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Today is August 31st. On August 31st, baseball's rosters lock for the post-season, which means that only players on the active roster or the disabled list on August 31st can be used in the playoffs (with an exception for the 60-day disabled list, which we can talk more about in a minute). The Pittsburgh Pirates are only 1/2 game out of a playoff spot right now, which means that this is actually something the Pittsburgh Pirates have to actively worry about today. This is weird and wonderful.Â We don't know anything official yet, but KDKA's Mike Vukovcan reported yesterday that Alex Presley and Kyle McPherson are both on their way to Milwaukee to meet the club. It's easy to guess what McPherson might be doing there, since the Pirates only have four starting pitchers right now, but we have to do some extrapolation for Presley. Let's start with McPherson, move to Presley, and talk about roster implications from there.There are two reasons McPherson might be in Milwauk...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The International League announced their postseason All-Star rosters this week, and two Indianapolis Indians were named to the squad. Starling Marte and Tim Wood both received the honors, with Wood making the list for the second year in a row.
Marte hit for a .286/.347/.500 line in 388 at-bats with Indianapolis, before being promoted to the majors in late July. Prior to his promotionâ...
According to a source, the following five players will join the Pirates inÂ MilwaukeeÂ on Saturday when the rosters expand forÂ SeptemberÂ 1st. Pitchers Chris Leroux, Jeff Locke and Justin Wilson, catcher Eric Fryer and infielder Brock Holt.
Both Leroux and Holt are not currently on the clubâ€™s 40-man roster, but the roster was at 39 and a second spot opened on Friday when the Pirates...
Matt Curry stepped out of Manager P.J. Forbesâ€™ office after the Curve beat Akron 6-4 on their final home game on Thursday and received hugs and high fives from his teammates. The first baseman was told that he was being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Although the move is not yet official, Curry will join up with the Indy Indians, who are at home today and are gearing up for...
Chris Leroux will join the Pirates in Milwaukee Pirates Prospects has learned.
The right-hander is not on the 40-man roster, but the club outrighted Jeff Clement earlier today, so a spot opened up. Leroux is the first confirmed of several September callups that are expected prior to tomorrowâ€™s game.
Leroux has recently been starting for Triple-A, posting a 3.00 ERA over seven outings...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted infielders Dilson Herrera and Eric Wood to State College. Both players were playing in the Gulf Coast League, and both helped the GCL Pirates win the title yesterday. They will join the Spikes for the final week of the season.
To make room, the Spikes placed right-handed pitcher Lance Breedlove and outfielder Tyler Gaffney on the disabled list.
Gerrit Cole will get his first start for Indianapolis tonight. The top prospect in the Pirates system, made his way from High-A ball to AAA during his first season in pro ball. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs Thursday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that...
Jeff Karstens doesn't have the best stuff of the five pitchers in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation. However, the right-hander's value lies in his ability to keep the Pirates in most of his starts. Thus, it was bad news when Karstens was forced to leave a second straight start because of a leg injury Friday night in a 9-3 loss at Milwaukee. He was pulled because of right...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Â Note that this list doesnâ€™t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) -Â Promoted to Indianapolis
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) -Â 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State...
Jameson Taillon gets the start for Altoona tonight. Barring an unlikely promotion to Indianapolis for the playoffs, this will be his last game of the season. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs yesterday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez stayed hot, blasting his 26th homer of the season and driving in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night.
The third baseman -- who hit two homers on Tuesday -- continued his season-long dominance of the Cardinals. His three-run shot in the third gave him seven home runs and 23 RBI in 15 games...
By MATT BECKER,
STATS Senior WriterFor the first time in 15 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter September within striking distance of the playoffs.To get to the postseason, they'll need their MVP-candidate center fielder and the anchor of their rotation to leave their August struggles behind.With the slumping Andrew McCutchen expected back in the lineup, A.J. Burnett looks to...
Wandy Rodriguez finally got his first Pirates win as a starter, and the Pirates scored a few runs in support. Â A 5-0 win gave the Pirates the series win and season series win over the Cardinals. All Wandy Rodriguez did was throw 6 shutout innings. Â Only in the 3rd inning did Wandy allow more than [...]
Pirates (70-60) at Brewers (62-68)
8:10 PM ESTâ€“Miller Park, Milwaukee
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The Pirates are in Milwaukee for a weekend series against the Brewers. Since the Cardinals lost again yesterday, the Bucs enter the action just a half-game out of a playoff spot. St. Louis is at Washington this weekend and just lost SS Rafael Furcal for the season....
Only thirty games left. Â Whatever happens, this was the best season the Pirates have had in my adult life, and it was fun. Â Thatâ€™s not to say it was a success, because without a World Series it isnâ€™t, but it was still a whole lot more enjoyable than years past. I donâ€™t know why the [...]