TKB’s Biggest Disappointments of 2016: No. 1 Andrew McCutchen

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball has looked at — and ranked — the top-five disappointments in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 1 is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. If you missed #5, Astros reliever Ken Giles, catch up here. If you missed #4, Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, catch up here. If you missed #3, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel...
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18 minutes ago

WATCH: Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk loses battle with chair

Everyone reading this article can identify with Pittsburgh broadcaster and former Pirates pitcher Bob Walk. You’re in your office chair, or your chair at school, or at the kitchen table. You take a leisurely lean back. It feels good, so you keep going, pushing your chair right to the edge, relying on your innate athleticism and sense of balance to keep you upright. And then, disaster...
Via Awful Announcing
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Video: Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk falls out of chair on live TV

The Pittsburgh Pirates have looked like one of the better teams in the MLB this year and it looks like they are trying to compete for a spot in the playoffs. The team was comfortably ahead of the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night when Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk decided to settle in up in the press box. However, when he kicked up his feet, he found himself on the floor of the team’s...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates radio broadcaster Bob Walk falls out of his chair (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates radio broadcaster Bob Walk fell out of his chair during Wednesday night's game in Seattle.It happened in the ninth inning as Walk seemed to be getting a bit too comfortable, putting both feet up on the table in front of him. He paid the price when the chair gave way, and he fell to the floor with a thud that was felt in the neighboring broadcast booth. Walk was...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Taillon gets back on track in Seattle

The education of Jameson Taillon continued Wednesday night, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are liking what they're seeing from one of their most promising students.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Sean Rodriguez drives in 4 as Pirates beat Mariners 8-1

SEATTLE (AP) Sean Rodriguez doubled in consecutive at-bats and drove in four runs, David Freese hit a solo home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday night to split a brief two-game interleague series. Rodriguez was responsible for breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a three-run double into the left-field corner off Seattle reliever...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle: Marte free to toy with baserunners

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle shared with reporters the inkling that Starling Marte might occasionally be using his athleticism and defensive ability in a way that only the best outfielders even dare trying: by pretending to struggle while fielding base hits in order to fake out baserunners and nail them when they try to take an extra bag.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pirates’ Prospect Austin Meadows, Then and Now

The Pirates are currently only four games out of the last Wild Card spot, and their star center fielder is currently under contract for two more years after this one. Regardless, that hasn’t stopped people from wondering if Pittsburgh should trade Andrew McCutchen, even if the lack of an obvious trade partner makes a deal unlikely. Usually part of the argument is that the team...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Time Is Not Right to Trade Andrew McCutchen

A few weeks ago, when the Pirates got swept by the Cardinals, while also losing Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano to the DL the same weekend, I noted that the Pirates might have to be a seller this summer, as their playoff odds has dropped down to 14%, and it was looking like this might not be their season. Well, in the two weeks since I wrote that post, their playoff odds have continued...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 76: Pirates 4 Dodgers 3

I’ve been waiting for this game for three weeks. It was one thing to watch 4/5ths of the rotation struggle and know that there was talent in AAA that might be able to help while the Cubs got off to a historic start and the Pirates faced down the potential of another Wild Card Game, but it’s been something else entirely to do that while the season crashes and burns around them...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Mercer leaves game with head and ear discomfort

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the first inning with head and right ear discomfort. Mercer was injured when he slid into second base and got tangled with Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley while successfully breaking up an attempted double play on David Freese's ground ball to shortstop...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Can Chad Kuhl alleviate rotation woes?

