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  1. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    The 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates are not expected to light the world on fire this year. Will it be possible for new GM Jesse Rockwell to end 19 straight losing seasons? With a solid mix of youth and veterans the team does not look like much on paper. So making the right moves, or hoping for guys to outperform expectations will be the only way this time can have a winning season.


    Offense:

    • Catcher: The team added Rod Barajas this year who brings the potential for some solid pop at a position which normally does not have it. He has had 8 seasons of double digit HRs, with a career high of 21 for Texas in 2005. His arm behind the plate leaves a lot to be desired however.
    • 1B Garret Jones/Casey McGehee are expected to platoon this year. Neither is a world beater at the position and after a fantastic 2010 season, 2011 was a bust for McGehee. Can the Pirates get a positive VORP out of this platoon for the season?
    • 2B Neal Walker batted cleanup for the Pirates in 2011, and that certainly shows the lack of power for the ballclub. Walker is a solid contact hitter, but he has only hit 12 HR each of the last 2 seasons. Defensively, while sound, he does not have the range you would like at 2B.
    • 3B Casey McGehee/Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez's ratings for this year's version of the game disgust me. Yes he had a horrible .289 slugging % in 2011, and struck out 80 times in 235 ABs, but he has always showed promise. I expect to play Alvarez much more than I probably should, in the hopes that he outperforms his ratings by a long shot.
    • SS Clint Barmes is another FA aquisition, this time from a guy who has spent nearly his entire career at Coors Field. His career .703 OPS is not shabby from the SS position, but more importantly, he brings the best glove on the infield to play.
    • LF Alex Presley had a breakthrough season with limited playing time in 2011. This kid has + speed and + contact and really should fit in well at the top of the Order.
    • CF Andrew McCutcheon is easily the best player on this team and outside of Matt Kemp in LA probably the 2nd best in the big leagues. Excellent Range in the OF combined with ++ Speed, + Contact and + Power he has the chance to go 30/30, but 20/20 is certain.
    • RF Jose Tabata- Although he does not have the power you would like at the corner OF spot, he makes up for it with excellent defense, ++ Speed and ++ Contact. He will probably bat leadoff, and expect us to give him the green light all season long.
    Projected Lineup:


    L Pressley
    R Tabata
    R McCutcheon
    L Alvarez
    S Walker
    R Barajas
    L/R Jones/McGehee
    R Barmes

    Pitching:
    • SP Eric Bedard- Bedard was a huge signing for the Pirates. Since his days with the Orioles, he has had all sorts of injury problems. When healthy though, he is still one of the best pitchers in the game. Last year, he pitched the most innings in 5 years. And that was only 129 IP. But in those 129 innings he struck out 125 and only walked 48. We can only hope we can get 200 innings of Bedard.
    • RP Chris Resop. 10 Stuff, 9 fastball, 9 curveball are his ratings. Yeah he has control issues, but he's darn near unhittable when he's on. 2011 he struck out 79 batters, in 69 innings.
    • CL Joel Hanrahann has one of the best sliders in the game (10) and his 10 stuff is just nasty. Last year was a great year for him and we expect the same this year.
    Financial Outlook:


    It's no secret the Pirates Owner is frugal. That gives us a challenge right from the beginning, but no one says he has to make a huge profit. Right now we have about $14 million we can still spend for the 2012 season and still make a small profit. Add in the $2 million cash on hand and we have some wriggle room. That has been part of the problem for the Pirates, they are pocketing their profits instead of spending to make the club better. When our highest paid player is AJ Burnett at only $5 million we have problems.

    Organization:

    We are currently have the 6th best Farm System, and with a small market team this is key. Don't expect the Pirates to be trading many draft picks. But we will certainly deal depth in the organization.

    The Pirates have 2 absolute studs at SP as their top 2 prospects: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. Both of these guys are future #1 pitchers and we can't wait until they hit the big leagues. In addition we have two more very good OF in Josh Bell and Starling Marte.

    This farm system has some talent, and we hope to continue that trend.

    Outlook:


    The NL Central is certainly more winnable now. Ryan Braun was discovered to be a fraud, and Pujols and Fielder have both moved to the AL. The problem is... This Pirates team needs some help.

    Offensively, there is no legitimate power on this ballclub. We have plenty of speed and a couple of good contact hitters, but outside of Cutch no one strikes fear in opposing pitchers. So there has to be a power hitter added from somewhere. The obvious position would be 1st base. Because we intend to see if Alvarez can really figure it out with a full season under his belt.

