Friday, March 24, 2017

JAL’s Walk on the Ocean Morning Links

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Walk on the Ocean Toad the Wet Sprocket


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 PBC Asylum Recipe Collection


4 BFFL’s Pirates Stats Spreadsheet and Prediction Contest

First link is to new 2017 sheets but no data yet while second link is to 2016 data



5 2017 PBC Blog Prediction Contest



6 Rumbunter


Despite Strong Spring, Gift Ngoepe Has No Spot On Pirate Roster





7 Viva El Birdos

N.L. Wild Card preview: Part 1


8 Green Weenie

3/23: Cover Boy Jim Bunning; HBD Mike, Danny, Ray, Hooks, Wendell, Johnny & Lanny


9 Red Reporter

Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 Season Preview


10 Bleed Cubbie Blue

Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 5: Tie Required


11 Pirates Breakdown

Are there any extension candidates on the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates?


New Kid on the Block No More – Pittsburgh Pirates Announcer Joe Block Settling in



12 Brew Crew Ball

2017 NL Central Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates



13 Bradenton Herald

Pirates walk planks, cook, watch movies and Escape Bradenton for team bonding


14 For the Win

The unremarkable secret of baseball's most beloved pitching coach



15 National Pastime Museum

THE 1934 ENCORES—CARL HUBBELL AND SATCHEL PAIGE PREVAIL


16 St. Louis Post Dispatch

BenFred: Matheny awaits Carp as he coaxes ex-Cardinals back to baseball



17 SB Nation   

The World Baseball Classic is over, and now we wait for more




18 CBS Sports

So how would WBC champs Team USA perform over a 162-game MLB season?


19 Fangraphs

2017 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field


2017 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field


20 Fox Sports

World Baseball Classic title is a perfect end to Jim Leyland’s career


21 Baseball Prospectus

Playing the Right Way, Baserunning the Wrong Way, and Pitching the Rockies Way


22 Sports on Earth

WAR GAMES: LOOKING AT MLB'S BEST

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220535164/war-top-25-over-under-mlb-2017-picks

Rays Lineup

1. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
2. Daniel Robertson (R) SS
3. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
4. Brad Miller (L) 2B
5. Curt Casali (R) C
6. Mallex Smith (L) CF
7. Michael McKenry (R) DH
8. Shane Peterson (L) RF
9. Alec Sole (L) 3B


Pirates Lineup

1. Adam Frazier (L) LF
2. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
3. John Jaso (L) RF
4. David Freese (R) 3B
5. Josh Bell (S) 1B
6. Phil Gosselin (R) 2B
7. Austin Meadows (L) CF
8. Chris Stewart (R) C
9. Trevor Williams (R) P


Pirates

Rays

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Prediction Contest


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This thread is for prediction, nothing more.

This year looking for the final team record first.  First tiebreaker is the number of home runs hit by the Pirates  (last year they hit 153) and second tiebreaker is number of strikeouts by Pirate hitters (last season they struck out 1334 times)

Predictions may be entered up to midnight on Sunday, April 2.

Winner will determined by closest to the actual record.  If the Pirates finish 82-80 and only one person predicted 82-80 that person wins.  If more than one predicts 82-80 we go the tiebreakers to determine the winner.  If for some reason the Pirates play less than 162 games the winner will still the person closest to the actual record.  If two people are closest with different predictions (say the Pirates finish 81-80 and one prediction was 82-80 and another predicted 81-81 then both got one right) the closest to final winning percentage wins.  The win percentages are equally far from the actual percentage then we go to the tiebreakers.

Remember, just predictions, no comments.  Your post should look like this

83-79  140  1360





JAL’s Walk Me to the Bridge Morning Links

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Walk Me to the Bridge Manic Street Preachers


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 PBC Asylum Recipe Collection


4 BFFL’s Pirates Stats Spreadsheet and Prediction Contest

First link is to new 2017 sheets but no data yet while second link is to 2016 data



5 Pirates Spring Training Schedule



6 Rumbunter


The Next Two Days Could Be Key In Setting The Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation





7 Viva El Birdos

A Brief History of Cardinal Drafts in the 21st Century, Part Five: The Kantrovitz Kronicles
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8 Green Weenie

