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Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug       (Opening image credit cbspittsburgh) If the Pittsburgh Pirates are to finish over .500 this season for the first time since 1992, fans may point to the 7th inning of last night’s 11-7 Pirates’ win over the Philadelphia Phillies as a turning point.  The situation was bleak.  Losers of 3 in a row, and on the verge of being swept by their cross-state rivals.  Having seen their 6-run lead shrink to only 1, runners on 1st and 2nd, and still no outs for the Phillies. Lincoln; Image credit piratesgab The Pirates called on RP Brad Lincoln, recently demoted back to the bullpen to clear a spot for SP Jeff Karstens’ return from the DL.  With a tenacity as fierce as a vampire hunter, Lincoln promptly struck out Hunter Pence, forced Shane Victorino to fly out, and struck out pinch-hitter Jim Thome on 3 pitches, culminating in an extended staredown of Thome as he walked off the field.  Boom.  The Pirates added 3 more runs- 2 courtesy of CF Andrew McCutchen’s 14th of the year- and the Pirates won 11-7. Some quick takes from the game: 1.  Welcome back SS Drew Sutton.  After the Pirates claimed him from the Red Sox, then promptly dealt him to the Tampa Bay Rays in a rather puzzling move, Sutton was returned by the Rays, and started for the Bucs last night in LF.  He went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.  Sutton can play every position on the field outsie of catcher, adding one more potential name to the “Guys that would probably be more productive than SS Clint Barmes” list.  2.  While this author doesn’t think C Mike McKenry is probably a full-time starting catcher, it should be noted that after another HR last night (3 over his last 2 games), “The Fort” is now up to a .798 OPS in 80 AB.  Add his name to the “Guys that would probably be more productive than C Rod Barajas” list. 3.  Sadly, this type of wasteful spending happens every offseason for GM Neal Huntington.  He signs clearly declining, aging veterans to multi-million dollar contracts, and then younger, cheaper, in-house options always surface during the season.  If Huntington is granted another offseason as Pirates’ GM, he should either: A.  Not waste millions on declining veterans, and instead spend the money on signing young, high-ceiling international players. B.  Instead of spending $10-15 MM on 3-4 poor free agents, spend all $10-15MM on 1-2 younger, high-quality free agents. 4.  Last night notwithstanding, the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be a strength for the club, among the leaders in all of baseball in ERA.  Across the state however, the bullpen of the high-powered Phillies continues to be its Achilles’ heel.  The pen has a cumulative 4.41 ERA, or 25th in the Majors. Brown- A future Pirate? Image credit thebaseballhaven Now would be a prime time for the Pirates to offer any reliever outside of CL Joel Hanrahan for Phillies’ AAA OF Domonic Brown, who, despite being ranked the #4 prospect in all of baseball in 2011, continues to be shut out of the Phillies’ OF, and appears to be allowing his frustrations to manifest in decreased production during another AAA stint this season.  The young slugger still has a cumulative .292 BA and .825 OPS throughout his minor league career. Thanks for reading.  Go Bucs!

Pirates claim Oscar Tejeda; DFA Doug Slaten

The #Pirates have claimed INF/OF Oscar Tejeda off waivers from Boston and have assigned him to Double-A Altoona; LHP Doug Slaten DFA. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 27, 2012   It’s pretty amazing that the Pirates have cut ties with two left-handed reliever in two days, but I guess that just shows how much they thought of them. Yesterday, Daniel Moskos was DFA’d to make...

Current Pirates ace A.J. Burnett was nothing more than a tattooed mental midget with the Yankees in the Bronx

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A.J. Burnett sharp in Pirates win

A new catcher didn't affect A.J. Burnett's groove. Burnett threw 6 2-3 sharp innings to win his eighth straight start, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Thursday. Pedro Alvarez also went deep for Pittsburgh, which split the four-game set in Philadelphia by winning the last two. The surprising Pirates, seeking...

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Michael McKenry, Phillie killer

Tonight’s win was crazy, but it was a win nonetheless.  It felt good to take a game in Philly.  James McDonald pitched well; not perfectly, but he got the job done.  Brad Lincoln was tonight’s savior out of the bullpen.  Michael McKenry continued his offensive tear, going 2-4 with 4 RBIs.  Offensively, he has more [...]

Beltran gets hit 2,000, Cards fall to Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Clint Barmes, pinch-hitter Alex Presley and Garrett Jones each homered in a four-run sixth inning that snapped a tie, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-5 in a game that began in 101-degree heat Friday night. Andrew McCutchen had four of the Pirates' season-high 19 hits, the last a three-run homer off Marc Rzepczynski in the ninth. McCutchen...

Pirates 11, Phillies 7

Chase Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled his return by connecting three times and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-7 Wednesday night. Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee also went deep for Pittsburgh. Utley missed the first 76 games this year because of a chronic problem in both knees...

GAMEDAY: Scorcher in St. Louis – Pirates at Cardinals

Pirates (40-35) at Cardinals (40-36) 8:15 PM EST–Busch Stadium, St. Louis Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates are in St. Louis to finish out this road trip against the Cardinals. This figures to be an extremely tough series for the Bucs, at least to me. They won’t get to send Burnett or McDonald to the hill (although avoiding Burnett in St. Louis may be a...


What a fun game to watch.  In honor of John Wehner’s birthday, the Pirates pounded out nineteen hits and scored 14 runs.  Kevin Correia’s start wasn’t great, but it was all the Buccos needed. The scoring started early with a 1st inning 2-run single from Neil Walker.  Andrew McCutchen was just a triple short of [...]

A big series

At the 75 game mark, the Pirates are a game behind the Reds and a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central heading into Busch Stadium Mark 3 for a weekend series. This is about as big as baseball gets for a team that hasn't had a winning season since 1992. Unfortunatey for the Buccos, AJ Burnett and James McDonald both pitched to close out the Phillies series, which...

Barajas Bombs

Unfortunately, Rod only played in 2 games this week.  One was great, the other not so much.  Monday’s 1st-inning injury cut Rod’s week short. Last Friday, June 22, Rod was 2-3 with a run scored.  He followed Pedro Alvarez’s leadoff single with a single of his own to center field, and then AJ Burnett came [...]
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