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Monday, March 07, 2016

Bucco Blog | Monday Mop-Up Duty: Are the Pirates taking advantage of Coors Field?

Have the Pirates found an elevation-based market inefficiency?

Regardless of his role, Nicasio has an arm that can play. Ideally, he could be a Joe Blanton 2.0 with better stuff (Horner photo)

Consider that from 2012-14 Nicasio posted three straight ERAs of at least 5.14 with the Rockies. But in 58 innings with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Nicasio posted a 3.86 ERA, struck out 10.3 batters per nine (career rate is 7.4) and had an elite 15 percent swinging strike rate.

His fastball jumped from 92.7 mph to 95 in 2015. His slider was plus pitch.

Is it for real or a small-sample fluke?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
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