The evolving Pirate offense

The Pirates’ offensive turnaround this year has been a big topic of discussion lately. You likely know the basics. They’re fourth in the National League in runs scored despite playing in a pitcher-friendly park, their position players have a 110 OPS+, and their on-base percentage of .334 is the best in all of baseball. As you might expect, it’s awfully rare for a National League...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 12 Dodgers 7

Let’s start here: since 2005, my Mom has been asking me to be in a post on WHYGAVS. If we’re being honest, I can’t ever tell how serious she is about it or if she’s just giving me a hard time (I mean, I hardly ever put MYSELF on WHYGAVS, geez, Mom, don’t you want the other people on the internet to think I’m cool?). Whenever she asks, I always say that it’ll happen...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: The Dumbest Game In The History Of Baseball

This game was so dumb. This was so, so stupid. Just everything about this game was the worst thing that ever happened, and know that I’m saying this despite the much-maligned Dodger offense scoring seven runs. So much happened. So little happened. Forget this ever happened. If Josh Beckett was hoping to prove he’s healthy and effective and that the Dodgers don’t need to add...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Midseason All-Waiver Wire Team

Well, the All-Star Game is now in the past and we set our sights to the future. Regardless of whether your future in your league is bleak or bright, you can always improve your team. One way is looking to replace one player via the waiver wire. Maybe it’s that underachieving 3B/SS who had a ton of hype entering the season or the former Cy Young pitcher who’s lost a ton of life...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, D-Backs 2

This one felt all too familiar, like the summer of 2013 when the Pirates would just find all kinds of ways to win games out of nowhere. The Pirates had no business winning this game – they were totally dominated by Wade Miley for eight innings, and while Jeff Locke pitched well again, a couple of soft hits and a defensive miscue put a couple runs on the board for Arizona. But...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
27 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Catchers Part 1

Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America There is and always will be a tension between fantasy baseball and real baseball. Real statistical analysts often ignore run producing statistics (runs and RBI) because they are largely what we may call opportunity statistics. They are dependent on the quality of the players around a particular player and not necessarily a reflection...
Via The Fantasy Fix
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets – Game 82

One game over .500 at the halfway point.  Could be worse I guess.  Could be an assload better too. The Pirates are just 2.5 games out of the last wildcard spot.  That sounds pleasant but they have three teams directly in front of them. The good news is it starts to get a bit murky after the Pirates. The Marlins are collapsing, they are 4.5 out.   No one really expects the Marlins...
Via This Is Getting Old
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB tweaks home plate rule after controversial play

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a controversial play last week that called into question the validity of MLB’s new home plate collision rule. On Tuesday, the league took a formal step to ensure such controversy wouldn’t happen again. The rule in question was Rule 7.13, a new edict that prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB adjusts plate-blocking rule on force plays

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball has adjusted the new rule regarding catchers blocking the plate, saying it won't be called on force plays at home. The tweak came Tuesday, a week after a disputed play in Pittsburgh. Upon review, a call was overturned and a Cincinnati runner was ruled safe when it was determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin obstructed the path to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade With The Lost Collector: The Lost Collector Finds 8 New Russell Martins!

I completed my second trade with AJ from The Lost Collector. AJ had some Russell Martin as a Yankee cards lying around and I was the lucky recipient of his generosity. My Russ PC has now expanded by 8 and I couldn't be happier (almost 300 close!).This phenomenal Out of Bounds parallel from 2013 Topps is a Russ card I've desired and needed since I first knew...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates enjoy walk-off win in series finale against Reds

With the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied in the 12th inning Thursday, Pirates catcher Russell Martin jumped back from a 92 mph Tony Cingrani fastball headed for his knees. The remaining fans from a crowd of 30,710 groaned. The PNC Park crowd wanted Martin to endure some pain for the greater good. They wanted to go home and get out of the rain, to end another four-plus...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rule on plays at home plate needs review

PITTSBURGH -- Devin Mesoraco couldn't find fault in anything Russell Martin, his catching counterpart with the Pittsburgh Pirates, did as Mesoraco chugged toward home plate in the third inning of Wednesday night's 11-4 win by the Reds at PNC Park. Video review did. While this particular scenario ended up benefitting the Reds, the question of purpose vs. practicality in regards...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds pound Pirates, 11-4, in rain-delayed game

