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05-29

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Rubbing Mud: On Taillon and Glasnow As This Story's Heroes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-16

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Prospectus Feature: A Short History of Reds and Pirates Hitting One Another With Baseballs
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Rob Mains

05-12

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Rubbing Mud: The Non-Pitcher Guide To Improving Your Pitching This Winter
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Matthew Trueblood

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet
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Matthew Trueblood

04-04

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Transaction Analysis: Gregory Polanco's Worst Case Has Never Looked Better
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Rian Watt

03-24

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Winter Is Leaving
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Rob Mains

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-08

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Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked
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Jeff Long

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-29

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball's Worst Rivalries
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Meg Rowley

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: San Diego's Short-Term Shortstop Solution
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Matthew Trueblood

12-30

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Best of BP 2015: Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Mets Add New Fielder's Choice Combination
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: NL Non-Tenders To Rock Your World
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R.J. Anderson

11-12

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-11

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

11-10

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Winning By Design
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Jeff Quinton

10-13

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Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Wild Card Recap: Casually Cruel
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Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs vs. Pirates
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta Isn't Wearing A Cape
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Matthew Trueblood

10-05

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Transaction Analysis: How The Wild Card Winners Were Built
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BP Staff

10-02

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Rubbing Mud: Who Gets Credit For Happ?
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Matthew Trueblood

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

10-01

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Prospectus Feature: The Story of the Rest
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Henry Druschel

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-10

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BP Unfiltered: Wandy Rodriguez Throws A Hidden Reverse Humber
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Kate Morrison

05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now)
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Matthew Trueblood

05-01

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Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold Streak
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Sahadev Sharma

04-17

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Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First
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R.J. Anderson

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Every Team's Moneyball: Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB's Apple Watch
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Jeff Moore

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds
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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

02-17

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An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade
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Joshua Kusnick

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

12-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Keith Cromer

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Antonio Bastardo Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Pittsburgh Pounce
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Andrew Koo

11-19

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2015 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-03

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Russell Martin
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Chris Rodriguez

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
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Mike Gianella

09-30

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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

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The Pirates' fine season might get finer. Do two pitching phenoms make for a climactic Act III?

The Pirates have weathered the storm at the start of their season nicely. The team didn’t have Jung-ho Kang for the first 28 games. Gerrit Cole has been uneven, and Francisco Liriano has been wild. For the second consecutive year, Andrew McCutchen started slowly. Still, here they are, 27-19 through their first 46 games, on pace to win 95. Though the Cubs have stolen the headlines with their blazing start, the Pirates stood only four and a half games back at the start of play Friday.

That’s well within range, but it’s especially heartening because, in the view of many, the Pirates haven’t yet opened up the engine to see what they can really do. Behind Cole and Liriano, their rotation has been a mess, and the guys who make up that back half right now (Jeff Locke, Juan Nicasio, and Jon Niese) aren’t very good candidates to turn things around.

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Atlana has odd timing in firing Fredi Gonzalez, Francisco Cervelli shows how much he loves Pittsburgh, and Tony Kemp arrives in Houston.

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Is Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati turning into a turf war, on a global scale? We'd rather hear both sides of the tale.

Wednesday night, while Max Scherzer was striking out 20 Tigers, the Reds and Pirates were striking each other. There were six hit batters in the game, four Pirates and two Reds. Reds’ reliever Ross Ohlendorf was ejected after the last of them, when he hit David Freese with a runner on second after the Pirates had taken a 5-4 lead.

This is not something new for these teams. Since the start of the 2012 season, there have been 94 players hit in 56 games between the Reds and Pirates. (Across the majors, there are, on average, .66 batters hit per game—.33 per side.) The six hit batters Wednesday represents an apex, but the teams combined for five hit batters on June 2, 2013, four on April 8 this year, and three on seven other occasions. In fairness, some of this is probably personnel-related. When you employ batters for whom getting hit by pitches is part of their on-base toolkit, like Shin-Soo Choo (hit seven times in Reds-Pirates games in 2013 alone) and Starling Marte (hit 14 times in Reds-Pirates games dating back to August 2012), it’s reasonable to expect things to get plunky. And Pirates games, in particular, feature a lot of HBPs in the box score. Since the start of the 2012 season, Pirates batters have been hit 328 times, the most in the majors and 15 percent more than the second-place Cardinals. Pirates pitchers have hit 293 batters, also the most in the majors, and 9 percent more than the second place White Sox. (The Reds are third at hitting batters and 14th at getting hit.) But six in one game is an awful lot, as is 94 since the start of the 2012.

This has led to discussion of what might be done about this sort of thing. A hard ball, thrown at high speeds, can cause damage to the human body. Per Brooks Baseball, the pitches that hit the six batters on Wednesday night were thrown at 91.7 (Alfredo Simon in the fourth), 94.8 (Juan Nicasio in the fourth), 80.9 (Simon in the sixth), 86.4 (Steve Delabar in the seventh), 92.5 (Jared Hughes in the seventh), and 95.0 (Ohlendorf in the ninth) miles per hour. Nobody appeared to get hurt in the game, but of course, batters aren’t always that lucky. So what can be done?

