Game 13: Pirates 8 Reds 7 / Game 14: Reds 7 Pirates 5

Please excuse me while I try to get back into the swing of writing recaps. Before I get there, let me say this: a lot of you said a lot of exceptionally nice things about the piece I wrote about my grandfather last week. I didn’t have time to respond to everyone individually since the whole weekend was kind of a blur, but I want to take a second now to thank everyone for all of...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching up

First things first: The Pirates and Reds will play 1 1/3 baseball games at Great American Ballpark tonight, starting at 5:30. The first game will be the resolution of last night’s homerfest, in which the Pirates and Reds combined to hit ten home runs in six innings, only to be tied at seven with the rains came. The Major League record for most home runs by both teams combined in...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 14

Whatever that madness was last night it will continue today at 5:30. There are really no words to describe the bizarre nature of just about everything that happened. The game will be carried by Root Sports. Therefore, we could see some weak bullpens tonight. Pirates have Bryan Morris listed but I assume that’s because he…
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Morris looking for big things out of Bucs pen

Right-hander Bryan Morris had a solid spring, he allowed three runs in 9 1/3 spring innings after tossing 65 innings for Bucs in 2013, with a 3.46 ERA. This is the first time in five camps that Morris - the last Pirates acquisition remaining from the four obtained in the Jason Bay trade in 2008 -- has stuck in Pittsburgh to start the season.'s George Von benko...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Replays Won’t Be Perfect, But They’ll Teach Us Something

by: Patrick Reddick They say money can’t buy happiness, but fans sure seemed glad on Monday that Major League Baseball spent $30 million on a new replay room this off-season. Whether that will last is another matter. Both challenges at PNC Park on Opening Day went in the Pirates’ favor, but there are a few issues with the system that will come to center stage sooner or later...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Yankees And Pirates Make A Trade

Another Yankees’ catcher may soon find himself packing his bags for a move to Pittsburgh. According to a report from Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the two teams match-up well for a possible deal. Two former Yankees catchers, Russell Martin and Chris Stewart, are now donning the Pirates’ gold and black uniform. Martin left New York for Pittsburgh via free agency after the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Travis Snider and more being shopped

The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to be in the playoff picture again in 2014 but they believe they can still strengthen their roster.  Yesterday I reported the Pirates were shopping Jose Tabata, Vin Mazzaro & Bryan Morris.  Today comes word of Travis Snider being on the market as well.  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune writes:"I’ve heard from a couple of sources...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Early Spring Storylines

Remember a week ago when we were kind of excited for spring training games to start? Yeah, they’re boring already. (But hey, the Pirates are in first place!) Part of that may because there aren’t a whole lot of roster battles going on in camp, and I think the main thing the Bucs want to accomplish in Bradenton is simply staying healthy. But there are a few interesting things...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (7) | 2012 (13) | 2011 (19) | 2010 (15) | 2009 (18) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [94-68] NL Central AAA: [80-64] International League – Indianapolis AA: [63-79] Eastern League – Altoona A+: [57-77] Florida State League – Bradenton A: [82-58] South Atlantic League – West Virginia A(ss):  [43-52] New York-Penn League...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Most Volatile Gut Churning Pitchers of 2013

Here are 5 pitchers that scared no one in 2013. 1. Josh Roenicke: The Twins hurler faced 282 batters and did not fare well often. With a 5.30 xFIP, it could have been even worse. What a nightmare for Twins fans. 2. Carlos Marmol: This guy has been known for blowing it, and with a 6.04 tERA in 2013, he definitely terrorized both Cubs and Dodgers fans alike. 3. James Russell: Another...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild card game roster updates

With the wild card game approaching us at terminal velocity, we're getting some news about how the Pirates will build their roster tomorrow (remember: the wild card game is considered its own round of playoffs, so the winner can reshuffle before the NLDS). Tom Singer up first:  #pirates will go with 9-man pitching staff in WC game: Liriano, Cole, 7-man pen. — Tom...
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Texas Rangers – Game 145

That was a freaking tense ending.  There was a point where it felt like maybe Bryan Morris was a better option than Mark Melancon.  Crazy talk. A win is a win.  You had to know the Pirates were going to win that game for one simple reason. Obviously he wasn’t going to blow it…LIRIANO HAD TO…
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 6

