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You could look at the final score of last night’s 12-2 loss to the Cubs and just chalk it up to the Pirates blowing games that they should win down the stretch and then spending the rest of your Friday night being pissy with everyone. But if that’s the stance you’re taking, you obviously didn’t watch this one because it. was. hilarious.
Oh yea, the Bucs should have been able to easily beat the Cubs, who came to town riding a 6-game losing streak in which they were outscored 43-16, but when you make 7 errors in a game, you’re not going to win anything. HAHAHA – 7 errors…we’re not even made, we’re impressed. That’s the most errors the Pirates had committed since 1985, and the best part was, MLB-leading error man Pedro Alvarez didn’t commit a single one – he was probably loving it.
After a performance like that, you can’t possibly be trying to dissect anything else from last night. Sure, AJ Burnett could’ve pitched better. He got lit up for 8 hits and 7 runs but only 3 of those were earned, and he only walked 1 and 70% of his pitches went for strikes. And yea, the Bucco Bats were embarrassed again by a young, struggling pitcher. Travis Wood was 0-8 since July 6 with a 5.74 ERA and all he did was 1-hit the Bucs through 6 innings. But did we mention the errors?
Let’s just hope that J-Mac leaves J-Suck at home tonight because he’s facing the Cubs only decent starter in Jeff Samardzija. Should be interesting to see how Starling Marte and Brock Holt bounce back from 2 errors apiece and a combined 1 for 6 at the plate…they’re young, they’ll get over it. So should you.
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The other day The Hardball Times wrote that Alfonso Soriano is not overpaid. I'm a big fan of anyone who doesn't talk about Soriano in a way that makes him seem like he's a lazy, overpaid player. However, THT relied on fWAR, which uses UZR as its defensive metric. His 2007 UZR is so high that my iPad probably won't let me type it out. It's ridiculous to think...
Your browser does not support iframes. With the game out of hand and the Washington Nationals beating the Cubs for the fourth consecutive game, tempers flared during the fifth inning and again in the seventh between the two squads. With Jason Werth batting in the bottom of the 5th inning and the Nationals leading 7-2, [...]
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Cubs rookie centerfielder Brett Jackson is trying his best to impress the big club, and while his batting average is an anemic .191 in 31 games with Chicago, he showed Friday night against the Pirates that his defense—and dedication—is nothing short of superb.
With his team up 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Jackson chased down a ball off the bat of Pittsburgh superstar...
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Jeff Samardzija will make his final start of 2012 today against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum made the announcement subsequent to Friday’s game.
According to ESPN Chicago, the decision to shut Samardzija down is a precautionary effort due in part because of the work he put in during the winter and spring months.
After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk.
“Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you go out there. Sometimes your best stinks. That’s where we were tonight.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-hander Chad Qualls from the disabled list. The move now gives the Pirates ten relievers in the bullpen, not counting Joel Hanrahan. Qualls made a rehab appearance for Indianapolis on September 3rd, striking out the side. Since then he’s been throwing side sessions and sim games.
This study leans a little more heavily on defensive metrics (and one in particular) than I'd like, though at least we have many seasons of data. It's otherwise a great look at the constantly maligned Alfonso Soriano.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro became just the 28th player in major league history to get his 500th career hit before the age of 23 when he singled in the fifth inning Friday at the Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB.com reported. Castro, 22, singled in the third for his 499th hit and then reached the milestone with two outs in his next at-bat. Alex Rodriguez is the only other active...
We have six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that played for the first team in franchise history and another who was part of a father-son combo in team history. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a record setting game by Roberto Clemente from the 1958 season.
Mike Dyer (1966) Pitcher for the 1994-95 Pirates. He was originally a fourth...
Indianapolis Indians 8, Charlotte Knights 0
Phil Irwin struck out 11 batters tonight.
A tremendous start by pitcher Phil Irwin plus a 5-run 6th inning gave the Indianapolis Indians the boost they needed to win a do-or-die game over the Charlotte Knights tonight at Knights’ Stadium in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC. Irwin pitched 7 shutout innings and allowed just...
While we’ve been getting “Hot 4 Holt” and popping “Boners 4 Brock” (copyright) of the last week, our Marte Partay has been on the back burner. Well, it might be time to invest in a new stove because the Trib’s Dejan Kovacevic tweeted that Starling Marte could be back in action with the Pirates tonight.
We haven’t seen Starling since Aug. 18 when he strained his...
The Spikes didn’t have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season.
Charlotte Knights 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
Kris Johnson started but pitched only one inning.
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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn't believe in the notion that a team with a big lead should ease off the gas pedal. The Chicago Cubs beg to differ. Therein lies the reason for two near brawls Thursday night in the Nationals' 9-2 rout of the Cubs, which completed a four-game sweep. First, Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk began yelling at Nationals third base...