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Better Pittsburgh Pirates Food Hats

Yesterday, I brought to your attention the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs' new bacon-themed hats and one blog's quest to create food hats for every team in Major League Baseball. It was truly a wonderous endeavor, and nearly every team was adequately represented with some sort of market-specific foodstuffs. For those of us from Pittsburgh, the pierogi placement for the Pirates was...
Via PSAMP
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte’s Emergence

Of all the “breakout” talk going around the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think it’s safe to say Starling Marte’s breakout has been the most impressive lately. When a lot of the talk has been about Josh Harrison and Travis Snider having surprising seasons, Starling Marte has shown a huge, more impressive breakout of his own. Maybe he slides through because he was a highly rated prospect...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Travis Snider exits with hamstring discomfort

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's win early after running out a bunt single, reports Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com. The team later confirmed that Snider had departed with left hamstring discomfort and would be evaluated further on Thursday:Travis Snider left today's game with left hamstring discomfort. He will undergo treatment and be reevaluated...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the lead in half, then Jeff Locke, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon cruised through the game’s final six...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates top Cardinals, 5-2, on Davis' homer; Alvarez, McCutchen hurt

Ike Davis understands why he has lost playing time to Pedro Alvarez. “Petey hit something like five home runs in two days,” Davis said with a smile. “He deserves to play. You can't really argue with that.” In a tense eighth inning Tuesday, Davis made a case that maybe he has earned another look. He smacked a pinch-hit, three-run, homer that lifted the Pirates to a 5...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Charlie Morton to start rehab Thursday

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday by the score of 5-2 . The win improved the Pirates to 68-64, third in the National League Central. Ike Davis broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a three-run home run. Tony Watson got the win in relief to improve to 9-1 on the season. On the injury front, pitcher Charlie Morton, who has been battling a hip...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m not 100 percent, and I realize that’

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the team’s 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort. McCutchen left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning because his ribs were feeling “just sore” and to “take a little break” that will allow him to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Cardinals. “The plan is to play [Wednesday],”...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCuthen exits with rib discomfort

Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning NL MVP,  was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning due to left rib discomfort (video here and below). The outfielder exited two innings after making a spectacular catch, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte in center with Jose Tabata comng...
Via MLB Injury News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis’ three run blast in the 8th lifts Pirates past Cardinals 5-2

Lance Lynn was looking for his 15th win of the season Tuesday night at PNC Park, which would put him tied atop the lead in wins in the majors. His outing would give the Cardinals a chance to win. But this night would belong to Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole through the first six innings. He threw six scoreless innings, only to allow one hit. A two-out double by Kolten Wong would...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco down, Tabata up, Nix gone, Barmes back

The headline covers the Bucs’ notable roster moves on Monday: Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis, Jose Tabata back up from Indy, Jayson Nix designated for assignment, and Clint Barmes activated off the DL. Polanco going to the minors is a bit of a shock – especially if you’d have told me this would be happening a couple months ago – but it does make some sense. The rookie has...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco Optioned To Triple-A Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) just got some good news. The Pirates have optioned rookie Gregory Polanco to them after a recent slump where he went 1/30 and batted .197 since July 9th.  Odds are that Gregory will see another opportunity with the Pirates by years end when rosters expand in September but a move back down may do him some good...
Via FF Locker Room
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 4, Pirates 3

The Pirates couldn’t turn what was already a good weekend into a great one, as a couple of homers weren’t enough to sweep the Brewers. I wouldn’t say it was “must-sweep” to stay in the division race, but the difference between a five game deficit and a three game deficit seems pretty big with only about a month to go. Still, they’ll go head to head with Milwaukee three...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The End of Charlie Morton’s Run at History

As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better than one-in-four chance of making the postseason. One of their pitchers, Charlie Morton, was recently placed on the disabled list with hip discomfort. Morton’s value is not necessarily reflected in his win/loss record, but he’s been an extremely serviceable pitcher this year, worth over a […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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