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Saturday’s loss undoubtedly ranks among the most frustrating of the year – possibly atop the list. In addition to the usual RISP failures (including a spectacularly awful display in the ninth inning), the pitching and defense was not up to snuff, and a few bad breaks really hurt them as well. It all ended in the second straight close, irritating loss to a rival on the road that certainly conjured up some memories of several brutal games at GABP late last year.
A.J. Burnett got off to a horrendous start after an hour-long rain delay that struck just as he took the field to warm up. The Reds put up a four spot in the first, but it was poor defense (and luck) hurt A.J. more than his pitching. (To be fair, one of the defensive miscues was by A.J. himself, when he was too indecisive on a bunt to the mound.) Anyway, after the early disaster, Burnett recovered nicely and pitched well until the sixth. That’s when he seemed to run out of gas and allowed two base hits to crappy hitters, then ...
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Wandy Rodriguez will begin throwing later this week. (Photo by: David Hague)
Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter.
**Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters...
Reds announcer and Fox play by play man Thom Brennaman got caught with a hot mic Sunday afternoon with Cincy hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates. After Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke walked Reds SS Zack Cozart, you can hear Brennaman whisper "this guy sucks" into the microphone.
One would have to presume Brennaman is not talking about Cozart, but Locke. Perhaps that'...
John Sickels says that Tyler Glasnow is among the best pitching prospects in baseball.
John Sickels released his mid-season top 75 prospects this week. The Pittsburgh Pirates had four players on the list, with all four appearing in the top 50. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Tyler Glasnow all made the list.
Taillon was first on the list, coming in at number 10...
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker started to get over the hump of his return from right side soreness on Friday night when he started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Aluding to a specific plan for Walker, Manager Clint Hurdle said. Neil went on the 15-day disabled list on July 9th, retroactive to July 7th.
On Friday, Walker was scheduled to play five innings...
Jeff Locke hadn't pitched since July 8 and missed out on a chance to play in the All-Star Game because of lower back stiffness, but when the 25-year-old left-hander took the mound on Sunday against the Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said beforehand he'd do so without limitations.
"I don't think we'll have him under a microscope by any means...
The undisputed top pitching prospect in the Reds system continues to be 2011 first round pick Robert Stephenson.
The California native recently received a promotion to Advanced Single-A Bakersfield after going 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 14 starts with Single-A Dayton. The right-hander is starting to get many fans in Reds Country buzzing with excitement about his potential arrival...
Russell Martin had two hits, including one of the solo homers, in the Pirates’ losing effort. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are...
For Jamestown today, Cody Dickson will get the start. The fourth round draft pick from this year has a 12.6 SO/9 ratio in his five starts. The GCL Pirates are off today. Both DSL affiliates are off this weekend while the league breaks for it’s All-Star game on Sunday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are the “team du jour” for Chicago Cubs starter, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. If you don’t know what that means, perhaps this will help.
Wittenmyer points out that Neal Huntington suggested this afternoon that he has sought pitching, and said he has the flexibility to add payroll within reason. It sounds more like speculation...
CINCINNATI If baseball is all about second chances and second steps, then Greg Reynolds is ready to lace up his spikes and take that second step with the Cincinnati Reds.His chance comes Tuesday in San Francisco.With a doubleheader against the Giants, one game a makeup from a rained out game in Cincinnati (the Reds will be the home team in San Francisco for the first game), the...
Last night we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Alex Rios, and also might consider Alexei Ramirez. I’ve already done a Trade Values article on Rios. That article included a brief estimate of the value of Ramirez, although that came from just glancing at his stats and contracts, rather than digging in deep and looking at him closer. With last night’s rumor, I decided...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double on Friday night, and Mike Leake got the better of left-hander Francisco Liriano for the third time this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that tightened the NL Central.
The third-place Reds moved to within three games of second-place Pittsburgh. The Pirates...
Brandon Phillips caused a bit of a stir Friday when some comments about his contract came out in an article in Cincinnati Magazine. He thought the whole thing was a bit overblown.
As he spun it, he allowed modestly that: "The fans love me."
All the more after Friday night.
Phillips' three-run double was the key blow in the Reds' 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh...
At the end of a very long day, the Cincinnati Reds were fretting on their bench. How would starter Mat Latos describe the mood?
"Anxiety," he said.
And, with a few 100-mph fastballs, Aroldis Chapman turned the anxiety into instantaneous joy.
Chapman escaped a two-on, none-out threat on Saturday, preserving a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that began with a long...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- JeffLocke allowed only an infield single through six innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Homer Bailey to salvage the final game of their series with the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2 on Sunday.
Second-place Pittsburgh left town with a three-game cushion over the Reds, who won the first two games of the series.
Locke (9-2) and the majors' second-stingiest bullpen...