Pirates Pitchers In A Predicament

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fgpwm-120414a Is there really anything you can learn in the first couple of weeks in a season? Are all of these Pirates starters really that bad? We examine manager Derek Shelton’s comments on pitching roles and explain why the early results match the club philosophy. Plus, we explain that while you may be tempted toContinue reading “Pirates Pitchers In A Predicament”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

4-12-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Exactly a week ago the Indianapolis Indians opened their season-along with the other Triple-A teams across America-in what would be the first of the now standard six game Minor League Baseball series. A few days later they would be joined by the Double-A Altoona Curve, theContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Shelton Lineups Essential To Pirates Development

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-44hya-11f96dc Ke’Bryan Hayes got a long-term extension from the Pittsburgh Pirates with less than a full season of at bats under his belt. We will tell you why the deal makes perfect sense, how it helps get the team closer to a Bryan Reynolds extension and why manager Derek Shelton has to lock him intoContinue reading “Shelton Lineups Essential To Pirates Development”

Pirates Manage Zero Runs As Cardinals Dominate

4-8-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Every time my number is called to do the game recap for our site, I start to experience the same emotions I imagine a candidate running for office must feel; as they prepare for an impending victory or concession speech. Just before the game starts, inContinue reading “Pirates Manage Zero Runs As Cardinals Dominate”

Pirates Break Camp With New Hope

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tvd2u-11ee307 As Spring Training comes to a close, we look at the Pittsburgh Pirates roster and talk surprises, promise and a lot of placeholders. We told you about Diego Castillo a while back, and now he’s an interesting major league roster addition. Who else will be joining this team soon (in addition to Oneil Cruz)?Continue reading “Pirates Break Camp With New Hope”

Pirates Middle Infield Battle Is Heating Up

4-1-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Back when Ben Cherington signed on to be GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates-and subsequently hired Derek Shelton to be the team’s manager-during the 2019-20 off-season, two of the positions that didn’t really need to be addressed, or questioned were those on either side of the keystoneContinue reading “Pirates Middle Infield Battle Is Heating Up”

Talking Pirates With Justice delos Santos

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-f25j9-11e4665 A few important questions are asked about Bryan Reynolds and his relationship with the Pirates. What is the long-term goal with the best player on the roster? We’ve got the new guy covering the Pittsburgh Pirates for MLB.com, Justice delos Santos. He is very impressed so far with Mitch Keller and Oneil Cruz. CraigContinue reading “Talking Pirates With Justice delos Santos”

The Pittsburgh Pirates 2022 Pitching Staff: All Arms On Deck

3-26-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) In 2021 the Pittsburgh Pirates used 35 pitchers-including 17 different starters-to navigate 1396.1 innings across the 162 game-101 loss-season. On the year only four pitchers-JT Brubaker, Wil Crowe, Tyler Anderson and Mitch Keller-totaled more than 100 innings, with Brubaker on top at 124.1. Of course thisContinue reading “The Pittsburgh Pirates 2022 Pitching Staff: All Arms On Deck”

Oneil Cruz, Opening Day Pirates SS?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mgenu-11dad7a The new CBA provides a possible benefit to promoting Oneil Cruz at the start of the season to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It also carries a possible penalty if the team holds him down. It is all risk-reward for Ben Cherington. We break down the scenarios and explain why it all comes down to money,Continue reading “Oneil Cruz, Opening Day Pirates SS?”

Bookending Bryan Reynolds

3-18-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Over the past few seasons-as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates-it seems like the majority of information being presented to us is simply a replay, or a recording of media sessions and interviews from the previous year(s). At times the names have changed, but for theContinue reading “Bookending Bryan Reynolds”