Found July 11, 2012 on
North Side Notch:
Only the GCL Pirates in action today.
Adalberto Santos continued with his rehab going 2 for 5 with a triple. In ten games with the GCL Pirates, he’s hitting .289/.386/.447. I have to think he’ll be back in Altoona after the Eastern League All-Star Break this week.
2nd round pick Wyatt Mathisen went 3 for 4 with two doubles. He’s now hitting .340/.421/.420 in his first 15 games as a pro.
The Stetson Allie experiment isn’t off to the best of starts. He went 0 for 4 today and is hitting .193/.313/.368 with 22 strikeouts in 57 at-bats so far. This really isn’t all that unexpected as it IS the first time he’s hit in three years, but it’s always something that people will be paying a lot of attention to in the coming years.
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Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event. Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.
While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed...
Final: National League 8, American League 0
The game was well out of reach when both players entered the game, but it didn’t stop either of the Pirates’ two all-stars from chipping in a bit.
Andrew McCutchen entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take over for the game’s eventual MVP Melky Cabrera. McCutchen singled on a line drive to left field in the sixth...
Check out Part 1 of the series right here. The players covered were Carlos Quentin, Justin Upton, Josh Willingham, and Chase Headley.
The second in a multi-part series laying out what pieces are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, how well they’ll mesh with the team, and what the Pirates may have to move in return… (Opening image credit, SD Examiner)
Part 2: ...
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio below two, which caused McDonald to alter his arsenal before the season. This year, he has an ERA and FIP under 3.00, with an xFIP and SIERA just under 3.60, thanks to the...
For years, it has been the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their one and only productive player to someone else for a bucket full of prospects that were nothing but unproven. That worked so well that it was a key piece to the past 19 years of losing. Now the Pirates are talked about as buyers for [...]
When the Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a six year $51.5m contract this off-season there were very few who thought it was anything other than a bargaining. The young centrefielder may be less than 10% of the way through that deal, but he’s already showing that the Pirates may have one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball on their hands. Elected to the All-Star team after...
With what can easily be considered the best first half any Pirates team has put together in the last 20 years, many fans are beginning to believe that this year’s Buccos will finally break the streak of losing seasons and can perhaps make a run at the division. So at the all star break, the fans believe, the coaches believe, the players believe, and from the sound of things...
She asked me which part of the broom was more elemental, more fundamental, in my opinion, the bristles or the handle. The bristles or the handle. And I hemmed and hawed, and she swept more and more violently, and I got nervous, and finally when I said I supposed the bristles, because you could after a fashion sweep without the handle, by just holding on to the bristles, but couldn’t...
Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. At eleven games over .500, the Pirates are poised to end their streak of losing seasons at 19 years.
The turnaround in Pittsburgh can be attributed to solid pitching, and the emergence of NL batting average leader Andrew McCutchen. The 25 year...
Today we have six former Pittsburgh Pirates players that were born on this date. Earlier this morning we dedicated a full bio to one of the better pitchers in team history, Lee Meadows, a star for two Pirates World Series teams. That can be read here. In this article we have five more players, plus a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland.
Tom Gorzelanny (1982) Pitcher for the Pirates...
To say that the past nineteen baseball seasons have been a disappointment for a city that boasts the sporting tradition that Pittsburgh does is about as much of an understatement as saying that Terry Bradshaw was just another quarterback or Mario Lemieux just a decent hockey player. The summer months in the Steel City have hummed to a familiar cadence over the past two decades...
Clear your calendars for October because the Pirates won some home field advantage for the World Series thanks to Andrew McCutchen’s and Joel Hanrahan’s All-Star performances last night. All they have to do now is make it that far and the Buccos will get to play Game 7 at PNC Park after the NL embarrassed the AL last night in an 8-0 stompjob that had been applied before...
It’s the mid-summer classic, and though we’ll be missing the real games for the next five days, we couldn’t be happier the season’s halfway point’s here. How can you be disappointed knowing the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first, and there’s a bunch of other small-market teams in the playoff hunt? The second half’s set-up to [...]