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Bear or Bull: Yasiel Puig

The "five tool" player (having the abilities to hit for average and power, base-running skills/speed, throwing, and fielding) is one who possesses an incredibly rare set of skills. Branch Rickey, who first coined the term in his book The American Diamond, could only name two true "five tool" players at the time - Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Essentially, it's a term that refers...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 25: Reds 6 Pirates 5

It is tempting and not incorrect to say that not all baseball teams can win all games and that even teams like the Pirates lose to teams like the Reds from time to time. That doesn’t make this loss any less frustrating. The Reds had to scratch Raisel Iglesias on Saturday and give a start to [hold on I have to look this guy’s name up again] Tim Adelman, who shut them down over...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adleman shines in MLB debut, Reds win in 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Scott Schebler hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday.The Pirates had won six in a row.Eugenio Suarez led off the Reds 11th with a triple past diving left fielder Starling Marte and scored on Schebler's hit off Ryan Vogelsong (1-1).Schebler had entered earlier in...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s stop forgetting about Josh Harrison

The transformation over the last five years in the Steel City has been tremendous. Pittsburgh is one of just three teams that have made the postseason each of the last three years, and the Pirates have the second-most victories in the league during that time. Pitching and defense has been the key to Pittsburgh’s resurgence. This season, the Pirates are off to another successful...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 days ago

Starling Marte emerging as a superstar

Each year during spring training, ESPN’s Baseball Tonight counts down the top 100 players in the major leagues. That Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte ranked just No. 74 on the list raised a few eyebrows. Even those of ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield who wrote that he felt Marte was underrated. Marte, in many ways is this generation’s version of Al Oliver. In...
Via Today's Knuckleball
7 days ago

Game 21: Pirates 9 Rockies 4

I suppose this goes without saying, but when I type something like perhaps a struggling lefty and Coors Field are what Andrew McCutchen needs to get jump-started, I don’t actually expect the result to be that Andrew McCutchen goes out and lights the Rockies up for three home runs. McCutchen did exactly that, though, launching a two-run homer to left in the first, a solo shot to...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 17: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 7

OK, now that I’ve had a full night of sleep, woken up, stretched out some, eaten breakfast, and gotten some caffeine inside of me, I’m willing to try and start re-considering this game from last night. The roof was open at Chase Field last night, and as a result the Pirates and Diamondbacks played a game that might as well have been played on the moon. Sean Rodriguez and Gregory...
Via WHYGAVS?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates player contributions 13 games in

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 7-6 in the very early part of the 2016 MLB season but are flashing signs of another successful season. Through the first 13 games of the season the Pirates rank ninth in the MLB in runs, so scoring isn’t the problem. The Pirates have also been tearing the cover off of the ball all with 130 hits in just 13 games averaging more than a hit per inning. Leading...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Lack of power sinking Pittsburgh Pirates in early going

During the Pittsburgh Pirates’ recent run of success, their teams have been characterized by consistent starting pitching and a young lineup that exemplifies the National League style of offense. Their starting outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco are not known for their power (though McCutchen has a career .495 slugging percentage) but for their speed...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte gets breather to rest hand after plunking

The Pirates held left fielder Starling Marte out of the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers at PNC Park, playing it safe after Marte was hit by a pitch in Saturday's game.
Via Pirates.com
18 days ago

Pirates carrying successful shift strategy into outfield

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ three starting outfielders are so fast and athletic that it seems no fly ball should ever hit the ground. That, of course, would be impossible. As good as left fielder Starling Marte, center fielder Andrew McCutchen and right fielder Gregory Polanco are, they can’t track down everything. However, the Pirates are attempting to maximize the trio’s chances...
Via Today's Knuckleball
19 days ago