Driving rain, a strong wind that made applying the infield tarp a struggle and incandescent flashes of lighting delayed the official conclusion of a game Wednesday night between the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The wait was a formality. The game had been decided long before. Poor execution off the mound and in the field led to an 11-4 loss to the Reds at PNC Park after a delay of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp: 2014 Gypsy Queen 1/1 Framed Mini Yellow Printing Plate

I recently showed off Russell Martin's 2014 Gypsy Queen Yellow Framed Mini Printing Plate. Russ gets some company with my latest addition: Matt Kemp's 2014 Gypsy Queen Yellow Framed Mini Printing Plate. Now all I need is Clayton's similar card and I've got myself a unique Trifecta for my main PC guys.I always love grabbing affordable 1/1s of my primary collecting...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh hopes to re-sign Russell Martin

President of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Frank Coonelly, says the organization has hopes of re-signing catcher Russell Martin in the near future, per Joe Starkey.Coonelly on prospect of re-signing Russell Martin: "Our interest level is very high."— Joe Starkey (@JoeStarkey1) June 10, 2014#450408684 / There has not been a lot of news about the re-signing...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Adams calm on Martin fitness after op

Neil Adams remains calm on the fitness of Norwich City’s Russell Martin after the defender underwent a hernia operation. Club […]
Via Soccer News
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Gypsy Queen Martin Mini Plate.

I recently showed off a Russell Martin Pittsburgh Pirates' Printing Plate from 2014 Gypsy Queen. I was very happy to acquire it, and I'm just as happy to pair that full-sized printing plate with this framed mini plate of Russ which also hails from '14 Gypsy Queen. It's my third Pittsburgh Martin 1/1.The fact that it's the Yellow 1/1 Plate -- combined with the...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers looted by Pirates in series opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, handing nemesis Kyle Lohse his first loss since April 1. Martin's double keyed an inning that increased Pittsburgh's lead to 13-3 and included Jose Tabata hitting two...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Plundering Those Pirates' Bloggers Blind

I've been fortunate to be one of the only major Russell Martin collectors out there since I reentered the hobby, and the only one in the blogging world that I've encountered. That even held true -- much to my delight -- when Russ signed with the New York Yankees. However, since his move to the Pittsburgh Pirates, I've had to contend with Pirates Treasure Room while being...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

San Diego police officer refuses to give foul ball to fans

During Monday night’s Pirates-Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego, a police officer caught a foul ball (on a hop, mind you) off the bat of Russell Martin. The cop then proceeded to keep the ball for himself, instead of tossing it to one of the fans begging for the ball. If there was a kid around, I’d have more of an issue with this – there’s no reason to give away your...
Via Bloguin Best
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Diego police officer refuses to give ball to fans

During Monday night’s Pirates-Padres game at Petco Park in San Diego, a police officer caught a foul ball (on a hop, mind you) off the bat of Russell Martin. The cop then proceeded to keep the ball for himself, instead of tossing it to one of the fans begging for the ball. If there was a kid around, I’d have more of an issue with this – there’s no reason to give away your...
Via The Outside Corner
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Kemp, Martin, Trout, Getzlaf: Taking That Westward-Bound PWE Train.

I received another great PWE from Jeff at 2 by 3 Heroes. My four favorites -- highlighted by a new Matt Kemp and a new Russell Martin -- are scanned below.I know Jeff does it just to nudge me, but I love the Mike Trout. It's a most welcome addition, what with him being the best player in baseball and its true MVP.
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates beat Dodgers, 6-3, as Alvarez, Martin hit homers

The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium that dated back to Sept. 16, 2011, on Thursday night, to open their west coast swing with a bang. Gerrit Cole gave the club a big start in a return to his native California. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin powered home runs off Dodgers starter Dan Haren, and a seventh inning rally fueled by a Josh Harrison RBI single...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin anticipating Snodgrass speculation

Norwich City captain Russell Martin expects the club will face a fight to keep hold of team-mate Robert Snodgrass in […]
Via Soccer News
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates reinstate Martin, DFA Wandy

Every media outlet in Pittsburgh is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated catcher Russell Martin from the disabled list and Designated Wandy Rodriguez for Assignment. Russell Martin will finally have to serve his suspension for the Milwaukee incident so technically the Pirates will have three catchers on the roster today. I’d expect the “Uncrustable”…
Via This Is Getting Old
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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