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10-01

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Advance Scouting Series: Andrew McCutchen
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Jeff Moore

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 235: Alex Rios' Value/How the 2013 Pirates Were Built
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

03-28

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8

Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

02-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 150: 2013 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-27

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Mike Ferrin

02-15

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Skewed Left: How Can the Pirates Make the Most of McCutchen?
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Zachary Levine

02-01

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11

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker
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Doug Thorburn

12-26

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Transaction Analysis: Leery of Liriano
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Ben Lindbergh

12-10

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44

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

09-20

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Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
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Hudson Belinsky

08-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 32: Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-09

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20

Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown
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Ben Lindbergh

06-30

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BP Announcements: Kansas City All-Star Weekend Meetup - July 8, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

05-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Pedro Alvarez and the Ghosts of Pirates Prospects Past
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Pat Lackey

12-14

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The BP Broadside: Cottleston Pirates
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Steven Goldman

09-19

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4

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-20

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3

Transaction Analysis Blog: Pirates Extend Tabata
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R.J. Anderson

08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee
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Larry Granillo

05-24

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17

Painting the Black: Should the Pirates Walk the Plank?
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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42

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-11

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock
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Larry Granillo

10-11

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GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates
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John Perrotto

09-15

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-30

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On the Beat: No Problem with the Pirates
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John Perrotto

08-26

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Prospectus Perspective: Acting Like Thieves or Rational Agents?
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Matt Swartz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-13

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Another Look: The 1952 Pirates
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Bob Hertzel

06-21

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27

On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

06-13

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One-Hoppers: Keelhauled
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Ben Lindbergh

06-07

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Ahead in the Count: Production and the Draft
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-25

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Team Health Reports: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Will Carroll

09-21

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

06-04

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30

Transaction of the Day: The McLouth Trade
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Christina Kahrl

05-22

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On the Beat: Lowlights in Steel City
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John Perrotto

04-08

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On the Beat: Changes in Slow Motion
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John Perrotto

04-06

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28

Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-29

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Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-07

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You Could Look It Up: The Best-Worst Blue Jays versus the Best-Worst Pirates
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Steven Goldman

08-28

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Future Shock: And in This Corner...
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Kevin Goldstein

04-15

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You Could Look It Up: Hit Second and Like It
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Steven Goldman

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-20

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Every Given Sunday: Reconstruction in Slow Motion
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John Perrotto

09-18

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Your 2010 Pirates
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Bryan Smith

09-02

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Every Given Sunday: Respectable Piracy?
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John Perrotto

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-30

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Hope and Faith: How the Pittsburgh Pirates Can Win the World Series
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John Perrotto

04-24

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You Could Look It Up: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

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Ben and Sam discuss whether a team should have claimed Joe Mauer, what he's worth, and what his future will look like, then talk about the end of Erik Bedard's stay in Pittsburgh and how sad it is when a guy who's always either good or injured goes bad.

Ben and Sam discuss whether a team should have claimed Joe Mauer, what he's worth, and what his future will look like, then talk about the end of Erik Bedard's stay in Pittsburgh and how sad it is when a guy who's always either good or injured goes bad.

Episode 32: "Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard"

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August 9, 2012 11:52 am

Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown

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Ben Lindbergh

This year's Pirates haven't crumbled like last year's Pirates, and the reasons why start with team defense.

With a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, the Pirates ran their record to 63-47, pulling within 2 ½ games of Cincinnati in the NL Central. They remain tied with Atlanta atop the NL Wild Card standings. If the season ended today, the Pirates would be a playoff team. That’s not something we’ve been able to say very often after April in the last 20 years.

Last year at this time, the Pirates were in mid-free fall, fresh off a 10-game losing streak that put them under .500 for good. This year, that collapse isn’t coming. Pittsburgh’s 2011 team had a -39 run differential on this date last season, but this year’s edition has outscored its opponents by 35 runs. The Pirates haven’t played as well as their record would indicate, which explains why their playoff odds still sit below 60 percent. But even if their two-decade postseason appearance drought does go on a little longer, their streak of consecutive sub-.500 seasons is about to end.

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Baseball Prospectus and the Royalman Report Present All-Star Sunday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Baseball Prospectus and the Royalman Report invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Sunday, July 8 at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with special guests, the Baseball Industry Network and Royals Authority

Thanks to the fine folks at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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Pedro Alvarez's big-league career hasn't begun quite as the Pirates hoped it would, but will his future be more like Brad Eldred's or Jose Bautista's?

​​​Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Pat Lackey is the writer, editor, chief scientist, and head brewmaster of Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?, a blog that's been chronicling the peaks and valleys of Pittsburgh Pirate fandom since 2005. He has been a grad student for more than half of that time. You can find him on Twitter @whygavs, where he'll be more than happy to talk about pretty much anything, including, but not limited to: baseball, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh baseball, good science fiction, bad science fiction, just fiction in general, beer, making beer, and comic books. No, he has not set a defense date yet.
 


