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3/23/19 Roster Updates

It should be no surprise that Francisco Liriano and Melky Cabrera made the opening day roster.  The maniacs in the comments sections of DKPittsburghSports (subscription required) are pointing at both as being examples of the Pirates sucking.  These same people would have criticized it had they been cut. Last season Liriano held players the first time … Continue reading

2019 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview

I’m a Pittsburgh Pirates apologist. No, not really.  I just see things a bit differently than the “fans” who call themselves “maniacs.”  I attempt to look at the big picture and interpret things objectively.  I did believe when the Pirates traded the under-appreciated Ivan Nova this winter they would utilize those payroll savings and reinvest … Continue reading

Post All-Star Break: What should they do?

BUY! Haha!  I know, I know.  I’m delusional. I’m not suggesting they trade all their prospects in order to upgrade for one run this season.  I’m suggesting they make one or two acquisitions that can strengthen their run this season while not jeopardizing next season.  I know many “fans” gave up on Gregory Polanco long … Continue reading

Revisiting the Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen trades with an eye towards free agency

Gerrit Cole is currently earning $6.8m and is arbitration eligible next season before becoming a free agent.  Cole’s projected 2018 WAR (Fangraphs – Steamer) is 2.6.  As of the time of this writing, here are just some of the free agent starting pitchers still available with projected WAR (Fangraphs – Steamer)) and market salary (Spotrac): … Continue reading

Coming to terms with the Cutch trade.

When I first heard the news that Andrew McCutchen was traded, I was sad.  Cutch is one of my favorite athletes of all time in any sport.  He is a class-act.  Someone you want to be a representative of your team.  Of course, then I was anxious to see what assets the trade netted the … Continue reading

Did Bucs’ playoff hopes just take the Cole-Train out of town?

I’m a fan first and an analyst second.  I’m also an independent thinker who is usually skeptical of the mob reaction.  Since many people are negative and like spewing their negativity over everything, the mob will be out in full force cursing this trade.  That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily wrong, but it doesn’t mean they’re … Continue reading

That’s it! I’m outta here! (…on second thought…)

It seems for every season that doesn’t amount to a playoff run, it has a moment that when you look back you realize it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.  The season still goes on as the motions must be gone through, but the season we had once hoped for had already … Continue reading

Sweeps Galore

The 2017 Pirates are a team of extremes it seems.  They’ve either swept or been swept in each of their series thus far.  After the Bucs were swept by the Reds the sky was falling on all the message boards (there were some voices of reason.)  Now sitting at 6-6, everyone is like… For those … Continue reading

And…. on 2nd thought…. umm….

Tyler Glasnow wins 5th starter job.  I’m surprised.  Glasnow pitched well down the stretch in spring training, but the Bucs have such a history of delaying their future stars arrivals that I didn’t anticipate this at all.  This will make many fans happy.  I’m not surprised that my prediction of starting the season with only … Continue reading

Updated Opening Day Prediction

Well we’ve learned some things over the last week.  Drew Hutchinson will not be in the starting rotation as he performed inconsistently over the spring and trended downward as the season approached.  Jung Ho Kang still isn’t cleared to join the team and there is no timetable for him to do so.  Chad Kuhl captured … Continue reading

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