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With the MLB season already past the all-star break and into the second half of the season, one of the teams that you would have to say surprised you the most is the 52-40, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates were a team that was low under the .500 mark last year and now their win percentage is at .565. Young star, Andrew McCutchen is leading the way for this ball club.
This all-star is currently batting .372 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs, and by the way, he has only been in the league for three years. McCutchen looks to have a very bright future ahead of him. He will only get better from now on, continuing to improve more and more every season. The Pirates are only 0.5 games back behind the first place Cincinnati Reds, so they definitely have a chance at taking the NL Central division. Not their offense but their pitching has really helped them out this year.
Pittsburgh is 6th overall in ERA at 3.53 and that’s pretty good for a team that was mediocre last season. They aren’t scoring a ton of runs but hey, at least they are scoring more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies and are winning games. The Pirates really do need to work on their offense though, because if they don’t, they could slip farther back in their division. They are 21st overall in runs scored (382), 22nd overall in batting average (.247), and 28th overall in on base percentage (.302). This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a totally new team, and are continuing to improve every season and every game. If they can keep up their success, they can take the pennant and possibly the world series.
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Before the organization decides to promote outfield prospect Starling Marte from Triple-A, they want to make sure he’s ready. It has nothing to do with the trade deadline, Manager Clint Hurdle shot that theory down on Friday saying, ”I don’t think it probably has as much thump as if something’s being made of it.” It has to do with experience in Indianapolis. When Marte...
Three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date including one of the lesser known Hall of Famers in team history. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland goes back ten years ago to take a look at a huge day from an unlikely source.
John Lamb (1946) Pitcher for the 1970-71 and 1973 Pirates. He was originally signed by the Pirates out of high school in 1964 as an amateur...
The deciding fourth inning tonight went like this:
Rod Barajas HBP
Clint Barmes HBP
AJ Burnett sac bunt, safe at first John Buck's error, Barajas scores
Alex Presley walk
Neil Walker sac fly, Barmes scores
Andrew McCutchen walk
Garrett Jones walk, Burnett scores
Casey McGehee walk, Presley scores
That's eight batters, zero hits, zero runs, zero official at...
Toledo Mud Hens 3, Indianapolis Indians 2
Rick VandenHurk gave up 4 runs in the 1st, then pitched 6 scoreless innings.
The Mud Hens scored early and the Indians scored late at Toledo’s Fifth-Third Field tonight, but it was the Mud Hens who came out on top. Tribe starter Rick VandenHurk had another tough start, even though he lasted 7 innings. Six of the Indians’...
While the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to play well at home, the Miami Marlins can't seem to find a way to end their recent struggles on the road.
Trying for a fifth consecutive victory overall, the Pirates look to complete their latest home sweep by handing the Marlins a fifth straight defeat Sunday.
Pittsburgh (53-40) had dropped six straight at home to Miami before holding...
Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive win.
Pittsburgh completed its fourth sweep of the season - all at home - while matching its longest winning streak since Sept. 17-22, 2010. The Pirates (54-40) remained a half-game behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati...
A.J. Burnett remained undefeated at home by pitching 7 2-3 strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates matched a season high with their fourth consecutive win, beating the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Saturday night.
Burnett (11-3) allowed one run and eight hits. A homer by Justin Ruggiano was his only blemish as he improved to 7-0 at home this season and Pittsburgh (53-40) moved 13 games...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive win.
Pittsburgh completed its fourth sweep of the season -- all at home -- while matching its longest winning streak since Sept. 17-22, 2010. The Pirates (54-40) remained a half-game behind NL Central...
Marlins (44-48) at Pirates (51-40)
7:05-PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Bucs return home tonight to host the Miami Marlins for the first time ever. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t seem to want to celebrate the occasion and has drizzling/gloomy all day. Hopefully they manage to get the game in. The game appears to be sold out (or very close...
With Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the books, the Miami Marlins have lost five games in a row. Miami is now at a season worst seven games under .500 after being swept in Pittsburgh. Overall on the road trip, the Marlins loss five of six and have nearly taken themselves out of playoff contention in the process.
Anibal Sanchez made what may turn out to be...
Between tonight and the trade deadline, the Pirates will play every night/day against the Marlins, Cubs, Astros, and Cubs. With Joey Votto out for the Reds, this is potentially quite the opportunity that the scheduling gods have afforded our Pittsburgh Pirates. At the same time, that's getting ahead of myself. The Pirates have been shaky at best coming out of the All-Star break...
With another incredible weekend of games and stellar attendance numbers, we’re entering the final 60 or so games of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, and the storylines are as appealing as I can remember.
Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates continue to be one of the compelling storylines in what has been a thrilling, surprising baseball season so far.
Though some obstinate folks...