3/22: Dann Signed; HBD Moose, Ramon, Beast & Ike


9 Red Reporter

New York Yankees interested in Zack Cozart, per report


10 Bleed Cubbie Blue

Former Cubs General Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82


11 Pirates Breakdown

NL Central Season Preview: Chicago Cubs


Pittsburgh Pirates Wake-Up Call: Quintana Trade Saga Continues




12 Awful Announcing

Clash between Pittsburgh Pirates radio and TV booths was ‘completely part of the schtick’


13 Beaver County Times

Pirates corner infielder John Jaso getting reps at third base


14 KDKA

With One Week To Go: 5 Impressions From Pirates Camp



15 National Pastime Museum

BABE PINELLI: FAR FROM A ONE-PITCH POSTERITY


16 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Martinez swats aside Nats with five scoreless innings



17 SB Nation   

USA vs. Puerto Rico final score: United States wins 2017 World Baseball Classic




18 CBS Sports

Twitter reacts to Team USA's win over Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic final


19 Fangraphs

2017 Positional Power Rankings: Second Base


2017 Positional Power Rankings: Shortstop


20 Fox Sports

Every MLB team’s 2017 motto in three words


21 Baseball Prospectus

L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show


22 Sports on Earth

6 POSSIBLE TEAM USA HALL OF FAMERS

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220350856/team-usa-hall-of-fame-potential

Pirates

1. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
2. Starling Marte (R) CF
3. Gregory Polanco (L) LF
4. David Freese (R) 3B
5. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
6. Jose Osuna (R) RF
7. Josh Bell (S) 1B
8. Alen Hanson (S) 2B
9. Drew Hutchison (L) P

Red Sox

1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. Mookie Betts (R) RF
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH
5. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
8. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
9. Blake Swihart (S) C


Pirates

Red Sox

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

JAL’s Walk Like a Man Morning Links

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Walk Like a Man Four Seasons


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 PBC Asylum Recipe Collection


4 BFFL’s Pirates Stats Spreadsheet and Prediction Contest

First link is to new 2017 sheets but no data yet while second link is to 2016 data



5 Pirates Spring Training Schedule



6 Rumbunter


Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Assessing Outfield Depth




7 Viva El Birdos

VEB 2017 Projections Results: Matt Carpenter


8 Green Weenie

3/21: Bucs Bought; Duke for Lefty; Vance for Ross; Esteban Inked; HBD Mysterious, Bill, Manny & Pablo


9 Red Reporter

Cody Reed fantastic, bullpen and defense doom Reds in loss to Angels


10 Bleed Cubbie Blue

Kris Bryant Graces Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview Cover


11 Pirates Breakdown

Pittsburgh Pirates: Is Josh Harrison a Spark Plug or an Albatross?


Chad Kuhl: Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Stabilizier




12 Deadspin

Internecine Broadcast Conflict Breaks Out During Pirates Spring Training Game


13 San Angelo Standard Times

Opera tells story of Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson


14 Bradenton Herald

Pirates Q&A with Gift Ngoepe



15 National Pastime Museum

CARVED IN STONE?: REVISITING THE 1949 AL BATTING RACE



16 St. Louis Post Dispatch

Cards notebook: Jose Martinez still slugging; Rosenthal rolls



17 SB Nation   

The United States might have built the best lineup in baseball history




18 CBS Sports

Jonah Keri's 2017 MLB Breakout Brigade: Six players who are in store for a big year


2017 World Baseball Classic USA vs. Japan final score: USA edges Japan to reach final



19 Fangraphs

2017 Positional Power Rankings: Third Base


2017 Positional Power Rankings: First Base


20 Fox Sports

2017 Fantasy baseball rankings top 250 overall


21 Baseball Prospectus

Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises


22 Sports on Earth

EMOTION MAKES BASEBALL CLASSIC


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

JAL’s Walk Away Renee Morning Links

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Walk Away Renee Left Banke


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 PBC Asylum Recipe Collection


4 BFFL’s Pirates Stats Spreadsheet and Prediction Contest

First link is to new 2017 sheets but no data yet while second link is to 2016 data



5 Pirates Spring Training Schedule



6 Rumbunter


Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen: The Changeup





7 Viva El Birdos

Grading the Cardinals’ off-season


8 Green Weenie

3/20: Roberto to HoF; Josh & Judy to Grays; HBD Pete, Walter, Rick & Blas


9 Red Reporter

How has the face of the Reds changed in the last 5 years?


