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Today we have five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including two pitchers for the 1987 team, as well another two pitchers who hold dubious team records. There are also two transactions of note, one involving a Hall of Fame pitcher. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a game from the 1995 season, in which the Pirates batters tie two team records for home runs.
On this date in 1990, the Pirates traded 1989 first round pick Willie Greene, pitcher Scott Ruskin and a player to be named later, to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Zane Smith. Eight days later, they sent Moises Alou to the Expos to complete the deal. Smith was a 29 year old lefty, in his seventh season in the majors. He was acquired to help the Pirates make a pennant run and he did just that, going 6-2 1.30 over the last two months. After the deal, he remained in Pittsburgh another four seasons, then returned for a final year in 1996, finishing with 47 wins for the Pirates. Gre...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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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...
According to a source, Jeff Locke is headed to Pittsburgh to join the club.
Kevin Correia is slated to spot start on Wednesday for the Pirates. Locke, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A, was promoted likely as insurance arm.
The move is not yet official. No word yet on the corresponding roster move.
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...
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...
Final: Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0
WP: Erik Bedard (6-12, 4.53 ERA)
LP: Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85 ERA)
I only got to see the first four innings of this game, but from what I saw, it was easy to tell that Erik Bedard was on. And he absolutely rolled through Arizona’s lineup with seven scoreless innings. He struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, and allowed only two hits.
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...
Earlier in the day we covered seven former Pirates players born on this date. That article can be read here. In part two we have Hall of Fame manager Bill McKechnie, who also played with the Pirates. There are also five transactions of note, including the signing of a Pirates legend, plus we have a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland, dealing with a scoring outburst during a long...
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The Pirates entered the night 53-0 when leading a game after seven innings. That’s how good the back end of the bullpen has been (plus some luck, since the few times the ‘pen blew a lead the offense managed to bail them out).
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and that’s what happened on Tuesday. The Pirates were poised to win their third in a row in exciting...