First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
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2014 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Despite a strong start to the season, Indianapolis seemed to hit a wall in July. After earning a hefty advantage in the International League West early, Indianapolis finished six games behind Columbus and missed the playoffs. While the last two seasons they had made the playoffs, Indianapolis had been an early exit due to the Pirates being competitive late in the season. This season...
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5 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],”...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire famous mustache-haver, occasionally effective reliever, John Axford

After watching Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton turn close games into sure-fire losses on back-to-back days, the Pirates acquired John Axford from the Indians this evening. It doesn’t appear that the Indians will get anything in return for Axford other than salary relief, as the Pirates are now on the hook for what’s left of the $4.5 million the Indians owed him this year...
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

This looks like the beginning of a long night

This is the last Pirates/Tigers game scheduled to be played in PNC Park this year, and the Pirates and Tigers are both locked in razor-thin playoff battles. There is also quite a bit of rain in the forecast for Pittsburgh this evening. This could be a long night. The Pirates made a roster move this afternoon in anticipation of that possibility; Casey Sadler was sent down after pitching...
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 91: Cardinals 5 Pirates 2

This game was long and terrible and I don’t want to spend much more time thinking about it, so let’s do bullet points: At one point in I think the third inning, the ESPN announcers mentioned that the Cardinals had fouled something like 17 of Brandon Cumpton’s 60 pitches off. On most nights, that would have sounded insane and I would’ve wanted to count for myself. This did...
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 91

Say you get trapped on an island. Just you and some random **** floated to the island. Included was a huge supply of pork packed in salt. Well preserved stuff though some of it got wet so it’s not as salty. Regardless it’s a boon. The first few days you eat the best pieces of pork, you’re sure that someone will be by to save you soon so when you’re full you throw the leftovers...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' confidence growing by leaps and bounces

It's taken only 10 days for the St. Louis Cardinals to trim 3 1/2 games off their NL Central deficit, and they're gaining even more confidence as the All-Star break approaches following back-to-back dramatic victories. St. Louis sends Lance Lynn to the mound Wednesday night as it looks to take the first three of a four-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates in June: an improbable return to relevance

On May 31st, the Pirates got smoked by the Dodgers. The 12-2 loss ballooned Brandon Cumpton’s ERA up to 6.85. The Pirates were 25-30 and Pirate fans were attempting to talk ourselves into May being a good month due to the Pirates’ 15-14 record, though that meant ignoring their 111/137 run differential that month. We didn’t realize it at the time, but Gerrit Cole would go down...
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Chatter: Jacob deGrom vs. Brandon Cumpton (6/27/14)

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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Cumpton’s last stand (for now)

With Gerrit Cole returning to the rotation tomorrow night and an off-day on Monday, I think that there’s an awfully good chance that no matter the results of tonight’s game, Brandon Cumpton is going to be headed back down to Triple-A after his start tonight. A lot of Pirate fans want to see Jason Grilli removed from the roster at this point and while I think that’s a move that’s...
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Cumpton keeps Cubs at bay for 2-1 win at Wrigley

Brandon Cumpton pitched seven shutout innings Sunday, working his way through the Chicago Cubs lineup on the way to a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs made things interesting in the ninth, scoring a run off closer Mark Melancon. The Pirates (37-38) got a third-inning home run by Travis Snider and an RBI single by Josh Harrison to take the series, 2-1, from last-place Chicago...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Game 76

Nothing comes easy, eh? Brandon Cumpton pitched great. He likely didn’t save his spot in the rotation, but he pitched very well. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon? I had heart palpitations like John McCain thinking about David Patreaus disagreeing with him. Never worry, my friends, I’m as healthy as a horse. Which I assume must be really ******* healthy because people say that ...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Playoff appearances by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays a year ago may seem like distant memories now, but both clubs are hoping solid efforts in their previous series will help them turn around their fortunes. The Rays host the Pirates for the first time in 11 seasons in the opener of a three-game set Monday night...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 75: Pirates 2 Cubs 1

