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Pirates 5, Cardinals 2

This game was following almost the exact same script as Monday’s loss for a while, but the Pirates were able to flip it in the end for a thrilling win. This feels like a big, big win – after dropping two straight tough ones and facing a very difficult matchup in the series finale, another loss here would have been a bad look…especially if it came via another late inning collapse...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Resilient Brewers stay atop NL Central

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers keep finding ways to stay atop the National League Central. Milwaukee has been alone or tied for first since April 5, but it's been a high-wire act atop the division, especially since July 1. The latest brush with second came Sunday, when Milwaukee entered the day with a half-game lead over St. Louis and went home that night with a 1 1/2...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

This is it (Part 3)

These two wins to open the series against the Brewers have been nice. They’ve re-established the Pirates as legitimate wild card contenders, and served as a reminder that the Pirates have an offense to be reckoned with when it’s functioning at full capacity. What these wins have not done, quite yet, is re-establish the Pirates as legitimate NL Central contenders. That can’t...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 10, Brewers 2

The Pirates came in to Milwaukee on Friday facing a series that had the potential to be season crushing, if it went anything like they usually seem to go in Miller Park. On the other hand, it was a chance to make a BIG statement…and that’s exactly what they have done Going up to Miller Park and winning a series against the first place Brewers is a pretty good way to respond...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Early return: Pirates' McCutchen likely to play Tuesday

Good news, fantasy owners! Andrew McCutchen is eligible to come off the DL today, and "expects to be in the lineup," according to the Pirates' website. Manager Clint Hurdle wasn't quite as certain after Monday's BP session, but said, "Unless there's some type of setback, we feel optimistic that he could very well rejoin us" on Tuesday. I'd...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle throws up hands in frustration, starts Pedro Alvarez at first base

Ike Davis has not been a particularly great acquisition for the Pirates this year. I guess he’s provided the Pirates some Garrett-Jones-level production for slightly less money than Garrett Jones would’ve cost, but Garrett-Jones-level production these days is about replacement level, which is squarely where Davis sits in his few months with the Pirates. You don’t trade potentially...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole takes over for ailing Morton

According to manager Clint Hurdle, Charlie Morton has felt pain in his right hip for months. On Sunday, the Pirates took action, disabling the right-hander after the hip pain influenced Morton's production and simultaneously creating an opening in the rotation for Gerrit Cole. The Pirates put Morton on the 15-day disabled list because of what they called inflammation in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates pitcher Morton heads to 15-day DL with hip inflammation

  The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation and recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates made the moves before Sunday's game at Washington. ''Charlie started feeling a level of discomfort a couple months ago,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It's...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers – Game 121

I will likely never understand Clint Hurdle.  Why go with a done Vance Worley when you have a fresh,  warmed up Jared Hughes?  The world may never know.  Weirdest part was that he could have gotten Hughes to start a clean inning,  something he has a massive purple boner about. Last night was the game to win.  We’ll likely see Chris Stewart instead of Russell Martin and this...
Via This Is Getting Old
13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Moves and Notes - August 13th - feat. Walker, Scheppers, Cole, Doubront

Another day, another grand slam for a major leaguer on rehab. Read on to find out who got it this time. TransactionsChicago White Sox: activated RHP Matt Lindstrom. The reliever has been out since the end of May with an ankle tendon injury which required surgery. Chicago intends to use him in middle relief initially, but with Jake Petricka blowing a save last night, there will...
Via MLB Injury News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Alvarez nearing first base debut

It will not be long before Pedro Alvarez gets his first taste of game action at first base, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday. “He's working his backside off to find a level of comfort and say, ‘OK. I'm ready to go over there in a major league game,' ” Hurdle said. “I think we're real close to that. There will be a day here soon when you'll see...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Walker, Cole, Martin, Tigers

I haven’t done a News and Notes post in a while, and there’s a lot to discuss, so here goes… Yesterday Clint Hurdle said the Pirates were “at a crossroads” with Neil Walker after he was once again forced to sit out with his back issue. Neil has only started one game since last Friday, but his pinch hit appearance on Saturday night would reset his DL clock to a full 15...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alvarez buys into Bucs' plan to use him at first

Early Friday afternoon, Clint Hurdle had one of the hardest conversations of his managerial career with a player: He had to ask 2013 National League All-Star third baseman Pedro Alvarez to buy into trying a new position that could free him from his throwing yips. "I'm well aware of the fact I signed up for 'hard.' I always balance the importance of the one with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole will be scheduled for a third rehab start

