7/16/12 Pregame Links

Here are some Pirates links for you to go through before first pitch.

Neil Walker actually living his dream via Neil Walker a hometown hero for Pittsburgh Pirates – ESPN.

Walker wanted to be a Pirate. He made that declaration to his parents, Tom and Carolyn, each time the family car took Route 279 past Three Rivers Stadium on the way to another game.  “Neil got the itch,” Tom Walker said by phone. “His older brothers were playing, and his sister was a tomboy and she played as well. When he was 6 or 7 he’d go by that ballpark and say, ‘I’m going to play there someday.’ I had learned that Neil had exceptional abilities, and I wasn’t about to tell him he couldn’t do anything.”

Should Bucs go all in for Upton? via The Pittsburgh Pirates, Justin Upton and the race for relevancy – ESPN.

Some interesting quotes from this article:

Target a better rental choice than Ryan Ludwick was last year, and help yourself at an up-the-middle position. How? By calling up the Padres to get Quentin to play left field, and see if you can get healed-up free-agent-to-be Jason Bartlett chucked into the deal to help out at shortstop. Maybe one of the mid-tier outfield prospects the Bucs have — maybe Mel Rojas Jr. or Robbie Grossman — plus Tim Alderson gets it done.

I’d see if the Cubs would be willing to give me Alfonso Soriano for basically nothing, which they just might do if the Bucs pay even a small portion of his salary. He still hits for power, and he would cost less in terms of talent than Quentin while providing comparable production.

Pirates Notebook via Pirates notebook: Coors Field is a welcome sight – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Rockies, despite entering Sunday’s games with a 34-53 record and tied for last place in the National League West, score 4.87 runs per game, which ranks second in the National League. They allow an NL-worst 5.62 runs per game and their pitching staff has a 5.25 ERA.

Playoff Odds Report via Baseball Prospectus | Playoff Odds Report.

Baseball Prospectus still has the Pirates playoff chances at under 50%.


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