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Should Pirates Retaliate for Beaning of McCutchen?

@mbandi Right, because J-Mac buzzing someone is going to make them see the error of their ways. That has a good track record. — Ed Giles (@InClementeWthr) August 4, 2012   It is an argument that has been had numerous times. Should you retaliate if your opposition drills your best player? Friday night, Andrew McCutchen faced off against Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman with two outs...

First Pitch: Is McKenry Taking Over as the Starting Catcher?

The other day I wrote about Michael McKenry, noting his strong numbers in a small sample size this year, and asking when he would be for real. In the article I noted that McKenry’s numbers this year should give him more playing time, which would allow the Pirates to get a better idea of how legit his numbers are. With Rod Barajas holding a $3.5 M option for 2013, and McKenry hitting...

Is A.J. Burnett the NL’s Comeback Player of the Year?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of the best stories in a year full of “Cinderellas” for Major League Baseball. Sitting at 60-44 heading into August, as the NL Central’s 2nd place team and not far behind the Reds, Pirates fans are gearing up for the playoffs. They hope their beloved Bucs can make it there for the first time in 20 years. Within the team, there are a number...

This Date in Pirates History: August 4

Today is a busy date in Pittsburgh Pirates history, eight former players born on this date and one transaction of note. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a game from 1958 with a big performance from “The Great One”. The Transaction On this date in 1917, the Pirates made the unfortunate decision of letting George Kelly go, for just the price of the fee attached to...

Prospect Watch: A Good Night For Pitchers With Locke and Kingham Leading the Way

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. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.94) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.09) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle ejected against Reds

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has been ejected in the second inning against Cincinnati after both benches were warned following the second Pirates batter to be hit by a pitch in two nights. Pitching with a 2-1 lead Saturday night, Reds starter Mike Leake plunked Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on base. Harrison and Leake had a brief verbal altercation, prompting plate umpire...

Yep, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a Brady Bunch parody (Video)

It was only a matter of time until some intrepid Pittsburgh Pirates fan decided to create a parody television opening to celebrate the team's season. The show of choice?...."The Brady Bunch":

Pirates drop opener to Reds

The Reds found unusual ways to score runs tonight.  The Pirates found zero ways to score runs tonight. Wandy Rodriguez had more than a quality start tonight, pitching 7 innings and giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits.  After dealing with control issues in his last start, Wandy walked no one tonight and struck [...]

The Fort, of course

When the Pirates acquired Mike McKenry last June, I was a little bit puzzled. The Pirates really needed a catcher at that point in the season and McKenry seemed like a decent acquisition. He hit for some power in the low minors, though he was old for his levels, and he showed pretty decent patience through his whole minor league career and his defensive reputation was good. I didn...

Game 105: Reds 3 Pirates 0If

Sometimes, you get out on the baseball field and no matter what you do, you realize that it isn't your night. When your opponent hits an inside-the-park home run (on a questionable call at home plate) and then follow it up with a two-run homer by their pitcher, that's a pretty good sign it's not your night. When you bounce into double plays three times in four innings...

Reds Shutout Bucs in Series Opener

Final: Reds 3, Pirates 0 WP: Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94 ERA) LP: Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 3.82 ERA) SV: Aroldis Chapman (24, 1.37 ERA) The Reds capitalized on two mistakes by Rodriguez, and that was enough as the Pirates’ offense was nonexistent with only one base runner made it to third base. Chris Heisey hit an inside-the-park homer in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead....

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 106

Busy day yesterday on here.  If you missed the Podcast check it out. A new post in the Barajas Bombs series is up. And of course, the recap from last night’s game. Now, a few words about what happened last night. I said in the Podcast that this series is about more than winning and [...]

Reds keep rolling

It was another frustrating night in Cincinnati for the Pirates, as they came up short in both the beanball/intimidation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it battle as well as, you know, the game itself. The Bucs are in danger of being swept in the weekend series, and they now trail the Reds by 5.5 games. Their wild-card edge for the second spot is also down to just 2.5 over the Cardinals...
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