Found April 09, 2013 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Bucs played a solid game and earned a much needed win on Monday night, but they may have suffered a big loss as well.
Wandy Rodriguez got off to a pretty good start and the Pirates’ early lead seemed to be in good hands with him on the mound. In the third inning, though,Wandy walked off the mound and started doing all kinds of stretches, clearly feeling something wrong in his left leg. The Bucco training staff came out and worked with him for quite a while, eventually determining that he should come out of the game. The Pirates statement says he strained his left hamstring and will undergo further evaluation tomorrow.
Losing Wandy would be a significant problem for the Bucs. They’ve already got rotation depth issues and were really counting on him to be a steady and reliable guy that can deliver 6+ solid innings every 5 games. Rodriguez has a strong track record as a durable starter and he didn’t appear to be in excruciating pain, but we’ve seen injuries like that turn in to som...
BEST OF MAXIM
Three more pitchers make their season debut today, two of them can be considered sleep prospects, though they are on the opposite ends of the chart. Phil Irwin pitched great last year and was added to the 40-man roster this off-season, putting himself on the map for Pirates fans as a possible call-up during this season. On the opposite end is 19-year-old Tyler Glasnow, who pitched...
Pirates (3-5) at D-Backs (5-3)
3:40 PM–Chase Field, Phoenix
Bring out the brooms! The Bucs go for the sweep in today’s afternoon game out in Phoenix. This would obviously be a great way to recover from the rough Dodgers series and would build some momentum going in to a weekend home series against the Reds. It would be especially great if the offense...
A bittersweet night in Phoenix saw a Pirates win as well as an injury to perhaps the Pirates’ best pitcher. The Arizona heat warmed up the Pirates’ bats as they scored a season-high 5 runs to give them a 5-3 run over the Diamondbacks. Wandy Rodriguez was standing in the on-deck circle before he had…
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.
Starling Marte, who was the only Pirate to get a base hit off of Clayton Kershaw in Saturday nights game , led off the game with a single to left field off of MLB rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu got Neil Walker to pop out to shortstop before Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run to...
More than anything, this was a James McDonald Game. McDonald had a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the first inning. He walked two of the first three hitters, then gave up a double, then a home run. It looked like the Pirates were going to be stuck with J-Mac at his worst. Instead, McDonald set down nine of the ten hitters he faced in the second, third, and fourth innings, only...
After posting a 2.78 ERA over 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011, Mark Melancon did not adjust well to the American League last season. He was traded to the Red Sox in the offseason and recorded a 6.20 ERA in 41 appearances. The right-hander came to Pittsburgh in the Joel Hanrahan deal and told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he feels comfortable in the Bucs bullpen.
Pirates (1-4) at Dodgers (3-2)
4:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Pirates look to avoid a series sweep (or at least avoid a series shutout) today against the Dodgers. They’ve dropped eight straight at Dodger Stadium and have obviously been completely dreadful at the plate so far this year. It’s gotta change some time soon..
Through six games, the Pirates have scored eight runs and allowed 16. That puts them dead last in the NL in runs scored and second in runs allowed. They are 1-5. Through six games, the Diamondbacks have scored 37 runs and allowed 27. That puts them third in the NL in runs scored and ninth in runs allowed. They are 5-1.
If we're being honest, right now I'm more concerned...
Swept. It’s embarrassing. Watching these guys bat actually makes me embarrassed. Like I’m out there doing it. That guy knows. Someone else who knows a thing or two is Matt Shoemaker. He is looking for someone to replace Kevin Correia. That should take care of my plugs for this preview. Now it’s on to Arizona.…