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 Post subject: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:04 am 
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9 silver linings from No. 9 on this Wednesday morning . . . an effort to move 180 degrees from my pissy demeanor last night . . .

1. Gerritt Cole's performance last night. At least 7 or 8 out of 10 games like that will end up in the W column.
2. Pedro Alvarez. Yeah, he K'd twice but he stung that HR. He continues to hit to all fields. Better plate discipline. Good signs in my book.
3. Jeff Locke's performance Monday night. Just another strong outing out of him. Does not feel remotely close to JMac's first half last year.
4. Wilson, Melancon, Watson, and Grilli. I wouldn't trade those 4 for 4 relievers on any other team. Get them a lead and its pretty much over.
5. The Phillies. Just took 2 in a row from the Nats. Nats haven't gained any ground on the Pirates during this series.
6. The Brewers. Just took 2 in a row from the Reds. Reds haven't gained any ground on the Pirates during this series.
7. Burnett's back. Enough said.
8. Russell Martin. Continues to provide superior performance behind the plate.
9. 3.5, 7.5 and 9.0. Despite losing 6 of 8, those are the leads over the nearest wild card competitors.

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:54 am 
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56 more silver linings from NSMaster56:

1. Attendance at PNC is still cracking 20k.
2. The UPPMB still has free pie.
3. Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
...

But seriously, gotta agree No. 9. All great points.

Although 56 still seems like the win total the Bucs will have at the AS Break.

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:09 pm 
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Thanks, 9!

A couple more:

1. 3.12 Team ERA. Best in the majors. Given our strong bullpen, it's not worrisome that we are not setting the world on fire in terms of quality starts.
2. 12 Shutouts. Also best in the majors. Interesting note, the Indians are second with 11 shutouts, yet are only 4 games above .500 and their team ERA of 4.41 is 27th in the majors.


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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:05 pm 
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5 more Silver Linings from J_C_Steel (because 5 is my son Jack's favorite number):

1. The Pirates actually have some decent options in the minors to help the team in the second half, including Brandon Cumpton, Kris Johnson (solid LHP), Alex Presley, Andrew Lambo, Duke Welker, Vic Black, and Andy Oliver. Several of those players could give the team a boost.
2. McCutchen hasn't had a power surge yet, and he will. When he does, the Pirates will likely ride the surge to win a good number of games.
3. Pedro is hitting the ball the other way and actually taking some walks. If he can become consistently more selective at the dish, he'll be lethal.
4. Bad luck does not last forever, and so long as the Pirates start to put balls in play, more hits will fall.
5. The rotation and bullpen continue to look strong.

Let's Go Bucs!


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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:33 pm 
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1 more that I just found....


81.4 percent -- Rate at which Pirates relievers are stranding inherited runners. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 10 teams since 1990 that stranded 77-plus percent of inherited runners averaged 97 wins.


Probably more descriptive than predictive, but an interesting stat nonetheless.


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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
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Adding to No. 9's list:

10. Justin Wilson
11. Mark Melancon
12. Jason Grilli

Best 3 in any bullpen in major league baseball. And it's not close, IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: Silver Linings
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:17 am 
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Bucfan wrote:
Adding to No. 9's list:

10. Justin Wilson
11. Mark Melancon
12. Jason Grilli

Best 3 in any bullpen in major league baseball. And it's not close, IMO.


Having a lefty like Justin Wilson throw 99-100 mph is awesome...

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