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The Pirates don’t just have to worry about Cole’s Super 2 status but also his innings count. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pirates’ rotation situation will probably work itself out. The discussion about Gerrit Cole potentially returning to Triple-A so the Pirates will have six starters available is just this week’s version of Pittsburgh’s least exciting game show: What Should The Pirates Do With Their Rotation?
In previous episodes, the correct answer was: Someone Gets Hurt. Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez leave a game after one inning or fewer. A.J. Burnett pulls up while running in the outfield. Jeff Karstens suffered a Karstens. Injuries happen to pitchers.
What we don’t know exactly is why pitchers get injured so often or if the rate of injuries can be reduced. In 2002, Rany Jazayerli studied the differences between four-man and five-man rotations, which became popular in the 1970s. One of his conclusions: “pitching in a four-man rotation is less damaging than pitching in a ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Bucs were off yesterday in Seattle and begin a quick two game set with the M’s late tonight. Until then, enjoy some random Bucs notes…
The Pirates are 46-30, sixteen games over .500. That equals last season’s high water mark (which came much later in the year). They are a game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central, but have a better record than any other team in baseball...
Gerrit Cole could go down to Triple-A when everyone in the rotation is healthy. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Two weeks ago we started talking about the upcoming decision involving Gerrit Cole. Eventually the Pirates could be in a situation where they have A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Jeff Locke healthy. The key word there is “could”, because Pirates starting...
The Pirates have a decision to make on James McDonald this week. – Photo by Mark Olson
James McDonald is set to return this week. There has already been a lot of discussion about whether McDonald should be on the 25-man roster. In yesterday’s article about Gerrit Cole there were a lot of comments about how McDonald should be gone to create a spot for Cole. The Pirates could keep...
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
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. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Vic Black has been activated from the disabled list.
About a month ago, Vic Black was placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list with a left-oblique injury. The right-hander was activated from the disabled list today. The Pirates probably won’t have any immediate need for Black. They’ve got Duke Welker and Ryan Reid in the majors right now, and one of those two will probably...
The rosters for the 2013 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game were announced Wednesday afternoon and two players from the Pittsburgh minor league system made the cut.
Dilson Herrera is one of two Pirates prospects named to the World roster for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
West Virginia infielder Dilson Herrera and Altoona outfielder Gregory Polanco will...
It’s a big day on the schedule as the two top pitchers in the Pirates minor league system go today, Jameson Taillon for Altoona and Tyler Glasnow for West Virginia. Stolmy Pimentel tries to continue his strong start for Indianapolis and 2012 3rd round draft pick, Jon Sandfort makes his season debut in the Gulf Coast League this afternoon. For a look at the possible starters over...
Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 2 (box)
WP: Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)
LP: Joe Saunders (5-8, 4.98 ERA)
Jeff Locke was excellent once again as he gave up just two runs over seven innings. His 2.06 ERA is now tied with Clayton Kershaw for second best in the National League behind only Matt Harvey (2.05).
Starling Marte had himself a game. After leading off with his seventh triple...
Altoona has a doubleheader today. The second game is a makeup of a game from 6/13 that was postponed by rain. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams were all off yesterday. All three resume play today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all...
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been named National League Player of the Week for the period
ending June 23rd.
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 4, Marlins 2
Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3-1, 2.52) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes...
Starling Marte hit two of Pittsburgh's five home runs and Jeff Locke pitched seven sharp innings to lead the Pirates past the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Tuesday night.
Marte opened the game with a triple and hit solo shots in the second and eighth for the first multihomer game of his career. Locke (7-1) limited Seattle to two runs and four hits, leaving him tied for second in the...
With Pedro Alvarez locked in, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to roll. Giving the ball to Jeff Locke could help them keep things going.
Locke tries to lead the visiting Pirates to a season-high fifth consecutive win Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game set against the Seattle Mariners.
Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game before Pittsburgh (46-30) scored a combined...
The Pirates are 4-0 on their trip to Anaheim and Seattle and Felix Hernandez is starting against them today. This would seem like a good opportunity to say, "This has been a pretty successful trip, no matter what happens this afternoon." I'm not going to say that, of course, because I want the Pirates to win as many games as possible and Seattle is not that great of...