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It’s weird seeing things from the other side. About six years ago the Pirates were exactly where the Houston Astros are right now. They were in complete rebuild mode, trying to build up a depleted farm system, and looking horrible in the majors. There’s no hope in the short-term, and it may take a few years before the Astros have any hope for the long-term.
When the Astros moved to the AL West this year, it meant the Pirates lost an opponent that they went 12-5 against last year. The Pirates were the Milwaukee Brewers and the Astros were the Pittsburgh Pirates. The next chapter in that book came tonight when the Pirates won on a walk off error. Bases loaded, two outs, 3-2 pitch. Russell Martin pops it up, Houston pitcher Edgar Gonzalez immediately celebrates, and then two fielders collide in the outfield and Travis Snider scores. It’s almost exactly the type of thing that would have happened to the Pirates against the Brewers the last few years. The only problem is that this chapter...
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Andrew McCutchen has missed only 10 games since the start of 2011. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star.
Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right...
Keith Law has posted his first mock draft for insiders(subscription required) and he has a surprising new name linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates, first baseman DJ Peterson from New Mexico. Peterson has been discussed here daily in the draft recaps and he has had some huge weeks. The problem is, that he is a righty/righty first baseman, who plays in a huge offense ballpark, so not...
Jimmy Paredes dropped Russell Martin's bases-loaded fly ball when he collided with second baseman Jake Elmore with two outs in the ninth inning, the second missed catch by a Houston right fielder, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the Astros 5-4 Friday night.
Down 4-1, Pittsburgh started its comeback in the sixth when Chris Carter, usually a designated hitter, dropped...
Astros (11-30) at Pirates (24-17)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Astros are in town, and now that they are part of the American League this is the only time the Bucs will see them all year. Houston is just as awful as last season, and the Bucs need to take advantage of what is now a rare opportunity to beat up on one of the worst clubs in baseball (Miami...
Your browser does not support iframes.Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider flexed his muscles Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.In the bottom of the fifth, Snider got a hold of a pitch from Hiram Burgos and smacked it high and deep toward the right center field seats at PNC Park. As you can see, the ball carries so well that it eventually clears both the outfield...
Tony Sanchez currently sports a .936 OPS
It’s received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles. Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who could be useful in the majors under the right circumstances, usually...
Rob Biertempfel reports that Brian Jeroloman has been traded to the Washington Nationals.
#Pirates have traded Triple-A C Brian Jeroloman to #Nationals
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 17, 2013
The Pirates claimed Jeroloman in late 2011 from Toronto, then lost him a month later on waivers to Toronto. They added him in a minor trade before the season to add depth in Triple...
Astros (11-31) at Pirates (25-17)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look to win their fifth straight and clinch this weekend’s series against the Astros tonight. This is a chance for the Bucs to put together an extended winning streak – something we haven’t seen for a long time.
Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67) vs. A.J. Burnett...
Jason Castro led off the 11th inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate as the Houston Astros topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night.
Castro doubled off the top of the center-field fence against Bryan Morris (1-2), and Carlos Pena was intentionally walked one out later. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and Castro scored when he...
The Pirates activated free agent signee Francisco Liriano last weekend, and he impressed in his first two starts. The veteran lefty He has gone 2-0 with a sparkling 1.64 ERA and 16 strikeouts.PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Liriano recently.
The Houston Astros have called a Friday news conference amid multiple reports that a son of Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has been chosen to be their next president.
Reid Ryan is the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.
Several media outlets reported the hiring citing anonymous sources...
Nolan and Reid Ryan enjoy a light moment before a Rangers/Longhorns exhibition game in AustinCredit:AP
The Houston Astros are hoping for “like father, like son”. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Reid Ryan, son of 300 game winner, all time strikeout king, and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan has been selected to be the next president of the struggling Houston Astros franchise...
In the offseason I added Jason Grilli on virtually every fantasy team because I knew of the stuff he had. I knew he would be dominant. I knew he would be the best closer in baseball. If nothing else, this post is just confirmation that yes; at one moment in time my stroke of genius was at least correct.
A post over at FanGraphs today documents how dominant Jason Grilli has been....
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Not something we Pirates fans are used to. Did the Pirates win or did the E-stros lose? Regardless a win is a win and I still want my sweep. Who better to send out there for Game 2 than A.J. Burnett? It’ll be a matchup of the Opening…
Wow Pirates. The earliest they’ve ever won four, four game series in a season. EVER. Even more awesome is how it was done. Against the idiotic Brewers. Three straight. The last time the Pirates won a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers was July 2-5, 2007. Interestingly they also lost the first game of…