Why trading for Ike Davis is a great move for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to the New York Mets in exchange for first baseman Ike Davis. The Pirates’ current starting first basemen are Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa starts once or twice every few days when the Pirates are facing a right-handed starting pitcher, but every time the Pirates...
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Mets’ Ike Davis Is Now Pirates’ Ike Davis: Shrewd Move For Buccos

Something shocking happened. You’re not going to believe me. It’s incredible, unbelievable, and totally could not have been for seen: the Pirates plan of platooning Gaby Sanchez and Travis Ishikawa at first base isn’t working out. Crazy, right? As of April 19, Ishikawa is batting a paltry .206 with one homer and Sanchez is raking to the tune of  .226 with 3 bombs. Sanchez’s...
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Pirates trade for 1B Ike Davis

After a full offseason, spring training, and 17 regular season games, the Pirates have finally made a legitimate attempt to solve their first base problem. There have been rumors for months about the Bucs and Ike Davis, and on Friday the speculation finally came to an end with a somewhat oddly timed April trade, announced right before the game. The Pirates sent pitching prospect...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Reference Daniel Bryan – Details

According a a fan report, the Pittsburgh Pirates are big fans of WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan. The fan report says that during the Pirates’ Thursday game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bryan’s theme music played as a “rallying video” to pump up the crowd when the Pirates pulled ahead. They also had several “YES” chants, which is apparently not a coincidence as first...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade Ike Davis to Pittsburgh Pirates

This one was only a matter of time, though it’s surprising to see a notable name dealt this early. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in need of some help at first base, have acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Davis finally ends up dealt after having his name floating around on the rumor circuit for...
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New York Mets trade Ike Davis to Pittsburgh Pirates

This one was only a matter of time, though it’s surprising to see a notable name dealt this early. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in need of some help at first base, have acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Davis finally ends up dealt after having his name floating around on the rumor circuit for...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Week 3 – What, Me Worry?

by: Dan HowardStaff WriterWhen I was a kid, I hated it when the Reds had an off day, now that I’m an old geezer, I think I enjoy a day off as much as the players. The first eleven games of the 2014 season, Cincinnati scored a mere 28 runs. Since Sunday, the Reds have scored 30 runs. No need to worry, I think the offense has figured it out.The late Joe Nuxhall frequently spoke of...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trot Times for April 14, 2014

It was a wacky day for Pennsylvania teams, as the Braves/Phillies and Pirates/Reds games accounted for 17 home runs. Scientists have tried to explain what happened, but they were all distracted by the lunar eclipse. Let’s get to the trots! Home Run of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds – 10 home runs [video] It was only six innings and rain was pouring down nearly...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Reds Combine For 10 Homers In Suspended 6-Inning Game (Video)

If you dig the long ball, you might want to tune in to the Pirates-Reds game Tuesday afternoon. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati put on an absolute slugfest at Great American Ball Park on Monday, combining for 10 home runs through just six innings of play despite the rain-soaked conditions. A total of nine different players hit home runs, and Pittsburgh alone had three sets of back-to...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Six crazy innings

It’s early in the year – and the game isn’t even over yet – but as of now it’s safe to say this has been the craziest Pirates game of the 2014 season. The 16 inning win over the Cubs was a snoozer compared to this one. The Pirates hit back-to-back homers….THREE TIMES. Twice it was the combination of Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez (Starling Marte and Travis Snider hit the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates fan dives over tarp to snag foul ball (Video)

A Pittsburgh Pirates fan in the front row dove over the tarp to snag himself a foul ball during the seventh inning of Sunday's game against St. Louis.It happened when Pirates batter Gaby Sanchez hit a grounder into foul territory down the third base side. The fan leaped over the tarp and snagged the foul ball with his glove, falling onto the field into the process. Normally...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs make routine pop-up look like anything but routine

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop clotheslined his own catcher, John Baker, during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two collided violently after they both pursued Gaby Sanchez’s harmless bunt that he popped up just a few feet in front of home plate. While it is usually the pitcher who takes the brunt of the impact in these types of situations...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single

Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Wednesday night. The game lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th and went from first to third on Starling Marte’s single. Sanchez chopped a ball through the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Heading north

The Florida portion of Spring Training is complete, and all of a sudden we are one weekend away from Opening Day–with a ridiculously nice weather forecast!! The Pirates finished 14-10 in their Florida Grapefruit League games (sadly not good enough for the highly coveted spring title), and they now head to Philly for two exhibitions at Citizens Bank Park before crossing back over...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Trade rumors, Stewart/Sanchez, Lambo

This looked like it was going to be a mostly drama-free spring for the Pirates — and to this point, I would say it still has been — but recently a few issues have popped up that could cause the Bucs to make some last minute changes. Opening Day is less than two weeks away now, so it’s getting close to roster-crunch time. There are some trade rumors surrounding Vin Mazzaro...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting pitching was not a problem for the Pirates last season, a big reason why they returned to the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh starters finished with a 3.50 ERA in 2013, the fourth-best mark in the NL, while an opponents' .667 OPS led the league. The rotation had depth, getting 19 starts or more from five pitchers, with two of them making 30 starts...
Via The Outside Corner
March 13, 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates, Brewers scouting Mike Carp for first base help

Both the Pirates and Brewers are scouting the Red Sox and Mike Carp this spring, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Both NL Central teams are seeking first base help. Carp, 27, mashed to the tune of .296/.362/.523 (140 OPS+) with 18 doubles and nine home runs in 243 plate appearances as a part-time first baseman and part-time corner outfielder for Boston last season. They...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 02, 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

Pirates hope Gaby Sanchez is answer at 1B

The longer the Pittsburgh Pirates go without finding a new first baseman, the closer Gaby Sanchez gets to claiming the job. Sanchez, though, does not want to get the spot by default. He'd prefer to earn it. General manager Neal Huntington tried in December to lure free agent James Loney, but he wound up re-signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kendrys Morales is still available...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates still in search of a first baseman

Andrew Lambo shuffled to his right and backhanded a hard shot in the hole between first and second base. "Lambo!" Neil Walker called across the diamond in appreciation. Lambo returned to his position at first base. Gregory Polanco was in the box during batting practice, so every ball put in play had some extra juice on it, but those pulled to right field were moving especially...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson Stark at, the Pirates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Sanchez recognizes opportunity

When the Pirates were ousted from the playoffs, Gaby Sanchez gave himself 10 days to kick back and enjoy the offseason. Before the World Series had run its course, Sanchez was back in the weight room. “It was just me and one other guy working out for a good month before other guys started trickling in,” Sanchez said. “It was good. I wanted to get after it, get started.”...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates likely will wait a little longer for first baseman

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington’s top priority throughout the off-season was finding a left-handed hitting first baseman. The off-season ended Thursday when spring training started for the Pirates, with pitchers and catchers working out at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. Yet, Huntington continues to search for a first baseman who bats from the left side. That’s the case...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know as the Pirates head to camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended two decades of losing in 2013, winning 94 games and taking the St. Louis Cardinals to the limit in the NL division series. Now the club gets to deal with something that has been foreign to them since 1992: heightened expectations. Five things to know as reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen and the rest of the Pirates start spring training: PLUGGING AWAY: The...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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