Found July 06, 2012 on Diamond Hoggers:
McCutchen brings his .356 average into the weekend. If you’re one of those people who likes the heat of the summer, I hope you’re enjoying yourself. Me, I can’t wait until November and December, even January. I hope it’s 20 degrees or less for weeks on end. You won’t hear me complain. This heat wave in the Midwest is Brutal. The Mercury is at 100 as I type this, with a 104 degree day on tap for tomorrow. Sunday we go all the way down to a chilly 93. This sucks. Stay inside, don’t try to be a hero and enjoy the following top five series of the weekend: 1) San Francisco Giants (45-38) at Pittsburgh Pirates (46-36) Pittsburgh is a great story. They’re now two full games up on the Reds in the National League Central after staking their claim to being relevant last weekend in St. Louis. And who am I to begrudge the Pirates? They’ve been so bad for so long. They have what I think could be the National League MVP in Andrew McCutchen. James McDonald is absolutely filthy. Other than that, it...

New player added to HR Derby

Andrew McCutchen will be taking his talents to the big stage. He was added to the Home Run Derby as an injury replacement.

James McDonald cruises as Pirates defeat Giants 3-1

Final: Pirates 3, Giants 1 WP: James McDonald (9-3, 2.37 ERA) LP: Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA) SV: Joel Hanrahan (23, 2.38 ERA) James McDonald turned in perhaps his best pitching performance of the season today holding the Giants to just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out ten batters and did not walk anyone. The Pirates scored their three runs thanks to RBI...

The Pittsburgh Pirates Offense, Reborn

At the end of May, I observed how the Pittsburgh Pirates had an offense poised for history. They were no just bad at scoring runs, they were great at making outs. They had a team wRC+ twelve points lower than the next-nearest lineup: I called it a “catastrophe” then, but now it has become a swash-buckle’d turnaround. In the month of June, the Pirates had a 111 wRC+, good...

Game 84 Live Chat: Pirates vs Giants

Karstens completes the sweep

Even though the Pirates won the first three games against the Astros this week, they had to come back to win each time. Jeff Karstens made sure that wasn’t an issue on Thursday night as the Bucs earned the sweep. Karstens was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. He dominated the Astros in three starts against them last season and picked up right where he left off tonight, tossing eight...

Game 82 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Astros

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This is How You Give a Gatorade Shower

Who’s in first place in the National League Central? You guessed it, the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you’re a legit baseball fan you’re pulling for the Pirates to hang on all season. They are over due and deserve to make the playoffs more than other team in MLB. Let’s hope the Gatorade showers keep coming…

Barajas Bombs

Rod Barajas’ week was once again shortened due to his left knee bone bruise.  Rod was listed in the lineup 4 times, but he was scratched about an hour before game time on both Monday and Thursday.  He did manage to start Friday and Tuesday to catch Kevin Correia and AJ Burnett, respectively. On Friday, [...]

Pirates 13, Giants 2

Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19. The Pirates...

Pirates drop opener to Giants

I guess it is still possible for the Pirates to lose.  Erik Bedard had another rough start, especially a 36-pitch 4th inning during which he gave up 5 runs, 4 earned.  The offense was there; it just wasn’t quite enough as the Pirates lost, 6-5. Bedard only lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 [...]
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