at McKechnie Field on March 6, 2016 in Bradenton, Florida.

Juan Nicasio (and Ryan Vogelsong and Jeff Locke) and the last rotation spot

It was immediately obvious to anyone at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota this afternoon that Juan Nicasio was making the Orioles look stupid. He made Manny Machado and Adam Jones look really bad by mixing a mid-90s fastball (generally 92-94, but I saw it hit 95 at least once on the scoreboard) and got Pedro […]

BRADENTON FL- MARCH 3: Third baseman Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes the throw to first base during the first inning of the Spring Training Game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 3, 2016 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. The Blue Jays defeated the Pirates 10-8. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Josh Harrison and the ghost of Neil Walker

With all of the furor surrounding the Neil Walker trade over the winter, this one thought kept sticking out in my head: Josh Harrison didn’t actually hit that much worse than Neil Walker did in 2015. Certainly, Walker hit for more power than Harrison did, but Harrison hit .287/.327/.390 and Walker hit .269/.328/.427. By wRC+, Harrison […]

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27:  Daniel Bard #51 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Houston Astros during the game on April 27, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

How the Pirates are working with Daniel Bard

There’s a really interesting story in the Providence Journal (punchline, courtesy of my uncle: Interesting? About Daniel Bard? How?) about Bard’s journey back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and how the Pirates are reconstructing him this spring. Here’s a part Pirate fans will love: Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates in January at […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gregory Polanco and the search for consistency

Last year on the Fourth of July, I sat on top of the right field wall at PNC Park and talked quite a bit to my dad about Gregory Polanco. I said that it was hard to find a whole ton of evidence that Polanco had improved much at the plate in the year-plus since […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Left fielder Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 10, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pirates defeated the Phillies 6-3 (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Starling Marte and the last piece of the puzzle

Here’s something you might not expect: by at least one measure (Baseball-Reference WAR), Starling Marte was the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. The reason is in the defense, of course, and Baseball Reference uses DRS, which gives more value to Marte’s defense in and less to Andrew McCutchen’s in center. It’s not […]

Myths and Truth About Creatine Supplements

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements among athletes, bodybuilders and to those who wish to improve their body physique and yes, gain muscles. This supplement improves training performance and it helps increase muscle mass. This supplement gives you that extra push to pull-off another rep to each of your exercise. This will then […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates following his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Andrew McCutchen and the ticking of the clock

A couple of years ago, Baseball-Reference added a cool feature to each team’s Franchise Encyclopedia pages; 20 pictures of the 20 greatest players in each franchise’s history by WAR. If you go to the Pirates’ page, here are the first 13 faces you’ll see: Honus Wagner Roberto Clemente Paul Waner Arky Vaughan Willie Stargell Max […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A brief update

With pitchers and catchers reporting and the Pirates unveiling a 2016 version of the Fam-a-lee uniforms and spring training right around the corner, I wanted to give anyone that’s looking for WHYGAVS season preview posts a quick update on everything. As I alluded to in my previous post a few weeks ago, I’m going to […]

at Coors Field on September 23, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

In 2016 we learn how much trust the Pirates deserve

For whatever reason, the catch-phrase “Trust the Process” never quite caught on with Neal Huntington’s rebuild of the Pirates in the way that it did in Houston with Jeff Luhnow’s work or in Kansas City with Dayton Moore. For the most part, Pirate fans were skeptical of Huntington right up until the Pirates clinched their […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 13: Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Bullpens and rotations

I’m not entirely certain that the Pirates are done making moves this winter; as has been discussed in plenty of places, they’ve still got some payroll maneuverability, they need a left-handed reliever, and their off-season reliever stockpiling (which is what we’re going to talk about here) has made a Mark Melancon trade conceivable, so it’s […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 5:  Jason Rogers #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers takes a breather in the dugout against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Pirates acquire Jason Rogers from Brewers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak

The Pirates announced tonight that they’ve acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for both outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers was fairly impressive in his first expanded run of playing time with the Brewers last year, hitting .296/.367/.441 with six doubles, two triples and four homers, one of […]

BRADENTON, FL - MARCH 5: Alen Hanson #63 of the Pittsburgh Pirates turns a double play in the ninth inning of the game against the New York Yankees at McKechnie Field on March 5, 2015 in Bradenton, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Pirates 2-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Alen Hanson and the Neil Walker trade (plus: the 2016 ZiPS projections!)

In the immediate aftermath of the Neil Walker trade last week, I wrote that I thought that a straight comparison of Walker to Niese was not necessarily a fair assessment of the trade. Walker, after all, will be replaced on the field and in the lineup by (mostly) Josh Harrison, while Niese will be filling […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  Juan Nicasio #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the New York Mets on July 24, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pirates sign Juan Nicasio

The Pirates just announced this afternoon that they’ve signed reliever Juan Nicasio to a one-year deal (they’ll retain the right to offer him arbitration in 2017, since he’s a Super-Two), and this is about the most Pirate-Like signing I can imagine them making this winter. Nicasio struck out exactly 25% of the hitters he faced […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets celebrates in the locker room with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Trading Neil Walker does not mean the Pirates are playing for 2017

As the Neil Walker trade talks heated up and eventually boiled over this afternoon, I suddenly saw a lot of Pirate fans on Twitter saying that they felt like the Pirates were “playing for 2017.” I wondered out loud where that idea had started (I’ve been keeping up with trade rumors this week, but not […]

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