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The Pirates made a bunch of roster moves today. I was at the game and didn’t get a chance to update as they happened, so here’s a quick rundown:
First of all, Bryan Morris was called up from Indianapolis. Jordy Mercer was sent down. Morris is the only remaining player in the organization from the Jason Bay trade, and has pitched very well out of the bullpen this season. The 25-year old might have just been added for the day since the bullpen was limited, and he did not get into the game.
Morris may be headed right back to AAA because the Bucs need to free up a spot for Drew Sutton, who they claimed off waivers today. Yes, THAT Drew Sutton…the guy the Pirates acquired a few weeks ago, then traded away one day later. He tore it up for the Rays for four games, prompting plenty of snarky comments about the move…but then went back to the replacement-level hitter that he is. Still, if the Bucs use him more often than Mercer (which would be impossible not to), he’s worth having around, I ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Wow. Karstens to start Monday, Lincoln to bullpen–Hurdle. Color me surprised. #Pirates
— David Todd (@DTonPirates) June 24, 2012
It looks like Brad Lincoln will be heading back to the bullpen and Kevin Correia will remain in the rotation as Jeff Karstens returns from his injury.
Lincoln is coming off an excellent start where he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against...
Justin Verlander pitched his way to a complete game victory over the Pirates for the second time in as many tries, but this one did not come nearly as easily as the first. In fact, the Bucs were able to turn what looked like a lost cause into a dramatic victory and a sweep…but instead came up just short.
One of the reasons the game seemed like a lost cause what the Bucs’ starting...
Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
After a pretty successful homestand, the Bucs are on the road for a week as they look to continue their winning ways. Their first stop is a place that hasn’t been kind to them lately: Citizens Bank Park. They are just 5-18 in CBP, have been swept there...
Although Monday night’s series opener featured a much better Pirates team and a much worse Phillies team than we’re used to seeing at Citizens Bank Park, the game didn’t quite go as planned. Instead, it turned into the typical Phillies blowout the Pirates have endured a number of times on the eastern side of the state.
Jeff Karstens‘ return to the rotation did not go well...
The Weekend Takeaway
In the March 5 BP First Take, I wrote, “On the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance last season, [Andrew McCutchen] has the potential to contend for MVP honors in the near future.” That wasn’t exactly the boldest of predictions, given McCutchen’s talent and career path, and it appears the near future has arrived.
After a relatively slow start...
The Pirates made three errors in the first inning. Jeff Karstens threw some meatballs. Joe Blanton had eight strikeouts. Rod Barajas got hurt. One of those days that's better off forgotten, if you ask me.
On Friday, the Tigers bumbled their way to a loss. Yesterday afternoon, Brad Lincoln pitched maybe the best start of his young career and Andrew McCutchen came up big when the Pirates needed him to and the Pirates pulled out a second win against the Tigers. That's honestly one more win than I expected from the Pirates in this series, so a sweep would be gravy.Given that the pitching...
A trip to Philadelphia usually doesn't turn out well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this could be a different year.
This is definitely a different Phillies club in 2012.
The Pirates plan to give Jeff Karstens his first start in two months Monday night as they begin a four-game series against the last-place Phillies.
Pittsburgh (38-33) has dropped 18 of 23 at Citizens Bank...
I’m of the opinion that anything less than a series win against the Phillies is a pretty big disappointment. The Pirates really made that disappointment likely by losing last night. Recap. First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where to watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN Vance Worley, RHP (24) Worley has been shockingly good this year. He [...]