Stream Pies: 7/29/14

Smyly, you’re on cameraPhoto Credit: GabboT At “Stream Pies,” we are serving up gooey loads of knowledge. Here, we’ll provide invaluable streaming advice on SPs who are owned in less than 30-percent of Yahoo! leagues. We list the options in order of best option to “least-best” option (with the strongest recommendations starting at the top for that particular day). Wednesday...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Late Recap — Game 104: Pirates 7 Rockies 5

This is the game was more or less what I expected the first two games of the series to be like; runs for both teams, with the Pirates taking advantage of altitude and the terrible Rockies’ bullpen to pull out a win. Of course, the Pirates needed to do both things to escape Denver with even one win in this series, but sometimes all you can do is salvage a win, and hop on an airplane...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants – Game 105

I’m as big a baseball fan I know and I wanted to pull my hair out at the length of yesterday’s game.  Even with some offense it was brutal! At least the Pirates got a win out of it, though it was the first series the Pirates lost against the NL West. Vance Worley time! Report Created on Baseball-Reference.com The first half of this short season for Worley was against crappy...
Via This Is Getting Old
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Do better

Remember what I said on Friday about relentless pennant races? The Pirates are 2-3 this week and they’ve lost 2 1/2 games to the Brewers. Either nip this in the bud now, or risk not having a chance to do it later. The Rockies send another terrible lefty to the mound today in the form of Franklin Morales. Frankly, the ghost of Lefty Grove would probably hold the Pirates to one run...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies – Game 104

So, the Pirates are on the verge of getting swept by the Colorado Rockies.  That’s a real thing. Brent Morel started over Pedro Alvarez yesterday.  For real.  Brent Morel has gotten two starts in a row over Pedro Alvarez.  Clint Hurdle thinks that Brent Morel is a better option than Pedro Alvarez.  I’m sure some of the dumber quadrants of the fanbase agree with him but this...
Via This Is Getting Old
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 99: Dodgers 5 Pirates 2

I suppose it was unreasonable to hope that the Pirates would win all 67 games that they played after the All-Star Break, so a game against Hyun-Jin Ryu seems like as good a place as any for the Bucs to take their first post-Break loss. Really, they were never in this game at all. Edinson Volquez did not have his sharpest stuff tonight, the ball took some bad hops for the Pirates...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Pirates 2

The Pirates weren’t able to keep things rolling in front of a rare Monday night packed house at PNC Park, as a depleted Dodgers club beat them in pretty bland fashion. Edinson Volquez did not have a good night – he suffered some tough BABIP luck, but still – 1o hits, just 5.1 innings, and as many walks as strikeouts (3 each) is not a great look. He’s been on fire recently...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Pirates 2: Finally, Edinson Volquez Is Good For Something

When your offense is struggling what do you do? Well, you just find one of the worst pitchers in baseball, of course. Old friend (I guess) Edinson Volquez certainly fits the bill, and he provided just what the Dodgers needed: terrible, terrible pitching that’s conducive to offense. Volquez allowed 13 baserunners (10 hits) in 5.2 innings, allowing five earned runs, and was more...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 99

I got 99 problems but a sweep ain’t one. That curling one is pretty funny. What world is this? The Pirates have completed the sweep in their last two opportunities. Good thing too, since they can’t beat their division opponents. One of the cooler points of the season was earlier on, when the Pirates were ass, taking three of four from the Dodgers on the road. Interesting nugget...
Via This Is Getting Old
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates second half preview: It won’t be easy, but it is possible

For as maddening as the first 95 games of the Pirates’ 2014 season has been, there’s one thought that keeps cropping up in my head: This Pirate team is really close to being really, really good.  With no disrespect meant to the 2013 Pirates, almost everything that happened last year felt a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle. Make no mistake: that was a good Pirate...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cardinals record bizarre 5-8 putout at 2nd base

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cardinals recorded a bizarre 5-8 putout

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
Via Bloguin Best
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez in complete control vs. Cardinals

The Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals kept it interesting this week. Twice in a row the Cardinals walked off with win. St. Louis surged closer to first place in the National League Central Division as the Cincinnati Reds did the same and the Milwaukee Brewers backtracked. In the series finale Thursday, the Pirates scored three runs in one inning, four in another and took advantage...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 92: Pirates 9 Cardinals 1

Well, that was cathartic. After losing two coin-flip games to open the series, then getting outplayed pretty clearly last night, the Pirates managed to salvage something from this trip to St. Louis tonight by beating up on Shelby Miller and the Cardinals’ bullpen, while getting a complete game from Edinson Volquez. Given that the Reds and Brewers both lost earlier today, the Pirates...
18 days ago  |  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!
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez tosses complete game to spoil Cardinals four game sweep

The Cardinals were looking to finish the four game sweep of the Pirates Thursday night at Busch Stadium, starting their 8-12 week stretch with out Yadier Molina. The Molina-less era didn’t quite start out to well. Starter Shelby Miller lasted through five innings, managing to throw 35 pitches in his final inning of work. In a 1-1 tie heading into the Top of the 5th, Miller walked...
Via Cardinals Farm
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Volquez leads Pirates to 9-1 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Edinson Volquez tossed a complete game six-hitter to win his fourth straight start and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 on Thursday night. Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which avoided being swept in the four-game series. Volquez (8-6) has a 0.90 ERA in winning four consecutive...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals creeping closer and closer to top spot in NL Central

The surging St. Louis Cardinals are eyeing first place in the NL Central, and they'll have a chance to at least get a share of it heading into the All-Star break. They may have to do it without Yadier Molina. With their All-Star catcher's status uncertain, the Cardinals attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. St. Louis (50-42), which...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Volquez settles in for win as Pirates slip by Phillies

When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions. "He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted. After the first inning he came to me and said, slow down, stay back and make...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Phillies

Friday, 5:05 (ROOT): Roberto Hernandez vs. Gerrit Cole Saturday, 4:05 (ROOT): David Buchanan vs. Edinson Volquez Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): A.J. Burnett vs. Jeff Locke In what seems to becoming sort of a tradition, the Phillies are in town for 4th of July weekend. This is always a fun time to be at the ballpark — the crowds will be huge, there’s lots going on downtown, the weather’s...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 82: Pirates 5 Mets 2

I will admit that in the early part of this game, my attention was split between the Pirates and the World Cup. For the first few innings, every time I looked up I felt like I saw the Mets hit a deep fly ball to Starling Marte in center field, and so it took me until maybe the fifth inning or so to realize that Edinson Volquez was actually pitching really well this afternoon. In...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

First: Gerrit Cole, Then: Edinson Volquez

I missed Gerrit Cole’s return from the disabled list yesterday, but obviously after seeing his box score in the afternoon the first thing I did when I got home last night was to open up his Brooks Baseball page and check out his velocity chart. Seeing his fastball top out at 99 and average 96 was a bit of a relief. His velocity dropped a bit around the 50th pitch, but if you check...
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets – Game 82

One game over .500 at the halfway point.  Could be worse I guess.  Could be an assload better too. The Pirates are just 2.5 games out of the last wildcard spot.  That sounds pleasant but they have three teams directly in front of them. The good news is it starts to get a bit murky after the Pirates. The Marlins are collapsing, they are 4.5 out.   No one really expects the Marlins...
Via This Is Getting Old
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates bedevil Rays in 8-1 road win

The Pirates coaching staff asked starting pitcher Edinson Volquez Monday night if he felt up to going back out for the eighth inning. “I’m ready go to,” Volquez said, before joking, “I’m really fresh. I only threw 64 pitches last time. Volquez recovered from a horrible start in his previous game to finish eight innings, Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer and the Pirates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 8, Rays 1

The Pirates are back to .500 and have won three in a row after a strong performance to open up the series in Tampa. Edinson Volquez bounced back in a big way and the offense had a big night all around to turn this one in to a smooth, stress-free rout. Volquez only struck out one and walked two, but he allowed just five hits and got three double play balls. That helped him get through...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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