10 Bleed Cubbie Blue

The Cubs’ Next 5 Years


11 Pirates Breakdown

Jared Hughes’ Spring Training Process Examined


12 Sporting News

Pirates extend netting at PNC Park further down baseline seats


13 Bradenton Herald

Pirates go deep, Taillon shines in win over Rays


14 Baltimore Sun

Pedro Alvarez has the bat to play in Orioles outfield, but what about the defense?


15 National Pastime Museum

WHITHER WHO’S WHO? THE END OF A CLASSIC BASEBALL BOOK



16 St. Louis Post Dispatch

BenFred: Why not experiment with Adams in left field?



17 SB Nation   

The Adam Jones catch and everything that helped make it happen




18 CBS Sports

Jonah Keri's spring training tour: Yankees' Baby Bombers could be all grown up soon


19 Fangraphs

2017 Positional Power Rankings: Catcher


20 Fox Sports

Brady Anderson’s role with Orioles a topic of debate


21 Baseball Prospectus

Spring Gimmickry, Intranational Exceptionalism, and Baseball's Hockey Player


22 Sports on Earth

WBC '17'S FINAL 4: WHO WILL WIN?


http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220103924/final-four-world-baseball-classic-preview-2017


Rays

1. Mallex Smith (L) CF
2. Rickie Weeks Jr. (R) DH
3. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
4. Casey Gillaspie (S) 1B
5. Jake Bauers (L) LF
6. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
7. Curt Casali (R) C
8. Daniel Robertson (R) SS

9. Patrick Leonard (R) 3B

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier, SS
2. Phil Gosselin, 1B
3. John Jaso, 3B
4. Francisco Cervelli, C
5. José Osuna, LF
6. Danny Ortiz, CF
7. Eric Wood, RF
8. Max Moroff, 2B
9. Kuhl, P

Additional scheduled Pirate pitchers A.J. Schugel and Josh Lindblom



Rays
Alex Cobb (R)

Pirates
Chad Kuhl (R)

Monday, March 20, 2017

JAL’s Walk of Life Morning Links

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Walk of Life Dire Straits


1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 PBC Asylum Recipe Collection


4 BFFL’s Pirates Stats Spreadsheet and Prediction Contest

First link is to new 2017 sheets but no data yet while second link is to 2016 data



5 Pirates Spring Training Schedule



6 Rumbunter


Pittsburgh Pirates 11, Toronto Blue Jays 11





7 Viva El Birdos

A Brief History of Cardinal Drafts in the 21st Century, Part Four: Luhnow’s Last Ride


8 Green Weenie

3/19: O'Brien Twins Signed; Bill Released; Trickery Backfires; HBD Rab Roy, Paul, Tom, Jose & Angel


9 Red Reporter

Bronson Arroyo leaves game after being struck in face with throw


10 Bleed Cubbie Blue

‘That’s Cub’: The Cubs’ New Slogan Is Everywhere


11 Pirates Breakdown

Still No Visa for Pittsburgh Pirates’ Kang – Needs Spring Training, Per Huntington


12 Bradenton Herald

Southeast’s Michael Suchy homers in Pirates’ tie with Blue Jays


13 Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Spring fans get late start due to WBC


14 Call to the Pen

MLB Hall of Fame History: Roberto Clemente First Hispanic Player Inducted


15 National Pastime Museum

THE NEGRO LEAGUES EAST-WEST ALL-STAR GAME


16 St. Louis Post Dispatch

BenFred: Kelly feels ready but needs patience



17 SB Nation   

The United States played a thrilling WBC game, and won




18 CBS Sports

Here's what the USA roster could look like for the next World Baseball Classic


19 Fangraphs

The Best One-Two Punch in Baseball


20 Fox Sports

Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton create indelible memories at World Baseball Classic


21 Baseball Prospectus

HOW SYNDERGAARD AND DEGROM CAN BE THE NEXT KOUFAX AND DRYSDALE


22 Sports on Earth

BUBBLE TROUBLE: MLB ROSTER HOPEFULS


http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220065244/roster-options-mlb-spring-training

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B
2. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
3. Josh Bell (S) 1B
4. David Freese (R) 3B
5. Jose Osuna (R) RF
6. Phil Gosselin (R) LF
7. Austin Meadows (L) CF
8. Chris Stewart (R) C
9. Jameson Taillon (R) P

Rays

1. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Brad Miller (L) 2B
5. Colby Rasmus (L) DH
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
7. Tim Beckham (R) SS
8. Jake Bauers (L) RF
9. Jesus Sucre (R) C


Pirates

Rays