Found May 29, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
The Pirates called up Jordy Mercer this afternoon and demoted Yamaico Navarro to make room for him. Mercer's minor league career kind of resembles The Little Engine That Could to me; he never seemed like much of a prospect until maybe a year ago and since then he's just kind of been plugging along, moving from level to level. His defense has always been good, though, and last year he had a big power surge and this year he's finally taking some walks, hitting .303/.379/.413 with Indianapolis. He's not a Starlin Castro-like prospect, but it's hard to imagine his offense can be worse than what we've seen from Clint Barmes this far, and his glove will be better than Josh Harrison's at short. He won't play tonight, but I imagine that he'll get the starts at short that Josh Harrison is getting now and if he plays well, he'll see the field more regularly. The Pirates have a chance to pull within two games of the Reds tonight, with Charlie Morton taki...

GAMEDAY: Jordy Mercer called up – Pirates vs. Reds

Reds (27-21) at Pirates (24-24) 7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports It’s been a wet and rainy day in Pittsburgh, but the Bucs and Reds will at least try to get game two of this series in tonight. The Pirates will be looking to go over .500 and creep within two games of Cincinnati. News: The Pirates called up Triple-A shortstop Jordy Mercer...

Reasons to believe in the 2012 Pirates

Let me start this off by saying that I’m fully aware the odds are still against this Pirates team. It’s going to be hard to do much of anything with such a meager offense, and the pitching probably won’t be top-5 all season. Plus–especially after last year–we’re all going to be waiting for a collapse…because they’re the Pirates. Regardless, after all the doom and...

Matt Hague salvages A.J. Burnett’s stellar start

Final: Pirates 2, Reds 1 WP: A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.60 ERA) LP: Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.54 ERA) SV: Joel Hanrahan (13, 2.37 ERA) A.J. Burnett gave up a lead off double to Zack Cozart, who eventually scored due to an Pedro Alvarez error. Burnett then retired the next 17 batters to keep the Pirates in the game. He gave up just that one unearned run over seven innings while giving up just...

Back to .500

The Bucs kept on rolling on this hot Memorial Day afternoon, cruising to a 4-1 victory over (previously) red-hot Cincinnati for their fourth victory in a row. What else can I say about James McDonald? He was excellent yet again today and continues to solidify his spot at the top of this rotation–and if he keeps pitching like this, at the top of the league in terms of numbers. J...

Pirates cool off red-hot Reds behind strong outing by McDonald

Cincy couldn't figure out ole' McDonald on Monday The NL Central-leading Reds (27-21) strolled into the Steel City on Monday as arguably the hottest team in all of baseball. However, you certainly wouldn't have thought that after watching the pesky Pirates (24-24) down them by a tally of 4-1 on a steamy affair at PNC Park. Pittsburgh starter James McDonald...

Bailey pitches complete game over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jay Bruce had three hits, including a pair of doubles, Todd Frazier drove in two runs to cap an eventful day and the Cincinnati Reds cruised by the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Tuesday night. Homer Bailey (4-3) gave up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out four while pitching his second career complete game. Frazier doubled and tripled in his first...

Step Away From the Merrero, Neal!

There seems to be considerable consensus building that the Pittsburgh Pirates will select Deven Merrero in the 2012 Rule IV draft.  Merrero is a shortstop out of Arizona State who has a legit glove, but a weak bat.  Now I could make the case on why I think they shouldn’t take him, but it’s already [...]

Redlegs Wreck Pirates 8-1

After a win over the Pirates (24-25), the Reds (28-21) moves to 7 games over .500 (.571) increasing their lead in the NL Central by two games. Homer Bailey looked absolutely awesome, pitching a 4 hit, 1 run complete game on 103 pitches. The Reds have won 17 of their last 27 games (.629) and are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. Meanwhile, the Cardinals (13-29 .464...
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