Found June 27, 2012 on
I didn't see most of this one when it happened, but I knew that the Pirates lost a close game and when I came home, literally the first thing I saw on my TV was a highlight of Mike McKenry getting thrown out at home plate by a mile and a half on a sac fly in the seventh inning. Of course, the first thing I did after that was bring the box score up to try and get some context. Neil Walker was up, which meant Andrew McCutchen was on base. Which meant that McKenry was sent from third base with two outs on a very shallow flyball to left field with one of the best hitters in the National League on deck. I know that the justification for sending McKenry there is that with two outs and runners on second and third, that Charlie Manuel will walk McCutchen to bring Garrett Jones up, then bring in a lefty to pitch to Jones. I know that Mayberry isn't the greatest defensive left fielder anywhere, really. But watching the play over and over again and turning the situation over in my head...
BEST OF MAXIM
The #Pirates have claimed INF/OF Oscar Tejeda off waivers from Boston and have assigned him to Double-A Altoona; LHP Doug Slaten DFA.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 27, 2012
It’s pretty amazing that the Pirates have cut ties with two left-handed reliever in two days, but I guess that just shows how much they thought of them. Yesterday, Daniel Moskos was DFA’d to make...
From Tuesday night:
Luckily, the Pirates did a CT scan on Gerrit Cole and the results came back negative for a concussion. His only symptom is a bruised jaw.
Michael McKenry might have looked on the outs with the Pirates as recently as the weekend. But ever since Pittsburgh's starting catcher, Rod Barajas, went down with a knee bruise Monday, McKenry has raised his game to new heights.
Chase Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled his return by connecting three times and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-7 Wednesday night.
Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee also went deep for Pittsburgh.
Utley missed the first 76 games this year because of a chronic problem in both knees...
The bad news is tonight’s game was rough. ”They outplayed us again tonight,” Clint Hurdle said after the game. The Pirates left 17 runners on base, blowing far too many scoring opportunities. Erik Bedard gave up 4 runs, and Juan Cruz gave up 1. The Pirates’ first 2 hitters, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker, were [...]
Pirates (38-33) at Phillies (34-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
After a pretty successful homestand, the Bucs are on the road for a week as they look to continue their winning ways. Their first stop is a place that hasn’t been kind to them lately: Citizens Bank Park. They are just 5-18 in CBP, have been swept there...
Wild game last night. Check out the recap for details. The Pirates can salvage this series this afternoon. Good news is they will face another beatable pitcher. First Pitch: 1:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN Kyle Kendrick, RHP (27) Another day another SINO — Starting Pitcher In Name Only. That [...]
Through three games, this series at Citizen's Bank Park has not followed a path that the Pirates are likely very likely to be pleased with. Monday's game was a brutal and sloppy mess, Tuesday's game was a winnable one that slipped away, and last night was very nearly an epic disaster. All that being said, with a win today the Pirates escape Philadelphia with a split...
I’m of the opinion that anything less than a series win against the Phillies is a pretty big disappointment. The Pirates really made that disappointment likely by losing last night. Recap. First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where to watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN Vance Worley, RHP (24) Worley has been shockingly good this year. He [...]
The Weekend Takeaway
In the March 5 BP First Take, I wrote, “On the heels of his first All-Star Game appearance last season, [Andrew McCutchen] has the potential to contend for MVP honors in the near future.” That wasn’t exactly the boldest of predictions, given McCutchen’s talent and career path, and it appears the near future has arrived.
After a relatively slow start...