Pittsburgh Pirates

A Deeper Look Into Kyle Crick's 2019 Struggles

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By: Noah Wright   During 2018, Kyle Crick was one of the Pirates best relief pitchers. He overtook the set-up role early in the season, and rolled with it. Through 60 and a third innings, the hard throwing right hander pitched to a 2.39 ERA, 3.14 FIP, and 1.127 WHIP. Crick induced many strikeouts with a 9.7 K/9, and fixed his walk issue from his debut season with the SF Giants (4.7 BB/9 to 3.4 BB/9). All while giving up just 3 long balls all year. Overall, he held opponents to a .202/.285/.274 batting line. So given his breakout 2018,...

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How The Pirates Should Approach The Trade Deadline

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By: Noah Wright   The deadline is slowly approaching. We’re already in July, and have already heard multiple rumors about multiple teams and players. So far, we haven’t heard very much about the Pirates approach to the deadline. They said that they don’t think they’ll be sellers, but I don’t think it’s time to sell off tons of prospects. The team should not sell of the controllable pieces, namely Starling Marte and Felipe Vazquez. While both are having good seasons, especially Vazquez, the farm system isn’t in desperate need for prospects. Mitch Keller, is looking like a star in AAA,...

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The Pirates Shouldn't Trade Felipe Vazquez...Just Yet

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By: Noah Wright   Currently in the rumor mill, it seems the LA Dodgers are interested in Pirates’ closer Felipe Vazquez, which is understandable. They’re bullpen is very weak. While Kenley Jansen is having another strong season with a 3.21/3.24 ERA/FIP and 6.43 K/BB ratio, he has been a bit susceptible to the longball. Through 33 and two thirds innings, Jansen has given up 5 homers. Pedro Baez is having a good season as well with a sub-3 ERA/FIP (2.80/2.90). Outside of those 2, their relief corps are pretty weak. Off season signee Joe Kelly has been awful. He has...

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The Weirdness Of The Pirates' Season

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By: Noah Wright   Let's be honest. Did anybody really think that the season would be going the way it has for the Bucs? This season has been full up its up’s and downs, and a whole lot of both have been extremely unexpected. So how weird has this season for the Bucs been so far? All the injuries: Now the Pirates were ready for an injury or two, but many of their key players have been on the IL at one point or another during the season. Right now, Jameson Taillon has been on the IL since early May....

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Chris Archer Is Becoming The Pirates' Next Steve Blass

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By: Noah Wright   If you’re a Pirates fan, then you probably love Steve Blass. Regardless of what he said about Ronald Acuna in the previous series vs the Braves (which I have no idea how somebody found racist), Blass’ career was one of success and failure. Sorta like the path Chris Archer’s career is going so far. I mean, they’re pretty comparable as for their career goes. At one point, they were dominant right handers and the best pitcher on their team. Then for no real good reason, they just lost it. So let’s get into how Chris Archer...

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