Found June 24, 2012 on
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 matchup today is Justin Verlander vs. Kevin Correia, it'd be serious gravy. I don't need to rehash what Verlander did to the Pirates last time. Jeff Karstens is slated to return to the Pirates within the next week, so Correia may be pitching for a rotation spot after Lincoln's great outing yesterday. Alternately, he may be pitching to catch someone else's eye today. First pitch today is at 1:35.
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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...
The Pirates grabbed hold of an early lead on Friday night and hung on to it the rest of the way, defeating the Tigers 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park.
A.J. Burnett won his seventh start in a row–the longest such streak by a Pirate since Dock Ellis. Burnett went six scoreless and allowed just two hits (although he walked three) while striking out four. After A.J. worked...
Jeff Karstens made his return to the Pirates tonight and was smacked around the ball park, resulting in the Pirates losing 8-3. The first inning consisted of three errors by the Pirates, all on throws. Two were made by Jose Tabata and one was made by Pedro Alvarez which resulted in the Phillies putting up four runs in the first. Doug Slaten allowed a run after walking three men and...
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...
One of the things that I've really liked about the last few games for the Pirates (and if it wasn't already clear, I've liked quite a few things) is that the Pirates have been playing opponents that have made mistakes, and the Pirates have seriously cashed in on them. Against the Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera booted balls all over the field on Saturday and Sunday and the...
We’re nearing the halfway point of the season so by now managers should have a pretty good idea of what they will need coming down the home stretch and into the playoffs. In Fantasy leagues we’re more than half-way through the regular season’s as there are usually 22 weeks on the schedule. You should start [...]
With July eight days away, it's time for baseball's trade season to heat up and assuming that the Pirates can keep playing well, they're likely going to be in the middle of things again this year. It looks for now like the first big trade piece of the season to fall will be Kevin Youkilis, though the Pirates apparently haven't shown much interest in Youk despite having...
Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
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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 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.
6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Pitch TypeVelocH-BreakV-BreakCountStrike%4-Seam 93.3 -4.31 8.23 49 77.55% Change 84.9 -4.220.16 7 85.71% Curve83.7 8.41-6.64 20 70.00% 2-seam92.7-8.463.91250.00% You can view all the season's pitch f/x posts by clicking here
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...