    The pitching staff is ok, but has a lot of questions. Can AJ Burnett harnass his control? Can Bedard stay healthy? Can someone step up to impress us?

    We feel comfortable about the back end of our bullpen with Meek, Resop and Hanrahann. But outside of that, its a collection of misfits. Do we wait for one of our own pitchers to develop and hope for the best? Or do we had a solid SP?

    For the Pirates to win this year, a lot of what-ifs have to happen. The good news is that the division is probably one of the weakest in baseball. But still, there are a lot of holes to fill and we need to decide what resources we are willing to part with to fix the holes.
     
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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    • Pirates lose out on the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes to the Yankee$
    • We add a solid LH arm in the pen who immediately moves to the lefty setup role. Alberto Castillo 8/8/6 vs LHB
    • Bedard outpitches Halladay as we someone score 6 against him.
    • Should have gone 3-1 on the sim, but Hanrahan blows a save in the bottom of the 9th at LA. Giving up 2 runs in the inning. Tony Gwynn Jr knocks in the game winning RBI.
     
  3. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Today the pirates made a move to try to strengthen 1B. We aquired 1B Brandon Allen from Oakland in exchange for promising RP Evan Meek as well as 2B Josh Harrison. Feedback from the fanbase has been a bit negative as a lot of radio callers seem to have felt the Pirates paid too much for Allen's services.

    "We have not gotten much production out of 1B the last couple of season, " said GM Rockwell. "We like Allen's approach at the plate. He is very patient, and our scouts tell us he has plus power. He put up 2 very good seasons in Arizona in limited at bats. We plan to play him full time at 1B and see what sort of season he can have with 400+ At bats."
     
  4. ty5oke

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    I hear the fans are upset you didn't go after a proven vet like Carlos Lee....
     
  5. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Sim 2 News:


    • After starting off solid, we are now sitting at 5-8
    • We lost in 11 innings at LA, even after they had 3 errors.
    • Then the wheels fell off as abolishthefed and his Giants swept us. 12-8, 2-0, 2-1. In the first game Chris Resop got smoked, not retiring a single batter and giving up 5 runs in the process.
    • Alex Pressley has been hot and currently has a 10 game hitting streak
    • "Cutch" is carrying the offense: .340/.386/.491 with 5 steals
     
  6. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    May 10th Update:

    We are still hanging around at only 5.5 games back. But if we don't get some production somewhere in the lineup outside of McCutcheon we have no chance. On the pitching side though... we are very, very set. We have so much depth now both in the bullpen and in the rotation that we have a 12 man pitching staff and have no clue who to send down.

    We tried to add sure handed Mark Ellis who was on waivers, but mysteriously disappeared, so we are still looking for more bats. We are 15th in runs scored and 16th in BA in the National League. Not good at all.

    Team vs Team report:


    Arizona Diamondbacks2-1
    Atlanta Braves2-2
    Cincinnati Reds2-1
    Colorado Rockies1-2
    Los Angeles Dodgers1-2
    Philadelphia Phillies2-1
    San Francisco Giants0-3
    St. Louis Cardinals2-4
    Washington Nationals1-2


    We need to figure out a way to beat the Cardinals if we are going to make strides in the division.
     
  7. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Preparing for the draft

    Released MR Tim Alderson.
    Released MR Zachary Foster.
    Released MR Bryton Trepagnier.
    Released MR Vince Payne.
    Released MR Jose R. Diaz.
    Released MR Joan Montero.
    Released MR Isaac Sanchez.
    Released MR Dovydas Neverauskas.
    Released MR Porfirio Lopez.
    Released MR Yhonatan Herrand.
    Released MR Christopher De Leon.
    Released MR Cliff Archibald.
    Released MR Brayan Almonte.
    Released MR Justin Ennis.
    Released MR Robert Kilcrease.
    Released MR Jordan K. Cooper.
    Released MR Quinton Miller.
    Released MR Wilson Lee.
    Released MR Logan Pevny.
    Released MR Kevin Kleis.
    Released MR Michael Jefferson.
    Released C Derek Trent.
    Released C Dylan Child.
    Released 1B Jared Lakind.
    Released 2B Rodney Polonia.
    Released 2B Walker Gourley.
    Released RF Luis Urena.
    Released CF Willy Garcia.
    Released LF Alex Fuselier.
    Released 3B Chris Lashmet.
    Released 1B Gerlis Rodriguez.
    Released SS Brian Sharp.
    Released 3B David Valesente.
     
