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A milestone approaching

A tiny, but psychologically important milestone is approaching for the Pittsburgh Baseball Club. And it’s going to feel oh so good.

Don’t let Brewers fans embarrass us!


ESPN is having a "Battle of the Ballparks" contest, and PNC (#1 seed) is up against Miller Park and at this writing, Miller Park is winning by 8 percentage points. Don't let this travesty stand! Go vote for PNC!

Revisit the posts on Jordy Mercer’s OLIVER defensive rating


In my recent article on Jordy Mercer’s bat, I referenced an article from the past that projected Jordy Mercer’s defense to be outstanding enough to make him very valuable despite the weak bat he was showing at the time. I have since found the article I was talking about and the discussion of it on BucsDugout. Here is the BucsDugout discussion begun by WHYG Zane Smith. Here is the FanGraphs article that he linked to that mentions Jordy Mercer and his OLIVER projection. OK, now I can sleep better knowing I didn’t leave a phantom reference. :)

Can Jordy Mercer Help Rescue The Pirates’ Offense?


Now that Jordy Mercer has been called up, let's take a look at how much he might be able to help the woeful Bucs' offense at the shortstop position, where Clint Barmes has been one of the key...


Why Pedro Alvarez's Demonstrated Level Of Skill Indicates He Should Be Sent Down

A good deal of teeth-gnashing has gone on among Pirate fans regarding Pedro Alvarez’s performance so far this season. Rather than taking a step forward, he has seemingly imploded with a mind...


How Fast Is Chase d’Arnaud? The Video, Please!

I have talked before about how fast Chase d’Arnaud is, but I think many people didn't quite believe it. Well, in his very first MLB game, d’Arnaud gave us at least two plays to watch and therefore...

All the proof you'll ever need that Houston plays in a Little League Stadium.


Zach Duke goes yard...oppo into the first row of the Crawford Boxes. God, I hate that place. Amazingly, Duke went 7 scoreless innings which means he didn't allow any similarly ridiculous homers to the 'Stros.


Brad Lincoln’s Scoreless Seven (Condensed Video From 18 May 2011)

Brad Lincoln dominated the Bisons for seven innings in his last outing. Lincoln continued on his trend of striking out a lot of batters, and this time also kept hard contact to a minimum. In fact,...


Justin Wilson’s Fine Start (Condensed Video From 17 May 2011)

Justin Wilson has had a fine season in AAA to this point, compiling a 4-3 record and an 2.27 ERA. His walks have been a concern, and he doesn't strike out all that many batters, either....

Danny Moskos: Struggle In Indy Last Year Due To Delivery Change


Apparently, Moskos was previously using a temporary delivery instituted by Dean Treanor as a teaching tool. At some point they were going to take out the teaching tool, and they decided to do that when he got to AAA. Moskos struggled with getting comfortable with the new delivery initially which he attributes to his flame out in AAA last year. It's good to see that perhaps Moskos is on the right track now after most of us had written him off long ago. Now that he's been called up, we finally get a chance to see how his stuff will play in the bigs.


Rudy Owens’ first outing this year (Condensed video)

Here is Rudy Owens’ first outing this year on April 11. He allowed 1 run in 7 innings on a very long HR in the 2nd inning. I noticed that the Mudhens’ approach seemed to be to try to hit the first...


Video From Rudy Owens’ Fine Outing On April 16

Rudy Owens allowed one run in 6.1 innings against the Louisville Bats, one of the best teams in the International League. Owens took a no-hitter into the sixth, and lost the shutout in the seventh....


April 13 Chase D’Arnaud And Alex Presley Plate Appearances In Less Than Five Minutes.

This edition of "Your Possible Future Pirates" shows how the boxscore doesn't always tell the story. Chase D'Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a walk and Alex Presley went 2-for-5. But, in each case some of...


