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First Pitch: Is ‘Collapse’ the Correct Term?

I have a few issues with the term “collapse” that is being thrown around a lot lately. The first issue is that the word is being mentioned as if something… Read more »

First Pitch: Death to Small Ball

The Pirates had an interesting situation in the fifth inning today. And by “interesting situation” I mean an extremely frustrating series of managing that has become common for Clint Hurdle…. Read more »

First Pitch: Indianapolis is Finished, Are the Pirates Finished Too?

The Indianapolis Indians were eliminated from the International League playoffs tonight, ending their season. That also wraps up the minor league season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The major league season… Read more »

First Pitch: The Expectations Have Changed

Remember when all we talked about over the off-season was whether the Pirates would improve on their win total from 2011 season? Here we are on September 6th, and they’ve… Read more »

First Pitch: Can Brock Holt Play Shortstop?

The most popular question I saw on Twitter tonight was “How many different movie titles, song titles, or Arrested Development references can we make using Brock Holt’s name?” The second… Read more »

First Pitch: Wrapping Up the Minor League Season

Today wrapped up the bulk of the minor league seasons for the individual teams in the Pirates’ farm system. Bradenton, Altoona, West Virginia, and the GCL Pirates are now finished…. Read more »

First Pitch: The Time to Play Like Contenders is Now

The Pirates have a very easy stretch of games coming up. In the next six games — all at home — they play two of the worst teams in baseball…. Read more »

First Pitch: Will Cole and Taillon Make the Majors in 2013?

The Pirates have pushed Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the end of the season. Taillon received a promotion to Double-A for his final three starts, after having an up… Read more »

First Pitch: Profiling the September Callups

As Kristy Robinson reported tonight, the Pirates will call up five players tomorrow when rosters expand, including infielder Brock Holt. To serve as an introduction to some of these players… Read more »

First Pitch: Wild Card Race Could Be Turning in Pirates Favor This Weekend

The Pirates had the day off on Thursday, but still benefitted in the Wild Card race. The Cardinals lost 8-1 to the Washington Nationals, bringing the Pirates to half a… Read more »