  8. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    My goodness how my team has evolved since April....

    Catcher: Both catchers who started the season are no longer on the active roster. Rod Barajas has been released and his remaining contract years bought out by the team, and his backup is now wasting away to anonymity in the minors. Since we had no one in our system who could hit at this position, we called up top C prospect Tony Sanchez and defensive specialist and LHB CHarles Cutler. Both still suck, but Barajas was expensive suck.

    1B: Brandon Allen is our new 1B and he will be our starter until top prospect Victor Bautista is ready. He's been playing really good defense for us, and more importantly we love his .856 OPS. At $480K per year? Yes please.

    2B: Mark Ellis. Yeah he's not that cheap. Yeah he can't hit. But shit... I love his defense. And he brings a little more speed to the lineup. A good stopgap until the L.J. "Baller" Hoes is ready.

    3B: Pedro Alvarez. Hey look! An infielder still starting. Damn straight. 19 HR and a 14.4 VORP. He's not the answer, but he's at least not a question.

    SS: Alexei Ramirez. Hell yeah. One of my favorite White Sox is now a Pirate. Currently the highest paid player on my roster, and at this time well worth it. Possible Gold Glover at the position every year, and a solid bat with a little bit of speed.

    LF: Nolan Reimold. Yes he's not had a good start in Pittsburgh. Yes he is now on the DL. Yes Im disappointed. But he's young, and has tons of potential. This year is a wash anyhow. Take a break Nolan. See ya next year.

    CF: Cutch. Had a rough May, but is getting hot. Power Down, Caught Stealing up, steals down... who cares. Love the guy and he's my CF damnit!

    RF: Jose Tabata. I nearly traded this guy. Not sure what the hell I was thinking, but he can hit anywhere in my lineup and do well at it. No power at all, but still will score 100 runs for me.

    SP: Our rotation has been a joke. Scherzer has been a huge disappointment for us, Bedard is hurt and Burnett has been disappointing. Oh well... We just keep watching the minors.

    RP: Awesome pen which has really surprised me. Outside of Juan Cruz, everyone has pitched really well. We even spent some money and extended Jason Grilli.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Prospect Watch Continues:

    It's possible we spend some money on SP help in the offseason. But then again, it probably won't happen. Why not? Because of these two guys. Both will be fantastic pitchers.


    SP Jameson Taillon- http://traditionsportsonline.com/tso-ootp/reports/html/players/player_33604.html

    Taillon is now getting his first taste of AAA action. He has put up a solid VORP and ERA+ so far in A and AA, and we want to see what he can do here. His pitches are nearly fully developed, and his stuff and movement are coming along nicely. We are still waiting on that control to increase somewhat before we begin to see his true potential. He had an excellent outing against AAA Pawtuckett Braves going 7.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Since then he hasn't had the best starts, but he is holding his own with the Indianapolis Indians.

    SP Gerrit Cole- http://traditionsportsonline.com/tso-ootp/reports/html/players/player_22420.html

    Cole on the other hand has struggled in Indy. His 86 ERA+ is a big concern and hitters are getting a lot of hits against him. We were getting very concerned and thinking about demoting him this year, but his last outing was stellar. He dominated the Charlotte Knights going 7.2 Innings with 12 strikeouts and only allowing 1 run. His slider is awesome and really breaks away from righties. He needs to max out that changeup though so lefties stop killing him. Once that changeup comes around, he'll be tough to hit from either side of the plate.
     
  10. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    For the first time since 1992 the Pirates have a winning record. It wasn't looking pretty at times, but the additions of Alexi Ramirez and Mark Ellis really proved to be the difference. Add in a very surprising campaign from 1B Brandon Allen and we were happy with our season.

    Notable performances on the season:

    Kevin Correia (1 star) went 18-7 on the year with a 3.68 ERA

    Joel Hanrahan had 41 saves and a 1.86 ERA

    Andrew McCutcheon hit .293 with 17 HR and 24 Steals

    Pedro Alvarez hit .263 with 28 HR and 99 RBI

    Brandon Allen hit .255 with a .359 OPS and 27 HR

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  11. CeeGee

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    Pagamer07 great job on these right ups.

