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Garrett Jones has been good for 15-20 home runs and 75 or so RBI every year he's been with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The trouble has been that he has to cross through all manner of mountains and valleys to get there. As a result, it's hard to take his streaks too seriously, even when he's on a tear like his current 11-for-24 with three home runs and nine RBI. The overall average is up to .278 after a strong June and early July, but the history indicates the next nosedive is just around the bend. So why can't Jones, one of these days, be a little more consistent? The most glaring answer is that he flat-out can't hit lefties. He has three hits against them since last August. That pretty much precludes everyday play. The other answer is that he tends to start bending and reaching, which takes all the pop out of his swing. "That's the big thing," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Garrett needs to stand tall. He's a big man with a big swing. W...
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A Jose Tabata demotion has been pretty unavoidable for some time now, but it's officially happening today with Tabata going down to Indianapolis to get back on track and Gorkys Hernandez being recalled to take his place for now. With Alex Presley and Drew Sutton both on hot streaks and Gorkys having a very nice June in Indianapolis (he hit .293/.405/.402) while Starling Marte...
At the end of May, I observed how the Pittsburgh Pirates had an offense poised for history. They were no just bad at scoring runs, they were great at making outs. They had a team wRC+ twelve points lower than the next-nearest lineup:
I called it a “catastrophe” then, but now it has become a swash-buckle’d turnaround.
In the month of June, the Pirates had a 111 wRC+, good...
Final: Pirates 8, Astros 7
WP: Joel Hanrahan (4-0, 2.32 ERA)
LP: Wesley Wright (0-2, 3.91 ERA)
A.J. Burnett had easily his worst start since the 12-run debacle in early May against St. Louis as he gave up six runs in 5+ innings. But the Pirates’ bats were able to bail him out.
Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit an opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead to...
Drew Sutton smacked a walk off solo home run lifting the Pirates to an 8-7 win over Houston on Tuesday night. The Pirates claimed Sutton off waivers June 24 and added him to the active roster a day later. The infielder/outfielder has seven hits in 27 at bats for a .407 average, with one home run and four RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Sutton recently.
Half of us are in tears. Half of us are in shock. Drew Sutton looked like he was in both after his walkoff homerun to beat the Astros tonight, 8-7. The Pirates already led the National League in come-from-behind wins – add on another. Down 6-2 in the 6th inning, the Pirates showed that they [...]
Mike McKenry and Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates looked pretty comfortable during their first day in first place, beating the Houston Astros 6-4 on Wednesday.
Kevin Correia (5-6) won his third straight decision as the streaking Pirates moved nine games above .500 (45-36) for the first time since Barry Bonds was swinging for the fences at Three...
Astros (32-49) at Pirates (44-36)
1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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Happy Independence Day to all…what better way to celebrate than with the First Place Bucs? They’ll take on Houston in an afternoon contest in search of sole possession of first place.
Last night was pretty awesome, if you missed the recap.
Even though the Pirates won the first three games against the Astros this week, they had to come back to win each time. Jeff Karstens made sure that wasn’t an issue on Thursday night as the Bucs earned the sweep.
Karstens was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. He dominated the Astros in three starts against them last season and picked up right where he left off tonight, tossing eight...
DOUBLE. DIGITS. ABOVE .500. Did anybody really see this coming when the season began with AJ Burnett and Charlie Morton on the DL, when the plan was to platoon Casey McGehee between first and third waiting for Pedro Alvarez or Garrett Jones mess up? Welp, that was Clint Hurdle’s plan…and it’s wroking…it’s working.
Jeff Karstens started his third game last night since...
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