Found May 02, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
After the defense and pitching spent the first eighth of the season bailing the Pirates' offense out after awful performance after awful performance, things went in the opposite direction in this one. Charlie Morton was not particularly sharp, nor was Jared Hughes (who was recalled to take Evan Meek's place) or Tony Watson. The four errors committed behind them did not help things. The end result was that the Pirates dug themselves into a hole early and they couldn't get out of it, even though they scored quite a few runs late in the game. That means that Pedro Alvarez's sixth homer of the season was wasted, as was his RBI single in the eighth. They weren't any more wasted than Jose Tabata's early two-run homer, actually, but Tabata's homer actually gave the Pirates the lead early on. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it'll actually be a good thing if this game is a sign that the Pirates' bats are really waking up. Watching it happen in rea...

Guest Column #2: Goals to success for the Pirates – Relegation

In anticipation of Reader Appreciation Week, we asked for article submissions for a guest column spot right here on BB&G.  We got quite a few worthy submissions from which we’ve selected our three favorite.  Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our selected few.  Today’s guest column is particularly radical and I’m interested to hear everyone’s thoughts...

Today in 'Crazy Pedro Alvarez Stats'

How much power do you need to offset a bad on-base percentage and still be a good hitter in 2012? You don't need to look any further than Pedro Alvarez's FanGraphs page to find out! Pedro's .349 ISO is higher than the batting averages of all but five qualified players in the National League. Jose Bautista lead all of baseball with a .306 ISO last year and after Curtis...

When it rains it pours. I hope.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last two games, lead mostly by a scorching hot Pedro Alvarez. How long can Pedro's hot streak last? Can the Pirates keep this sort of offense clicking for longer than a day or two? Would the team actually be kind of good if they could pull that feat off? Tonight we get even more questions as they relate to AJ Burnett. Through...

Pirates Recall Jared Hughes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled RHP Jared Hughes to take Evan Meek‘s spot on the roster.  Meek was optioned to AAA after last night’s game against the Braves. This is a bit of a head-scrather to me.  Hughes had a pretty good ERA when he went down (1.86), but otherwise he did nothing to impress [...]

Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot costume update with Kate Upton

The Pittsburgh Pirates are rolling into May with 10 wins - and I'm celebrating by presenting Kate Upton doing the "Cat Daddy" -brought to you by Terry Richardson. Via (If video is down - find it at youtube or Terry's site) Kate Upton, SI Swimsuit model,  answered phones on the Dan Patrick Show today and was responsible...

Pirates 9, Braves 3

Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night. The Pirates, last in the major leagues with 58 runs in 22 games, almost doubled their previous season high of five runs. Neil Walker had three hits and drove in a run. It took the Pirates 22 games...

GAMEDAY: Pirates at Cardinals

Pirates (10-13) at Cardinals (15-8) 8:15 PM EST–Busch Stadium, St. Louis Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates will need to be a lot better on the mound and in the field if they want to turn this series around and defeat the first-place Cardinals. St. Louis leads the Central and currently holds a 5-game advantage over the Bucs, so it’s crucial for them to at...

Pedro plays against a lefty

The Pirates look for a split against the Braves tonight in the fourth-game of the weirdly-scheduled four-game set with James McDonald and Mike Minor on the mound. Minor is a, awfully tough lefty, but he doesn't have much of a platoon split and since Pedro Alvarez has been the Pirates' best hitter for the last week or so, Clint Hurdle will leave him in the lineup to face Minor...

Maybe someday we'll know the truth behind what happened in the Miguel Sano story, but that day ...

Baseball Prospectus posted its review of Pelotero yesterday, which is well worth checking out if you're a Pirate fan. The documentary delves pretty deeply into the Miguel Sano saga, depicting Rene Gayo as the manipulative villain of the falling out between Sano and the Pirates. As Ken Funck notes, this is very clearly only one side of the story and despite there being quite...

GIFcap: Jose Tabata’s Scared Of The Baseball + Brennan Boesch’s No-Look Catch

Both lost the ball in the lights. Jose Tabata reacted like the ball was a king cobra waiting to kill him. Brennan Boesch made a catch with one of the highest awesome factors of the year

Can the offense keep going?

After last night's offensive outburst, the New Lumber Company moves on to St. Louis to take on Adam Wainwright. Wainwright got off to an awful start this year in his return from Tommy John surgery, but he was pretty excellent in his last start against the Cubs. The Bucs will counter with Charlie Morton, who's already seen the Cardinals once this year. The Cardinals mostly...
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