With his spot in the rotation probably on the line, Brandon Cumpton turned in maybe his best start of the season for the Pirates. He held the Cubs to just two hits in seven shutout innings, striking out four and walking two. The Cubs really only threatened against him in the sixth inning, when they put two runners on base with only one out. He worked out of that jam, though, and...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 2, Cubs 1

The Pirates got the job done, winning the series after the loss on Friday. Ironically, they can thank a couple of players in danger of losing playing time soon for the victory. Brandon Cumpton delivered his best start of the year, making a bit of a statement in advance of Gerrit Cole‘s return (which will likely boot him from the rotation). Cump was extremely effective and efficient...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Morning: Vance Worley, Instant Replay, and Brandon Cumpton

You certainly haven’t forgotten the great Edinson Volquez Debates of the Winter of 2014, in which the value of spending $5 million on what was almost certainly a broken pitcher was debated and debated and debated some more. I’m not sure where everyone else ended up (I dunno, there was a lot of yelling about AJ Burnett at the time), but my basic final conclusion on the Volquez...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 70: Reds 6 Pirates 5

For the second time this year, things with the Pirates’ bullpen have hit a critical mass. After Brandon Cumpton gutted his way through six three-run innings and kept the Pirates in the game through Johnny Cueto’s six innings, Justin Wilson came in and immediately served up two runs to extend the Reds’ lead to 5-2. The Pirates rallied for three runs to tie it in the bottom of...
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates come home to face the Reds

Look, I’m not going to pull punches. This has me scared: June 17: Johnny Cueto vs. Brandon Cumpton June 18: Alfredo Simon vs. Edinson Volquez June 19: Homer Bailey vs. Jeff Locke That is just ridiculously one-sided, even if Volquez and Locke have been pitching relatively well recently. Johnny Cueto has thrown two complete games against the Pirates, giving up a grand total of...
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Johnny Cueto vs. Brandon Cumpton Wednesday, 7:05 (ROOT), Alfredo Simon vs. Edinson Volquez Thursday, 12:35 (ROOT, MLBN): Homer Bailey vs. Jeff Locke The Pirates are home for a very quick three game series with the Reds after an off day Monday, as they look to keep winning series and continue climbing back in to the hunt. The Reds have been a pretty similar...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Cubs 2

Nice bounce back win for the Pirates, although it was marred by some more ugly baserunning and RISP struggles (2-for-12, and only 4 runs despite 11 hits and 4 walks). But – a win is a win and the Bucs need them badly right now. Brandon Cumpton had an OK start, but the bullpen picked him up beautifully by finishing the game with four zeroes. Wilson, Watson, Melancon, and Grilli were...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

A big start for Jeff Locke

If you had told me before this series started that the Pirates were going to split the Brandon Cumpton/Edinson Volquez games with the Brewers, I think that I would’ve been pretty excited. I am obviously less excited now that Jeff Locke is starting the series finale instead of Charlie Morton and that he’s doing it because of an injury to Gerrit Cole, but injuries or no, baseball...
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Game 61

That’s what I’m ******* talkin’ about! It got a little hairy for Brandon Cumpton, but he acquitted himself okay.  Yeah, just okay.  Pirates bats made it a moot point eventually and Cumpton got  the first win of the season, but without that outburst of runs this start would have led to another strain on an…
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 56

I guess I’ll take the blame for what happened last night. It can’t be a coincidence that I miss first preview of the season (illness) and the Pirates take a major beating. Sorry Brandon Cumpton, my bad. Anyway, still a great opportunity for 2 of 3. The Dodgers probably didn’t save any runs for today.…
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss


By winning the first two games of this Dodgers’ series, its tempting to say that the Pirates are playing with house money and that even if they don’t find a way to win either of these two nationally televised (or, in the case of tonight, semi-nationally telelvised) to close out the series, that this series won’t have a bad result. That’s probably true, but the Pirates are...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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