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Drew Sutton Adding a Spark to the Top of the Lineup

Drew Sutton – Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates Since joining Pittsburgh, Drew Sutton has added a spark at the top of the Pirates lineup. The 28-year-old has had some memorable moments so far, too. Between hitting a walkoff home run — his first long ball since August of 2010 and a moment that he said is the reason you play the game — learning to flash the Zoltan “Z” on the...

7/18 MiLB Recap: Gift Ngoepe Hits 9th Home Run

Bryan Morris pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He now has a 2.57 ERA over 56 innings with a 57:12 K:BB ratio. Starling Marte was 0 for 4. Chase d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Kyle McPherson started and gave up three runs over five innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. He has recorded at least seven strikeouts in each...

Pirates Notebook: Who Says the Bucs Don’t Have Power?

Alvarez blasted No. 18 on the season in Colorado on Wednesday. Entering game action on Wednesday, Andrew McCutchen (.531 avg, 1.594 OPS) and Neil Walker (.490 avg, 1.357 OPS) were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Majors in the month of July in average and OPS. But despite those two combining to go 0-for-8 on the day, Pittsburgh was still able to pull together a huge win in Colorado...

The Pittsburgh Pirates: a tale of three half seasons

For the second straight season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have come out of the gates from the All-Star break and found themselves in a tie for first place in the NL Central.  For the second straight season, almost nobody believes they are "for real." In fact, I suspect you'd find more people who think that Santa and the Easter Bunny are "for real"...

Thoughts on Justin Upton and Starling Marte

Over the last week or so and especially this weekend, rumors regarding the Pirates and Arizona’s Justin Upton have been heating up. The Pirates reportedly had a scout in Chicago this week to watch Upton, and ESPN’s Jayson Stark called the Pirates a “serious contender” for the young outfielder. Jon Heyman of CBS, however, reported that there “is nothing serious” between...

Prospect Watch: Starling Marte Just Misses Cycle, Tony Sanchez Hits Fifth Homer

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 mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 5.17) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.43) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.291) - 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West...

Game 91: Pirates 9 Rockies 6

Two weeks ago, during the game that we'll all remember as the Drew Sutton game, Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones had a little moment in the dugout after the Jones home run that gave the Pirates their first lead of the game. Jones's homer came on a ridiculous golf swing and after he and McCutchen rounded the bases, 'Cutch mocked the swing in the dugout with a huge grin...

Andrew McCutchen through 90 team games: this is a real thing that is happening

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP IBB 2012 25 PIT NL 86 366 329 64 123 17 5 22 65 14 5 31 66 .374 .426 .657 1.083 197 216 2 7 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 7/18/2012. As I joked on Twitter last night when Jon Anderson mentioned that 'Cutch was 49-for-his...

Final: Rockies 5, Pirates 4

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Game 91 Live Chat: Pirates at Rockies

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Game 90: Pirates 6 Rockies 2

With the Pirates in need of a strong start to help them break out of a post-All Star break mini-funk, Erik Bedard gave them 6 2/3 innings in thin air of Colorado tonight, which turned out to be plenty good for an offense that finally showed some real life after a strange set of post-ASB games. I'm not sure I'd say Bedard is "back" based on his work tonight (four...

Bombs bail out J-Mac

The Pirates had some more problems on the mound on Wednesday afternoon, but were able to overcome them with a ton of offense. Four long balls helped the Bucs earn their second straight win in Colorado, giving them the series victory. James McDonald was awful to open the game. He had no control whatsoever, and served up two very long home runs to the first three batters. It was 3...
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