The bodies are flying now.
he National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.
Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the fading Tigers’ closer—who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week’s acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.
The Tigers get shortstop JaCoby Jones—who had been ...
As A.J. Burnett sees it, a lack of execution led to his two subpar starts after the All-Star break. Too many pitches left over the plate, especially to left-handers. Simple issues to address, small tweaks he has made before.
His previous two outings stand out in sharp relief against his first-half performance, but Burnett cautioned against using that as a yardstick.
“You expect me to go out and do what I did the first half, you’re nuts,” he said after the Pirates lost to the Washington ...
David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.
Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.
According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”
“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated ...
Twelve years after the Pirates traded him away, Aramis Ramirez is coming back to Pittsburgh.
The Bucs acquired Ramirez and cash considerations from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, providing a much-needed upgrade for the injury-ravaged left side of their infield.
I watched this live last night. What was the third base coach thinking? Down by three runs in the ninth and he sends Marte. Down three runs. In the 9th. Watch the video. (Sorry, it wasn’t available to embed.)
Trying to make it all right with another of their patented ambushes of a premier closer, the Bucs had Marte open the ninth with a single off Greg Holland and Kang followed with a smash over center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s head.
Cain to Alcides Escobar to Salvador Perez erased Marte.
Alvarez is the only Pirates regular who has produced negative Wins Above Replacement (-0.4) — in part because of his defensive struggles. Pirates first basemen have combined for -1.4 WAR, ranking 29th in the majors....Read More...
On Friday, a routine groundball went under Alvarez’s glove for his 15th error of the season, the most by a first baseman since Prince Fielder committed 15 in 2011. By any measure, traditional or advanced, Alvarez ranks as the worst defensive first baseman in baseball this season.
Travis Sawchik looks into the crystal ball.
Remember when Pirates fans wanted Huntington gone?
Sabermetric people helped him make the All Stars too.
“It took a while for me to get over trying to strike everybody out,” Burnett said. “I still like my strikeouts, but use that two-seamer, man; let them beat it into the ground. My ground balls are back to where they used to be. That’s all it is, executing pitches. I haven’t found no fountain of youth. I haven’t done anything different. I’m just trying to keep the ball down and doing a better job of it.”
What surprised the Pirates, and many industry observers, was the Tampa Bay Rays preferred a return of young, major league players. The Boston Red Sox also traded their ace, Jon Lester, for a major league player in Yoenis Cespedes prior to the deadline. Huntington said the focus of the sellers has again been on major league talent — not prospects — as the July 31st trade deadline approaches.
Why the change?
“It’s a seller’s market, so there are fewer teams that are looking to trade ...
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Meh, Hernandez is no Ruben Rivera.
With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.
The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that’s when things got confusing for Hernandez.
Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis’ glove, ...
“We like two-sport athletes, and we absolutely covet three-sport athletes,” General Manager Neal Huntington said. “We think they are a much better athlete. We believe in our developmental system. We feel there is a little bit more ceiling.”
Jacoby Jones, a third-round pick in 2013, played outfield and second base at LSU. But the former prep football player has played shortstop in the Pirates’ system.
“The mobility, agility stuff, quick short-yardage stuff,” Jones said of football ...
If Morton pitches well this season, the Pirates may beat the Cardinals.
Pittsburgh was ranked the second-best city in the United States for baseball fans, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company.
The study rated 272 cities based upon 11 metrics split into two categories — “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement.” The study took into account MLB and college teams. The Pirates and the Pitt baseball team represented Pittsburgh in the study.
“There’s been rumblings for a couple years now if whether ...
Somebody really likes Francisco Cervelli.
This makes me smile.
If Kang keeps playing well, he’ll help some Korean players (and their teams) get a lot of money.
Like Suzuki, Kang studied American pitchers feverishly before crossing the Pacific Ocean, and like Suzuki, his adjustments appear to have gone swimmingly.
“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”
As Brandon Phillips put it, the game changes and adjustments simply have to made. The keys for fielders today are simply to be more precise with their tags, and to make sure baserunners who should be called out are, in fact, called out.
“But now you have to make sure to try your best not to make any mistakes because people can reverse the call,” Phillips said. “So that is one that does cross everybody’s mind. They want to make sure that they do make things happen, that they make sure they do ...
Some Pirates are putting out all they’ve got.
Some Pirates are focused on putting the team first.
Some, but not all.
And if the people running this team, notably Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington, aren’t seeing that at this point, then this whole ship is flying blind. Which is a far more frightening thought than being swept in two by the Twins or the 18-22 record that’s resulted.
Starling Marte has been the focal point, and he fully deserves it. His stroll to Mauer’s farcical ...
Robothal is back in full operation.
I’ve been waiting for this book. (Why did they wait so long?)
Theo? Even he can’t fast-forward an organization.
Analytics are great. And with the revolutionary data points being logged by MLB’s new Statcast system, the gap between the teams poised to make the best use of that information and the teams still struggling to catch up could widen significantly. But even the most proficient organizations can’t fast-forward through the rebuilding process. Unless they hire Theo Epstein.
Harrison is a great super sub. The Pirates would maximize his value by using him in that role.
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