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Analysis: What happened to Pirates' pitching?


Dejan Kovacevik analyzes the Pirates pitching to try and figure out what is going on. It's pretty good work by Dejan and it's one of the first attempts I've read where a member of the mainstream Pittsburgh media uses advance stats to see what's going on beneath the surface.


Pirates are leaning towards Rendon?

There was a series of interesting Tweets on Fox Sports Houston's Twitter account.  This is the feed the covers the Rice Owls.  With nearly a month until the draft I thought the information was...


Projecting Jose Tabata

The Pirates are off to a 5-5 start to the season, having taken two series on the road before losing three out of four to a very good Rockies team at home. A lot of players are off to strong starts...


"The Brain, the Brawn and the Dirtball."

That was a quote from Dejan Kovacevik's latest article on Pirate prospects Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Tony Sanchez.  This piece is an example of Dejan at his finest.  It's a really good...


Anthony Rendon Faces UCF

After having watched Gerrit Cole on Friday, I wanted to take a look at Anthony Rendon today. Unfortunately, Rendon was in the lineup once again as the DH, batting fourth. After having spent the...


Gerrit Cole Faces USC

Gerrit Cole has been getting a lot of press lately, with many respected publications and scouts now ranking him as the No. 1 draft prospect ahead of Anthony Rendon of Rice. With Cole now being a...


Morris, Owens and Lambo to start in AAA Indianapolis this year?

Well the lovely Kristy Robinson of  "Hands off my Pirates Booty" writes that Rob Biertemphel (of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) reports that 8 "top" prospects will start in Indy this season.  h...


Is SIERA better than other pitching metrics?

Baseball Prospectus came out with an interesting article today that provides evidence that SIERA is the best indicator for estimating a pitcher's performance.  It's a good read and fairly easy to...


Have the Pirates made a long term offer to McCutchen?

Via Jim Bowden on Twitter: JimBowdenXMFOX    A.McCutcheon told us he loves the city of PG. He is open to being with Pirates for years to come.; had no comment if offered long term deal  


Pirates agree to sign Kevin Correia

Here's the link per MLBTR:


Hot Stove Updates

I have some time on my hands waiting for the Penn State Ohio St game to start so I thought I'd post a couple of hot stove updates that I haven't seen discussed in any threads yet.


Pick the Best Relief Pitcher

    K/9 BB/9 FIP xFIP tERA avgDIPS BABIP Age a 12.66 3.23 2.77 2.83 2.82 2.81 0.337 28 b ...


"Don't Blame Duke" Given the numerous debates that have taken place on whether or not Duke should be retained by the Pirates I thought this post on FanGraphs...


Pirates agree to sign international talent!

Dejan Kovacevik is reporting that the Pirates have signed six international player.  Looks like the Dominican Academy is starting to bear some fruit as all of these players are from the Dominican...


Zach Duke to miss next start!


Pirates complete trade for Dana Eveland.

It's official per DK at the Post Gazette.  The Pirates have traded Uviedo for Eveland.


Indianapolis Day on Baseball America!

Baseball America has a couple of nice posts today on Indianapolis prospects Neil Walker and Jose Tabata.  There is anything to earth shattering here but it's nice to see some of our prospects get...


Minor League Action (5-15-10)

With the Pirates playing an early game today I thought I'd post a thread for anyone following today's minor league games.

Dodgers are shopping Hu?


Hu wasn't amazing offensively in AAA last year but he was far from terrible hitting a respectable .294. The big thing I like about Hu is that he is a legitimate major league defender. I don't think he would cost too much so I really hope NH is on the phone.


Why Ranaudo or Taillon will not be the #2 pick in the 2010 draft.

There was an interesting article on Fangraphs not too long that looked at the flame out rate of draft picks.  The results were interesting and line up pretty close to what Alex Pedicini concluded...


Pirates would trade Doumit!

I saw this on last night.  Apparently this comes for Rosenthal on his blog and he hears that a number of teams approached the Bucs about Doumit during the GM meetings. ...


JJ Hardy traded to the Twins!

Wow the hot stove season has gotten off to an early start.  The Tehan trade was finally made official and I just read on that JJ Hardy has been dealt to the Twins for Carlos...


Iwamura on his way to the Pirates?

Dejan Kovacevik is reporting via Twitter that the Bucs are involved in trade talks with the Rays for Iwamura. is also reporting that the Rays are on the verge of dealing Iwamura...

Andrew McCutchen named NL Rookie of the year...


FanGraphs posted its 2009 awards today and McClutchen was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He probably won't win the real award but it's nice to see him get some credit from reputable publications.


Is Andy Laroche better than Jason Bay?

I was browsing MLBTradeRumors when I came across a post linked to FanGraphs.  FanGraphs values Andy Laroche more than Jason Bay ($7.2 million to $5.5 million).  I'm guessing that Bay's defense...


Why we shouldn't have traded Gorzelanny.

This post had nothing to do with the players we got in return but rather that we sold low on a valuable asset.  A team in our position cannot dump assets and what makes this trade even more puzzing...


Pedro Alvarez pulled!

I don't know if this is news worthy or not yet but Pedro Alvarez was pulled from today's game in the 5th inning after a walk and a strike out.  I can't find any information as to the reason he was...


Pirates Sign Second-Rounder Victor Black, Court Zack Von Rosenberg

The Bucs have come to terms with their hard throwing compensation pick Victor Black. This gets the Pirates' first three draft picks signed relatively early and will get all of them playing ball his...


Adam Laroche - Arguably the Best Pirates 1B Since Pops!

With all of the people overly excited with the prospect of Adam Laroche being traded I thought I'd do a little fanpost on Adam since I'm sure there won't be any shrines set up by fans commemorating...



  This post is basically in response to the DK entry on the PG blog after the McClouth trade where he accused the front office of “moving the finish line.”  His basic premise is how are we going...

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