Swept the snakes

If you think back to last year, the Pirates had some serious trouble putting away sweeps. They didn’t get one until sweeping Philly early July, despite numerous chances after winning the first two games of a series. They also did not put together a five game win streak until their red-hot September that vaulted them into a playoff spot. Well, now the Pirates already have two...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooms and a bruise

Now that was a darn good weekend. Three pretty convincing wins, more solid pitching, and some life from the offense. The Pirates seem to have righted the ship after that rough finish to the Detroit series. There’s also this: The #Brewers officially off to worst start in club history. Had never been 2-10. Were 3-9 in 1970, 1972, 2002 and 2003. — Tom (@Haudricourt) April 19,...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Have to wake up bats

First off, a bit of news: Chris Stewart’s disabled list stint is over, so he’s back with the Pirates and Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis. I strongly suspect that Sanchez will be back before long, but I suppose we’ll see. For now, there wasn’t much that Sanchez was going to be able to do to stay with the big league club. I suppose we’ll see how this goes from...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Stewart up, Sanchez down

We have recalled C Chris Stewart from his rehab assign & reinstated him from the 15-day DL. Tony Sanchez has been optioned to @indyindians — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 17, 2015 For some reason, a bunch of fans are up in arms about this move. I don’t get it. Well, actually I do get it. Tony Sanchez is a fun and likable guy, yes. He had a great spring (which you...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Sanchez < 500

Let’s begin here: Chris Stewart has a hamstring injury that will likely cause him to open the 2015 season on the disabled list. That means that Sanchez, who’s crushing the ball this spring (10-for-19 with two doubles and two homers) and has apparently shown some improvement defensively, will probably open the season as Francisco Cervelli’s primary backup. I don’t think that...
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart < 500

If you’ve been paying much attention to the evolution of the sabermetric-leaning public’s understanding of catcher framing for the last couple years, you know that it feels like more of a positive feedback loop than anything: every study that comes out seems to amplify the effect of good framing catchers even further. Last month, Jonathan Judge, Harry Pavlidis, and Dan Brooks...
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Stewart and Pirates agree to $1,225,000

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart has agreed to a $1,225,000, one-year contract, the first player to reach a deal among 12 Pittsburgh players who filed for arbitration this week. Stewart made $1 million last year, when he hit a career-high .294 in 49 games in his first season with the Pirates. The 32-year-old has a .228 career average in parts of eight big league seasons...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Bench is Well Constructed

The Pirates every day lineup, the starting rotation, and the bullpen will look much the same in 2015 as it did last season. Although Catcher Russell Martin was lost to free agent, as was starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, the rest of the team returns mostly intact. GM Neal Huntington filled the holes by trading RP Justin Wilson to the Yankees for C Francisco Cervelli. A.J. Burnett...
Via Hidden Vigorish
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Au revoir, Russ

The day Pirate fans have been dreading since the middle of the season finally arrived Tuesday, as the Toronto Blue Jays ended the rumors, speculation, and anxiety by signing Russell Martin to a five year, $82 million contract. The writing was certainly on the wall at this point, and the end result was about as painless as possible, given the circumstances. This would be a different...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: X-rays negative on Chris Stewart's wrist

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the regular season with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to finish at 88-74 on the season. Neil Walker and Chris Stewart each had two hits for the Pirates. Stewart left the game after being hit on the left hand on Johnny Cueto swing. Fortunately X-rays on his Stewart's wrist were negative.  #455677358 / Rob Biertempfel, who covers...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

It turns out the Pirates have an afternoon game today (and it’s not going well)

About ten minutes ago, I walked into lab and immediately remembered that the Pirates have an afternoon game today. The Reds were in the process of scoring three runs in the first inning when I turned it on, so that’s where we are right now: the Reds are up 3-0 after a weird review at the plate in which I’m still not sure if they were reviewing whether Devin Mesoraco was safe...
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Red Sox 2

The celebration of the 82nd win was just a little different this year. Instead of relief from the players, satisfaction from those within the organization, and pure joy from the fans, it was just another win.  It happened on the road, but if the 82nd win had been at home last year, the scene at PNC would have been nuts. On Thursday, it was almost shockingly subdued given the situation...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Cubs 3

