Found July 29, 2012 on This Is Getting Old:
The Pirates sure haven’t made it easy on themselves.  Still they are in a position to sweep and are 8-2 over their last ten. Recap.   First Pitch: 2:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H   Lucas Harrell, RHP (27) All these guys walk too many batters. Harrell has probably had the [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates: Trade deadline update

Some numbered thoughts heading into Tuesday’s MLB 4:00PM non-waiver trade deadline… 1-5:  Wandy Rodriguez 1.  I’ve been very critical of Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington over the past year, but I was impressed with last week’s SP Wandy Rodriguez trade with Houston.  While other clubs were still jockeying with the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, and waiting to see if the Phillies...

First Pitch: Remember When Marte Was the Answer?

Remember a few weeks ago when Starling Marte was the answer for the Pirates? People were calling for him to be promoted to the majors to help the offense for the remainder of the year. Now after four games there are suggestions that the Pirates should trade their top hitting prospect. The rumors came out that the Pirates inquired on Shin-Soo Choo, and that Starling Marte would have...

Shaky Control by Justin Wilson Leads to Indians Loss

Buffalo Bison  3,  Indianapolis Indians  2 (Box)   Chase d’Arnaud hands over his protective batting gear to the bat boy when he reaches second base. Shaky control by Indians’ pitching combined with a strong performance by Buffalo pitching added up to a loss for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field this afternoon.  The Indians were held to three hits in the first 7 innings...

Astros edged by Rodriguez, Pirates

HOUSTON (AP) -- Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past Houston 4-3 on Saturday night, sending the Astros to their club-record 12th straight loss. Wandy Rodriguez pitched six innings in his Pittsburgh debut, allowing three runs and six hits with five walks against his former team. The free-falling Astros, who have lost 25...

Bucs edge Astros yet again

The Pirates found another way to win (or the Astros found another way to lose, depending on how you want to look at it) as they defeated Houston for the third straight night to improve to sixteen games over .500. SIXTEEN! Wandy Rodriguez‘s Pirates debut was “meh.” He was uncharacteristically wild (five walks despite averaging just 2.2 per nine innings) but pitched out of trouble...

Prospect Watch: Sanchez Hits 6th Homer; Three Hits Each For Santos and Dickerson

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 mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) –  DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) –  DNP 3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - 1-for-4, 3B 4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia...

Top Play: Justin Maxwell Safety Squeeze

Houston Astros fans have had little to cheer about this season, as their lowly Astros have the worst record in the Major Leagues at 34-67. Although the Astros are likely out of playoff contention, their young players do their best to provide a good show for  the home crowd. Such was the case on Friday night, as Justin Maxwell made an acrobatic move to avoid a tag on a safety squeeze...

Victor Black Dominating With an Upper 90s Fastball and Plus Slider

Vic Black has been dominant in his first season at the Douhle-A Level. When spring training broke camp, the Pirates decided to promote Victor Black aggressively to the Double-A level, despite just 6.2 innings in high-A. Black, Pittsburgh’s first round supplemental pick in the 2009 draft, had only compiled 71.2 innings over parts of three seasons since getting drafted. Several...

Two more comebacks sink Astros again

The Pirates have taken care of business against the Astros so far this year, but for the most part it hasn’t been easy. A number of their wins over Houston have been close and/or comebacks. Tonight was no different, and possibly the most dramatic of the bunch. Jeff Karstens didn’t dominate the Astros like he had in the past. He struck out seven, but allowed six hits and lasted...

Astros stop 12-game losing streak

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Astros ended their team-record losing streak at 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Sunday behind three hits and three RBIs from Marwin Gonzalez. Hours after Houston traded third baseman Chris Johnson to Arizona -- the Astros' fifth deal of the month -- Jordan Schafer homered and drove in three runs. Houston, a big league-worst 35-68, won for only...

Game 100 Live Chat: Pirates vs Astros

Exploring the Arsenal – Armando Galarraga

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...

Friday Trade Rumors: Headley, Hanrahan

- Jayson Stark writes that the Pirates are among four teams that are aggressively pursuing Padres 3B Chase Headley, but does add that they are less motivated to make a deal at the current moment than they were before. Headley might be the best available hitter in this year’s deadline. His .267/.359/.428 line may not seem all that great, but his .277/.374/.497 road splits are. Keep...
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