Pirates' Starling Marte makes ridiculous HR-robbing catch vs. Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte won his first Gold Glove last season and is making a strong push to win his second. Catches like the one he made Friday night will help.The Milwaukee Brewers' Chris Carter crushed a pitch that appeared to be destined for the outfield seats, but Marte had other ideas.Marte backed up against the wall, turned around and caught the ball...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Braun homers twice as Brewers top Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Friday night.Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter's eye in center field off Kyle Lobstein in the sixth to put the Brewers ahead 5-0. After the Pirates drew within a run, Braun hit a 415-foot shot to dead center...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Braun hits 2 HRs to lead Brewers to 8-4 win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Braun hit two long two-run home runs and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Friday night. Braun had a 460-foot shot off the batter's eye in center field off Kyle Lobstein in the sixth to put the Brewers ahead 5-0. After the Pirates drew within a run, Braun hit a 415-foot shot to dead...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte's grand slam amps up Bucs' dugout

Starling Marte cleared the bases with a shot to left field off Hoover, a game-winning blast that also served as Marte's first career grand slam and the Bucs' first homer of the season.
Via Pirates.com
27 days ago

Reds fall to Pirates despite strong offense

The Pirates loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh innings Friday night and came up empty-handed both times. Starling Marte assured that wouldn't be the case in the eighth inning, launching his first career grand slam to left field and sending the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Via Reds.com
27 days ago

Marte's grand slam lifts Bucs over Reds

The Pirates loaded the bases in the fifth and seventh innings Friday night and came up empty-handed both times. Starling Marte assured that wouldn't be the case in the eighth inning, launching his first career grand slam to left field and sending the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Via Pirates.com
27 days ago

Marte's 1st grand slam rallies Pirates over Reds 6-5

CINCINNATI (AP) Starling Marte hit his first career grand slam, connecting off new Reds closer J.J. Hoover and lifting the unbeaten Pittsburgh Pirates over Cincinnati 6-5 on a blustery Friday night. The Pirates improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 by taking advantage of Cincinnati's unsettled back of the bullpen. The Reds lost for the first time. Down 5-2, Pittsburgh loaded...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte sold Polanco on benefits of extension

When Gregory Polanco asked for advice about signing a long-term contract with the Pirates, Starling Marte had some for his friend and fellow Dominican Republic native.
Via Pirates.com
April 05, 2016

Behold a dark horse: 10 surprise 2016 MLB MVP candidates

Everyone likes to sound smart. It’s just a fact of life: Everyone wants to be the one to know something no one else knows, especially among your group of dumb friends. So when your dumb friends start talking about who’s going to win the MVP this year and they all agree it’ll be Paul Goldschmidt, you can act all superior and say, “Actually, his teammate A.J. Pollock might...
Via The Comeback
April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Where Are All The Contract Extensions?

Over the last few years, March has brought not only pretend baseball to keep us distracted from the absence of real baseball, but also a large number of fascinating contract extensions to think (and write) about. Flush with cash from new television revenues, teams have worked aggressively to lock up their best players, with players cashing in earlier and earlier with guaranteed contracts...
Via Fangraphs
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Starling Marte sidelined with quad tightness, day-to-day

With just over a week to go before Opening Day, now is hardly the time any team wants to see a player sustain an injury. The Pittsburgh Pirates did just that Saturday, however, as outfielder Starling Marte was was forced to leave Pittsburgh’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays after just one at bat. Multiple reports after the game have chalked up the injury as “right quad tightness”...
Via Today's Knuckleball
March 26, 2016

Jake Odorizzi effective into 7th inning as Rays top Pirates split squad

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Odorizzi pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run double to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad 3-1 Saturday night. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte exited in the fourth inning due to tightness in his right quadriceps. Marte stumbled out of the batter's box in the second. David Freese...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Odorizzi pitches well into 7th, Rays beat Pittsburgh 3-1

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Jake Odorizzi pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run double to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad 3-1 Saturday night. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte exited in the fourth inning due to tightness in his right quadriceps. Marte stumbled out of the batter's box in the second. David Freese...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Best Outfield In Baseball

Early next week, our Positional Power Rankings are going to turn to the pitching staffs. I’m slated to write about the top 15 starting rotations, and if I were to begin writing that piece now, I’d end up discussing how the Dodgers have the best starting rotation in the game. This is a controversial statement, because the Dodgers are built upon fragility, and they’ve already...
Via Fangraphs
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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