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Vol 3: NL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

Plenty of headlines came from the NL Central this week. From a big loss for the St. Louis Cardinals to a big prospect’s debut for the Chicago Cubs, the excitement in the Midwest continues to exist.   Chicago Cubs Last week, Kris Bryant made his debut. This week, fellow prospect Addison Russell saw his first big league action. It ended with 3 strikeouts, but Bryant had 3 Ks...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Swept the snakes

If you think back to last year, the Pirates had some serious trouble putting away sweeps. They didn’t get one until sweeping Philly early July, despite numerous chances after winning the first two games of a series. They also did not put together a five game win streak until their red-hot September that vaulted them into a playoff spot. Well, now the Pirates already have two...
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NL Central Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the NL Central. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: The dust has settled after Bryant’s major-league debut, and the 23 year old phenom’s second week was another good one. With fellow prospect...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep over Diamondbacks

Much as it was gratifying to see the Pirates win a game started by AJ Burnett last night, it’d be great to see them get a win this afternoon in a game started by Francisco Liriano. Liriano was a little uneven in his last start against the Cubs, but has on the whole been excellent in 2015. His fastball has the zip that was missing in the early part of last season, his command has...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more

Tony Watson was an All-Star last season. If you’re a casual fan and the Pirates aren’t your team, you maybe weren’t aware of that. The 29-year-old left-hander isn’t exactly a household name. Opposing hitters know who he is. Working as a set-up man in the City of Bridges, Watson had a 1.63 ERA in 78 […]
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

It’s nice to see this Pirate team start to win some baseball games in different ways. They came into this game having lost quite a few pitchers duels (almost all of them with AJ Burnett or Francisco Liriano on the mound — six of their eight losses have been started by those two, even though they’ve pitched quite well), so it was really good to see Burnett make another solid...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stealing one late

The Pirates were able to win the type of game they struggled with just a week or two ago – low-scoring, good starting pitching, nervous moments with the bullpen, etc. They weren’t getting the late breaks in, say, the Cincinnati series, but this time they did and now they’ve won four in a row. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…A.J. Burnett is not getting any run...
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The Cole Train Heads West

Gerrit Cole has gotten off to a really solid start to this season – maybe not quite the utterly dominant mode we saw flashes of in the past two Septembers, but he’s just been really solid, reliable, and taking full advantage of his incredible arsenal. This was his best outing to date: 7.2 innings, one run, seven K’s. Yes, there were seven hits and two walks, but he was incredibly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Gregory Polanco Catching Fire

Gregory Polanco has been on fire at the plate for the Pittsburgh Pirates recently The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t lived up to all the expectations that have ensued after a promising 2014, but the team is starting to catch fire behind the play of a few players, one of those players being Gregory Polanco. Gregory Polanco is currently batting .300, a team high, among starters. The...
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What’s Wrong With Marte’s Average?

Starling Marte has had an interesting season this far, producing numbers you may have expected more from a power hitting first baseman such as Lucas Duda or Chris Carter. Currently, Marte has as many as home runs as Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones, and J.D. Martinez. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. However, he also has just two stolen bases and isn’t inspiring anybody with a...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Do Alvarez and Cole deserve extensions?

  Winning and tough decisions go hand in hand. The Pirates have reversed the culture in Pittsburgh and became a winning team, but now the decisions carry more weight. If the Pirates want to continue to win, they need to make strong personnel decisions and they have a couple big decisions looming in the next couple years. Both Gerrit Cole and Pedro Alvarez are set to hit free agency...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Melancon will remain the closer, despite struggles

Mark Melancon has struggled in the ninth inning, but Clint Hurdle isn't ready to remove him from the closer's role quite yet. “For me it’d be an absolute overreaction, one blown save, to make a switch now,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Not only is Melancon struggling to get outs, but his velocity has been a topic of discussion recently. The closer hasn't been throwing...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte listed as day-to-day

Getting hit in the hand always has the potential for disaster, but it appears Starling Marte will be just fine. According to, Marte is dat-to-day after he was hit in the hand Wednesday. “X-rays on the hand were negative, and Marte was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury. The club will see how he feels for Thursday's matinee finale.” (h/t:
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Pirates-Cubs play through snowstorm (GIF)

We may be a month into the spring season, but it sure didn't feel like it on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates and visiting Chicago Cubs played through a snowstorm at PNC Park.Oh the weather outside is weather.— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015H/T BC. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan hit in head with ball at MLB game released from hospital

The Pittsburgh Pirates fan who was hit in the head with a foul ball Monday night, was released from the hospital Tuesday. The woman, whose identity hasn’t been released, was removed on a stretcher after a foul ball back to the screen struck her in the back of the head. The fan had her back to the field and was hit in the head with a line drive foul ball off the bat of Chicago...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Pirates game hit by foul ball through netting

This is horrifying, and something you would never expect or hope to happen. During Monday night’s Cubs-Pirates game, a fan behind home plate was struck with a foul ball hit by Starlin Castro through the netting. The netting didn’t snap, but the fan was standing close enough to the netting where it gave enough to still hit her in the head. HOLY JESUS! This just happened...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose joining Fox brings reinstatement one step closer

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or bad he’ll end up as an on-air analyst. But Fox...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-13-15 to 4-19-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/13/15 thru 4/19/15, the 2nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 2 Loss, 22 Runs Scored and 14 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Gerrit Cole started the week by holding the red hot Detroit Tigers to just 1 hit in the first 6 innings on Opening Day at PNC Park. Cole would run into trouble...
Via Hidden Vigorish
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pittsburgh Pirates Ballgirl Snatches Line Drive Right Out of the Air

Ball girls typically make the round online when they do something foolish or if they double as Hooters girls, but that's not the case with this Pirates ballgirl. With a line drive headed her way she flashed the kind of skill with her glove that coaches dream of having in their own players.Well done young lady. Well done indeed.via Cut4Read more »
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: early offensive struggles

After finishing their series with the Detroit Tigers, the Pirates have shown their weakness. So far this season the starting pitchers have performed at a very high level, minus one start by Vance Worley. In back-to-back games Pittsburgh has failed to score a single run while producing only five hits. While some might downplay this as only two games, it doesn’t appear that this...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Makes a Modern Baserunning Gaffe

It’s not very often you see Andrew McCutchen making a mistake, but it happened yesterday in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. A tip of the hat to Pirates broadcasters Tim Neverett and Bob Walk for pointing out this interesting wrinkle. It was the Pirates’ half of the fourth inning, with the game tied 0-0 […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it Time to Worry About Mark Melancon?

The lifespan of a closer tends to be very short. Very few closers maintain effectiveness year after year. And when they do fall from grace it is often very swift. I’m looking at you Ernesto Frieri, Chris Perez, and Jim Johnson. So as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates it causes me great concern to see Mark Melancon get hit so hard by the Tigers in the Pirates’ home opener. ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: opening week recap

The 2015 season kicked off this past week and the Pirates have rebounded nicely after a rough start. After the first two series the Bucs sit at 2-4. While it is still early and the sample size is small, there are some things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Hopefully a return to PNC Park will give the Pirates a much needed spark. The opening series in Cincinnati is one...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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