The Pirates Offense Comes From Unlikely Places As The Veteran Arms Let It Slip Away

9-19-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) I guess it has to be addressed again…the Pirates still have have not swept a series on the year, which honestly only becomes a storyline because because the team is now 56-93; and this lack of a winning streak only brings more emphasis to an unsuccessfulContinue reading “The Pirates Offense Comes From Unlikely Places As The Veteran Arms Let It Slip Away”

Enmanuel Mejia May Have Signed Late, But He Is Quickly Catching Up To Speed

When evaluating baseball players using statistics there are usually two main trains of thought; the old school driven evaluators, where win-loss records, ERA, Batting Average, RBI and Home Runs rule the day, and new age analysts that dive into FIP, Spin Rates, OPS+, wRC+, Launch Angles and Exit Velocities dominate the conversation. I, myself, fallContinue reading “Enmanuel Mejia May Have Signed Late, But He Is Quickly Catching Up To Speed”

Pirates Clinch Yet Another Series Victory

9-19-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) The Pittsburgh Pirates are 56-92 on the season. This equates to being a full 35 games back of the now playoff bound Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. Their run differential of -204 run is second to only the Baltimore Orioles (-275) for the worst inContinue reading “Pirates Clinch Yet Another Series Victory”

The Potential Shortstop Or Second Basemen, And Maybe Even Centerfielder Of The Future…Ji-hwan Bae

Nick Gonzales is the Second Baseman of the Future. Liover Pegeuro is the Shortstop of the Future. Declarations like these, or at least ones that are somewhat similar, abound day in and day out on almost every single Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Social Media Group, Account and Thread, or wherever you get your amateur insight onContinue reading “The Potential Shortstop Or Second Basemen, And Maybe Even Centerfielder Of The Future…Ji-hwan Bae”

Michael Burrows Is Often Left Out Of The Rotation Of Future Conversations

On July 7th of this year, right-handed pitcher and Pirates Prospect, Michael Burrows took the mound for the Greensboro Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field as they faced off against the Asheville Tourists on a fairly hot and steamy Wednesday afternoon. In 5.1 innings of work and on 86 pitches, Burrows would strike out 10Continue reading “Michael Burrows Is Often Left Out Of The Rotation Of Future Conversations”

The Pirates Bullpen Dominates, But It Wasn’t Enough For The Win

9-16-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Alright, let’s get this over with. As the Pirates fell to Reds this afternoon by a score of 1 to 0, they also failed to get a sweep for the first time this season. They are now 0-14 in sweep attempts, which actually shouldn’t be allContinue reading “The Pirates Bullpen Dominates, But It Wasn’t Enough For The Win”

Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season

Whenever Pittsburgh Pirates Fans are targeting prospects from other teams, and especially when they actually trade for them, the player’s performance is often looked at through a lens that emphasizes the strengths, positive projections and of course the prospect ranking that portrays them in the most favorable light. It’s an almost exhausting never ending exerciseContinue reading “Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season”

The Pirates Pen Stumbles, But Holds On For The Win

9-15-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) In every other Major League Baseball season, prior to the pandemic shortened one in 2020, September games seemed like they were filled with overflowing bullpens-lined with arms eager to prove themselves after having spent all summer on buses traveling all over God’s Green Earth-and batters onContinue reading “The Pirates Pen Stumbles, But Holds On For The Win”

Pirates Can’t Capture The Elusive Sweep

The revolving door of the Pirates pitching staff has continued to rotate, and will more than likely remain in motion over the next few weeks as injuries persist, arms reach their limits and three to five inning starts remain the norm; not that this number has deviated very far from the medium throughout the season.Continue reading “Pirates Can’t Capture The Elusive Sweep”

Pirates Go Down Early, In More Ways Than One, And Come Back Late

Over the previous two seasons-2019 and 2020-Steven Brault, when healthy, was the second best starter in the rotation; totaling 1.9 fWAR behind only Joe Musgrove (4.2), while posting a 4.23 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. At times Brault showed brilliance on the mound, as the self proclaimed pitching machine, as evidenced by his 2 hit,Continue reading “Pirates Go Down Early, In More Ways Than One, And Come Back Late”