Relievers Wooten, Wang struggle late in loss to Pirates

A quick glance at the final score would make it hard to believe the Milwaukee Brewers were tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates heading to the seventh inning Thursday night. After Yovani Gallardo grinded through six innings to keep the game tied at 2-2 without his best stuff, relievers Rob Wooten and Wei-Chung Wang got lit up for nine runs in two innings in a 11-2 loss to the Pirates...
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Pirates 11, Brewers 2

Wonderful start to a key homestand! Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is keeping the ball down for the most part, his breaking...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Return to PNC

The Pirates’ road trip got ugly after they left Wrigley Field last week, so the good news is that they’re back at PNC Park for a week starting tonight. They’re playing the same two Brewers and Reds teams that they dropped six of seven to on the road, of course, but I suppose we can always start with the positive news and hope for the best. The Bucs send Edinson Volquez, their...
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Brewers

Thursday, 7:05 (ROOT, MLBN): Yovani Gallardo vs. Edinson Volquez Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Kyle Lohse vs. Charlie Morton Saturday, 7:05 (MLBN): Matt Garza vs. Wandy Rodriguez Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Marco Estrada vs. Gerrit Cole The first-place Brewers are rolling in to town as the Pirates look to rebound at home after a rough road trip. The Pirates are quite familiar with the Brew Crew...
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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week Three Free Agent Fixes

Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America This week’s Free Agent Fixes features a couple of young fireball throwing relievers from Chicago. They’re joined by a 30-year old starting pitcher that has a history of control problems that, quite frankly, I can’t believe I’m writing good things about. On the hitter side of the ledger, a middle infielder in Washington, and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Wrap-up: Ouch

What a horrible weekend. A sweep at the hands of a division rival wipes out all momentum and positive feelings that came from three straight series victories to start the year. To make it worse, the Miller Park woes appear to be back. The Pirates seemed to break that curse by going 5-4 there last season, but this weekend felt a lot like, well, pretty much every other series in Milwaukee...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 3, Pirates 2

The Pirates have lost their first series of the year, while the Brewers have now won eight games in a row. This was a tough one. Edinson Volquez delivered another really nice start, which was great to see. He has been about as impressive as you could have hoped for.  The Bucs battled back to tie the game 2-2 against Yovani Gallardo after falling in a quick hole, but the bats stalled...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates at Brewers

Friday, 8:10 (ROOT): Francisco Liriano vs. Wily Peralta Saturday, 7:10 (ROOT): Edinson Volquez vs. Yovani Gallardo Sunday, 2:10 (ROOT): Charlie Morton vs. Kyle Lohse Last year – finally – the Pirates overcame their infamous Miller Park woes. They’ll look to continue to succeed there in 2014, but it looks like that’s going to be more of a challenge because this Brewers team...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 7

Surprise Sunday, eh?  First it was Edinson Volquez, with a surprising outing, and the Bucs beating Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals to take the series, then Brock Lesnar ended the Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania. Call me a nerd, I care not.  I love wrestling, I love baseball, I love the Pirates, and I love your…
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Series wrap-up: 2 of 3 from the Cards

It’s not revenge for the NLDS, and it’s not a big deal to be in first place after one week of baseball, but this was a fun weekend. Everything went right for the Pirates on Friday night, but after they sputtered on Saturday it looked like the Cards were set to take the series with a huge pitching matchup advantage on Sunday. Alas, Edinson Volquez looked great, the Pirates scratched...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates outlast Wainwright, Cards, 2-1

The first batter Edinson Volquez faced this afternoon singled. The second one lined out hard to center field, and it looked as though Volquez might just be the pitchers the numbers last season said he was and not the better version of himself the Pirates believed he could be. Then Volquez surged through the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup. He went toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright,...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 6: Pirates 2 Cardinals 1

One point that I try to drive home every year during March is that spring training results don’t matter so long as the player in question is working towards something. That was a particularly difficult task with Edinson Volquez this spring since so many questions exist around him, but obviously Volquez was progressing towards something in camp, because he’s looked quite good...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Little support for Waino as Cards' bats fail to produce in 2-1 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Tony Sanchez hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday. Sanchez's double to deep center field with two outs came off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (1-1) and snapped a 1-1 tie. The hit by the rookie reserve catcher scored Pedro Alvarez, who led off the inning with a walk, and was Sanchez...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Edinson Volquez experiments launches today

