Found July 02, 2012 on
[Opening image (Garrett Jones) credit Justin Aller, Getty Images.]
Some thoughts following the Pirates’ series-opening 11-2 drubbing over the Houston Astros…
1. If the Pirates continue to contend in the NL Central, they absolutely have to take advantage of playing the Astros (32-48) and Chicago Cubs (30-49). Sweeps are preferred; taking 2 out of 3, the bare minimum. It’s funny, because every opponent has probably viewed the Pirates from that perspective over the past 19 years, but heavy is the yoke of the NL Central basement.
McDonald; Image credit blackandgoldworld
2. SP James McDonald wins again, and if there were any justice in the world, he and fellow rotationmate A.J. Burnett would make the All-Star Game NL roster when players inevitably drop out due to injury. McDonald is among the top 10 in the National League in ERA and WHIP, while Burnett has won 8 starts in a row.
3. While the majority of trade rumors will focus on the Pirates acquiring a bat, it would behoove them t...
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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...
The rosters for next week’s All-Star game have been released, and two Pirates are on the list. That’s one more than we usually see before any replacements start coming in — but not not quite as many as we were hoping for this season.
Andrew McCutchen was a lock to make it. It’s pretty sad that he only finished 7th among NL outfielders in fan votes, but I’d have to think...
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.
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Astros (32-49) at Pirates (44-36)
1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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TV: ROOT Sports
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.
This past week, three Indianapolis players were named to the 2012 International League All-Star team. Outfielder Starling Marte, infielder Jordy Mercer and starting pitcher Rudy Owens will play in an All-Star matchup against the Pacific Coast League team in Buffalo, New York on July 11.