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Exit Velocity, Part III: Applying Meaning to the Data

After first demonstrating that batted ball exit velocity matters, and then establishing that it might stabilize rather quickly and represent an actual repeatable skill, the next step in our exploration of the data is its application. We want to find something that’s predictive and could possibly provide clues for future performance. In the second part of this series, we looked...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte 2015 Defensive Highlights

Starling Marte is your 2015 NL Gold Glove and MLB Defensive Player of the Year Award winner in LF, which shouldn’t surprise any Pirate fan.  The numbers certainly back it up, but this is one of those cases where you really don’t need to look at a stat sheet for a second to tell how good he is. We enjoyed gems like these from Marte all season (and ever since he reached the majors...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Pirates’ One Chance

When you see Jake Arrieta‘s final line – 9 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts — it’s actually kind of hard to believe, but as dominating as the Cubs ace was on Wednesday night, the Pirates actually had a chance to beat him. Arrieta was amazing, but he wasn’t quite perfect, and in the sixth inning, the Pirates put together a legitimate rally. The inning started...
Via Fangraphs
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs dominate Pirates to advance to NLDS

I tweeted the following from Wrigley Field on August 9: Fantastic game at Wrigley. Cubs up 2-0 in ninth, Giants load bases, then three consecutive K's, last on 3-2 pitch. Crowd explodes. Baseball. — David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) August 9, 2015 Tuesday, Joe Maddon called the four-game set that culminated with that out a “seminal moment.” According to the Cubs skipper...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte saves the day

Juuuust when things were starting to look a little dicey for Wild Card home field, the Pirates did just enough to rescue themselves from a cold, soggy, bad loss against a miserable Reds team that is just playing out the string. Starling Marte made it a happy ending: Now the Pirates just need one more win or one more Cubs loss over the final two to make it a date at PNC Park on Wednesday...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte hits walk-off in extras against Reds

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Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Goes Hannibal On Rockies

We have one reader in Nigeria who emails me privately about how I've won large amounts of muney (sic), so I don't need to be working, which means this is more of a PSA, and should be taken even more seriously:  Starling Marte is a God.  There's Jesus, there's his Dad, there's Jehovah, there's Mormons' magic underpants, there's whoever the Jews pray to -- Mel Brooks? -- there's...
Via Razzball
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte makes history in Pirates series vs. Rockies

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been on fire recently. So much so that he has tied a franchise record previously held by Pie Traynor.Yes, that Pie Traynor who recorded 13 hits over a four-game series for the Pirates back in August 2-4, 1928."Pie Traynor? That's going back," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the game via MLB.com. "That's a big league name."Big...
Via Fox Sports
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte, Pirates beat Rockies 6-3 to close in on playoff spot

DENVER (AP) Starling Marte drove in two runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates closed in on their third straight playoff berth by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Tuesday night. The Pirates reduced their magic number to one for securing at least an NL wild card. A loss by San Francisco, which played later at San Diego, or a win Wednesday against the Rockies would clinch another trip to...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking towards the coin toss game

It is all but official. The Cubs will meet the Pirates in the Wild Card game. It's theoretical that the Cubs would play the Cardinals instead, but the chance that St. Louis takes the division is well over 90% at this point – 91.7% according to Baseball Prospectus. Since it's one game, anything can happen: we can win by 17, or lose by 6. That said, it's always nice to have the...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies: Jon Gray fails to pick up first win

Rockies lose as Pirates trouncing of Rockies leaves less answers more “Gray” area heading into 2016. HIGHLIGHTS   RUNDOWN: Clint Hurdle led his team in a pennant race at Coors Field.  This time he was in a Pirate uniform taking on Jon Gray and the Rockies.  Gray who made his 9th start, was looking to pick up his 1st major league win.  Gray didn’t have his best...
Via BSN Denver
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte's 4 hits lead Pirates past Rockies 9-3

DENVER (AP) Starling Marte homered among his four hits and came within a triple of the cycle, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Monday night. Aramis Ramirez went deep and Jody Mercer had four hits for the Pirates, who reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to two. A win Tuesday and a San Francisco loss would clinch at least a wild card...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte, Alvarez homer for Pirates in 4-3 win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Starling Marte hitting a tying home run off Mike Bolsinger, Pedro Alvarez had a go-ahead homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday to open a two-game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the NL's first wild-card berth. Gerrit Cole (17-8) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings and struck out nine, improving to 3-0 in four career...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Dodgers 3: Game Of (Many) Feet

Last night’s game came down to inches. Today’s game was decided by hundreds of feet. In the mid-September heat the ball was carrying out of Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers eventually fell by a score of 4-3. Mike Bolsinger started for the Dodgers and gave up two home runs. The first, hit by Starling Marte, carried into the aisle halfway up the left field pavilion. One inning...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Easy at last

That’s what Pirates-Reds game should have looked like far more often this year – heck, even when the Pirates have beaten the Reds on occasion, it hasn’t been easy (the Starling Marte “save” game comes to mind). But finally, on Tuesday, the Pirates looked like one of the best teams in the league and the Reds looked like one of the worst…which they are. That was also what...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' bats go cold, fall to Pirates 9-3 in series opener

ST. LOUIS -- J.A. Happ pitched seven scoreless innings and Starling Marte drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Happ allowed only three singles and won for the fourth time in six starts since being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline. He retired 15 straight batters in one stretch, matched...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' bats go cold, fall to Pirates 9-3 in series opener

ST. LOUIS -- J.A. Happ pitched seven scoreless innings and Starling Marte drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Happ allowed only three singles and won for the fourth time in six starts since being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline. He retired 15 straight batters in one stretch, matched...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The most promising thing about Polanco right now

By Jeff Sullivan The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s...
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 win. Back in the last year of the Pirates’ Dark Age, it...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates beat Giants on Marte's walk-off HR; Kang goes deep twice

  Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walk-off hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the top of the ninth...
Via AP on Fox
August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte's 2-out HR in bottom of 9th lifts Pirates over Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walkoff hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the...
Via AP on Fox
August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

This could have been ugly: Bucs ball girl interferes on foul pop

The second-place Pittsburgh Pirates have a tough enough task of trying to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The last thing the Bucs need to do is deal with ball girls getting in the way on foul pops. Wednesday night, that's just what left fielder Starling Marte had to avoid during the Pirates' 4-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Bucs up...
Via Fox Sports
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 110: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3

Wins don’t come easily for the Pirates at Busch Stadium, and so it’s hard to feel any way but frustrated after the Pirates dropped the first game of this three-game set there in what felt like an avoidable fashion on Tuesday night. The short version is that the Pirates took a 3-1 lead on the Cardinals thanks to a first-inning Starling Marte double, a third inning Gregory Polanco...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Marte's gems in 9th save Melancon's scoreless innings streak

Pirates closer Mark Melancon took the hill Friday night sporting a big-league best 32 saves and a nifty streak of 21 consecutive scoreless appearances. But his impressive streak was about to be snapped, or so it looked. With Pittsburgh up a run, Melancon came on to shut down the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth. But Melancon gave up a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips, followed by...
Via Fox Sports
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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