Before anything else today, I want to redirect you to Jerry Crasnick’s piece about the Pirates’ coaching staff, their approach for helped wayward pitchers, and how they’ve tried to tackle Edinson Volquez this winter. I think that a lot of us, myself included at times, tended to chalk the Volquez signing up to borderline hubris on the part of the Pirates’ front office and...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wainwright, Cardinals go for series win in Pittsburgh

The first pitching matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend involved a pair of stellar young starters, while the second was a rematch of a tightly contested game in the 2013 postseason. The pairing for the finale appears to be a bit more of a mismatch. Adam Wainwright takes the hill against the Pirates for the first time since knocking them out...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Pirates retread Volquez?

When Francisco Liriano's career had bottomed out, the Pittsburgh Pirates provided a safe haven for him to work his way back to prominence. So when the team embarked upon the task of filling out its starting rotation in December, Liriano was happy to return the favor and play the role of recruiter-in-chief. Early in the offseason, when Edinson Volquez was looking for a home in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 6

It’s not fun when the shoe is on the other foot.  A beating is a beating, though the Pirates beating of the Cardinals was much worse. We got em right where we want em though. The series hinges on a matchup EVERYONE has been dreaming about. Edinson Volquez vs. Adam Wainwright. Now,  you can lie…
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Friday, 7:05 (ROOT, MLBN): Shelby Miller vs. Gerrit Cole Saturday, 7:05 (MLBN): Joe Kelly vs. Francisco Liriano Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Adam Wainwright vs. Edinson Volquez It’s the first of many NLDS rematches as the mighty Cardinals are in town to take on the Pirates this weekend. The Pirates went toe-to-toe with St Louis for all of 2013 (won season series 10-9, lost playoff series...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Edinson Volquez project

Edinson Volquez Edinson Volquez has been very disappointing so far this spring training, and the Pittsburgh Pirates season begins next Monday with the right-hander still struggling to find his grove. The Pirates signed the 30-year-old pitcher to a one-year, $5 million deal over the offseason as a reclamation project with hopes that Volquez could turn his career around much like A...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates spring training stats mean...

Everyone says that spring training don't matter in baseball. What's funny about that is that most of the time that's said to make people feel better about a guy playing poorly in spring. If some guy is having a monster spring, you never see people being rational saying that the stats don't matter, they automatically plan for that guy to have a huge regular season...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Volquez working hard for spot in rotation

Righthander Edinson Volquez remains a question mark in the Pirates pitching rotation as he tries to regain the form he flashed in 2008.
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes: Volquez, Polanco, Coke

We are now three weeks away from Opening Day as the Bucs continue to make their way through the spring schedule down in Florida. The collapse has clearly begun — they’ve lost their grasp on first place in the Grapefruit League. Everybody panic!!!! One thing that some people actually are panicking about is the performance of Edinson Volquez. After a rough outing on Sunday, he’s...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Volquez is Pirates' latest reclamation project

Edinson Volquez shares many traits with the 2013 version of Francisco Liriano. Both Liriano and Volquez arrived in Bradenton, Fla., with above-average velocity. Both pitchers arrived with an elite off-speed pitch and an ability to produce ground balls. But both came to the Pirates as enigmas, coming off ineffective seasons despite their raw talent. Volquez posted the worst ERA...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A few things to look out for during spring training

The Pirates and Yankees will play their spring training game at 1:05 today. I'm always of two minds about this; I get really excited about the potential return of baseball, but then I'll also probably be bored with spring training games by Friday (excepting any games that I may see in person if I'm able to go to Bradenton, of course). I don't have anything against...
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Pirates fix Edinson Volquez?

Besides the lingering AJ Burnett situation, there's been one Pirate-related question that's been on my mind all winter: why on earth do the Pirates think Edinson Volquez is worth $5 million? I mean, I suppose if you go by wins above replacement there's a decent chance that Volquez will be worth somewhere around 1 WAR this year and that makes it an appropriate salary...
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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