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Grantland: The Pirates’ Sabermetric Road Show

In Fitzgerald, though, the Pirates have built a unique bridge between backgrounds. Most quants spend much of the season sequestered in the equivalent of what the Astros call their “nerd cave” — an office from which analysts periodically emerge to interact with coaches but rarely to travel with the team. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, makes most road trips: If the Pirates are playing...
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The Complete Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster, Including DSL Players

Last week I posted the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Fall Instructional League roster for their upper level team, along with an explanation of what goes on during instructs. Over the weekend I received the roster for the second team, which also features a lot of players who are making the jump from the DSL. The roster can be seen below, with notes on the DSL players to follow. The DSL...
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Reliving Every Pirates Walk-Off Win in 2014

There is still a week left for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2014 regular season, but the remaining schedule is all on the road. That means no more walk-off wins, not counting the post season of course. Walk-offs are always special to the home fans. Just by their very nature they are the most exciting type of win a team can have. The Pirates gave us plenty of walk-offs in 2014. 10...
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A good weekend for the Pirates

The Pirates went into Friday’s game with the Brewers as one of baseball’s hottest teams, while the Brewers came in as one of baseball’s coldest. I wrote this before Friday’s game, but there was no real reason to think that the Brewers were even remotely capable of rolling into PNC and sweeping the Pirates and turning the second wild card race back on its ear. And still,...
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Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Friday to send the Pirates to a late win over the Brewers. Both underscore Martin’s...
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First Pitch: Pittsburgh Has Become a Prime Destination For Bounce Back Pitchers

On Saturday night, Edinson Volquez pitched a gem, throwing seven shutout innings with three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. That lowered his season ERA to 3.15 in 185.2 innings. Today, Vance Worley threw eight shutout innings, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out five. His ERA was lowered to 2.93 in 104.1 innings. The recent success, combined with the season-long...
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Pirates 1, Brewers 0

The 2014 regular season home finale was pretty darn perfect. Nice day, sellout crowd (to break the franchise attendance record), an absolute gem from an unexpected source, a go-ahead hit from the most popular man in town right now, and a victory to put the Bucs in a really good spot going into the season’s final week. Probably more satisfying than all of that combined, though...
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First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles...
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Andrew McCutchen Apologizes to Young Fan

Pittsburgh Pirates fan Bryce Robison had one wish for his sixth birthday…have Andrew McCutchen show up to his party. But, since the Pirates had a day game against the Chicago Cubs and the drive from Wrigley Field to Edison’s Entertainment Complex (where the party was held) is nearly five hours, the 2013 National League MVP was, understandably, absent. Oh…and he’s Andrew FREAKIN’...
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Game 152: Pirates 3 Red Sox 2

Last year, Gerrit Cole bore down to make one of his best starts of the season to beat an American League team by one run to earn the Pirates their 82nd win of the season, breaking the longest franchise losing streak in North America and setting off celebrations all over Pirateland. Tonight, Gerrit Cole bore down to make one of his best starts of the season to beat an American League...
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The Pirates Shark Tank Has Been Restored by a Pair of Johns.

In 2013 the Pirates had one of the best bullpens in baseball. Their 2.89 ERA was the 3rd best in baseball. Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli were awesome at holding late leads. The Bucs were 80-3 last season when leading after 8 innings. The Pirates’ pen was a devastating unit that earned the nickname the “Shark Tank”. But bullpens are a notoriously volatile component of a baseball...
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Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
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Video: Pittsburgh Pirates turn quick triple play

The Pittsburgh Pirates had never turned a triple play at PNC Park heading into Sunday’s game against Chicago. But that all changed in the fourth inning of the National League matchup. With runners on first and second, P Edinson Volquez was in a jam and desperately needed an out or two to prevent what could’ve been a big inning. Thanks to a quick turn by Josh Harrison, Neil Walker...
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WATCH: Pirates go around the horn to turn triple play

During the Cubs-Pirates game on Sunday at PNC Park, Josh Harrison started an around the horn, 5-4-3 triple play for the Pirates in the fourth inning. This was the first triple play the Pirates have turned since April 12, 2009, which was a 6-4-3 triple play initiated by Jack Wilson on a sinking line drive. But today, the play went around the horn from Harrison to Neil Walker to Andrew...
Via The Outside Corner
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Kid writes letter asking for autograph, Pirates reply shamefully (pic)

An eight-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates fan named Colin sent an adorable, handwritten letter to the team asking if Neil Walker, his favorite player, would be so kind as to sign a baseball card. Colin even mentions that he hopes Walker feels better, probably in reference to his stint on the 15-day DL back in June after experiencing abdominal pain and later undergoing appendectomy...
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