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Spring Recap: Punchless Pirates Lose to Rays

The Pirates staged a replay of yesterday’s game, getting just two hits and one run, this time on the road against Tampa Bay.  The result was a 3-1 loss, played out in six innings.  The Bucs’ spring record is 1-2-1. One of the hits came from the game’s first batter,…

Spring Recap: Pirates Remain Undefeated

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The Pirates and Blue Jays battled to a 2-2 tie in Dunedin.  That leaves the Bucs with a 1-0-1 spring record. There wasn’t much offense to be had.  Each team managed only three hits.  The Pirates got mostly excellent pitching, with a bunch of bullpen hopefuls turning in good outings.…

Spring Recap: BUCS WIN! BUCS WIN!

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I’m only partly joking.  A few hours into their spring schedule, the Pirates are already within two wins of their entire spring 2020 total.  They got some good pitching and saw some good signs from a couple of hitters, and beat Baltimore in Sarasota, 6-4.  They played eight innings. Of…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Bullpen

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This is a battle that won’t end.  Ben Cherington has made it clear that he wants to shuttle relievers back and forth between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.  He’s managed to stockpile a remarkable number of at least mildly interesting relievers who have options left.  Of course, there are a few relievers…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Rotation

Analysis
Barring injury, the Pirates’ rotation is probably already set in stone.  Or the front five are, anyway.  The “battle” may be over the possibility of going with a six-man rotation, at least part of the year.  Every team is in uncharted territory now, considering that nobody had a full, or…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Corner Outfield

Analysis
Not really any battle here; the left and right fielders are probably set in stone.  There probably aren’t any other corner outfielders in camp who have a realistic shot at opening the season in the majors, either.  But there are a couple good prospects who’ll be getting a quick look.…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Centerfield

Analysis
Center is an interesting position for the Pirates.  There are short-, middle- and long-term possibilities in camp.  There’s even a veteran NRI who can actually, you know, hit a little.  I doubt we’ll see anybody establish himself as The Centerfielder in the short-term, absent Anthony Alford suddenly living up to…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Shortstop

Analysis
This is the real battle!  Unfortunately, it may come down to which player does the least to disqualify himself.  Happily, longer-term help is on the way and the Pirates seem eager to get an advance look. Kevin Newman:  In 2019, Newman seemingly established himself as the shortstop, even hitting for…

Pirates’ Spring Position Battles: Thirdbase

Analysis
Well, this is an easy one.  The only “battle” here will be the possibility of a contract extension.  There’s almost nothing to talk about.  The most likely backups are Todd Frazier and Phillip Evans, whom I’ve already discussed, and Erik Gonzalez, who’s likely to be on the team just because.…