Found September 07, 2013 on This Is Getting Old:
In a game where a team scored eight runs and lost I’m seeing a lot of blame misplaced. You can talk about the insane number of men left on base last night but THE PIRATES SCORED EIGHT RUNS. Blame.  A.J. Burnett.  A 3.0 run outing?  Are you serious?  Burnett did absolutely nothing to disprove the…

Pirates let go of pitcher James McDonald

getty The Pittsburgh Pirates released pitcher James McDonald on Saturday. McDonald, 28, had a great first half to the 2012 season but has struggled since. He has been out since June 21 with shoulder discomfort. In six games this season McDonald was 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. With a career 4.20 ERA and 1.40 WHIP there figures to be at-least one team that will give McDonald...

WATCH: Derrek Lee asks for auto

Video:  A nice 38th birthday gift for Lee. 

Wainwright believes he has recent struggles figured out

ST. LOUIS -- So, Adam Wainwright, you think tipping pitches was your problem against the Reds? Wainwright, with big grin: "You never can tell about those things." Does that mean yes? Still grinning: "I may have seen something." Pause. "I may have." Well, maybe he is hoping that tipping pitches was the problem. That at least would provide a plausible...

Carpenter helps keep Cardinals triples alive

The triple is becoming a less and less frequent appearance in St. Louis Cardinals games, and across Major League Baseball, for that matter. With the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates facing off this past weekend, two of the National League leaders in the three-base hit were on the field. League leader Starling Marte of Pittsburgh has 10. After tripling on Friday night,...

Wacha's weekend performance shows midseason break was wise investment for Cards

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Talk about a wise investment. Not long after the Cardinals sent down rookie right-hander Michael Wacha in mid-June, they gave him a couple of extended breaks. He ended up pitching 27 13 innings in a seven-week stretch through July. He wasn't injured or in need of time off. The Cardinals wanted to bank some innings for the stretch. Well, the stretch has arrived...

Pirates lose 12-8 to Cardinals, lead by half-game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have no worries about posting their first winning record in 21 years, a milestone that will come soon enough. Also, they won't have to face Joe Kelly again. ''Tonight we pushed him. We were one big hit away,'' manager Clint Hurdle said after the St. Louis Cardinals pulled to a half-game back of the NL Central leaders with a 12-8 victory...

New guys have been key to Pirates' mastery of Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Forget about Pedro Alvarez being the Cardinals' nemesis. That was last year's news. After pummeling St. Louis for seven homers, 23 RBIs and a .397 batting average in 2012, Alvarez has been limited to two homers, 10 RBIs and a .169 average in 2013. Then how have the Pirates -- who have won 10 of 16 games between the NL Central's top two teams -- been able...

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Basically in the Playoffs Right Now

The Pirates lost a big game to the Cardinals tonight. (Photo Credit: David Hague) I’ve never gotten caught up in the results of individual games. The Pirates can lose, and within minutes I’ve forgotten about the game. Some tough losses stick with you for a little bit, but individual games don’t have a huge impact on me, positive or negative. A big part of that is because I’ve...

Preview: Wacha, Cards go for three-game sweep of bumbling Bucs

The St. Louis Cardinals have beaten up on the Pittsburgh Pirates to move back atop the NL Central.The Cardinals go for a three-game home sweep against the slumping Pirates, who will again try to secure their first winning season in 21 years Sunday.After taking Friday's opener 12-8, St. Louis (82-60) moved one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh (81-60) and into first place in the division...

Morton stepping up for Pirates

As the season winds down Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton has given the pitching staff a much needed boost. The right-hander after 90 innings pitched is showing electric stuff. You could make a strong case that Morton sporting a 7-3 record and 3.00 ERA has been the Bucs best starter in the second half of the season.'s George Von Benko caught up with Morton recently.

Recap: Wainwright moves Cards into first in NL Central

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Adam Wainwright decided to use a simple approach to break out of his two-game slump.The St. Louis right-hander bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game...

Memphis Redbirds: Season in Review

It was a tough 2013 season for the Memphis Redbirds. The Redbirds finished the year with a 69-75 record and one game out in the Pacific Coast League American – North Division. The Redbirds had a one game lead with two games left and could not win one of their last two. A 69-75 record may seem pretty rough, but not for this team. The Redbirds were decimated by promotions and call...

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs just ahead (again)

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This time, we focused on the second weekend series against Pittsburgh in two weeks as well as the NL Central race with...

Recap: Wacha's arm, bat lead Cards to sweep over Pirates

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1 12-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season...

Wacha leads Cardinals with arm, bat

Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
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