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Author: Matt Shetler

Is Michael Feliz a bullpen option in 2019?

By: Matt Shetler | September 18, 2018 One of the pieces acquired in the Gerrit Cole trade, reliever Michael Feliz looked to have a high leverage role with the Pittsburgh Pirates for years to come. Things didn’t go very well for Feliz during his first season in a Pirates uniform. He’s been smacked around for a 6.02 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched. None of the other numbers look better either, like the 4.14 FIP or the 1.546 WHIP. Overall the 2018 season was simply a lost one for Feliz. But Feliz showed he could be effective Monday night when...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- If a tree falls in the forest

By: Matt Shetler | September 18, 2018 In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. The old saying goes, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If Jacob Stallings hits a walk-off single to beat the Kansas City Royals and no one was there to see it, did it really happen? It did. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth Monday night as the Pirates rallied to beat the...

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Should the Pirates look to sign Jameson Taillon to an extension this winter?

By: Matt Shetler | September 16, 2018 What Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon has been able to do has been remarkable of late. Taillon has held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in his last 19 starts, the second-longest streak in the NL behind New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom with 26. In that timespan, which dates back to May 27, Taillon has posted a 2.86 ERA and held opponents to a .671 OPS. He’s struck out 108 batters while only walking 26 in 119.2 innings pitched. With the Pirates in need of an ace, Taillon has assumed...

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Gregory Polanco likely won't be healthy for spring training

By: Matt Shetler | September 15, 2018 The last time we saw Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco on a baseball field, he treated fans to one of the ugliest attempts of a slide in history. That attempt led Polanco to the shelf for the rest of the season and to surgery, where he had his right shoulder operated on a couple of days ago. His surgery included labrum repair in addition to stabilization of his dislocated left shoulder. More importantly, most surgeries to this nature require a 7-9 month healing period. Pirates say Gregory Polanco’s surgery included a labrum...

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Starling Marte's approach didn't get better in 2018

By: Matt Shetler | September 12, 2018 It’s been an interesting season to say the least for Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte. To say a lot was expected of Marte would be an understatement. Needless to say Marte hasn’t delivered on those expectations as heading into 2019, Pirates fans are once again frustrated with the performance of their most talented all-around player. When Marte’s been good, he’s been great like in the month of July when he put up a 1.006 OPS or the month of May when he posted a .946 OPS. But when he’s been bad,...

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Another power outage in Pittsburgh

By: Matt Shetler | September 8, 2018 Another season is almost in the books for the Pittsburgh Pirates and there’s been another major power outage in Pittsburgh. One season after finishing next to last in the majors with just 151 homers, this season the Pirates rank just 25th in the majors with just 136 dingers on the season. Sadly, due to latest stretch of ineptitude when it comes to power, the Pirates have a chance to not to even match last season home run total. Where has the power gone? Not that there was much power in the lineup...

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What to expect from Kevin Kramer?

By: Matt Shetler | September 6, 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates fans got their wish on Tuesday when prospect Kevin Kramer was called up to the big club. Despite not getting a start the first two days in town, Kramer is expected to see time at both second and third base the final few weeks of the season. If given the opportunity, what should we expect from Kramer other than a ton of Seinfeld references between him and Kevin Newman? Pump the Brakes Kramer is a decent prospect, number six on the Pirates top 10 list, but he is far from...

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Don't write off Francisco Cervelli as a catcher just yet

By: Matt Shetler | September 1, 2018 Many, including myself have pretty much written off Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli of having much of a future behind the dish for the rest of his career. The concussions keep piling up and while by this point we should be used to Cervelli flopping around like he’s been shot through the heart every time he takes a foul ball off any part of his body; if the injuries keep piling up he’s not going to have much of a career at any position if he doesn’t find a way to stay...

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Pirates make a pair of late-night trades prior to deadline

By: Matt Shetler | September 1, 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was busy late Friday night, making a pair of deals prior to the August 31 waiver deadline to make players eligible for postseason rosters. The first sent David Freese to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Bucs acquired infielder Jesus Valdez in the deal. Freese, after being outspoken in the offseason and struggling for most of the first couple months of the season, ended up putting together a decent campaign, hitting .283/.337/.447 in 261 plate appearances. It was potentially thought that once he got hot the Pirates may...

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COLUMN: Get used to Clint Hurdle as he's here to stay

By: Matt Shetler | August 30, 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has come under fire each of the past three seasons, but with a third consecutive year with an underperforming team, many feel Hurdle’s seat should be red hot as head down the final weeks of the regular season. Even though Hurdle’s should be on the hot seat and many fans are calling for his job, that won’t be the case. While he should be headed towards the unemployment line, Hurdle has all the job security in the world. Ideally he could go 10-152 next season and his...

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Don't point the finger at Sean Rodriguez, blame the guys in charge

By: Matt Shetler | August 30, 2018 Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates made a roster move a long time in the making when they designated Sean Rodriguez for assignment as Jordy Mercer was activated from the disabled list to take his roster spot. And while it’s a move that should have happened a long time ago and many Pirates fans were overly excited about, on his way out the door, Rodriguez was as classy as the day he walked into the Pirates clubhouse for the first time. Truth be told I wouldn’t have expected anything less. So while many fingers...

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