Chase D’Arnaud And Alex Presley In Seven Minutes (Video)

Here's a video of all of Chase D'Arnaud's and Alex Presley's PAs for April 12 edited down to seven minutes. You'll also see all of D'Arnaud's plays at shortstop. All right-handed batters you see...


Chase D’Arnaud Can Play Shortstop

With Chase D’Arnaud’s hot start to the season’s first six games (8-for-21, .381 AVG and 1.167 OPS), I’ve been eagerly watching both his at bats and his play in the field. His shortstop play has...


Where do the Pirates announcers rank for you?

I'm sitting here listing to the Pirates/Yankees matchup on the radio, and there's one overwhelming feeling that has overcome me. That is, that as bad as the Pirates have been for the last umpteen...


Will Andrew McCutchen Be A Super Two?

There has been some fretting about whether the Pirates' core of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez might become Super Two-eligible, even though the Pirates seem to have tried their...


Nationals Chose To Give Bryce Harper Major-League Deal

In reading Jayson Stark's article on how to screw the small market teams even more, I glanced down the page and noticed this mind-blowing tidbit... One baseball man we talked to speculated that if...

Rudy Owens: "I Refused To Listen" To The New Staff


A great article on Rudy Owens that credits his breakout to the focus of the new staff brought in by Huntington.


Pedro's Production - How much of a difference can he make?

I wanted to take a look at how other teams lineups are put together and to see how much of an impact Pedro Alvarez could have on the team. I wanted to see where other teams have punch, holes, and...


Andrew McCutchen vs. Jose Tabata ROUND 2 - WHO WILL WIN?

Once again, the two exciting Pirate speedsters showed their wheels in Tuesday's game. Andrew McCutchen, "Cutch", flew down the line to beat out an infield single in the 7th inning, and Jose Tabata,...


Who’s faster? A-Mac v. J-Tab throwdown!

With the Pirates’ season spiraling out of control, we must look for new and exciting things to discuss and analyze. Of course, what could be more fun and exciting than arguing about which of the...


It’s Official - Huntington Says Milledge And LaRoche To Bench In Favor Of Tabata And Alvarez

On Rocco DeMaro's show, Neil Huntington called in to talk about the draft (they never expected Stetson Allie to be available to them in the second round and scrambled to find out if there was some...


Another Video Look at Akinori Iwamura Before and After Injury

In the last video comparison of Akinori Iwamura's performance from last year to this one, we looked at some plays Aki made running and in the field. The majority of people, 75%, agreed with me that...


Video of Akinori Iwamura’s Range and Running After Injury Last Year

UPDATE by Charlie: This video really is eye-opening. There has been a lot of debate surrounding the Pirates' decision to trade for Akinori Iwamura after his knee injury last year. Aki has seemed...


Pirates Prospects Video - Tabata and Alvarez from May 25 against Gwinnett

Again we focus on what the two closet hitting prospects did, this in their last game on May 25 against the Gwinnett Braves. Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with an infield single, a hard hit out, and two...


Pirates Hitting Prospects - Video from 5/24 against Gwinnett

With the promotion of Neil Walker to Pittsburgh, we're down to two main prospects to analyze from AAA Indianapolis. I've recently given a taste of Argenis Diaz's interesting offensive surge, but...


Interview with Marauders' Pitching Coach on TheFan

Wally Whitehurst, the Bradenton Marauders pitching coach, chats with Seibel and Starkey in a very interesting interview on 93.3 TheFan. He talks about Jeff Locke, Nate Adcock and Bryan Morris's...


Pirates Hitting Prospects - Video from 5/19 against SWB

Jose Tabata - A line drive hitter who is stealing a lot of bases this year. He gets a lot of infield hits, but also has displayed some impressive opposite field gap power lately. Neil Walker -...

Jack Wilson Wonders Whether Career Might End Soon


Jack Wilson has been injured a good portion of the time since being traded to Seattle. It looks like he may be coming to the realization that "I just have bad hamstrings".

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