    I'm hoping to be a little better in Season 2, posting updates and news about the Rangers!
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Offseason is currently upon us, and we are looking at how to improve our roster and add about 10 wins to our squad from last year.

    It was obvious that we needed to upgrade our rotation. We finished last year with the NLs 9th ranked SP ERA. Our defense hurt that a lot. But up the middle has been improved greatly with the late season additions of Alexei Ramirez and Mark Ellis.

    We addressed our needs in a big way, adding a legitimate SP in Brandon Morrow. We think Morrow will immediately take over the Ace role in the rotation. Last year he was the victim of bad defense, with a .349 BABIP. With defensive minded catchers behind the plate, and Ellis, Ramirez and McCutcheon up the middle, we expect a career year from Morrow.

    We still need a LH SP and are currently shopping around the league.

    Our bullpen was 2nd best in the league last year but we lose Juan Cruz and JC Romero to free agency so they will need replaced. We have a couple studs in the 7th, 8th and 9th. But need a LH out of the pen, and one more solid work horse. Not many guys are on the trade block, so we may have to spend some in free agency.

    Offensively... Once again our outfield is crowded. Too many hitters who won't get playing time. We are looking to move a couple of corner outfielders and work with who is left. All 4 guys on the block are solid and will perform well for anyone.

    In the infield? We need to upgrade 1st and 3rd. Yeah that may cost some money, but we are happy to add some payroll so we can get as close to budget as possible.

    Should be an interesting offseason and we look forward to watching our roster evolve.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Our first deal was to aquire a lefty out of the rotation. After the injury to Bedard last year we did not have a single LH SP in the rotation, and it allowed teams to load their lineups with RHB every single game.

    We were crowded in the Outfield, and decided to move Alex Pressley. He was a solid hitter, but we needed to address this. We added Phil Coke. He was cheap, is a lefty and keeps the ball in the yard. We don't expect him to be a world beater, but once again, we are trying to keep teams honest. We also added reliever Lex Rutledge. An 8th round pick by Detroit. We really like his stuff and if he can develop, he has a shot at the big league club.

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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Our next deal was essentially a 3 team deal and all the pieces had to line up before we pulled the trigger.

    In the deal:

    Tampa received- 1B Brandon Allen
    White Sox received- Pirates 1st and 3rd round picks
    Pirates received- 1B Paul Konerko, MR Hector Santiago and SP Enny Romero http://traditionsportsonline.com/tso-ootp/reports/html/players/player_33229.html

    I was hesitant to move Brandon Allen. The kid played well last year with 27 HR and a .358 OBP. He also played solid defense. But to add a guy of Konerko's ability we were pretty happy about it. Paulie now adds a legitimate threat to a 3-6 of Mccutcheon, Konerko, Alvarez and Reimold. We also added a good looking lefty in MR Hector Santiago. Dude has nasty stuff and will probably take over the LOOGY role. Finally we added a nice looking young prospect in Enny Romero. The kid wants to succceed and has all teh intangibles you could want. We see a lot of promise in him and he throws at 92-94.

    We now have no picks from the 1st to the 4th round. All needs are addressed except for a possible 4th outfielder or someone in the event we move Reimold. Now, we need to recoup some picks.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    As I mentioned, I was not happy with the defense I was getting out of Pedro Alvarez at 3B. Although he drove in 99 runs and hit nearly 30 home runs, we think our rotation would have been better served with good defense behind them. As of yet we don't have any true aces, so with a good defense backing them up, we needed to move Alvarez. The move was predicated on picking up a replacement.

    Alvarez was traded for a 2nd round pick (which is now our only one in the first 4 rounds) and a decent looking SP prospect in Tyler Matzek. Matzek was named as a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2012, and has solid perpipherals. His biggest asset is that he is a hard throwing Left Hander, and we hope he develops well for us.

    His replacement was aquired from San Francisco. 3B Connor Gillespie will take over the starting 3B job. Mainly a defensive specialist with plus contact ability, it's certainly a downgrade. In addition we added a defensive Wiz at Shortstop in Edire Adrianza who won the Glove Wizard award in 2012. Finally we added our 4th outfielder in Melky Cabrera. Cabrera gives a little power off the bench and can play all 3 spots.

    Unfortunately we dealt another power bat in Nolan Reimold as well as a 5th round pick. We loved everything about Reimold, and although he had an injury plagued year, we were hoping to get another year out of him. But his range in the outfield made us rethink his use to the team. If we are going to shape our team around pitching and defense, we had to make the move.

