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Chicago White Sox
The Pirates look for their first four-game sweep on the road since 1997 in DC today. Because Gio Gonzalez is on the mound, the Pirates have a crazy, righty-heavy lineup that includes Russell Martin batting cleanup and Josh Harrison in right field. AJ Burnett is starting for the Pirates, and he hasn't pitched to the end of the sixth inning since his return from the disabled list.
MLB Trade Rumors has a round-up of the Pirates' trade deadline wishlist today. At this point, it looks awfully predictable. They've got interest in Nate Schierholtz, who would presumably pick up Travis Snider's end of the right field platoon, and, of course, they're still looking in on Alex Rios. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune says that Kenny Williams (formerly the White Sox GM, now a vice president) has been spotted in Altoona, but the Curve haven't been in Altoona since Sunday and so I don't know what to make of that. I haven't seen this rumored anywhere, but I...
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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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Gerrit Cole gave up fewer than two runs for the first time in his rookie season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole stepped into Tuesday’s start as the worst-performing pitcher in the Pirates rotation. Actually, let’s call it “worst-performing” because it’s really only his ERA (3.89, still better than NL-average) and strikeout rate (5.4 K/9) that were lagging behind...
With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be tied to available offense. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Chicago White Sox' Alex Rios and Nate Schierholtz of the Chicago Cubs top the Buccos' wish list.
Levine notes that the Pirates hope to add to their offense as they prepare to battle the St. Louis Cardinals for the National...
Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Gaby Sanchez collected three each hits in a losing effort. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Thursday’s sweep attempt of the Washington Nationals was one of the wildest games of the season. The Nationals (49-53) walked off winners 9-7 on Bryce Harper’s two-run homer, but that was a mere punctuation on the craziness before.
From Mike Winters’ erratic...
Pirates (60-39) at Nationals (48-53)
12:35 PM–Nationals Park, Washington
The Pirates look to sweep away the Nats in today’s getaway day afternoon game. Before the break, the Nats were thought to be the Pirates’ biggest potential contender for the second wild card spot (if the Bucs were to fall off a bit). Now the Nats aren’t even part of that conversation...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Rangers 8, Pirates 2
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (5-5, 5.35...
The Pittsburgh Pirates got some good news from Dr. James Andrews today and that was that their closer Jason Grilli will not need surgery. He’s been officially diagnosed with a strained right flexor tendon which should keep him out for about four to eight weeks, he’ll be reevaluated in 10-14 days. Mark Melancon will take over closing duties while Grilli is out.
July 24th: Jason Grilli heads to the Disabled List
Pitching News and Notes:
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli is officially headed to the disabled list with a right forearm strain according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Mark Melancon needs to be added in every single format.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (concussion) was removed from Tuesday’s rehab start at High-A...
Henderson Alvarez earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night.
The Marlins are 4-4 since the All-Star break even though they have totaled only 15 runs.
Jeff Locke (9-3) allowed only one earned run in 6 2-3 innings and had a career-high...
Trade talks have really started to heat up since the All-Star break. As the Nationals are continuing to struggle, they will need all the help they can get before the July 31st trade deadline. And as it seems postseason hopes and diminishing more and more each day, the Nationals organization need players who can help them win next season too, not just necessarily at the end of this...
After being forced to wait almost two weeks between starts because of a back injury, Jeff Locke was impressive again his last time out.
That could mean bad news for the Miami Marlins, who have won three of four despite inconsistent run production.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hope for Locke's fourth win in five starts Friday night when they visit the Marlins.
Locke (9-2, 2.11 ERA...
During the past week, I had the opportunity to interview long time MLB OF/1B Al Oliver. Al was a very consistent player over the course of his 18 seasons, hitting .303 for his career, with 2743 hits, 529 2Bs, 219 HRs and 1326 RBIs. He has part of the 1971 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates team as well as NL East Champion Pirates teams in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1975. He also...
As Bryce Harper blasted the game winning homer yesterday I was surprised at how okay I was with it. Not that I wanted the Pirates to lose, but they really had no business winning that game. It’s extremely hard to sweep a team, especially in four games so that loss didn’t really hurt too bad.…
Source: FanGraphs Take a gander at Rich’s preview of this game because I think we have unlocked the key to Francisco Liriano’s success. As long as Rich continues to have no confidence in Liriano, he will have success. The Nationals are plummeting right now and the Pirates are taking advantage, having taken the first three…