Found June 09, 2013 on
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 have been pretty interesting. In two of them, he's racked up seven strikeouts (once in six innings against the Brewers and once in 5 2/3 agains the Braves). In the other, he got a ton of groundballs (14 in 5 1/3 against the Tigers). Those are the two things that brought Locke his minor league success that he wasn't doing terribly well early in the year despite all of his success. Anyway, I'd love to see Locke put it all together and rack up eight whiffs in a dominant seven inning start against a terrible Cubs lineup today. His mound opponent is Edwin Jackson. Jackson started against the Pirates o...
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It’s Gerrit Cole day here in Pittsburgh, and you should be excited about it.
There’s definitely a lot of hype going around town and the baseball world in anticipation of tonight’s game. PNC Park won’t be sold out, but it should have an above-average weeknight crowd full of die-hard fans that quickly bought tickets to see the top prospect make his debut .MLB Network has picked...
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right handed pitcher Jared Hughes, who had been part of a nine man bullpen, on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
As reported by Tom Singer at MLB.com,
"Hughes had pitched twice since his latest call-up from Indianapolis on
Monday, working 2 2/3 innings in a pair of appearances in Atlanta
earlier this week."...
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had a note on the pitching situation in Pittsburgh, suggesting they “have to be interested” in trading for Bud Norris with the recent injury to Wandy Rodriguez.
1. Bud Norris, RHP, Astros — Quickly moving into the No. 1 spot of pitchers who might be moved now that the draft is over and GMs can concentrate on such things. Norris is 5-5 with...
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...
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...
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...
The Pirates officially confirmed that Gerrit Cole will start on Tuesday against the Giants yesterday, and today Travis Sawchik at the Trib has a great article about Cole's trip through the minors. I'd recommend that you read the whole thing, but there were a couple of things that really stood out to me.
One is that the Pirates have been working with Cole on steepening...
Sluggish offense has been an issue for the Pirates all season, Garrett Jones has been fairly productive in a platoon role with Gabby Sanchez at first base. Jones is hitting .265 with six home runs and 29 RBI. On June 2 he did something no Pirate had done before. He smashed a 463-foot home run into Allegheny River. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Jones recently.
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...
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...
Veteran utility man John McDonald could be heading back to the Cleveland Indians. Per Mike DiMauro, a sports columnist for The New London Day in Connecticut, the Indians have acquired their former infielder in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Spies say John McDonald has just been traded from the Pirates to the Indians, now that Asdrubal Cabrera is injured #MLB
— Mike DiMauro...