Found June 13, 2013 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Giants (33-31) at Pirates (39-26)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Pirates go for a sweep of the Giants tonight as they debut their second pitcher in three days.
This isn’t good: A.J. Burnett will miss his start on Friday. Jeff Locke will move up a day to pitch that game, but that leaves the Bucs scrambling for another starter on Saturday. Burnett has discomfort in his calf and the DL may be a possiblity. Uh oh.
Better news: Prospect Gregory Polanco has been promoted to AA.
Matt Cain (4-3, 5.09) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)
Cain’s ERA is up way higher than you’d expect, but he’s still an ace and is pitching on the one year anniversary of his perfect game last season. He also nearly threw a perfect game against the Bucs last year – James McDonald recorded the only hit against him. The Pirates have been hitting the ball well the last two games, so maybe they can keep it up against a guy that is struggling more than he’s us...
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Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is wearing a walking boot over his torn right calf and isn't sure when he'll be ready to return.
Burnett injured the calf while working out Wednesday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list a day later by Pittsburgh.
Rookie Brandon Cumpton is to make his major league debut when he starts in place of Burnett on Saturday against Clayton Kershaw...
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed staff ace A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday evening due to a strained right calf muscle, an injury that Burnett disclosed to Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle on Wednesday.Since the injury was announced, Pittsburgh has not disclosed how the strain came about. Due to a lack of information on the severity of the strain, Burnett’s timetable...
A.J. Burnett is set to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation.
Manager Clint Hurdle says the veteran right-hander will start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after being sidelined the past month because of a strained right calf.
Burnett apparently looked good enough in his bullpen sessions and simulated game that the Pirates decided a minor league rehab start was not necessary...
(Opening image Jeff Locke; image credit post-gazette.)
In retrospect, picking the finale of the Pirates-Giants series to attend in person was a bad decision. Not only did it feature SP Charlie Morton attempting to get back in the saddle against one of the most consistently-dominant starters in the National League (SP Matt Cain), but it also featured some wonderfully incompetent...
I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below.
Jeff Locke hasn’t regressed, but instead has improved his game.
**About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the usual responses of “what if...
Charlie Morton returns after nine rehab starts in the minor leagues.
Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery.
Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation...
Let's be straight about this: Charlie Morton is probably my favorite Pirate. The guy came through the minors with all of the talent in the world, but couldn't get it right in the big leagues. He completely scrapped his approach and rebuilt himself from the ground up, turning in one of the more pleasantly surprising Pirate performances in recent memory in 2011. It seemed like...
Matt Cain might just be getting back on track
Matt Cain has had a rough season so far. Before today he was sporting a 5.09 ERA and was only 4-3. It seemed like Matt Cain was underrated for a while and he just went out and worked innings for the Giants. One year ago he threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros. Today he may have righted his season by throwing another...
Clint Hurdle confirmed Brandon Cumpton will make his MLB debut Saturday afternoon.
Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett.
Friday: Jeff Locke
Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut)
Sunday: Gerrit Cole
Monday: Francisco Liriano
Tuesday: Charlie Morton...
Jeff Locke was stellar on Friday night as the Pirates entertained a sold out crowd at PNC Park by earning yet another shutout win.
Locke was remarkably efficient. He was basically the definition of a pitcher “cruising” through seven innings. He needed a mere 75 pitches and allowed just two hits (one of them a leadoff bunt single) and one walk. Two of the three baserunners that...
Could we finally see Andy Oliver on Saturday?
Now it’s time for what seems like a weekly feature on the site: “Who could start for the Pirates on (Insert Day) with the recent injury to (Insert Pitcher Who is Injured)”. Today we fill in those blanks with Saturday, and A.J. Burnett. Burnett will miss his next start with a calf injury, causing Jeff Locke to move up a day to...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Locke allowed just two hits over seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Friday night.
Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision while shaving his ERA to 2.19. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double in the third inning off Stephen Fife (1-2).
Jason Grilli worked out of a two-on, no...
It seems like poor form to try and take something positive out of this game because this game was pretty terrible, but, well, why dwell on the obvious?
Really, the only positive from this whole game is that despite the lackluster result, Charlie Morton does appear to be stronger as a result of his Tommy John surgery. Morton's average fastball velocity in 2010 was almost...
Matt Cain went 6 2/3 strong innings, and the Giants offense exploded for 17 hits as they routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 and avoided being swept.
San Francisco jumped out to a much-needed early lead. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a walk, the next batter, Brandon Crawford, was hit by a pitch, and Buster Posey singled home Blanco to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. But Pirates...
Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Thursday night.
A year to the day after throwing a perfect game against Houston, Cain (5-3) was nearly flawless again. He struck out three and walked two, giving up a single to Garrett Jones in the fifth and a double to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.