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Thirty games, man

I usually don’t really like when people point out “the Pirates are now __ games over .500!” or “the last time they were this many games over .500 was 19__.” We are past that. The Pirates are good now, and .500 is no longer a benchmark. Games back/ahead in the standings matter, not games below/above .500. But thirty games over seems like as good a time as ever to just step...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Ramirez homers, Pirates stay hot in 4-3 win over Rockies

PITTSBURGH (AP) A resurgent J.A. Happ worked into the sixth inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Saturday night. Happ and Ramirez, both acquired near the trade deadline to give the Pirates needed depth, helped Pittsburgh improve to 14-3 in their last 17 games. Mark Melancon gave up a two-run homer to Nick Hundley...
Via AP on Fox
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Exposition Park

Decades before Willie Stargell's “We Are Family" vibe, Bill Mazeroski's legendary World Series home run, and Roberto Clemente's demonstrable power, professional baseball in the Pittsburgh area lived in Exposition Park. It holds distinction as the first ballpark for Organized Baseball in the Pittsburgh environs—the “Alleghenys" debuted in the American Association in 1882. ...
Via The Sports Post
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The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
Via Fangraphs
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Pedro Alvarez’s latest hot streak isn’t all that different from his hot streaks of the past

For much of 2015 the answer to the question, “Is Pedro Alvarez’s offense good enough to make up for his defense,” has been obvious: the answer was no. Alvarez is having a historically bad season at first base, if you go by advanced defensive metrics. His UZR this year is -10.1, while the next closest qualified first baseman (Miguel Cabrera) is at -3.6. His UZR/150 is -24.9...
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Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

This whole Marlin series was nothing spectacular — just a nice study in the way things should be for the Pirates. Gerrit Cole turned in his second strong start in a row after a spell of less-than-spectacular ones, pitching into the eighth inning and getting a ton of weak ground balls from the Marlins, holding them to one run on five hits and no walks. He didn’t strike a ton of...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keeping their cool

The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy. Cole did his job, no doubt about that. His last two starts have been exactly what we wanted to see following a bit of a rough...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals still division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down the Cards, it’s Pittsburgh. On the season. the Pirates...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cutch crushes, Pirates dance, Marlin fans knit

This game can be summed up with the following three videos: Andrew McCutchen killed a baseball. (Seriously, I think only Giancarlo Stanton is allowed to go up there.) A bunch of other Pirates joined him in feasting on Chris Narveson, as they quickly put seven on the board and cruised the rest of the way – you could say they were having a pretty good time out there. (Yes, the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The most promising thing about Polanco right now

The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s on a tear....
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang's home runs sound even better in Korean

Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had himself a spectacular game last Saturday, belting two home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Giants. The 28-year-old rookie is having an impressive season after playing the first nine years of his professional baseball career in Korea. But with no disrespect intended toward the Fox Sports 1 broadcast team of Kenny Albert and Sean Casey, nor the...
Via Awful Announcing
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Andrew McCutchen dances in dugout before Pirates game (Video)

Andrew McCutchen entertained his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates in the dugout prior to Tuesday night's game against Miami with some cool dance moves. McCutchen has been known for shuffling around the basepaths, so it's not surprising to see him let loose once in a while.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Via Holdout Sports
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Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 win. Back in the last year of the Pirates’ Dark Age, it...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates reach 27 games over .500 for first time since 1992

Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates probably deserve better than one-game wild-card playoff. Put them in any other division in baseball and they're running away with it, except for the AL Center where they'd be in a virtual dead-heat for the division lead.But in the NL Central it's a different story. The St. Louis Cardinals, owners of baseball's best record, lead the division, although that...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Burnett closing in on return to make run at division title

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett could return to the mound sooner rather than later after he takes a bullpen session on Tuesday.Burnett went on on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow on July 31. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection and recenly began throwing off a mound.He is expected to test his fastball...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-17-15 to 8-23-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/17/15 thru 8/23/15, the 20th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte’s bat caught fire this week. With a blast on Tuesday night he broke a long home run slump that stretched back to July 1st. Later...
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins game preview

The last time Pittsburgh and Miami met, the Pirates were in the midst of an impressive stretch of pitching performances that resulted in seven straight wins. They aren't quite as hot entering Monday night's series opener, but the scuffling Marlins could help the Pirates reach a water mark not seen since Barry Bonds' last year with the club. Pittsburgh (74-48) is a win away from being...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

On Andrew McCutchen, faith, and seeing PNC Park, the most beautiful park in America

The view from the PNC Park press box.There is something exhilarating about going on a mission that most of the people in your world won't know about until it is over. That is what happened to me this week, when I went to Pittsburgh to interview Andrew McCutchen, the superstar center fielder for the Pirates, for Guideposts magazine.This interview had been a goal of mine that I had...
Via Subway Squawkers
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Make Incredible ‘Family Matters’ Tribute Video

It’s been a big couple of weeks for 1990s “TGIF” sitcom baseball videos. Last Friday (fittingly), we brought you this incredible “Full House” video done by the San Francisco Giants. This week, it’s a fan video pairing the Pittsburgh Pirates and the ’90s sitcom classic “Family Matters.” The Pirates fan page/blog “Benstonium” put together an incredible Pirates...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Harrison surprises Pirates fans at Dunkin Donuts (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison made a surprise appearance at the drive thru of a local Dunkin Donuts as part of a public relations campaign to say "thank you" to their fans.Not only were fans surprised to see Harrison in his jersey handing them their orders, but some of them were lucky enough to receive tickets to an upcoming Pirates game. Now that's called getting your...
Via Holdout Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing When to Lift Jeff Locke

If the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings Clint Hurdle is going to have to do a much better job of managing the back end of the Pirates rotation. Last night he continued a post All-Star Break trend of leaving back of the rotation starting pitchers in the game to give it away in the middle innings. Last night with the Pirates leading 3...
Via Hidden Vigorish
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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