Found April 20, 2013 on
When the Pirates play games like they did last night, with Wandy Rodriguez cruising on the mound and the defense clicking behind him and all sorts of guys coming up with big hit after big hit, it's actually sort of easy to watch them and think, "Seriously, this team could contend for a playoff spot." It's obviously early to talk about things like that when the team in question is the Pirates, but it's one of those thoughts that's crept into my mind more than once in this homestand.
I suspect that tonight will be much different. James McDonald is getting another start for the Pirates and that frankly seems all kinds of unacceptable after his last start agains the Cardinals. There's not really any reason to think that he'll do any better against the Braves tonight. His mound opponent tonight will be ex-Pirate Paul Maholm, who's career has taken off since joining the Braves at the trade deadline last year. In 14 starts with the Braves this yea...
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The Wandy Rodriguez trade is looking good right now. Photo credit: David Hague
When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez last year at the trade deadline, I wasn’t a fan of the move. For one, I really liked Robbie Grossman’s upside. I also didn’t think Rodriguez was the same pitcher he was a few years ago.
From 2008-2010, Rodriguez combined for a 3.36 ERA, along with...
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez speaks to the media (through Heberto Andrade, who is usually a bullpen catcher for the club but serves as an interpreter here) about what made him successful in Pittsburgh’s 6-0 win against Atlanta on Friday.
Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball.
Wandy Rodriguez allowed just one hit in seven innings against Atlanta on Friday. Photo credit: David Hague
Rodriguez was sharp from the beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum...
Wandy Rodriguez pitched so well, he made his manager almost consider giving him 10 days rest between all his starts.
Rodriguez faced the minimum while throwing seven innings of 1-hit ball to and help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Friday.
Scratched from his most recent scheduled start after leaving his previous outing in the third inning because of a strained...
The Pirates put together a brilliant effort on Friday night as Wandy Rodriguez made his triumphant return to the mound, and the result was a remarkably efficient shutout win over the mighty Braves.
Wandy was phenomenal, tossing seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. The one hit was quickly erased by a double play, and since Rodriguez did not walk or hit anyone, he faced the minimun...
What a day yesterday! Dopey terrorist guy caught! Pirates win! Just as important as a Pirates win was the performance of Wandy Rodriguez. The Pirates needed a strong, efficient, long outing from him and they got just that. Seven innings of one hit ball. No walks. That’s huge for a bullpen that is overworked and,…
Paul Maholm was the only starting pitcher in Major League Baseball to have not given up a run before tonight’s game. The Pirates hadn’t been over .500 yet this season. The Braves hadn’t lost 2 games in a row yet this season. All of that changed with tonight’s 3-1 win. A more confident James McDonald…
We’d like to welcome our newest addition to the team, Paul, to the Baseball Professor family! In his first post he compares some players off to hot starts to a car, another player, and a circulating apparatus.Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY — Toyota CorollaI compared Kuroda to a Toyota Corolla for a variety of reasons. A Corolla is foreign, not very fast, you definitely don’t show it...
Braves (13-2) at Pirates (7-8)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look to even this weekend’s series with the red-hot Braves tonight after a tough defeat late in last night’s game.
Programming note: This was originally scheduled to be another MLB Network telecast, but the Pens game has been postponed tonight due to the events in Boston. As a...
Consistency has been a problem for the Pirates this season. The offense needed more than a week to find its stride and the starting pitching (outside of A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez) has been hit and miss. One aspect of Pittsburgh’s club that actually has been consistent has been the strong work put in by the bullpen.
Justin Wilson is on pace to throw 108 innings this season...
Phillies (8-11) v. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8)Matchups: Monday- 7:05 - Jon Pettibone v. AJ BurnettTuesday - 7:05 - OGP v. Jeff LockeWednesday - 7:05 - Oh No, It's Roy v. Wandy RodriguezThursday - 1:05 - Cliff Lee v. James McDonald Breakdown:So, I'm driving in to work this morning, thinking about this series, and for the first time in many years I believe the Pirates may be...
Braves (13-3) at Pirates (8-8)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs go for two in a row against the Braves tonight at PNC. It’s Andrew McCutchen bobblehead night, so there should be a solid crowd (which is good, since there haven’t been any good crowds since the opener). A win would clinch a series split for the Bucs, which would be a very strong result...