First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates sign Francisco Liriano to three-year deal

            The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached agreement with free-agent left-hander Francisco Liriano on a three-year deal for $39 million. Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 9, 2014 liriano has deal with pirates. expected to be $39M,...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings take place this week, running Monday through the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The meetings are a time when things really kick off in free agency and on the trade market. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meetings are slow. There aren’t many areas where the Pirates need to seek an upgrade. **They seem to be going...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

No repeat for Cutch

I didn’t expect Andrew McCutchen to win the NL MVP — I think it’s pretty darn tough to make a good argument for him over Clayton Kershaw, who won it along with the Cy Young award. Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the NL MVP since Bob Gibson, so that gives you an idea of how rare it is – and how awesome Kershaw was. I don’t buy the logic that a pitcher can’t be...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP voting, Josh Harrison ninth, Russell Martin 13th

Baseball’s award season officially culminated in the MVP Awards tonight, and for the second time in three years, Andrew McCutchen finished third in the balloting. Of course, he won the award in the season he didn’t finish third, so he’s on a pretty solid run. Clayton Kershaw won the award, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and Giancarlo Stanton finished second. Josh...
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting

Major League Baseball announced the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday night. Andrew McCutchen finished third behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw(winner) and Giancarlo Stanton in voting. He was looking to win back-to-back MVP awards, which was last done in the NL by Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. He was also trying to become just the second Pittsburgh Pirates...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes

Catching up on Pirates news from the past week… Andrew McCutchen‘s one-on-one interview with the Trib’s Rob Biertempfel is definitely worth a read. He talks about the season, his injury, and says that Pittsburgh is where he wants to be. There are a couple of quotes that raised some eyebrows, talking about what whether or not management is doing enough to build a team around...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen keep Silver Slugger streaks alive

  The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Washington's Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards. Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and Houston second baseman Jose Altuve were among eight first-time winners announced Thursday by Louisville Slugger, which presents the annual honors following voting by major league...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker win Silver Slugger Awards

Whoever it is that announces Silver Slugger Awards (Major League Baseball? Louisville Slugger? Some PR guy with a Twitter account?) announced them today and the Pirates have two winners this year: Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. I don’t have an incredible amount of insight to add to stories like this one: there are a lot of post-season awards these days (Russell Martin, for example...
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Wins Third Straight Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger awards are being announced tonight on MLB Network and Andrew McCutchen took home his third straight award. The show is still in progress, so check back for more updates. McCutchen hit .314/.410/.952 this season and led the National League in on base percentage and OPS. He had 38 doubles, six triples and 25 homers.
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Trout, Kershaw highlight 2014 BBWAA award finalists

For a couple of seasons now, the BBWAA has been releasing the “finalists” for the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards a week before the announcements on MLB Network. This year, that day was today, and the BBWAA released the finalists for those four awards in both the American and National Leagues. No surprises immediately jumped out at me. AL MVP...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

McCutchen and Hurdle Named as Award Finalists

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two finalists for the BBWAA awards this year. Clint Hurdle was named a finalist for the Manager of the Year, while Andrew McCutchen was named an MVP finalist. Hurdle will go up against Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Matt Williams of the Nationals. McCutchen is in a group with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Hurdle and...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones loses bet to Andrew McCutchen over Ravens-Steelers game

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers renewed their fierce rivalry on Sunday in a game that featured six touchdown passes by Ben Roethlisberger and a dirty hit by Terrell Suggs. Prior to kickoff, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones reached out to his counterpart of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen, to make a friendly wager....Read More
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

All-Stars Make Friendly Football Wager

With close to half a million followers between them, Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones and former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates are two of baseball’s most popular players on Twitter. So, it makes sense that the two are fans of one another, right? Sunday night, prior to the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Gold Glove winning...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One

In 2012, Andrew McCutchen had his first big breakout season, hitting for a .327/.400/.553 line and putting up a 6.8 WAR. The fear at the end of the year, after the Pirates collapsed in the second half, was that McCutchen wouldn’t be able to repeat those numbers in the future, making it impossible for the Pirates to contend in future years. McCutchen didn’t repeat those numbers...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?

Andrew McCutchen had the highest WAR among NL position players. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Each year we do a recap of every position at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking a look at how the 2014 season went at that position, along with the future of the position. Each year there is no position easier than the center field position. The Pirates have no question...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the new face of MLB?

Derek Jeter was the perfect player at the perfect time. Jeter emerged as the Yankee captain at the end of the Steroid Era and perfectly played the...
Via Athlon Sports
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation: Episode 23 – Priorities for 2015

As we near the end of the season, Pat and Corey discuss the Phillies priorities for the 2015 season. In particular, they breakdown the need for better production from the 3-4-5 positions in the lineup. With the free agent market featuring Yasmani Tomas, see who else is out there for the Phils to pursue. We also talk with Len Epstein, the illustrator of the popular Phillie Phanatic...
Via Phillies Nation
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen's homer lifts Pirates to 1-0 victory over Braves

  The Pittsburgh Pirates have played three straight 1-0 games, but they're pitching so well that maybe it doesn't matter. ''We always talk about scoring one more run than the other team,'' manager Clint Hurdle said, ''and the last three games we did it twice.'' Andrew McCutchen homered, Francisco Liriano won his fourth straight start and Pittsburgh moved closer to the postseason...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 156: Pirates 1 Braves 0

Who plays three 1-0 games in a row? I mean, I don’t want to complain since the Pirates have lost so many one-run games this year and because wins are wins at this stage in the season. The Pirates are getting some good starts, they’re getting some big hits, and they’ve got their magic number down to two with six games left. It’s always great to see Andrew McCutchen get a big...
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

McCutchen homers, Pirates beat Braves 1-0

ATLANTA (AP) Andrew McCutchen homered, Francisco Liriano won his fourth straight start and the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to a postseason berth, beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Monday night. The Pirates, winners in 10 of their last 12, have a five-game lead over Milwaukee with six games remaining for both teams. Any combination of two Pittsburgh wins or Brewers losses will guarantee...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

One last game against the Brewers

This is how it is: with a win today, the Pirates will have a 4 1/2 game lead on the Brewers with eight games left on the schedule. Their magic number will be three. They shouldn’t have any trouble winning three games against the Braves and Reds. If they lose, they’ll have a 2 1/2 game lead with eight games left. I think that should be enough, frankly, but it will lead to some...
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

A huge crowd was smelling blood on Saturday night – especially after another episode of Andrew McCutchen HBP drama – and a win to put the Brewers away would have made for another brilliant scene. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the Pirates wasted a great night of pitching and lost the game with a couple of tough breaks late. This could have been Edinson Volquez‘s final...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen hit twice in loss against Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers won today 1-0 by a 9th inning sacrifice fly from Logan Schafer, and Edinson Volquez pitched seven scoreless, but both storylines were out shined by Andrew McCutchen getting hit by pitches twice from Matt Garza. The first came in the 3rd inning and the 2nd came in the 5th, resulting in Garza being tossed from the game. Clint Hurdle wasn’t sure of the intent...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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