The final homestand of the season started off as well as you could have hoped, as the Pirates took care of the Cubs in a game that had a “taking care of business” type feel to it. It was a strong crowd, which you’d expect despite a gloomy day / chilly night and HS football under way, but the game didn’t really generate a big time atmosphere. Everyone knew the Pirates should...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers 5, Pirates 2

This was more of how I think most expected this series to go – before the Pirates got pretty lucky and didn’t have to face elite Detroit starting pitching in the first three games (Verlander doesn’t count since he was clearly off his game/possibly injured). The Bucs did have to deal with one legit ace in Max Scherzer, and he absolutely dominated them to lead the Tigers to a...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates get picked off, run themselves out of inning like a bunch of ding dongs (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. The Pirates turned back the clock to (anywhere from 1993-2012 take your pick) with this embarrassing blunder on Wednesday. Pittsburgh was up 5-4 on the Giants and Chris Stewart walked to load the bases with one out. It was looking like Pittsburgh was in for a big inning to […]
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Somehow Run Into Inning-Ending Double Play After Drawing Walk (Video)

The Pittsburgh Pirates turned a great opportunity into an absolute nightmare Wednesday evening. The Pirates were the victims of the ol’ inning-ending double play on a walk, and if you haven’t heard of that one before, it’s because it might be the first time it’s happened in baseball history. We’ll break the shenanigans down for you. With Travis Snider on second base and...
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates ran themselves into embarrassing double play

This is just awful. The Pirates had a chance to blow their game with the Giants wide open in the sixth inning after Jean Machi walked Chris Stewart to load the bases with one out. And then…disaster. Travis Snider, who was on second base at the time of the walk, inexplicably began to trot down to third base. Machi noticed, and alertly threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who got...
Via The Outside Corner
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates ran themselves into an embarrassing double play

This is just awful. The Pirates had a chance to blow their game with the Giants wide open in the sixth inning after Jean Machi walked Chris Stewart to load the bases with one out. And then…disaster. Travis Snider, who was on second base at the time of the walk, inexplicably began to trot down to third base. Machi noticed, and alertly threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who got...
Via Bloguin Best
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Rockies 5

The Pirates were able to escape Colorado without a total disaster, as they navigated through a loooooooong back-and-forth contest and eventually emerged with a series-salvaging win. Seriously, talk about good timing for this Sunday Trib feature on baseball’s slow-pace problem. This was a nine inning game with no rain delays and it took 3:58. By the time a normal game would have...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Late Recap (Or early recap, whatever) — Game 98: Pirates 5 Rockies 3

In the last few months, I’ve dug pretty deep into Mike Spencer’s great history podcasts. His The History of Rome is more or less essential listening if you’re interested in that particular type of history. Since Rome concluded, he’s started on Revolutions, which is a tour of, well, revolutions, through the Western world; how the English Civil Wars set the stage for the...
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates try for a sweep of the Rays with a ridiculous lineup

I’ve been saying “11-5 11-5 11-5″ like a broken record for about a week now in relation to the Pirates’ 16-game stretch against the Cubs, Rays, Mets, Phillies, and Diamondbacks, but here’s a dirty secret: it’d be just fine if the Pirates won more than 11 games in this stretch. That’s going to be a bit of a trick today. With Starling Marte’s injury, he’s out of the...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins' ninth-inning rally falls short in loss to Pirates

MIAMI -- Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Josh Harrison and Chris Stewart had three hits apiece, and the Pirates finished with 18 overall in their sixth consecutive game in double digits. Touted rookie Gregory Polanco had two hits and two RBIs. Marcell Ozuna...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap Up: At least they got one

- After winning three series in a row at home, the Pirates followed with two road series losses – nearly canceling that progress out.  The Bucs should have had a series win in Milwaukee and lost a tough one-run game on Sunday afternoon, so this was close to being a .500 or better road trip, but close doesn’t count. The good news is that they were able to win two games and avoid...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 43: Doubleheader split with finale loss

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Pittsburgh Pirates 5 — New York Yankees 3 The Yankees could not complete the series and doubleheader sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After a harmless first inning for starter Vidal Nuno, Gerrit Cole had some defensive assistance by a former Yankee. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple, it seemed inevitable that the Yankees...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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