The poor performance from the bullpen tonight, with Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris both giving up runs with the Pirates tied late in the game, along with the weird bullpen useage by Clint Hurdle (I still have no idea why Bryan Morris pitched the eighth inning over Tony Watson tonight, or why Morris seems to be the guy Hurdle goes to before Watson every single time) are going to draw...
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 123 Preview: Pirates vs. DBacks

Diamondbacks (63-58) at Pirates (72-50) 1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT Yesterday’s loss wiped out most of the good that Friday’s win did for the Bucs, so now they’re set for an important rubber match game this afternoon with Arizona. The Bucs are looking for their first series win in over a week and they are about to go back on the road for a west coast...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Curse in full effect?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image terrible umpiring; image credit sbnation) Meals’ blown 19th inning call; image credit tumblr Are the Pittsburgh Pirates doomed to never make the playoffs, let alone finish above .500 again?  Are they cursed?  It’s highly unlikely.  PNC Park doesn’t appear to have been built on top of any burial ground, and the manner in which...
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility

Bryan Morris has stranded 22 of his 25 inherited runners this season. (Photo by: David Hague) Hey, y’all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You’re bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam The Spinners’ 1976 song “The Rubber Band Man” would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals 9, Pirates 7

Right in the middle of it all from the very start to the end, Bryce Harper delivered the first game-ending homer of his career, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth Thursday that lifted Washington to a 9-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and ended the Nationals' losing streak at six. Harper drove a hanging slider over the wall just to the left of straightaway center...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 89: Cubs 4 Pirates 3

For a couple of innings, it felt like the Pirates were going to magicly stumble into yet another win. It seemed like the sun had already set on the Pirates in the top of the ninth inning, until Starling Marte hit an two-out, two-strike from Kevin Gregg over the left-center field fence to tie the game at three. We've already seen a couple of crazy comebacks for the Pirates on...
July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 81: Pirates 2 Brewers 1

This is how the first half of the season comes to a close: with a 2 1/2 hour rain delay that puts Charlie Morton on the shelf after just two innings and 22 pitches. With five perfect Vin Mazzaro innings in relief of Morton. With Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Jason Grilli, and Mark Melancon all following Mazzaro's masterful work with scoreless innings of their own. With Tony Watson...
July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Could Start For the Pirates on Saturday?

Could we finally see Andy Oliver on Saturday? Now it’s time for what seems like a weekly feature on the site: “Who could start for the Pirates on (Insert Day) with the recent injury to (Insert Pitcher Who is Injured)”. Today we fill in those blanks with Saturday, and A.J. Burnett. Burnett will miss his next start with a calf injury, causing Jeff Locke to move up a day to...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

P3 Episode 6: The Battling Buccos, The Bullpen Usage, and The Pirates System

Episode six of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include: **The Battling Buccos. We analyze the Pirates and their late scoring ways. The Pirates starters are keeping games close, the bullpen is shutting opponents...
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May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 54: Pirates 1 Tigers 0

At some point around the eighth or ninth inning tonight, it became apparent that the Pirates were going to win 1-0 for the fourth time in 11 games. The details needed to be filled out (Russell Martin with a walkoff single that was maybe a foot away from being a walkoff grand slam, Mark Melancon and Bryan Morris needing seven pitches combined to shut down the Tigers in the tenth and...
May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Russell Martin walks it off in 11 inning shutout win

Final: Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (box) WP: Bryan Morris (3-2, 3.06 ERA) LP: Luke Putkonen (1-1, 1.69 ERA) Let’s start things off at the end. The Pirates started off the bottom of the 11th inning with a Neil Walker single. Andrew McCutchen followed that with a four-pitch walk. Then Gaby Sanchez singled into left field to load up the bases. Russell Martin then delivered with a walk off...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Recall RHP Bryan Morris From Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from their Triple-A Indianapolis club on Tuesday. In his brief career, Morris has posted a 3.05 ERA over 20.2 innings pitched, striking out 15 while walking 10. He takes the roster spot of reliever Jose Contreras who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his lower back. The post Pittsburgh...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Contreras to the DL, Bryan Morris Recalled

Bryan Morris is back on the roster. Photo Credit: David Hague The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list with low back inflammation, and have recalled Bryan Morris to take his place. Morris was recently optioned to make room for Mike Zagurski, but is eligible to return early due to the DL placement for Contreras.
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

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