue Jays.   Because the Pirates...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 3

How are the Pittsburgh Pirates shaping up heading into the 2015 MLB season?  Read part 1 here, where we covered: High point of the offseason High point honorable mention Low point of the offseason Low point honorable mention In part 2, we discussed: Wild card of the offseason Smart non-move of the offseason Poor non-move of the offseason Here in part 3, we tie up all of the loose...
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades of baseball anonymity, the Steel City has become much more than just a football town thanks to the last two seasons of Pirate prosperity. The ascension of Andrew McCutchen to MVP status has highlighted Neal Huntington’s long rebuilding process, and the Pirates have become one of the best teams in the National League because of it. Now in the throes of success...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Arquimedes Caminero < 500

In the early years of the Neal Huntington era, Huntington would fill the roster with pitchers like Tyler Yates and Franquelis Osoria and take shots at pitchers like Kevin Hart and Donnie Veal. Occasionally he’d unearth a diamond in the rough like Evan Meek or hit it big on a trade with a pitcher like James McDonald, but mostly the roster was filled with hard-throwing crap that...
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Radhames Liz < 500

One of my absolute favorite things about the Neal Huntington front office is that they absolutely do not care what anyone else thinks about what they do. People freaked out last year about the Cole Tucker draft pick and then that the Pirates didn’t save a significant amount of slot money with his bonus, but the Pirates just kind of shrugged, pointed out how young he was, and moved...
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Burnett returns to Pittsburgh for one final season

  General managers dream of this, right? A desirable free agent calls, tells you he wants to play for your team, tells you he will not negotiate with any other club. Eureka! A negotiation cannot get any easier! “Actually,” Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Thursday. “It was almost awkward.” Yes, A.J. Burnett wanted to return to the Pirates, wanted to play one more year, wanted...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Jordy Mercer < 500

I’m not sure any player validates the whole Neal Huntington front office approach quite as much as Jordy Mercer. That seems like a crazy place to start, so bear with me. Mercer was a third-round pick in 2008, drafted one round after Chase d’Arnaud and generally slightly less-well regarded than d’Arnaud in the early part of his career. Mercer didn’t do much of anything in...
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Sell High on Travis Snider

Maximizing value is the key to success for any resource starved low revenue major league baseball team. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has a fairly strong track record when it comes to buying low on talent. His eye for finding undervalued assets is one of the biggest reasons the Pirates have turned into a contender after so many years of being a laughingstock...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Travis Snider traded to Orioles

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far. Although there hadn’t been any rumors leading up to this, it shouldn’t...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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