Hey Pirates, Let The Kids Play!

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-idwc6-12331c5 The guys would like to see some of the young prospects get some playing time at the MLB level, and Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette agrees. Listen as he identifies one of the biggest frustrations for Pirates fans. We’re also looking for positives in the rotation, while celebrating six Pirates prospects moving upContinue reading “Hey Pirates, Let The Kids Play!”

A Pirates Core Is Building

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-e2gxa-122a0d0 Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are starting to find some starting pitching. (Well, not so much with the opener on Monday night…but you get the idea.) They also have sent Cole Tucker down to the minors and we don’t think he’s coming back. Craig identifies the next Pirates prospect he thinks shouldContinue reading “A Pirates Core Is Building”

Pirates Need To Make Some Commitments

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bhtmd-1222815 With so many question marks in the eventual contending 26-man lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is it time to sign some older veteran players to extensions? We have a couple of names that should get locked in this season in order to cut down on the amount of maybes on the future roster.  CraigContinue reading “Pirates Need To Make Some Commitments”

Pirates Offense Becoming Their Biggest Problem

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-x3c2z-1218b29 Mitch Keller is showing life, the Pirates used an opener successfully and leaving Oneil Cruz in AAA to start the season was likely the right call. Unfortunately the offensive woes are taking away from positives with only 2 or 3 true contributers. Is it time to cut bait on some players and bring upContinue reading “Pirates Offense Becoming Their Biggest Problem”

Pirates Numbers, Trends & Overreactions.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mtvrn-120dfca Bryan Reynolds isn’t broken, but the starting pitchers continue to be a huge problem for the Pittsburgh Pirates. If things continue this way it could cause Ben Cherington and the front office to alter their rebuild plans. We look at the numbers, the trends and a few ridiculous overreactions as the Pirates come outContinue reading “Pirates Numbers, Trends & Overreactions.”

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”

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 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”

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”

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?”