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Remember that the Wild Card cuts both ways

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:06:55 +0000

(image) There is no major American sport that treats its first division runner-up worse than baseball does. In the NFL, the team with the best record that fails to win a division plays the worst division winner in the Wild Card Round. The division-winner gets home-field advantage, but often has a worse record than the wild […]



Game whatever who cares: Braves 8 Pirates 4

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 03:43:21 +0000

(image) Here is what I would like explained to me: How on Earth can you go through a trade deadline and behave like a team that believes its playoff chances are not completely extinguished this year, then put Jeff Locke on the mound 48 hours later? And if you do go ahead and put Jeff Locke […]



The Pirates are not giving up, they are operating within a budget

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:59:52 +0000

(image) The underlying implications of what the Pirates did at the trade deadline are still awfully worrisome to me, 48 hours later. By trading Mark Melancon while still in the Wild Card race, the Pirates more or less said that future value will always be considered vs. present value, even when present value has a direct […]



If the Pirates are unwilling or unable to support a $90 million payroll, then somebody tell me because this where I get off

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 01:59:36 +0000

(image) Let’s start with this: I don’t like making strong pronouncements after trades. I have, particularly early on in the Neal Huntington era, misread trades pretty badly in the moment. I didn’t take much time to think about the JA Happ trade last year, and I looked pretty dumb in hindsight. This happens not just because […]



Pirates trade Francisco Liriano and Harold Ramirez to Blue Jays for Drew Hutchison

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:00:27 +0000

(image) Well after the trade deadline passed and when I had assumed everyone was done for the day, word leaked out that the Pirates snuck one more deal in after the deadline:



Pirates acquire Ivan Nova, swap Jon Niese for Antonio Bastardo (seriously)

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 21:04:42 +0000

(image) It would appear that the Pirates’ strategy at this trade deadline is to do exactly what they did at the last one: acquire a once-promising young pitcher that hasn’t been any good for a long time for pennies on the dollar with the assumption that they can turn him into an asset for this season’s […]



Pirates swept at Miller Park. Again.

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 02:49:46 +0000

(image) Here’s the thing about an easy schedule: it doesn’t do much good if you don’t beat the bad teams that make the schedule easy. The Pirates went into Miller Park this weekend playing relatively good baseball, then scored six times in three games in being swept at Miller Park for the ten millionth time in […]



Pirates trade Mark Melancon to the Nationals

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:36:11 +0000

(image) I have a sneaking suspicion that in a year or two, we’re going to look back at the Mark Melancon trade and call it a win for the Pirates. Felipe Rivero is 25 years old with a fastball that hits 100 mph, his peripheral numbers this year are already great, and he’ll finish this year with […]



Some thoughts on trading Mark Melancon

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:32:10 +0000

(image) As we ramp up to the deadline, a lot of discussion around the Pirates this year has involved Mark Melancon. The situation as it stands is this: the Pirates have a decent shot at making the playoffs this year, but are not favorites to do so; depending on your favorite playoff odds site, they’re somewhere […]



Game 100: Pirates 10 Mariners 1

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:33:17 +0000

(image) The main problem of the Pittsburgh Pirates was perfectly on display in this two-game series against the Seattle Mariners: sometimes, the starting pitching works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the offense strings its hits together, and sometimes it spreads them out. Sometimes, the Pirates look ready to beat anyone, and sometimes it’s hard to remember […]