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Pedro Alvarez < 500

This is an unpopular opinion, but I think there’s a decent chance that Pedro Alvarez will be the exact first baseman the Pirates need him to be in 2015. This is buried well underneath the throwing problems, the position change, the power outage, and the foot injury, but in 2014, Pedro Alvarez finally did the […]

Francisco Cervelli < 500

My biggest problem with the question, “How do you replace Russell Martin?” is that it’s sort of a trick question. If we define “Russell Martin” as a very strong defensive catcher with an emphasis on pitch-framing that has decent on-base abilities (at least as it comes to walk-percentage) and decent pop for the position, well, […]

Fangraphs on Jung-ho Kang’s defense and the Pirates’ defensive strategies

The key passage from Miles Wray’s article: But I’d like to propose that, at least when it comes to fielding, Kang and the Pirates are a wonderful fit for one another, defensively speaking. I say this because Neal Huntington and his analytics team have been pulling off a wonderful trick for the last three years: […]

Vance Worley < 500

Honestly, Vance Worley is one of the pitchers that I found the most interesting as last year wore on, and he’s probably going to get the shortest post in this whole series. The reason is that Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs more or less did my work for me here, with his post from late last […]

Charlie Morton < 500

I have probably written more words about Charlie Morton than any other Pirate pitcher of the last five years, and so I’m a little embarrassed to say that it’s probably easy enough to preview Morton’s 2015 season thusly: if he’s healthy, he’ll be fine, but it’s always hard to say if Charlie Morton will be […]
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The Kang Show

Jung-ho Kang (pronounced GAHNG) is officially a Pirate, as Friday’s announcement (plus a few reports earlier in the week) ended a couple weeks of speculation. Once the Pirates won the bidding for the negotiating rights, it wasn’t so much a question of if they would sign him, but for how much and how they would expect him […]

AJ Burnett < 500

If you eliminate all of the drama surrounding AJ Burnett’s departure from the Pirates last winter, we’re left with a few important facts. AJ Burnett is 38 years old, coming off of a relatively bad season in which he pitched with a sports hernia and saw his strikeouts go down with his velocity while his […]

Francisco Liriano

This shouldn’t be surprising, but I’m not a big fan of anecdotal analysis like, “Francisco Liriano is only good every other year.” It works nice as a descriptive device, but it doesn’t give us much actual understanding about Francisco Liriano. In Liriano’s case, the pattern doesn’t even hold true: Liriano was excellent in 2006, decent in 2008, […]

This is Gerrit Cole’s traditional box score in eleven starts spread out over two Septembers: 71 1/3 IP, 60 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 16 BB, 84 K, 3 HR Those numbers represent the ideal Gerrit Cole, the snarling bastard that can throw four pitches that look th

This is Gerrit Cole’s traditional box score in eleven starts spread out over two Septembers: 71 1/3 IP, 60 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 16 BB, 84 K, 3 HR Those numbers represent the ideal Gerrit Cole, the snarling bastard that can throw four pitches that look the same out of his hand, but can […]

Under 500 words

I have a problem during the off-season. I have a vanishing amount of time to blog in, and whenever I don’t write anything for a couple of days, I tend to try to make up for it by writing something gargantuan, which then exceeds the scope of what I can contain within the small amount […]

Jung-ho Kang is coming to Pittsburgh for a physical this week

We learned last week that the Pirates were close to a deal with Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang, and we got a little bit more confirmation of that last night when

Heyman: Pirates nearing four-year deal with Jung-ho Kang

pirates, kang move close to a deal. expected to be for 4 years. http://t.co/emkkgVTgGa — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 9, 2015

Bucs Dugout: the utility of making a good team great

Charlie’s latest post looks at the odd shape of this off-season and asks about something that I’ve been struggling with for the better part of the last year: Once you have a team good enough to make the playoffs, what’s the value in making them better than that? Sam [Miller] also suggests another factor, though […]

New year, new expectations

One of the big problems of the non-stop news cycle that we tend to allow to consume ourselves is that it becomes literally impossible to give ourselves enough distance to allow for some context. The wild card game bleeds into the early off-season and that bleeds into the winter meetings and suddenly we’re in January, […]

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio: a few personal thoughts

I don’t really have much time at all for Hall of Fame outrage these days and I don’t want to spend much time spilling digital ink over whether or not PED users belong in the Hall of Fame or not, because I feel like I’ve done that a million times and I’m as tired of […]

Spring Training ticket preview for Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a buzz saw at the very end of last season, hosting the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card play-in game at PNC Park. Unfortunately, toeing the rubber that evening was Madison Bumgarner who went on to pitch a historic postseason, bringing home the World Series Trophy to the Bay […]

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