    We now have a light hitting, defensive oriented team centered around Paul Konerko and Andrew McCutcheon. As long as the pitching holds as well as I think, and the defense is solid behind him, we should be ok.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Spring Training is upon us... All starting positional spots are locked up. We know who we want to start. In addition, our rotation is set 1-4 and the back end of our bullpen is solidified.

    So really... the only spots up for grabs are the 5th spot in the rotation and the remainder of the bullpen. We also have a few bench spots up for grabs, and are looking to see who has an impressive spring for us.

    The favorites for the 5th spot are either Brad Lincoln or Phil Coke.


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    Brad Lincoln had a solid year for us with a 123 ERA+ in 106 innings. He is a control specialist and had a paltry 1.09 WHIP last year.

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    Phil Coke is a left hander who I like to call a "garbage" pitcher. His best pitch is a curveball, with a mediocre fastball that tops out at 93 MPH. Last year for Detroit he struggled with a 1.49 WHIP and 4.91 ERA. We are hoping a better defense helps him, but we will see.
     
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    Great insight to the Pirates organization.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    April Update

    • We had a great month, going 15-10 and hanging in at 2nd place in the division besides the pesky Brewers.
    • SP Brandon Morrow started off hot, but suffered an injury that forced him to the DL for a couple weeks. He is back for May.
    • One of our favorite prospects was stolen by the Braves off of waivers in CL Elicier Cardenas.
    • C Charles Cutler was the biggest surprise this month as he went .324/.385/.592 with 5 HR
    • We are still trying to get the kinks out of our bullpen, and are hoping we figure it out by June 1st. We are 1-1 in extra innings games and 3-5 in one run games.
    • Our defense has been phenomonal and is currently 2nd in the NL in efficiency.
    • Andrew McCutcheon has been ballin' this month. His 17 runs lead the team.
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Hard to believe I haven't written about the Rum Runners since 2013. Things sure have changed.

    July 1, 2018


    Even with the roller coaster season that we have had so far this season, Pirates fans are ecstatic in the naming of two All-Stars.

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    2B Brock Holt is named All-Star for the 2nd time in his career. The first was 2014. This year Holt was off to a possible MVP type year until he was injured on a defensive play at second base with the hated Baltimore Orioles. He should be back in a few weeks, and we hope his injury does not affect his performance.

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    This was the first All-Star appearance for Alonso Casillas. To say this was a surprise would be an understatement. Drafted as the 16th overall pick in 2014, Casillas looked to be a star in the making. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed his growth as well as his potential, highlighted by a torn ankle ligament in 2015. Casillas is playing well this year, and we hope the trend continues.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    July 11 2018

    After reaching a high point of the season with a .500 record, things quickly deteriorated. Although our starting pitching isn't the greatest, we are in the middle of the pack. The problem has been our horrific bullpen. We thought we had the bugs worked out, but we keep blowing saves. As seen below, we lead all teams in blown saves.

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    The loss of Andrew Bailey killed us. He was an all-star for us in 2015 and 2017 and over his three year stretch with Pittsburgh accumulated 86 saves, which was quite impressive. We have gone through countless bullpen combinations and tried everyone at closer. No one has had any success.

    We now sit 11 games back in the division and 4.5 back in the wildcard. We are currently 9 games behind our pyt record, and shows how unlucky and poorly our pen has pitched. To address our bullpen woes, we added Addison Reed. He was immediately slotted as our closer, and we cross our fingers hoping he can hold down the job. If he can? Expect us to throw some money at him to keep him in Pittsburgh.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    As August begins we find ourselves completely out of either the division race or the wildcard. Playing 11 games under our predicted record this year has been a disappointment. Offensively, we continue to put up runs and are one of the best offensive teams in the NL. Unfortunately, our bullpen has been an unmitigated disaster. The addition of Addison Reed should help us, but someone else has to step up.

    We do have some good news though as this week we get back Brock Holt and SP Bud Norris. Too little, too late I am afraid.
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    So far in August, we have had 2 of our hitters named as NL players of the week.

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    The 1st week in August saw 3B Pablo Morales snag the award. Morales has been an excellent addition to this club, and as a Rule 5 draft pick from the Angels we never thought we would get a guy of this caliber by just paying attention. Morales has the possibility of winning the Rookie of the Year award, and all signs point to a solid career. This season he is .269/.350/.421 with 44 XBH.

