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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

2017 Pittsburgh Pirates Season Preview

Mark it down.  This is the year.  Raise the Jolly Roger! The Bucs ran into a lot of bad luck last year in the form of injuries losing Starling Marte, Francisco Cervelli, and Jung-Ho Kang for long stretches of time.  They had key star players underperform:  Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, and Francisco Liriano.  They had some … Continue reading

Pittsburgh Innocents – an Amateur Pittsburgh Pirates Glass-Half-Full Baseball Blog

I’ve been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan for almost 40 years.  I decided on the name for the blog based on the history of the team.  Although the Pittsburgh Pirates got their start as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies in 1876, they were later renamed the Innocents in 1890.  The funny thing is that this could still be their … Continue reading

Should the Pirates trade Mark Melancon for Nick Castellanos?

I know the best Pirates blogs don’t throw hypothetical trade ideas around.  But, this is not one of the best Pirates blogs. I love Mark Melancon and think he is a key reason the Pirates have been as successful as they have been this season.  But, as great as he has been, he is replaceable. … Continue reading

2nd Half Outlook

If the first two games are any indication, Andrew McCutchen is going to carry the Pirates on offense.  The question is – will it be enough?  Francisco Liriano was not on top of his game on Friday and neither was AJ Burnett on Saturday.  The fielding was less than what we’ve seen too. Admit it … Continue reading

Bucs are for real.

There will be no collapse this year. This Pirates team is very good.  They are brimming with confidence.  It is palpable.  I sincerely believe they might be the best team in baseball right now.  Seriously.  As fans who’ve had to endure 20 years of yuck, and two straight seasons of hopes crashing and burning, we … Continue reading

Frustration

Two hits. Again. Quick thoughts: The pitching has been very encouraging, both starters and relievers.  How much of this can be attributed to Russell Martin? Martin has been solid defensively behind the plate. Inexcusable for Martin to get picked off first. I can’t wait for Starling Marte to explode.  He just looks like a stud … Continue reading

2013 Lineup Prediction

Here we go: LF  Starling Marte RF  Jose Tabata (Travis Snider) CF  Andrew McCutchen 3B  Pedro Alvarez 2B  Neil Walker 1B  Garrett Jones (Gaby Sanchez) CA  Russell Martin SS  Clint Barmes Pitcher I know Tabata has stated he prefers to bat leadoff and Marte has stated he prefers to bat second, however Clint Hurdle seems … Continue reading

The Case for Jose Tabata

Remember Jose Bautista? When Bautista was 24 years old, the Pittsburgh Pirates left him off their protected list and he was picked up in the Rule 5 Draft.  He spent his 2004 season on five different teams basically losing an entire season of development.  Then three years later at the age of 27 the Bucs … Continue reading

Past Innocents

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