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December 14, 2011 4:08 am

The BP Broadside: Cottleston Pirates

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Steven Goldman

In one key regard, the young Pirates are older than you think.

In A.A. Milne’s original Winnie-the-Pooh stories, there is a little song called “Cottleleston Pie,” which is the song Pooh sings when he’s confused by some piece of information:

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.







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September 19, 2011 9:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

A late-season collapse raises more questions about the Bucs' future

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview.

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Neal Huntington and company continue to spend in a busy week.

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August 16, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee

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Larry Granillo

The Pirates' continuing struggles at Miller Park might help make the Brewers' season.

On Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for their 70th win of the season. The game dropped the formerly feisty Pirates to 56-63, thirteen games behind the division-leading Brewers. Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh's biggest success story of the season, started the game on Sunday and seemed to have the win in the bank. After extending his scoreless inning streak to 24 with 7.1 innings of four-hit, no-run ball, Morton left the game with a runner on second, one out, and a one-run lead. After Jose Veras got the second out in the inning, closer Joel Hanrahan came in for the four-out save. Hanrahan struck out Nyjer Morgan to end the eighth, but the ball got away from catcher Michael McKenry, and Morgan streaked to first. Ryan Braun made good on the free opportunity two pitches later, and the game was tied. Milwaukee would go on to win it in the tenth inning on a sacrifice fly from Morgan, wasting the great start from Morton and securing the sweep.

The game also marked Pittsburgh's 34th loss in 36 games at Miller Park, a streak dating back to May 2007. At that time, Jason Bay was hitting cleanup in a lineup that featured Jose Bautista as the starting third baseman and a right-field platoon of Xavier Nady and Ryan Doumit. The Pirates had come into Milwaukee for a four-game series sitting on a 12-14 record. Tom Gorzelanny earned the win in the first game, when Bay, Bautista, and others combined for a four-run seventh-inning en route to a 4-2 victory. The next night, the Brewers pounded Pittsburgh's pitching by scoring one run in four of the first five innings before erupting for six more in the sixth and seventh innings. The 10-0 loss was harsh, but no one knew it meant anything more than that. Milwaukee finished out that early-May series with a convincing 6-3 victory on Saturday and a tight 6-4 victory on Sunday, when Pittsburgh tied it up at four in the seventh before giving it up again in the eighth.

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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Painting the Black: Should the Pirates Walk the Plank?

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R.J. Anderson

Should the Pirates keep their team together to flirt with .500 or sell the scraps to improve their future performance?

A report linking the Rangers to Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan made slight waves over the weekend. Folks within the Rangers organization denied the speculation, as team sources are wont to do, and now the talk concerning the deal will permeate not only front offices—assuming there was some form of communication there to begin with—but also the fan and analyst communities. In related news, the July 31 trading deadline is nearing.

By now, most teams know what they need. They also know what they don’t need. The most compelling aspect of the 2011 deadline is the identity of the sellers. Only two teams are more than 10 games under .500; everyone else is either in play or on the bubble, Pittsburgh included. That said, the Pirates are still very unlikely to make the postseason. Entering today, the PECOTA-generated playoff odds have them reaching the tournament less than one percent of the time. 

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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March 11, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock

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Larry Granillo

Taking stock of each NL Central team's efforts to turn back the "misery clock" and return to October.

Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com wrote on Tuesday that Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is "a forgotten man in the eyes of many if not most Sox fans." With a seemingly full rotation and a bullpen to match, the 44-year-old knuckler has little room to breathe this spring, and his 5.42 ERA since the 2009 All-Star break isn't helping matters. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Wakefield is fighting for his baseball life (in fact, someone did).

Meanwhile, on the other side of Florida, Miguel Batista is also fighting for his baseball life. Signed by the Cardinals in January, the 40-year-old hurler has been quietly making his case in Jupiter for a spot on the Opening Day roster. A beneficiary of the Adam Wainwright injury, Batista has a shot at making the squad in a long-relief role or even as a spot starter.

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October 11, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates

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John Perrotto

What do you get for the team that needs everything? Pitching, pitching, and more pitching.

The good news about trying to right the Pirates this winter is that the list of things to do is clearly defined. Coming off a 57-105 season that was the franchise's worst since 1952—the 42-112 team made famous by Joe Garagiola for years on NBC's Game of the Week—the Pirates need everything. After all, they fired their manager after finishing last in the major leagues in runs allowed (5.35 per game) and Defensive Efficiency (.673), and last in the National League and next-to-last in the majors in runs scored (3.62 per game).

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