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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Bucs couldn’t get the sweep on Sunday, as their bats cooled off quickly and the pitching had a strange afternoon (in a mostly bad way).
Jeff Locke started off the game strong, but quickly ran in to some serious control problems. He walked some batters in the early innings, but worked around them with several strikeouts and a few quick innings (plus a pickoff to end the third). All of a sudden, he was halfway through the game and hadn’t allowed a hit. It got messy in the sixth, though, and the Cubs actually managed to push a run across without getting a hit. Locke, still with his no hitter intact, was clearly running out of gas (approaching 100 pitches) and was still having trouble finding the zone – he walked his career high SEVENth batter to set up the run. The Cubs finally notched a base hit, and Jeff left the game before completing six inning.
Unfortunately, the game was tied at that point because the Pirate offense did little against struggling Edwin Jackson. Andrew McCutche...
BEST OF MAXIM
Day three of the 2013 MLB draft is underway. We will be recapping the draft five rounds at a time from this point forward. Check back here for information on the picks in rounds 21-25. As players are drafted we will add the names, followed shortly by analysis. At the end of the group of rounds we will provide an overall analysis on all five picks.
21st Round, 629th Overall: Adam...
The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced what many had speculated for days that blue chip prospect Gerrit Cole will be promoted to the majors. Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday against the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants. No pressure kid, oh and by the way you facing off against former CY Young winner Tim Lincecum.
The 22-year old right handed hurler is...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility.
*Game Score is a stat created by Bill James...
Well, that was strange. Jeff Locke seemed to get off to a really good start, but completely unraveled as the afternoon went on and he stopped being able to find the strike zone. He gave up a run before he gave up a hit and walked seven hitters. Justin Wilson bailed him out of trouble in the sixth, but served up a three-run home run to Cody Ransom in the seventh (just the second he...
Pirates (36-25) at Cubs (24-34)
4:05 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Bucs go for a series win on the road today – always a nice feat even if it’s just the Cubs. This will be the Bucs’ third afternoon game in a row, and they’ll play a fourth tomorrow as well.
Rumor has it that Gerrit Cole could be coming up to start for the Bucs on Tuesday...
The Pirates finally scored some runs for A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but he didn’t need many in one of his best performances of the season.
A.J. only struck out five and benefited from a few sharply hit outs, but he was remarkably efficient and gave the Pirates exactly what they’ve been looking for – an outing deep in to the game. Before today, no Pirate starter had even started...
Edwin Jackson finally arrives
The 'real' Edwin Jackson showed up for the first time this season, striking out eight while allowing one run, one walk, and four hits in seven innings. More importantly, his fastball averaged 94.78 on the day, much closer to his career avg of 95 mph than the paltry low 93.x mph he had been throwing earlier this year. The velocity bump showed...
Javier Baez had one of the best performances in Florida State League history on Monday, becoming just the second player to ever hit four home runs in a game in a league history. The first was Ryan Harvey of the Daytona Cubs in 2006.
In this minor league report, a run-down of the Cubs Top 13 prospects from the recent post-draft WSD rankings will be conducted instead of the normal...
Round Rock Express 5 @ Iowa Cubs 8 (Game 1 of doubleheader)
Ian Stewart is apparently sick of riding the pine. You've undoubtedly by now heard about his 3-homer, 8 RBI game in the first half of today's doubleheader. Nobody else drove in a run, so he literally was the I-Cubs offense in this game. It'd be nice if this were the start of a return to form for Stewart. I...
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 27, 1995
Height: 6′ 7″
Drafted: 33rd Round, 989th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Salado HS (TX)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Bazar seems like a typical Pirates pick. He’s a huge pitcher with a projectable frame, and currently throws 90 MPH. He...
Let's not mince words: the Cubs are terrible and the Pirates could really use a sweep after their terrible week against the Reds and Braves. Clint Hurdle is not pulling his punches with a Sunday lineup today; all of his regulars are on the field, including Russell Martin.
After spending some time worrying about Jeff Locke's impending regression, his last three starts...
The NL Central's been pretty good this year. That is, the upper 60% of the division. The Cubs have been demolished by division opponents, going 7-18 against their divisional foes. The fun week that was the two teams, one cup series already feels like it was a month ago after three offensively futile games against the Pirates,
Starlin Castro doesn`t seem to fit the Cubs` new patient philosophy. But is that too simple an explanation?
The Cubs and White Sox combined cannot compete with the Blackhawks — or even the Derrick Rose-less Bulls. In other news, the Royals earned another strong rating in Kansas City, and the PGA Tour St. [...]