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April 30, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Rodriguez … Strasmas is in doubt Saturday (a reminder no young arm is safe) … Gerrit Cole’s missing command … and Sanchez’s new home

MILWAUKEE – Wandy Rodriguez is really two different pitchers. There’s Wandy at home, and there’s Wandy on the road.   There are platoon splits and then there are Rodriguez’s  home-road, polar-opposite performances.   For his career, Rodriguez has a career …

April 29, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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The Pirates’ magic number: 3

MILWAUKEE – So many good things have happened for the Pirates this April.   They’ve won 15 games in April for the first time since 1992. (And we know how that season ended: with a winning record, the Pirates’ last …

April 27, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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The interesting things people said Friday

So about last night …. it wasn’t so great for the Pirates.   Jonathan Sanchez didn’t record an out. He allowed two home runs and was tossed after hitting Allen Craig. They may be his last 17 pitches as a …

April 25, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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Baseball’s trend toward specialization and Brandon Inge’s (and the Pirates’) magic … and a former big-money draft pick is heating up

Brandon Inge was batting .150 in 18 games at Triple-A Indianapolis before getting called up Tuesday to give the Pirates another option against left-handed pitching. The Pirates have struggled against lefties, entering Tuesday the Bucs were batting .169 with two …

April 21, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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Francisco Liriano is not a robot … Neal Huntington talks Jameson Taillon and Luis Heredia … Alen Hanson’s shaky defense and Gerrit Cole’s shaky command

Clint Hurdle said something revealing about Francisco Liriano - and his approach and expectations with Liriano – prior to Sunday’s game. He noted Liriano is not a robot. Cliff Lee is a robot. Lee’s a cyborg sent from the future to …

April 20, 2013
by Travis Sawchik


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Pedro’s progression to the mean

“Regression to the mean” has become stat-heads’ favorite don’t-get-too-excited catch-all with which to curb your enthusiasm. It can tamper down any early-season or small-sample size excitement. For instance, Justin Upton is not going to hit 90 home runs this year, …

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