Found July 03, 2012 on
The Pirates are seven games over .500. A win tonight would put them into uncharted territory north of .500; the last time the Pirates were at least eight games over .500, they were 30 games over .500 on the last day of the 1992 season. This is the sort of thing that I find to be both exhilarating and depressing all at the same time.To put the Pirates into this unmapped stratosphere, AJ Burnett will look to notch a win for his ninth straight start. Burnett's won every single time he's taken the ball since May 8th, putting up a 2.18 ERA in his eight straight wins. I keep thinking that eventually he's going to have to hit a patch of bad luck, even if he pitches well, but it somehow hasn't happened yet. Hopefully tonight won't be that night either. The Astros go with Lucas Harrell tonight. Harrell's having a pretty decent year thanks to a high groundball rate, but he doesn't strike a ton of guys out and the high-K guys are the ones that seem to give the Pirat...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
Ummmm, WOW. Could you possibly imagine a better way for the Pirates to vault back into first place and up to eight games over .500 – the highest they’ve ever been since 1992?
I mean, come on. Look at Drew Sutton after his walk-off shot:
That’s what it’s all about.
A.J. Burnett pitched poorly and had his win streak snapped, but the Bucco offense bailed him out after struggling...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Drew Sutton hit a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and the Pittsburgh Pirates improved to eight games over .500 for the first time in 20 years with an 8-7 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Acquired via waivers last week, Sutton homered for the first time since Oct. 3, 2010, lifting the Pirates to their sixth walkoff win of the season,...
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...