The Pirates’ Rotation Moving Forward, Part II

The Pirates’ Rotation Moving Forward, Part II

Nearly seven weeks ago, we took a look at the state of the Pirates’ rotation after they 1) finally dumped Wandy Rodriguez and 2) designated depth…

Starting pitchers seeing pitch counts rise in 2014

Starting pitchers seeing pitch counts rise in 2014

Reading Dejan Kovacevic’s blog post this morning, this quote caught my attention: This is something I’ve thought about at times this year — I remember…

Saturday Stat Sheet 6/21/14

Saturday Stat Sheet 6/21/14

- Jordy Mercer knocked his fifth home run of 2014 on Friday afternoon — fourth of June. He’s hitting .306 with an .852 OPS since breaking…

Saturday Stat Sheet 6/14/14

Saturday Stat Sheet 6/14/14

- How’d you like The Gregory Polanco Show on Friday night? The highly anticipated young stud broke out for five hits in seven at-bats, including…

The Pirates’ Rotation Moving Forward

The Pirates’ Rotation Moving Forward

The Pirates made a pair of moves on Thursday afternoon involving a couple of pitchers on their 40-man roster. The big one: Wandy Rodriguez was designated…

Fading Fastballs: Where’s the velocity?

Fading Fastballs: Where’s the velocity?

We’re into the first week of May, and the Pirates have been a total flop. At 12-19, they sit at the bottom of the NL…

What to make of Charlie Morton

What to make of Charlie Morton

Admittedly, I sipped the Charlie Morton Kool-Aid in 2013 as he took control during the stretch run. He pitched extremely well at an important time,…

Charlie Morton channels his inner Roy Halladay (again)

In 2011, Charlie Morton altered his mechanics in a way that mimicked one of the best starting pitchers of the last decade. Thanks to Bucs’…

Could the Pirates follow the Braves’ extension model?

This month, the Atlanta Braves have locked up four of their core players with long-term contract extensions: Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Craig Kimbrel, and Andrelton…

In 50 Days…

Charlie Morton (50) days until Opening Day… Coming off Tommy John surgery, Morton returned in June to give the Pirates’ staff a boost. He was…

The Pirates’ record-setting ground ball rates

In general, ground balls are much more beneficial to a pitcher than a fly ball or line drive. Ground balls can’t go over the fence….

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