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been the weakest link in an otherwise solid lineup of players. Namely, the starting rotation can’t seem to find ways to deliver consistent outings. Juan Nicasio was slated as the fourth starting pitcher. A string of poor performances has relegated him back to the bullpen for reliever roles. With a spot open in the rotation, the Pirates have elected...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates reinstate Nicasio, put him in bullpen; Frazier up

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen as Pittsburgh made a number of roster moves prior to Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates also selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to the same club and...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Clearly Doesn’t Have His Swing

It’s easy to consider over- and underachieving players in isolation. It’s only a little bit harder to put them in context. Below is some context. I exported a spreadsheet of every qualified position player on the season. Then I exported a spreadsheet of all our preseason projections, and I compared the two, looking at actual vs. projected WAR over however many trips to the plate...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 72: Giants 7 Pirates 6

In summary, the Pirates had a 6-1 lead, blew it, and then lost when they sent John Jaso on a full-count pitch that Gregory Polanco struck out on, despite Jaso barely beating out the double play throw on a slow roller to short that Jordy Mercer nearly beat into second base. If you can’t win this game, I dunno what baseball games you can win. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Orioles showing interest in Liriano

Clinging to a razor-thin lead atop the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles appear to be on the precipice of shifting into win-now mode. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Wednesday, the Orioles are showing interest in acquiring Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano. #Orioles interested in Francisco Liriano, source says, but #Pirates remain focused on competing for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Emrick to call Pirates game with Costas

When NHL on NBC voice Mike Emrick called a couple of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training games back in March, little did we know it was practice for a regular season game next month. MLB Network has announced that Doc will call the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game on July 8 with Bob Costas. It’s a dream come true for Emrick who grew up a Pirates fan while living in Indiana...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Belt rips himself on Twitter after striking out to catcher (vid)

The Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves on the receiving end of a savage blowout, losing to the San Francisco Giants by a score of 15-4. But the savagery that occurred afterward in the social media musings of Giants first baseman Brandon Belt at his own expense may have been much more severe. The Pirates were left throwing out backup catcher Erik Katz to pitch the ninth inning...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates ball girl makes fantastic barehanded grab (Video)

A Pittsburgh Pirates ball girl made a fantastic barehanded grab on a foul ball during Monday's game against San Francisco.It happened in the first inning as Giants batter Buster Posey hit a grounder foul towards the third base stands. The ball girl, identified by the Pirates television broadcast crew as Olivia, made a nice play by adjusting to the ball as it changed direction after...
Via Holdout Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

It might be time for the Pittsburgh Pirates to consider selling at the deadline.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have a hard reality ahead of them. 2016 looks like a lost season. The division is all but gone, they are falling farther out of the Wild Card race, injuries are mounting, their rotation and bullpen have holes. There is plenty of season left, and one good run could put them back in the wild card race, but in all likelihood ‘Buctober’ isn’t happening...
Via Hot Stove MLB
11 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Pirates to move out of their comfort zone with their young pitchers (or: Games 65 and 66: Locke and Nicasio suck)

This week is the entire Pirates’ season in a microcosm: on Tuesday night, Jameson Taillon spun a gem against the Mets, shutting them out for eight innings and giving their offense plenty of time to wear Jacob deGrom out to build a lead. It was a great win and it was great because it was one of the reminders of what the Pirates are supposed to look like, which is something that’s...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are in trouble

If we’re being honest, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always long shots to make the Postseason in 2016. In a division that features the powerhouse Chicago Cubs and the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates’ chances entering the year were slim. Almost everything needed to go perfectly in order for them to make it, but so far, everything has gone horribly wrong. Injuries...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Gerrit Cole on 15-day DL

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’re 3-7 over their last 10 games, sit 11.5 games behind the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs, and have been passed by the St. Louis Cardinals for second. Now, star pitcher Gerrit Cole is going on the disabled list. The Pirates also intend to place RHP Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB commissioner causes confusion over Pirates' draft pick

There was a lot of confusion surrounding the selection of Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 22 overall in the MLB Draft, but it turns out it was all an error. Craig pitched and played third base in college for Wake Forest, but it was with his bat where he really stood out. For that reason, most viewed his future as a pro coming as a position player. That’s why the way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

What's going on with Andrew McCutchen's slow start?

When fans think of the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they should think of their star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen has become one of the game's elite players and has the trophy case to prove it. The five-time All-Star has added four Silver Sluggers, a Gold Glove and the 2013 NL MVP to his mantle, all the while displaying one of baseball's most iconic smiles...
Via The Sports Quotient
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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