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So Strasburg is off the market. A couple of the best framers in baseball aren't, and they're not looking for seven years, either.

So, you can’t have Stephen Strasburg.

That’s the reality to which many big-league GMs woke up Tuesday morning, now that Strasburg appears to have agreed to a seven-year deal worth $175 million (or more) with the Nationals. For those among that group who hadn’t gotten their free-agent pitching spending out of the way by now, this is very bad news. Billy Eppler, Brian Cashman, Dan Duquette, Dayton Moore, Neal Huntington, A.J. Preller, and Jerry Dipoto all would have liked the chance to bid on Strasburg this winter, even if most of them run teams unable to realistically meet the asking price he would have been able to set on the open market. Now, they face the unpleasant prospect of improving their pitching staffs for 2017 without having a single ace to chase. It’s perfectly possible that Rich Hill will get the biggest free-agent deal handed out to any starting pitcher in the coming winter.

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A darned impressive sweep in Pittsburgh for Maddon's team, while the Mariners get a sweep of their own and Kluber continues to torment Detroit .

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Or maybe he just ran into the Braves at the right time. Plus: Yay Rich Hill, Yay Andrew McCutchen, yay Billy Hamilton.

The Tuesday Takeaway
David Price’s first few games in a Red Sox uniform have been rather up-and-down—and after the distinct “down” of eight runs in less than four innings in his last start, Tuesday was a definite “up.” It didn’t look that way at first, as Price kicked off the game by giving up a run on three quick singles. But with the bases loaded, he struck out Drew Stubbs to end the inning, and from there, the Ks kept coming.


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The Juan Nicasio bubble popped, for one day at least. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard keeps getting better, and the Red Sox blow another lead.

The Tuesday Takeaway
What was once a minor miracle is now something of a trope: The broken pitcher comes to Pittsburgh for one more chance and he is saved, his career revived. But strong as the narrative may seem, the reality is far from a guarantee—as Juan Nicasio reminded everyone Tuesday afternoon.

After a strong spring and an impressive first outing, Nicasio looked more like his old self yesterday. It started with a Justin Upton solo shot in the first (his debut home run as a Tiger, and a 451-foot one at that), and it didn’t get any better from there. Nicasio took 94 pitches to make it through an ugly three innings, giving up four runs and setting the Pirates up for an 8-2 loss to Detroit.


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April 7, 2016 10:14 am

Rubbing Mud: Juan Nicasio Is Not A Miracle Yet

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Matthew Trueblood

The newest Pittsburgh starter had a tremendous first start, but Ray Searage and the Pirates can't declare victory yet.

Juan Nicasio was the story of the Pirates’ spring, the latest (and maybe greatest!) reclamation project to come to Pittsburgh with his career hanging by a thread and immediately assert himself as a potential star. While the Ray Searage hype that encircles this team remains overblown, there’s nothing fake about the phenomenon that is Pittsburgh’s run prevention machine, and one cog in that machine is responsible for selecting, acquiring and rehabilitating pitchers who have considerable talent that the market has underestimated, or overlooked altogether. Nicasio, whom the Dodgers non-tendered this winter for roster-crunch reasons, is a perfect fit for the mold, and it’s no surprise that he thrived upon arrival.

Now that spring and its meaningless chatter has given way to the regular season, and now that we have one start (a whole start! Truly a rich cornucopia of information) of Nicasio to consider more seriously, let’s test the idea that something new is happening—that Nicasio is really a reinvented stud. All of this pitch data is drawn from the inimitable, invaluable Brooks Baseball.

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The Pirates bet on a player who still hasn't fully broken out, and might never--but the chances of stagnation look lower than ever.

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March 24, 2016 10:04 am

Winter Is Leaving

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Rob Mains

No, really: The Pirates' roster turnover won't change what they do.

The Pirates’ Opening Day lineup in 2015 had Pedro Alvarez at first, Neil Walker at second, Jordy Mercer at shortstop, and Josh Harrison at third. Two of those players, Alvarez and Walker, are gone, and Harrison will move to second base after starting there 67 times in his major-league career (57 last season). Only Mercer at short will be a holdover. Yet despite 75 percent positional turnover, there’ll be a constant: The Pirates infielders will shift a lot.

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Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.

Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with Bronson Arroyo’s shoulder—and his career?


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March 8, 2016 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Starting Pitching Depth, Ranked

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Jeff Long

Anticipating the disasters that will befall this year's rotations.

Each of the past two seasons, Sam Miller or I have done this fun bit of analysis that looks at which teams would fare best if they had to resort to their sixth and seventh starters (2014, 2015). Obviously, every GM needs to fill out the top five slots in his rotation, but that’s just the bare minimum. Over the course of the season, nearly two-thirds of teams will have two starters injured at the same time, meaning fans will get acquainted with sixth, seventh, and possibly even eighth and ninth starters.

As spring training ramps up, injuries are inevitable. So it makes sense for teams to assess their options now, just in case something goes awry before the real games start.

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