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    The most recent week saw Brock Holt's return from the DL and a player of the week award. The Pirates organization was really worried if this would be an injury that could cost Holt some skill, but so far, he looks as good as he was pre-injury. Holt is having a monster season, and we just hope he can stay healthy for us. On the year he has gone .306/.405/.545 and has 18 HR.
     
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    Must be bitter sweet
     
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    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Well this miserable season is only two weeks from ending. Time to take a look at what we can do to improve next year.

    • Our 14-40 record in one run games is a huge problem. We knew our bullpen was bad all year long, and being unable to hold leads, or keeping us in the fight for a comeback has been impossible. Expect this to be an area to address in the offseason.
    • Offensively, we were happy with being 5th in the NL in runs scored. We can always use more power in the lineup, but right now we have young hitters like Pablo Morales, Antonio Estrada and Santiago Martinez in AAA who all will help this number next season.
    • We are somewhat happy with our starting rotation. We may grab a cheap starter in free agency, but with Aldredo Silva and Ivan Martinez both nearly ready for the bigs, we won't be addressing the rotation very much.
    • Defensively, we were really surprised how poorly we played. Our -14 ZR and .688 DEF were eye openers and we thought we had a decent defense. We will shore this up, and hope for the best. The biggest opportunities here are in RF and at SS.
    With that said our priorities in the offseason look like they will be:
    1. Bullpen help. Most transactions this offseason will focus here. I like the way the backend of the bullpen looks with Addison Reed and Jake Burnette. We can use a solid lefty and a good 7th inning guy.
    2. Right Field. We need someone who can get on base and play defense. Current RF Miguel Velasquez is a one result batter- HR who can't field.
    3. Short Stop. Hitting is optional. Adrian Ehdrianza'esque would be nice
    4. Lefty at 1B. We will be releasing 1B Allan Dykstra due to cost, so we need someone to platoon with Victor Bautista. We have given up on him being an every day starter, and this pick was a complete bust.
    5. Possible rotation help. We can't afford to overpay, but we may pick up someone who can get us 5 innings and strike guys out.
     
  25. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    The offseason and spring training are complete. I had a good plan moving into the offseason, but I am still not happy with the moves (or lack thereof) we made. Taking a look at our last post as the season ended, we could have done better.

    Bullpen help

    We did not add a single bullpen arm this season. We targeted I think 3 good players, but they went elsewhere. Charlie Furbush will move back down into the pen, after pitching as a starter last year. He is not the same pitcher and age is catching up with him. In addition, our best reliever last year (Jake Burnette) lost some control this offseason and it showed in spring training. He has been moved down to the minors.

    So ultimately, we are hoping that our bullpen from last year finds some chemistry and continues to develop. Outside of Burnette they all had nice offseasons with no lumping of their abilities. CL Addison Reed was lights out in spring training, and we really feel he will move to the upper tier of closers. Finally... we feel good about our guys. So good in fact that to avoid waiver claims as they are sent down, we will roll with an 8 man bullpen. Unheard of.

    Right Field

    We really only took a look at one guy in the offseason. And that was via trade. We felt the asking price was too high for our tastes. We decided to wait on our top hitting prospect Santiago Martinez. When ready, he will take over in CF and the rest of the outfield will move to accomodate him.

    In the interim, RF Ozzie Lewis aquired in the Joe Mahoney trade will take over. He has much better defense than we had there last year and a solid eye. His hitting leaves a lot to be desired, but he gives us an upgrade overall I feel.

    Shortstop

    Gone is the popular Tony Wolters and in steps Ashton Walker. Walker was a Rule 5 pickup last year, and it's evident he can't hit. Defensively, outside of 3B he didnt perform very well either. Unfortunately, it's his job to lose. He has some speed and great range, but will his glove be good enough? This is really the biggest question mark for us and Walker is under an intense microscope this year.

    I wish id have done better here.

    Lefty at 1B

    This one was a pretty painless transaction. We aquired Joe Mahoney from Baltimore for a few of our prospects. We like his power ability and think he will have a good year at PNC Park. He also came at a fraction of the cost compared to the guys available via FA.

    Possible Rotation Help

    Funny that my least pressing issues, were the biggest upgrades. We added SP Austin Hyatt at a decent price. He adds depth to our rotation and will hold things down until the big guns are ready in the minors. Hyatt is a durable guy, who can get outs. That's all we need.
     

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