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Offense is fun

The Pirates remembered how to hit the baseball on Friday, and it was good: Every starting position player reached base at least once. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both had huge games, which they both badly needed. Polanco had three hits including a double and was motoring around the bases all night. Marte had an infield hit, a steal, and a colossal blast to put the game away...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

It’s April and the Pirates can’t hit again

Welp, stop me if you’ve heard that one before. I am still very confident that this is a good offense. A couple of awful games doesn’t change that. They are in a slump. A quick look at some of the averages for guys with legit track records will tell you right away that this won’t last long: Not great. pic.twitter.com/PCF6YLwgm0 — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) April 16, 2015 Regardless...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 7: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque afternoon at PNC Park than this one: Josh Harrison hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first over the fence, Gerrit Cole kept the Tigers off balance for six innings with a fastball that averaged 97 mph and a ton of swinging strikes on his off-speed pitches (PitchFX says that he threw 22 sliders/curves (though I guess one of those might...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: opening week recap

The 2015 season kicked off this past week and the Pirates have rebounded nicely after a rough start. After the first two series the Bucs sit at 2-4. While it is still early and the sample size is small, there are some things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Hopefully a return to PNC Park will give the Pirates a much needed spark. The opening series in Cincinnati is one...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates batter Brewers, 6-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez homered and drove in two runs, Neil Walker had three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided their first 0-4 start in nine years with a 6-2 win Friday night over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jeff Locke (1-0) allowed seven hits and two runs in six solid innings for Pittsburgh, which rebounded after getting swept in three games in Cincinnati to open the season...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win first game of year, beat Brewers 6-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Pedro Alvarez homered and drove in two runs, Neil Walker had three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided their first 0-4 start in nine years with a 6-2 win Friday night over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jeff Locke (1-0) allowed seven hits and two runs in six solid innings for Pittsburgh, which rebounded after getting swept in three games in Cincinnati to open the season...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 3: Reds 3 Pirates 2

It’s not particularly fun to try and deal with an 0-3 start when five days ago you were attempting to catalogue all of the respected media pundits that picked the Pirates to win the World Series, but these are the sorts of things that the baseball season foists upon you occasionally, and so here we are. This sort of situation is a pain to try and deal with from a fan’s perspective...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

SWEEP: Reds start 3-0 for first time since 2011

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto added to his resurgent series with his first homer since May 10, and Gregory Polanco's ninth-inning error sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory and a season-opening sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Reds improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they won their first five games. The Pirates hadn't lost their first three games...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2: Reds 5 Pirates 4

If the 2014 Pirates taught us anything, it’s that there’s no limit to the number of excruciatingly frustrating losses that a good team can rack up over the course of 162 games (or maybe it’s that the better the team you’re watching is, the tougher most losses get to swallow, I guess we’re debating a chicken and an egg, here). That’s a good thing to keep in mind, because...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Draft Strategy: Identifying Undervalued Players

Since we’re in the middle of draft season, a cliché I’m hearing a lot is this: You want to find value during your draft; find assets (players) who are being undervalued. I’m going to provide an example of finding undervalued players. The table below shows my projections for two players would qualify at corner infield. Which player would you rather have on your team? Player...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Benches clear, Pirates hit 6 homers in win over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) A shouting match between coaches cleared the benches in a rare testy spring training game, and Pedro Alvarez homered twice, including a grand slam, as the Pittsburgh Pirates teed off on the Philadelphia Phillies for an 18-4 victory Monday. Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez and Pedro Florimon also connected for the Pirates, who hit six home runs. Alvarez...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Backup plans

Last year, the Pirates started the season with Pedro Alvarez at third base, Travis Ishikawa at first base, Wandy Rodriguez and Charlie Morton in the rotation, Jason Grilli in the bullpen, and a right field slot reserved for Gregory Polanco. By the end of the season, Polanco was the only one of those players even still on the active roster, and the Pirates made the playoffs anyway...
Via WHYGAVS?
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Alvarez doubles, homers as Pirates beat Phillies 6-5

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pedro Alvarez had three hits, including an RBI double and a two-run homer, as a Pittsburgh Pirates' split squad beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday. Trailing 5-1, the Pirates scored three runs in the sixth off Mario Hollands. Alvarez hit his first home run since his spring training opener on March 3, and Jose Tabata had an RBI single. Alvarez and Tony...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: Pedro Alvarez

