1. Alex Presley: Why the Pittsburgh Pirates Traded Him for Justin Morneau

    The Pirates ' former Alex Presley has, from time to time, shown glimpses of a good player. But his decline recently caused him to be traded to the Twins for Justin Morneau...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 11 months ago 4,424 reads 24 comments

  2. CC Sabathia: Will His "Out" Years Drag Down the New York Yankees?

    Saturday's duel between the Tampa Bay Rays' ace, David Price, and the Yankees' ace, CC Sabathia was basically a microcosm of the season-long fact that the Ray's ace is decidedly better than the Yankees' ace...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 11 months ago 959 reads 6 comments

  3. Trading Joel Hanrahan for Mark Melancon: Who Got the Better Closer Last Year?

    Last fall, the Boston Red Sox traded for a closer, and got Joel Hanrahan from Pittsburgh. But it was the Pirates got who got a a better closer, Mark Melancon , in exchange. A closer is a fairly special person in the baseball ecosystem...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 11 months ago 2,024 reads 5 comments

  4. Pittsburgh Pirates: St. Louis Series Allows Team to Revisit an Old Trade

    In the tumultuous but ultimately disappointing, three-game series in St. Louis, there was a consolation prize: Pirate fans got a chance to see "what else" the team got in the trade for closer Octavio Dotel , made in 2010...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 11 months ago 2,486 reads 4 comments

  5. Pittsburgh Pirates: How They Can Win NL Central Even with a Losing Half-Season

    The Pittsburgh Pirates ' late summer regression appears to have begun in Colorado. The sweep by the lowly Rockies was only the third sweep of the Pirates for the season, with the ...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 11 months ago 2,037 reads 1 comments

  6. Pittsburgh Pirates: Trading Jameson Taillon for an Impact Hitter?

    With Gerrit Cole having been called up, the most desirable prospect left in the Pittsburgh Pirates ' farm system is Jameson Taillon ...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 12 months ago 5,021 reads 38 comments

  7. Pirates vs. Cardinals: 5 Things Learned from the Recent Series

    The Pittsburgh Pirates recently concluded what could be their biggest series of the season, a five-gamer against the division-leading, or formerly division-leading, St. Louis Cardinals ...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 12 months ago 815 reads 0 comments

  8. Pittsburgh Pirates: Continuing to Build on Their 2012 Base in 2013

    The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be meaningfully ahead of where they were in 2012, a year in which they were contenders for about a month and a half on either side of the All-Star Game before a late-season collapse took them into loss territory...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about 1 year ago 1,808 reads 10 comments

  9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Who Is the Most Improved Hitter in 2012?

    No, the answer is not Andrew McCutchen , even though he won the National League batting title and was an All Star in 2012. The reason is that he was already very good in 2011...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about over 1 year ago 684 reads 2 comments

  10. Pittsburgh Pirates: Could Chad Qualls Be Another Joel Hanrahan?

    This idea would seem ludicrous to many, who have observed that Chad Qualls has an ERA of 6.59 during his time with the Pirates , and one of over 7.00 in September...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about over 1 year ago 857 reads 6 comments

  11. Pittsburgh Pirates: Lessons for the Team from 2006 Successes

    With 79 wins, the 2012 season was the best for the Pirates in the past decade. In many respects, the 2006 season, with its 66 wins, was third worst, ahead only of the 62 wins in 2009 and 57 wins in 2010...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 628 reads 0 comments

  12. Oakland Athletics Still a Phoenix Rising in the Playoffs

    One way to look at things is that the Oakland As are down 0-2 in the ALDS. Another point of view is that they are picking up steam and will overtake the Detroit Tigers . I (a Moneyball fan), prefer the latter...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 410 reads 0 comments

  13. Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Moves They Will Have to Make in the Offseason to Win

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made major strides, but fell short of their goals in 2012. Whether they want to go to a postseason, or just be a winning team in 2013, they'll have to make ...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 2,311 reads 4 comments

  14. Pittsburgh Pirates: What If September Had Been More Like the Rest of the Season?

    It has been well documented that the Pittsburgh Pirates do worse late in the season, (particularly September) than the season as a whole. This is with a handful of notable exceptions like 2006...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 321 reads 1 comments

  15. Jeff Locke: Can the Pirates Afford Another Paul Maholm for a Year or Two?

    Jeff Locke is a better pitcher than his record indicates. But he may not be as good a pitcher as the Pirates will need in 2013-14. Locke is a lefty, with good stuff. In this regard, he is like Paul Maholm in his earlier years...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 1,061 reads 1 comments

  16. Pirates vs Brewers: Fight for Third Place a Springboard to Higher Levels

    Third place doesn't doesn't seem like much of a prize, particularly in the National League Central. But it could mark the way to bigger and better thingsin the future. Relative to the past few years, Pittsburgh is on its way up...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 239 reads 2 comments

  17. Pittsburgh Pirates: Stealing Their Way to a Losing Season

    Alex Presley was caught trying to "steal" home plate last night. That was a failed bunt suicide "squeeze" play, and would have represented a run if he had succeeded. But it probably didn't represent his best chance of scoring a run...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 541 reads 7 comments

  18. New York Yankees: Did Fear of a Bad Call Cost Them the Playoffs?

    The Yankees were "not guilty as charged" in Saturday's game. Or maybe one should say that this was true for a particular Yankee. But they paid the price, not only within the game itself, but probably for the rest of the season...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 884 reads 8 comments

  19. Chicago's "Cub" Pitchers Cut Their Teeth on Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Chicago Cubs ' Travis Wood isn't exactly known as a winning pitcher—up until last Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates anyways. According to the Chicago Sun Times , Jeff Samardzija had not pitched a complete game...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 168 reads 0 comments

  20. Pittsburgh Pirates Lose to Chicago Cubs in a Comedy of Errors

    Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle's description of the Pirates ' 12-2 loss to the lowly Chicago Cubs as "Our worst game of the season," doesn't really begin to describe it. More like "one of the worst games of the century...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 227 reads 0 comments

  21. Steve Pearce: The Strange Saga of the New York Yankees Utility Player

    Steve Pearce has played for three different teams this season; four, if you count the fact that he was a Yankee for two separate stretches. He was a cast-off from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, easily his worst season...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 1,388 reads 8 comments

  22. New York Yankees: Do They Need to Rebuild, and Can They?

    "Rebuilding" is not a word that is typically used to describe the New York Yankees . In most years, or more like most decades, they have a bevy of stars that have come up through the system...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 267 reads 35 comments

  23. Pittsburgh Pirates' Fundamental Weaknesses Highlighted Late in the Season

    This is the time of year when the Pittsburgh Pirates typically fall apart. That's because the team has a number of fundamental weaknesses that aren't so apparent earlier in the year, but are exposed by the late-season grind...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 472 reads 0 comments

  24. New York Yankees: Why They Can't Win (Even When They Do)

    The New York Yankees have been winning uncharacteristically few games since the All-Star Break. Why might that be? The answer is because the "Yankees" aren't playing. Yesterday's game against Baltimore was a case in point...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 1,101 reads 26 comments

  25. Pittsburgh Pirates' James McDonald: Can He Pitch Well for a Whole Season?

    James McDonald, formerly considered a reliever caliber pitcher, got off to a promising beginning as a starter in 2010 with a six inning shut out against the—then—middling Colorado Rockies ...

    Tom Au Written by Tom Au about almost 2 years ago 486 reads 4 comments