Keeping pace

The Pirates, you are certainly aware, have won five in a row and seven of eight, to run their record to 14-9, which is a very good record after 23 games (“on-pace for” stats are dumb and entirely unhelpful in April but the Pirates are on a 98-99 win pace, which means that we can say they’ve picked up where they left off last year). They are also 3 1/2 games behind the 17-5...
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen at full strength with Hughes off DL

The back end of the Pirates' bullpen returned to full strength on Saturday, as Pittsburgh recalled right-hander Jared Hughes from the disabled list.
Via Pirates.com
6 hours ago

Pirates activate reliever Hughes from DL, option Scahill

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed reliever Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes had been out since straining his left lat muscle during spring training. He pitched four times on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Also Saturday, right...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates reinstate Hughes, option Scahill

The Pirates on Saturday reinstated reliever Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned fellow relief pitcher Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Via Pirates.com
10 hours ago

Hughes nearing return from rehab assignment

Reliever Jared Hughes is back in the Pirates' clubhouse, but he is not yet ready to rejoin the Bucs' bullpen.
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1 day ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: What’s up with the end game?

DENVER – Time to worry about the bullpen? Maybe. Coors Field probably won’t help us evaluate the Pirates’ pen as we near the close of April,  but early this season the bullpen does not look like the dominant group of the last three seasons. Melancon said too much was made of his velocity and struggles early last season. (Horner photo)   Mark Melancon’s velocity is down...
Via Bucco Blog
5 days ago

Hughes could soon return to Bucs' bullpen

Reliever Jared Hughes is nearly ready to join the Pirates' bullpen.
Via Pirates.com
7 days ago

Hughes joins Kang on rehab assignment

Pirates reliever Jared Hughes began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, and a familiar face helped him through a scoreless inning.
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10 days ago

Jeff Locke needs to throw more strikes

In Jeff Locke’s first start, he threw 80 pitches in six innings and held the Reds to one run despite giving up seven hits. 53 of those 80 pitches were strikes. In Jeff Locke’s second start, he threw 98 pitches and 51 strikes, he walked seven batters including the leadoff hitter in his first four innings, and he didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. The Pirates actually wound...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang and Jared Hughes starting rehab stints

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates, infielder Jung Ho Kang and right-handed pitcher Jared Hughes are expected to begin rehab assignments with the team’s Triple-A affiliate this week. Kang has spent roughly seven months rehabilitating his left knee after a serious surgery. He will begin his rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis on Monday. His first rehab game will...
Via Today's Knuckleball
13 days ago

Concern? Maybe a little…

OK, so things have gotten a little sloppier after that first great series. No need to worry too much, right? It’s still ridiculously early, of course. Maybe not a great start, but certainly not a bad one. That said, every game the Pirates fall behind the Cubs is paining me – already. That’s because from what I’ve seen of the Cubs (and again, still ridiculously early, so this...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
16 days ago

Hughes, Kang, Diaz progressing from injuries

The trio of Pirates who opened the year on the Major League disabled list -- Jared Hughes, Jung Ho Kang and Elias Diaz -- continued to make progress during the first week of the season.
Via Pirates.com
24 days ago

The Pirates set their bullpen

With Opening Day hurtling towards us at an alarming speed, the Pirates have finalized their bullpen one day after giving Juan Nicasio the final rotation spot. The obvious spots are filled by the obvious pitchers (Melancon, Watson, Caminero), and with Jared Hughes on the disabled list, the final four spots will go to Neftali Feliz, Ryan Vogelsong, Cory Luebke, and Kyle Lobstein....
March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Hughes day to day with left lat strain

Pirates reliever Jared Hughes is being treated for a left latissimus muscle strain, the club announced Wednesday. Hughes has not pitched in a Grapefruit League game in a week and is considered day to day.
Via Pirates.com
March 23, 2016

Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players, including Melancon

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mark Melancon's All-Star season earned the closer a hefty raise. Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $9.65 million in 2016. The 30-year-old led the majors with 51 saves in 2015 as the Pirates won 98 games to earn a wild-card berth for a third straight year. Melancon was in his third and...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Locke and Pirates agree to $3,025,000

PITTSBURGH (AP) Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000. The 28-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, was 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 starts last year. Six Pirates remained on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with the team Friday: right-handers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Bullpen Report, Week 20: Raising The Jolly Roger In Relief

When your team is battling for a playoff spot, what's the most important thing?  Winning.  Winning out of the bullpen is a thing that is not predictable, I get it, but when your team goes 7-0 from the bullpen in the last 14 games, that is just a damn near beautiful thing if you love bullpens as much as I... I mean, you may not, but that's cool (maybe).  You have your love interests...
Via Razzball
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Back to back big ones

All that stuff I talked about on Friday, about how great it feels to see the Pirates pull out late, close games on the road against a good team? Same thing again on Saturday. Just tremendous stuff – we really have seen the Pirates turn it around. Remember when they were winless in extra innings for the first month or so of the season? Now they’re 9-7 in extras, and this was their...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

More Busch Blues

The Pirates lost in St. Louis. That isn’t surprising. They didn’t lose on an extra inning walkoff, like they did in their last three games there. But this was still a one-run loss and blown lead that was similarly frustrating, just like it always seems to be in that ballpark. The most irritating thing is that the Pirates did some good things. They are rarely blown away/totally...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Breathing room

Tuesday night’s loss was miserable, but this win was pretty much the opposite in terms of fun. Long balls, some drama, clutch hits, big crowd getting fired up, etc. And it was an important win, too – a two game mini sweep would not have been a crisis, but it would have put the Cubs within two of the Pirates for that first wild card spot. Now it’s a four game difference as the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

At long last

It took them a loooong while to do it this season, and it certainly took a loooong while tonight, but the Pirates finally managed to win an extra inning game on the road. Aside from the lack of sleep that comes as a result, wins like that feel pretty great, and this was no exception. Had the Pirates lost, the story would have been about how Gerrit Cole and Tony Watson couldn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

A more significant sweep

These Pirates already had a couple of sweeps to their credit this season – against the Mets, Marlins, Brewers, and DBacks. They also had a couple of road series wins: the DBacks sweep, and 2 of 3 from the Brewers. This one meant a little more. Sure, the Giants are the defending champs, but to get a road sweep against one of the better teams in the league is big…it really shows...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates questionable coaching decisions

Manager Clint Hurdle and his coaching staff have done an exceptional job turning this franchise around over the past few seasons, but some of his decisions regarding the pitching staff can be baffling at times. One of those choices cost the Pirates their 7th consecutive win Friday night in San Diego. Every team monitors their starting pitchers pitch count, but it appears the Pirates...
Via isportsweb.com
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild way to end a streak

Well….if you went to sleep with the Pirates ahead 2-0 and looking good yet again, you certainly got an unpleasant surprise this morning. The offense completely stopped producing, Jared Hughes lost the lead, and then in the ninth, Rob Scahill set himself up for disaster, nearly escaped it, then indeed suffered a disaster: a two out walk off grand slam. Normally you wouldn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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