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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Los Angeles Angels
This one felt all too familiar, like the summer of 2013 when the Pirates would just find all kinds of ways to win games out of nowhere. The Pirates had no business winning this game – they were totally dominated by Wade Miley for eight innings, and while Jeff Locke pitched well again, a couple of soft hits and a defensive miscue put a couple runs on the board for Arizona. But just a few minutes later, they were sprinting out to celebrate on the field and Ike Davis was getting Gatorade dumped on him. They stole it.
The first eight innings happened so quickly that it felt like the game was nowhere near ready to be over, but that’s just how good Miley was. He took a perfect game into the fifth and lost it on a sketchy Jordy Mercer infield hit (plus an error), but rebounded to cruise through the eighth (allowing just one more hit, which was erased by a maddeningly foolish failed Russell Martin SB attempt). The Pirates hit a few hard outs here and there but for the most part they were ba...
BEST OF MAXIM
The trade deadline isn’t approaching for a few more weeks and Neal Huntington’s preferred waiver deadline is even further away, but the trade talks around the league have already approached. I mentioned last week that David Price would be a good fit for the Pirates, though it is highly unlikely due to their past deadline history. The Pirates are very much a buy-low team that...
On May 31st, the Pirates got smoked by the Dodgers. The 12-2 loss ballooned Brandon Cumpton’s ERA up to 6.85. The Pirates were 25-30 and Pirate fans were attempting to talk ourselves into May being a good month due to the Pirates’ 15-14 record, though that meant ignoring their 111/137 run differential that month. We didn’t realize it at the time, but Gerrit Cole would go down...
The Pittsburgh Pirates got outfielder Starling Marte back last night as they gave reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen a night off. Marte has been dealing with a swollen finger but returned to play center field in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Mets on Sunday. Catcher Russell Martin was also given a second consecutive day off, with the lineup news coming courtesy of...
PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco homered, Charlie Morton continued his effective pitching at home and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 5-1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Polanco, a highly touted rookie who has reached safely in 19 of 21 major league games, had a double, a walk and his third home run for Pittsburgh, which clinched its fourth...
Pittsburgh Pirates phenom Gregory Polanco smashed his third career homer on Wednesday night, and watching it again, I have no idea how it happened.
Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Wade Miley vs. Jeff Locke
Wednesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Chase Anderson vs. Charlie Morton
Thursday, 7:05 (ROOT): Brandon McCarthy vs. Vance Worley
So far during this 5-series stretch against terrible opponents, the Pirates have been getting the job done. They’ve won each of the first three and used that stretch to finish June at 17-10, which has them right...
In keeping with the theme of the game Tuesday night, the Pirates did their work in the ninth inning quickly. After eight scoreless innings passed in rapid fashion at the hands of Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, the Pirates upended the contest in a flash.
Ike Davis’ pinch-hit single gave the Pirates a 3-2, walk-off win against the Diamondbacks at PNC Park. The Pirates...
If you remember way back to the Nate McLouth trade, the Pirates weren’t initially interested in Charlie Morton because they thought he’d be one of the best ground-ball-inducing pitchers in the Major Leagues. Initially, he looked like he had the sort of stuff that could pile up strikeouts, and it was only after his disastrous 2010 season that he refocused and became the “Ground...
The Bucs are taking care of business and gaining ground – and it’s remarkably pleasant to watch. This was much more of a smooth, clean victory as opposed to the late rally on Tuesday…and that’s just fine.
There’s no doubt that this was the Gregory Polanco show. After going 0-for the final three games against the Mets, he has bounced back beautifully — the key pinch hit...
I have this form post stowed away that I feel the need to break out from time to time. It goes a little bit like this: As fans, we always like to put things in terms of what our favorite team does, but sometimes, you really have to flip it onto the other team’s terms. Some nights the Pirates aren’t bad, it’s just that the other team is a little bit better. That’s what happened...
A lot of things happened in the last six innings of this game, but even now, a half an hour after the game eneded, all I can think about is Gregory Polanco’s home run. Before I can go any further, please watch it for yourself if you haven’t seen it yet.
I’m not sure exactly what Chase Anderson was trying to accomplish with that 3-1 pitch, but since it doesn’t look like he...
Hmmmmmm. Does this mean the Pirates are definitely going to lose? Could they have turned a corner where now they are able to sweep teams?
Either way, just being in a position to sweep on a fairly regular basis is not a bad thing.
It’s going to be so hard to send Jeff Locke down once Francisco Liriano is ready. Today’s starter, Vance Worley, has been good, but man has Locke...
Yeah the Pirates are playing okay. You wouldn’t know it by reading pretty much anything but alas they are clawing their way back.
It doesn’t hurt that they played the Cubs, Rays, Mets, and now will play the Diamondbacks followed by the ****** Phillies.
The Rays and D’Backs are a little different than the Mets and Rays. Both of them could conceivably turn it around pretty...
Baseball sure is a funny game. A guy like Miley can pitch great for eight innings. Lights out, in line for a well deserved win and bam he gets taken out for a “closer”. That closer proceeds to screw up the whole thing and a guy like Miley, who had dominated his opponent is sitting on the bench because of a number, and a role, someone made up. I’m just happy too...
Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/23/14 thru 6/29/14, the 13th week of the 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 5 wins and 2 Losses, 31 Runs Scored and 22 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Edinson Volquez. Volquez made two terrific starts this week and picked up the Win in both games. He surrendered just 1 run in 14 innings. That is some pretty solid work...