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Sean Rodriguez apologizes about outburst, including to water cooler

On Wednesday night, Pirates utilityman Sean Rodriguez lost his damn mind and attacked a water cooler in the Pirates dugout after a benches clearing almost-fight in the seventh inning. Let’s remember it, shall we? wow, baseball fights are vicious — Mike Tunison (@xmasape) October 8, 2015   On Thursday, Rodriguez apologized for his actions…and...
Via The Outside Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates

It wasn’t supposed to end this way…again. The 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates were better than the 2013 team that beat the Reds in the Wild Card game and fell to the Cardinals in the NLDS. They were better than the 2014 Pirates team that was shut down by Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in the Wild Card game. Yet, despite winning 98 games, the Pirates finished second in the NL Central...
Via The Outside Corner
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 2015 Season Post-Mortem

This is will be my last post for a little while. I need a break. I can not handle the misplaced angst and over the top negativity many fans have right now towards my Pittsburgh Pirates. But I need to vent a little so here goes…   Eventually I’ll appreciate this season, but right now I can’t.   Misplaced angst over the team’s salary is driving me nuts. Needless to say I...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs live to play another day

“We’re rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves,​ Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho. We’re devils and black sheep, really bad eggs,Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.” -Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life For Me, Pirates of the Caribbean The 2015 regular season built up to this game. No division in baseball was like the NL Central with not just three deserving playoff teams, but...
Via The Sports Post
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez cooler memes, jokes, remixes are outstanding

If you had your money on Sean Rodriguez becoming one of the most talked about players to emerge from the Cubs-Pirates wild card game, you are a genius and better fortune teller than Ms. Cleo. But that’s what happened. The Pirates infielder busted up a Gatorade cooler like a crazy person after a brawl between...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs dominate Pirates to advance to NLDS

I Tweeted the following from Wrigley Field on August 9: Fantastic game at Wrigley. Cubs up 2-0 in ninth, Giants load bases, then three consecutive K's, last on 3-2 pitch. Crowd explodes. Baseball. — David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) August 9, 2015   Yesterday, Joe Maddon called the four-game set that culminated with that out a “seminal moment.” According to the Cubs...
Via Fangraphs
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sean Rodriguez beats up Gatorade cooler

Sean Rodriguez made quite an impression on MLB fans Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder got the start at third base and didn’t get a chance to hit in the game, but he sure made up for it later on. When the Pirates and Chicago Cubs got into a bases-clearing incident after Jake Arrieta was hit...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs, Pirates get in benches-clearing incident

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a benches-clearing incident during their one-game playoff on Wednesday after Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. Arrieta was on the hill for the Cubs and pitching a shutout. He hit Francisco Cervelli in the fifth and Josh Harrison in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five critical questions that will decide NL Wild Card game

Unlike in the American League, there was absolutely no drama about who would be represented in the National League Wild Card Game. Rather, the race was more about where it would be played. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs separated themselves from the pack so far that it was hard for the San Francisco Giants, who finished a remote 13 games out of the final Wild Card spot,...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Additions of J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton helped Pirates to posteason

View image | The Pittsburgh Pirates were facing a dilemma at the trade deadline: starter A.J. Burnett was headed to the disabled list and his future with the team was in doubt. Vance Worley was struggling for the Pirates, with a 5.91 ERA in July. The Pirates ended up...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five questions about the National League Wild Card game

It doesn’t seem fair that the teams with baseball’s second and third-best records are playing in a sudden death elimination game, but those are the breaks. The Chicago Cubs (97-65) travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates (98-64) to win the right to move on to the NLDS in St. Louis. Unlike the AL game that saw two sputtering teams see which one could be less worse than the...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 NL Wild Card Game Preview: Finding a way

Here is a partial list of opposing pitchers that have started games won by the Pittsburgh Pirates this year: Max Scherzer Clayton Kershaw (2x) Jake Arrieta The Pirates faced Zack Greinke once and lost to him. They did not face Jacob deGrom. The only other pitcher likely to finish in the top half of NL Cy Young voting is Gerrit Cole, who pitches for the Pirates. Here is a brief list...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Playing Postseason Pepper: Pittsburgh Pirates

We took a look yesterday at the two AL Wild Card teams, so today we turn our attention to the game that will provide the Cardinals’ next opponent.  Most everyone expects that tonight’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will be intense and most Cardinal fans are probably just glad it’s not [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hidden Vigorish and a Wild Ass Wild Card Prediction

If you are a Pittsburgh Pirates fan you are most likely familiar with the term Hidden Vigorish, which is the inspiration behind the name of this website. Hidden Vigorish is a term coined by the late great Pirates play-by-play announcer Bob “The Gunner” Prince that describes a situation/team/player that is “overdue” to come through in the clutch. You need not be a Pirates...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Report: Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole Physical Profile Big, tall, workhorse body; dominating presence on the mound; low three-quarters arm slot with elite-level arm speed. Raw Stuff Fastball – 94-98 with serious run lower in the velocity band; sinks it when needed; excellent extension with elite command. Slider – 86-88; 10-4 movement; plus command; hard double-plus breaking action with […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Who makes the Wild Card roster? How about the lineup?

As you likely know by now (since we’re certainly not new to this Wild Card Game thing), the Pirates need to set a 25-man playoff roster for Wednesday night against the Cubs. If they advance, they’ll get to set a whole new roster for the next series against St. Louis – so the WCG roster will look a little different. It’ll be specifically designed for one game. On one hand...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-28-15 to 10-04-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/28/15 thru 10/04/15, the 26th week (and final week) of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 20 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ took the hill for two must win games for the Pirates this week. This was his line: 12 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

In apprciation of the 98-win 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates before the stress of the Wild Card Game consumes us all

On the afternoon of May 22nd, my dad sent me an e-mail about how disappointed he’d been in the Pirates through 40 games, but that he and my mom and brother were going down to PNC to watch the Pirates and Mets. I agreed with him that I was worried that at 18-22 and eight games behind the Cardinals, the Pirates might have ruined their chances to win the NL Central before the summer...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Burnett receives Batmobile-cycle as retirement gift

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett took the mound for the his final regular season start on Saturday night, as he is set to retire after this year.He certainly had a last day to remember.Prior to the game, his agent and financial advisor gave him a Batmobile-cycle as a retirement gift:After 6 2/3 innings and 107 pitches, Burnett exited to a standing ovation at PNC Park:All of...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte saves the day

Juuuust when things were starting to look a little dicey for Wild Card home field, the Pirates did just enough to rescue themselves from a cold, soggy, bad loss against a miserable Reds team that is just playing out the string. Starling Marte made it a happy ending: Now the Pirates just need one more win or one more Cubs loss over the final two to make it a date at PNC Park on Wednesday...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is still within the realm of possibility that the Cubs may do this, but please...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ secret weapon

The man who started the 2015 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers — Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — is now the secret weapon for the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Blanton was purchased by the Pirates after being designated for assignment in late July. The former first-round draft pick had a disappointing past couple years, even taking all of 2014 off from...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole is now the most important Pirates player

Gerrit Cole might not be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates — Andrew McCutchen probably still holds that distinction — but over the course of the next 10 days, perhaps no pitcher in the National League, or perhaps in Major League Baseball, will have a greater impact on his team’s season. Cole has slid under the radar of the Cy Young race as Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Hurdle selling CD collection to benefit charity

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is selling over 2,300 music CDs to benefit charity. The former MLB outfielder turned manager is putting his large CD collection up for auction to benefit a local radio station (91.3 WYEP), and Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA). WYEP is a non-profit radio station that has served the greater Pittsburgh area for over 40 years. The stated...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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