Category Archives: Pirates

What if the Playoffs Made Sense?: A Postseason Preview

If you’ve paid any attention to baseball over the past decade or so, you know that playoff results are governed by something other than logic. There is no formula that can identify a great playoff team. October baseball is driven … Continue reading

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2015 Baseball Preview

Opening Day is less than two weeks away, which means we shouldn’t expect more than two or three pitchers to tear elbow ligaments before the season starts. That kind of confidence makes a season preview less of a fool’s errand … Continue reading

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2014 Goose Gossage Awards

I am still as honored to be allowed to vote in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s end-of-season awards as I am frustrated and embarrassed to have no time to write. Below are my ballots for each league’s best reliever, with precious … Continue reading

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Celebrating Fresh Blood

The Red Sox and Rangers are not going to the playoffs this year. The Yankees and Cardinals are barely above .500 and not guaranteed to play in October. The Braves are in a free fall, watching their postseason hopes dwindle … Continue reading

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Fun With Aging Curves

It’s long been known that major league baseball players traditionally peak in their late twenties, hang on through their decline phase in their thirties, and, if they’re lucky, maintain a modicum of value into their late thirties. Various analysts have … Continue reading

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Playoff Preview, Week Two

I’m not in love with the new playoff format, but I’ll admit that three consecutive nights of winner-take-all games makes for an exciting week of baseball. My early picks went 1-2. Let’s see if I can improve on that in … Continue reading

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Remaining Award Picks

I’ve heard tell that the Baseball Bloggers Alliance may come out of hibernation to vote on our annual awards. Having already covered my MVP (or “Stan Musial”) and Cy Young (“Walter Johnson”) picks, I thought I’d chime in with some … Continue reading

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Playoff Preview, Week One

The last day of the regular season gave us what so many of us wanted- another day of the regular season. I have a hard time accepting that tomorrow’s one-game playoff is a regular season game, while the following day’s … Continue reading

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2013 MVP Picks

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Last year, Mike Trout was by far the best player in the American League, but lost the MVP Award based on silly things like not leading the league in RBI and playing in … Continue reading

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Handicapping the Award Races

We’ve entered the final six weeks of the 2013 baseball season, leaving teams with anywhere between 36 and 40 games to play. How teams in Miami, Phoenix, and a dome in St. Petersburg have played four fewer games than the … Continue reading

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