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The website was up and gone so quickly that if you weren’t talking Pirates’ baseball today, you probably missed it. Luckily, at first gazing upon the sheer idiocy of the concept myself, I immediately preserved a screen shot, like an astronomer wtinessing the sudden, unexpected beauty of a collapsing star. BEHOLD! Piratesfanadvisor.com!
Here was the basic concept, as far as appalled Pirates’ fans can tell:
1. This website was not run directly by the Pirates, but rather a self-proclaimed “Entrepreneurial Leader” known as Mike Lasday. However, it carried the endorsement of the Pirates, with a “special message” from club President Frank Coonelly greeting optimistic visitors to the site.
2. The idea was that fans could pay the website anywhere from $9.95/month up to $600.00/year (!!!) to offer the website their opinions and feedback on the Pirates on a monthly basis. …If that seems odd, it is. Generally
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Jeff Locke will serve as the long man in the Pirates’ bullpen.
Jeff Locke was promoted to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to provide the club with a volume of innings if the team needs him. With Correia making the spot start against Arizona, and Jason Grilli deemed unavailable in relief due to pitching on back-to-back nights, the bullpen was short arms.
The left-hander has been a starter...
Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen — a role that he’s never been called upon to do in his professional career.
But the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie on the mound in Pittsburgh.
“I think there’s nerves anytime...
Indianapolis Indians 3, Charlotte Knights 0
It still counts.
Justin Wilson pitched a no-hitter.
Even though the game was cut short, after 7.5 innings due to a thunderstorm, Justin Wilson still gets to count this game as a no-hitter.
Wilson pitched eight no-hit innings, including one in the pouring rain, before the game was halted. In fact, he simply mowed down the...
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James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club’s ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he wasn’t chosen to pitch in the All-Star game for the National League...
There's been a big spotlight on Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole this year, and rightfully so. Cole was the number one pick in the draft last year and was looked at as a future Cy Young contender. He made his professional debut this year and was promoted to AA in late June after posting a 2.69 ERA with 9.3 K/9 in 13 starts with A Bradenton. He's kept on impressing people at...
Yesterday afternoon, like two hours after I mused on Twitter about a Justin Wilson call-up to be used as a LOOGY down the stretch, the Pirates announced that Wilson would be moved to the bullpen. Given that Wilson throws hard as a reliever and that a lot of his control problems stem from his breaking stuff and that Tony Watson is occasionally homer-happy, having Wilson as an option...
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. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.93) - DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...
It’s been two weeks since the last time Kevin Correia made a start for Pittsburgh. He was moved into the bullpen when the club acquired Wandy Rodriguez a few days before the trade deadline. Correia made one appearance during that span in relief, where he struggled and allowed four earned over two frames, in adjusting to the new role. Not since when he was with the San Francisco...
Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, plus we have a transaction of note, that involved a future Hall of Fame manager. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a Pirates no-hitter from 36 years ago.
On this date in 1919, the Pirates traded outfielder Casey Stengel to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for utility fielder Possum Whitted. Stengel...
James McDonald continued his second half struggles with arguably his worst start of the season. He was given a 7-1 lead to work with in the fifth inning, but let up six runs to tie it up in the matter of six batters. He was pulled from the game after allowing two home runs, seven earned runs, and only pitching 4.1 innings. His ERA since the all star break has been 8.71. Chris Resop...
Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including a player who was around for just one game, and a shortstop for the first team in franchise history to win an NL pennant. We also have one trade of note and John Fredland, in his Jolly Roger Rewind, takes a look at an extra innings affair from 35 years ago against the Cubs.
On this date in 1971, the Pirates...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are in a chase for the NL Central as well as the best record in the National League. A big reason for each team’s success have been their bullpens. They are the best two teams in the league in bullpen ERA and it’s not even close. The next best team is almost a full run behind them. The Pirates came into Tuesday night’s game against...
Based on how they've performed at PNC Park coupled with San Diego's play on the road, the Pittsburgh Pirates should be able to end their lengthy home losing streak to the Padres.
Of course, if scheduled starter James McDonald's struggles continue, another defeat could be imminent.
McDonald again hopes to break out of his second-half funk and help the Pirates avoid losing...