Getty Images It has been a long awaited four months and baseball is finally here! Now that baseball is back, it means that fantasy baseball has arrived. It is time to start drafting teams, but before you start drafting, you need a plan of attack. You need to know whom you will get the best value for and whom you just need to avoid altogether. My advice, look for sleeper picks that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

5 First Base Sleepers for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

With our Top 200 Countdown ending this week (finally!) we’ve dedicated a lot of a virtual pages to the key players of the 2015 fantasy season. Now with spring training underway and rosters mostly finalized, it’s time we survey each position for the potential sleepers of the 2015 fantasy season. Get ready to see this non-sleeper’s face a lot this week! Our definition of...
Via Baseball Professor
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Alvarez homers, Pirates beat Blue Jays 8-7

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams. Alvarez's drive came in the first inning off Aaron Sanchez after Gregory Polanco singled and Starling Marte reached on an error...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez, Jung-Ho Kang go deep in spring opener (VIDEO)

Grapefruit League play started with a bang for these two: Original article: Pedro Alvarez, Jung-Ho Kang go deep in spring opener (VIDEO)©2015 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang homered in his second at bat of the spring

Jung Ho Kang came to the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter surrounded by a cloud of mystery. How would the Korean infielder’s prodigious power translate to the major league game? Well, we can’t make much of Spring Training statistics, but this homer that Kang launched off of Marco Estrada on Tuesday was pretty impressive. Post by The Outside Corner. Now that’s tantalizing...
Via The Outside Corner
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Improved in a Down Year

We all know Pedro Alvarez had a pretty rough year in 2014, as he hit just 18 home runs, half of his total of 36 in 2013. That was almost the whole story, as hitting home runs (usually impressive, towering ones) is what Pedro Alvarez does well. Unfortunately, he happened to time the failure of […]
Via Fangraphs
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Wins In Arbitration, Will Transistion To 1st Base

Pedro Alvarez. Photo Credit: Justin Aller/Getty Images. Former Pittsburgh Pirates‘ third baseman turned new first baseman, Pedro Alvarez, took on his team in an arbitration hearing on Thursday and won. Alvarez, 27, will be entering his sixth big league season and will now make $5.75 million in 2015. The Pirates counter offer had been $5.25 million. It’s a big raise for Alvarez...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez beats Pirates in arbitration, gets $5.75 million

  Pedro Alvarez has beaten the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration. Alvarez was awarded a $5.75 million salary on Thursday by Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent, who heard arguments a day earlier. Pittsburgh had argued for $5.25 million. Alvarez, 28, hit .231 with 18 homers and 56 RBI last year, his poorest season since 2011. He has made 79 errors at third base during...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Alvarez beats Pirates in arbitration, gets $5.75 million

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Pedro Alvarez has beaten the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration. Alvarez was awarded a $5.75 million salary on Thursday by Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent, who heard arguments a day earlier. Pittsburgh had argued for $5.25 million. Alvarez, 28, hit .231 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs last year, his poorest season since 2011. He has made 79 errors...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates, Pedro Alvarez argue salary arbitration case at hearing

  Pedro Alvarez has asked an arbitration panel for a $5.75 million salary, and the Pittsburgh Pirates argued the infielder should be paid $5.25 million. Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent are expected to issue a decision Thursday, a day after listening to arguments. Alvarez, 28, hit .231 with 18 homers and 56 RBI last year, his poorest season since 2011. He has made 79 errors...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez and Pirates take salary case to arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Pedro Alvarez has asked an arbitration panel for a $5.75 million salary, and the Pittsburgh Pirates argued the infielder should be paid $5.25 million. Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent are expected to issue a decision Thursday, a day after listening to arguments. Alvarez, 28, hit .231 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs last year, his poorest season since...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez < 500

This is an unpopular opinion, but I think there’s a decent chance that Pedro Alvarez will be the exact first baseman the Pirates need him to be in 2015. This is buried well underneath the throwing problems, the position change, the power outage, and the foot injury, but in 2014, Pedro Alvarez finally did the two things that everyone has been saying that he needed to do to become...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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