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Ideas From the Fringe (Part 2) – The Wild Card Starter

Yesterday, I took a look at an idea that will probably never happen — lineup optimization by wOBA.  Today, I wanted to explore another out-of-the-box idea dealing with the Wild… Read more »

Ideas From the Fringe – Lineup Optimization

Oftentimes, things are divided between “old school” and “new school” when it comes to baseball strategies.  This is one of those times. The Pirates are managed by Clint Hurdle who… Read more »

Erasing Psychological Damage (Or Inflicting More?)

Transport yourself one month into the future.  The Pirates will be preparing for their final series of the regular season.  And if you believe the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds Report,… Read more »

Remember — It’s Not A Salary Dump If the Red Sox Do It

Over the weekend, the Red Sox and the Dodgers completed the most expensive trade in baseball history as the Red Sox shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick… Read more »

Me, Dallas, Dave, and Corned Beef

With the Pirates picking Dallas McPherson up off of waivers yesterday, I was reminded of a chance encounter I had with Dave Littlefield back in 2003.  It was the spring… Read more »

The Break-Even Point of Erik Bedard

It was quite a surprise when the Pirates signed Erik Bedard before the Winter Meetings last December.  Bedard was a “name player” that had some pedigree to him, but his… Read more »

Burnett and the NL Cy Young Chase

Every start by A.J. Burnett is must-see TV for a Pirate fan this year.  His last 2 starts were a complete game 1-hitter and a so-close-c’mon-finish-it 8.2 IP/2 hitter.  That… Read more »

Comparing Alen Hanson’s Age-19 Season

Coming into the 2012 season, Alen Hanson was an under-the-radar prospect in the Pirates’ system.  To anyone reading this right now, you’re probably aware that Alen Hanson’s has had a… Read more »

Brad Lincoln – Yankee Hunter

By now you’ve read that the Pirates are allowing Brad Lincoln to explore the wonders of Yonge Street and Casa Loma in Toronto in exchange for giving Travis Snider the… Read more »

The Bleakness That Is The Houston Astros’ Franchise

2012 is important for the Astros to sift through all the recently-added players from 2011′s trades and callups from the minors.  The 2012 season will be a pretty bleak season… Read more »