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Despite my pre-game predictions of doom for both pitchers, Jeanmar Gomez and Rick Porcello both came out dealing after tonight's rain delay. Porcello absolutely dominated the Pirates in his eight innings, holding the Bucs to three hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters (quite a feat for him), getting nine groundouts to go with just two flyouts, and only needing 99 pitches on top of it all. He was the Ideal Realization of Everything Rick Porcello Can Be tonight, and there just wasn't much the Pirates could do about it. Jeanmar Gomez, meanwhile, was just the same inexplicably successful pitcher that he's been for the Pirates all year. He only struck out two hitters in his seven innings and while he got a bunch of groundouts (10) he also gave up some flyouts (7), but he scattered three hits and a walk and the Tigers never even threatened against him. I don't want to waste too much time on how hard it is to figure out where Gomez's success is coming from this ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP.
Justin Wilson may see more late-inning relief outings in place of Mark Melacon. (Photo credit: David Hague)
That success has not...
One of the best ways to figure out when (or if) a player is going to be promoted is by looking at what the organization has done with previous players. For the most part, each player is an individual circumstance and should be treated with an individual approach. However, there are usually a lot of trends you can find with an individual team which can be used to predict the path...
DETROIT The sheriff was back in town. Justin Verlander took the mound at Comerica Park on Monday, restoring law and order to his strike zone and the base paths.
Take a deep breath, Tigers fans. Your world or at least the land of your ace is back to normal.
Verlander struck out a season-high 13 and limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to three runs on seven hits over seven innings...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from their Triple-A Indianapolis club on Tuesday. In his brief career, Morris has posted a 3.05 ERA over 20.2 innings pitched, striking out 15 while walking 10. He takes the roster spot of reliever Jose Contreras who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back.
The post Pittsburgh...
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t write that make you look smarter. A few weeks ago, I nearly wrote something celebrating Michael Saunders‘ improved plate discipline. I wasn’t quite feeling it, though, so I went and did something else, and then Saunders embarked on a miserable slump. That’s not the first time something like that has happened. Additionally, there were...
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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
As the season rolls on, the injuries will mount. However, this year seems to be the year of the oblique injury. Just about every day there seems to be a new oblique injury, and yesterday was no exception. Jose Tabata was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tabata's DL stint was made retroactive...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed reliever Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Contreras had trouble throwing strikes in his most recent appearance which came Monday against the Detroit Tigers. During the seventh inning of that contest he allowed two runs -- one coming on a bases-loaded...
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 13 in seven innings, and Jhonny Peralta had four hits to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday.
It was Peralta's first four-hit game since June 4, 2010, when he was playing for Cleveland. Detroit has won six of seven.
Verlander (6-4) hadn't pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three...
Keith Law has posted his second mock draft(subscription required) this morning and he has two names going to the Pittsburgh Pirates that we have heard often. With the #9 pick, he has High School catcher, Reese McGuire. At #14, he has the Pirates taking New Mexico first baseman DJ Peterson.
There has been a lot of talk with Peterson possibly going anywhere from sixth overall,...
Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the top of the 11th inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The game was scoreless until Walker -- brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly -- homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with one out in the Pittsburgh 11th. Former Tigers reliever Jason Grilli pitched the...
Anibal Sanchez spent six innings toying with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his electric stuff rendering the Pirates innocent bystanders.
When the Detroit starter finally wobbled, Pittsburgh wasted little time knocking him over.
Pedro Alvarez's two-run double sparked a seventh-inning rally and the Pirates streaked by the Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday night. Travis Snider added an RBI double...
With just nine days to go before the 2013 MLB Amateur draft begins, Baseball America has released their list of the top 500 draft prospects in this year’s class. This is the second time they have expanded their top prospect list recently, bringing it from 100, to 250 to it’s current point.
While they have expanded the list, the rankings for the two spots where the Pittsburgh...
In our 'Incoming Irish' series, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. gives the latest on his road to recovering after breaking his femur in a January all-star practice.
Though Anibal Sanchez came two outs from recording his second career no-hitter last week, he seems more content with doing his part to help the Detroit Tigers continue their winning ways.
A.J. Burnett, meanwhile, hopes his Pittsburgh Pirates can provide him with some much-needed run support as he tries to continue his recent success against the visiting Tigers and avoid a fourth...