Gerrit Cole will make a third rehabilitation start with Class AAA Indianapolis on an undetermined date, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday. Cole will throw a bullpen session today, then a date will be set for a third rehabilitation start. In his second rehabilitation outing Tuesday, Cole posted numbers that did not scream success. But Hurdle said it was a “gear-down” game...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks take exception to 'dirty' label

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks are considered the "dirtiest team in baseball," according to Business Insider's Sports Page. They are the major leagues' most "ludicrous tough guys," said NBC Sports.  From CBS Sports, manager Kirk Gibson is a "meathead." And from Grantland.com: "The Diamondbacks' Disgrace." Randall Delgado's plunking...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pedro Alvarez Problem Solved

Clint Hurdle has had a lot of tough decisions to make this season from injuries and inconsistent starting pitching to playing solely the hand he’s been dealt. Hurdle gave Josh Harrison a chance to play third base and it seems as if he’s now the starter at the hot corner. Pedro Alvarez, the NL Silver […]
Via On-Base Talk
22 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs top Pirates on controversial call

Mandatory Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images North America The Arizona Diamondbacks needed 10 innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2. What they also needed was a bit of a controversy. With runners on first and third base, newly signed Andy Marte hit a ground ball to Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer. Mercer flipped the ball to second base to take Nick Ahmed out. This is...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Nix, vengeance, and Sunday’s game

If you saw Clint Hurdle’s comments about Pedro Alvarez after last night’s game, you probably expected some kind of roster move coming in the near future. It didn’t take long: the Pirates signed Jayson Nix today and sent Brent Morel back to Triple-A. If you want to read between the lines a little bit, you can probably assume that Nix has been signed to be the utility guy when...
Via WHYGAVS?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

Fireworks nights force post-game news conferences into manager Clint Hurdle's office rather than the conference room down the concourse. That meant that Saturday night, Hurdle's phone kept beeping in his meeting with the media. "Sounds like there's some Pirate fans," he said. A second consecutive comeback victory, this one a walk-off in extra innings, will...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 9, Cardinals 1

So how many of you Pirate fans out there would have guessed Edinson Volquez would be the first Bucco pitcher to toss a complete game this year? Or that he would lead the team with 8 wins at the All-Star Break, or have a very tidy 3.65 ERA with the second-most innings pitched? Eddie actually looked a tad shaky early on – the Cards got the leadoff man on base in each of the first...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole goes back on the disabled list with strained lat

Clint Hurdle was evasive before last night’s game about Gerrit Cole’s status on Wednesday, and now we know why: Cole’s bullpen session didn’t go well and he’s headed back to the disabled list with his strained lat. There’s still not a whole lot else to go on here: the comments from both Hurdle and Cole made it sound like this is a short-term injury (it could be: Cole’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates send Jason Grilli to Angels for Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates dealt closer Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The Pirates received right-hander Ernesto Frieri in return. Grilli and Frieri both have 11 saves this season.  Frieri, 28, has a 6.39 ERA. “Jason has responded well to a series of challenges in his life,” said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. “He had a good run here. He loves the...
Via Sports-Glory
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle Finally Makes the Right Moves, Statistically Speaking

I’ve adamantly been against Clint Hurdle’s praise as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He doesn’t put his player’s in the situation to succeed.  He bunts when he shouldn’t.  He makes questionable bullpen decisions.  His lineup construction is questionable most of the time.  His gut decisions that worked against the trend last year have failed miserably in 2014...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Neil Walker recovering quickly from recent appendectomy

Neil Walker visited manager Clint Hurdle twice Tuesday, something Hurdle joked the second baseman does not do when he is healthy. “The more he does this,” Hurdle said, using his hand to mime talking, “the healthier he’s getting.” Hurdle continued to mime. “We’re getting a lot of this.” Walker took batting practice and fielded grounders Tuesday, another step in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirtes: Jason Grilli moved back into closer role

getty images On Thursday Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved Jason Grilli back into the closers role. It had been six days since Grilli had been activated from the disabled list. Mark Melancon had been serving in the closers role but he will now return to the eighth inning. That domino effect will continue throughout the Pirates bullpen. “He’s ready to go,” Hurdle said simply...
Via Tireball.com
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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