Pirates Win After An Appearance From The So-Called Bad Mitch Keller

9-29-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) I’ve written and said almost everything I possibly could about the journey of Mitch Keller; from former top prospect in all of Major League Baseball to polarizing starter for your Pittsburgh Pirates. At the end of 2020 when Keller went on his 11 inning no-hit streak,Continue reading “Pirates Win After An Appearance From The So-Called Bad Mitch Keller”

Pirates Pitching And Bats Power Through To Avoid A Sweep In Philly, Proving Me Wrong In The Process

9-27-2021 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) It almost never fails. Every time I talk bad or write some negative about a member of the Pirates, an aspect of their overall game performance (fielding or base running) a certain group of players (relievers, starters, batters, etc.), the coaching staff or the general capabilitiesContinue reading “Pirates Pitching And Bats Power Through To Avoid A Sweep In Philly, Proving Me Wrong In The Process”

Pirates Starting Pitching Has Been Less Than Ideal

9-26-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) A couple of days ago, I found myself digging into the shortcomings of the Pirates bullpen. Over worked and underperforming, injury riddled and possibly out of their element as far as newly assigned roles were concerned; which is honestly not much different than than the everContinue reading “Pirates Starting Pitching Has Been Less Than Ideal”

Pirates Bullpen Woes Rise To The Surface

9-24-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) In the beginning of the season the Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen was being lauded with praise for its ability to keep the team in games or secure a victory in any number of circumstances; and deservedly so. Over the first month of the season the Pirates BullpenContinue reading “Pirates Bullpen Woes Rise To The Surface”

Mitch Keller Battles Through Pirates Win Over Cincinnati

9-22-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Obviously the main goal for the Pittsburgh Pirates going into last night’s matchup with the Cincinnati Reds was to win; and by doing so, attempt to prevent one of their most hated division rivals from making the postseason, in what has been a pretty highly contestedContinue reading “Mitch Keller Battles Through Pirates Win Over Cincinnati”

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”