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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...
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Andrew McCutchen will be taking his talents to the big stage. He was added to the Home Run Derby as an injury replacement.
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...
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...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 6 Columbus 10 Everyone but Jeff Clement in the starting lineup had a hit for the Indians as they collected six runs against the Clippers. On most occasions that would be enough to get a team the victory. But the story tonight was the relatively lackluster performance of Rudy Owens. Surprisingly, he's was actually human for once! Owens went only...
AAA Indianapolis | Louisville 7 Indianapolis 5 Tony Sanchez's suddenly scorching bat couldn't will the Indians to win their ninth consecutive game, as the pitching couldn't hold on to an early 2-0 advantage. Sanchez, who struggled immensely after his promotion from Altoona, homered in his third consecutive game even though he didn't hit one all season before Monday...
Since the Pirates are 10 games over .500 and in first place in the division for the first time since Squeezits and Dunkaroos were relavant (1992 for you old curmudgeons), more and more yinzers are hopping on the Bucco Bandwagon. We’re cool with that.
But these new fans that hated the Pirates just last week, may not know what’s going on if htey show up to game now. So DJ Gallo...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 10 Columbus 5 Another offensive onslaught by the potent Indians offense withstood a wobbly start from Justin Wilson. Every Indianapolis starter recorded at least one hit, led by three-hit nights from Jeff Clement, Anderson Hernandez and Brandon Boggs. Chase d'Arnaud and Tony Sanchez each went 2-for-4 with a double and two walks. Sanchez's...
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…
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...
The Pirates got their third straight win in front of a big crowd yesterday. It was a team win if there ever was one, but Pedro Alvarez was a big time contributor by drawing two walks and coming up with a huge two run single. Kevin Correia made a pretty strong start and the bullpen was solid as always in closing it out. Full recap here Jose Tabata was 1/4 with a double in his AAA...
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, [...]
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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.
DOUBLE. DIGITS. ABOVE .500. Did anybody really see this coming when the season began with AJ Burnett and Charlie Morton on the DL, when the plan was to platoon Casey McGehee between first and third waiting for Pedro Alvarez or Garrett Jones mess up? Welp, that was Clint Hurdle’s plan…and it’s wroking…it’s working.
Jeff Karstens started his third game last night since...