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The Arizona Diamondbacks have jumped out to a great start behind an impressive offensive surge.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, in contrast, haven't been able to get anything going at the plate.
The Diamondbacks aim for a fifth consecutive win as they open a three-game set against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, who try to avoid a fifth straight defeat Monday night.
Despite losing slugging right fielder Justin Upton this offseason, Arizona has won five of its first six thanks largely to its bats. Hitting .293 and averaging 6.2 runs, the Diamondbacks are seeking their first 6-1 start since 2000 - their best seven-game start in team history.
Arizona returns home following a three-game sweep at Milwaukee. While closer J.J. Putz blew his first save by allowing two runs in the ninth inning Sunday, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske put the Diamondbacks back on top with a two-run homer in the 11th of an 8-7 victory.
"I prepare all day for a minute of work," Hinske told MLB's officia...
BEST OF MAXIM
At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full seasons worth of starts, while potentially putting up 200 innings each.
Rodriguez left tonight’s...
Cody Ross has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He was one of many players on the Arizona Diamondbacks' roster to start the season injured. Fortunately, it seems Ross is closing in on making his return. In fact, he may even make his season debut this week.
According to Nick Piercoro of the Arizona Republic, Ross could return to the lineup as early...
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks were heading in opposite directions before their series at Chase Field, but the Pirates managed to end their woes thanks to some early runs.
While trying to get some help from James McDonald, Pittsburgh aims to make it two in a row Tuesday night.
Before arriving in Phoenix, the Pirates (2-5) were off to their worst start since losing...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. Normally he top ten scores would be the only ones included, with the bottom five also listed below. Since this was a shortened week, all 16 starts are in the chart below. The top five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
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 pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Charlie Morton is increasing his pitch count after being placed on the 15-day DL.
Greetings from Dodger Stadium, where it should be another beautiful Los Angeles night. Here’s a link to Friday’s recap if you missed it.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle provided updates on some of the team’s injured pitchers:
Charlie Morton (elbow) will throw two innings in an extended game Monday...
The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a great start thanks in large part to an impressive offensive surge. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in contrast, haven't been able to get anything going at the plate.
The Diamondbacks will go for a fifth consecutive win Monday night as they open a three-game set against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, who will try to avoid a fifth straight defeat...
Pirates (1-4) at Dodgers (3-2)
4:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Pirates look to avoid a series sweep (or at least avoid a series shutout) today against the Dodgers. They’ve dropped eight straight at Dodger Stadium and have obviously been completely dreadful at the plate so far this year. It’s gotta change some time soon..
Through six games, the Pirates have scored eight runs and allowed 16. That puts them dead last in the NL in runs scored and second in runs allowed. They are 1-5. Through six games, the Diamondbacks have scored 37 runs and allowed 27. That puts them third in the NL in runs scored and ninth in runs allowed. They are 5-1.
If we're being honest, right now I'm more concerned...
This is starting to just feel awkward. Almost like when you get two groups of your friends together that don’t really share the same interests and you try to do something together. I feel like I should be entertaining you or something but it just seems so hard when the Pirates are this pathetic. I…