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Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff Locke spoiled; the inability of the offense to accomplish anything against Yovani...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into...
Via Pirates Prospects
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

This is it (no, really this time)

On August 20th, the Pirates were 64-62. They had lost seven in a row and dropped like a rock in the NL Central and NL wild card races. They were seven games behind the Brewers in the Central and 2 1/2 behind the Giants for the second wild card, though they were in fourth place in the wild card race. On the night of the 20th, the Pirates came back from a 2-0 deficit against the Braves...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Bradenton’s Prospect List is Strong at the Top

We continue with the third day of season recaps and top ten lists for each affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yesterday we took a look at the Altoona Curve and the long-term help that the 2014 squad could provide the Pirates down the line. On Wednesday, it was the Indianapolis prospect recap. Today, we take a look at the Bradenton Marauders top ten prospect list and what impact...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Game 153

Alright, alright! This is the biggest series of the year. I know we’ve said it a million times but when I say it you best believe I mean it. It’s very fitting that we have a late season brawl with the Poo-crew with a playoff spot at stake. Milwaukee is freeeeeeeeeeee, freeeee fallin’! Problem is they’ve absolutely dominated the Buccos this year, as per usual. 5-11. That’s...
Via This Is Getting Old
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Jeff Locke Having Another Poor Second Half, Only This One is a Surprise

Jeff Locke is currently having another poor second half. Last year it was predictable. He posted a 2.15 ERA in 109 innings during the first half, with a 4.21 xFIP that suggested things wouldn’t go so well in the second half. And things didn’t go well. Locke’s control bottomed out in the second half, with a 5.8 BB/9 ratio, helping to lead to a 6.12 ERA and a 4.14 xFIP. This...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 6, Pirates 4

Disappointing loss for the Bucs in this one. Home losses to teams like the Cubs at this point of the year – when everything’s crucial – will sting, but they’re still going to happen. The key is to make sure it’s one isolated bad night and win the series on Sunday.  The loss drops the Bucs another game behind St Louis – now 3.5 back, which really hurts their chances given...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke Struggles With Fastball Command

In most ways, Jeff Locke is just like almost any other major league pitcher: If his fastball command is off, than he has to find a way to compensate. And when he has to compensate, he’s likely to pay the price. Today, Locke paid the price. No, he didn’t struggle tremendously. Despite constantly missing his fastball to the glove side, Locke was able to fight his way through 5...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke faces Felix Doubront as the Pirates look to keep hot streak going

If a week ago it seemed that nobody wanted to win the National League’s second wild card, suddenly the situation looks a little bit different on the season’s third-to-last Saturday. The Pirates have been slicing through the Cubs and Phillies like a hot knife through butter with seven wins in eight games, but they only managed to build a 1 1/2 game lead in the second wild card...
Via WHYGAVS?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 148

I’ll say one thing, the Pirates have been taking care of business against the teams they should be beating. This is a favorable stretch, no doubt, but they’re still playing professionals so kudos to them for not falling into a trap. Many previous Pirates teams were known for doing just that. It’s way too soon to pop the corks or day that the Pirates have a firm grasp on...
Via This Is Getting Old
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs learning what they have on mound

How much starting pitching do the Cubs actually need as they look to the offseason? How much do they have? How much of it’s any good? How much of it’s coming back? The Cubs aren’t sure. The series this weekend against the heating-up Pirates should help us learn more about what the Cubs have and what young playoff pitchers look like. That starts with the Pirates’ hard-throwing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke has strong outing to lift Pirates over Phillies in series opener

Jeff Locke's problems were clearly seen in color entering Monday. In the color-coded, pitch-location charts available to the Pirates staff, it was apparent Locke had missed the strike zone much more often in the second half of the season. The strike zone contains more shades of blue than red since the break, indicating fewer strikes thrown. After walking fewer than one batter...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 143: Pirates 6 Phillies 4

I’m not sure if this game was closer than it needed to be, or an easier victory for the Pirates than it really should have been. For most of the game, Jeff Locke pitched really well, the Pirates left runners on base against Kyle Kendrick, and not many runs at all were scored. Locke gave up a run in the bottom of the fourth, Starling Marte hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Phillies 4

The Pirates have an opportunity to grab hold of this last wild card spot (and start challenging for more) with this stretch of games against bad teams. So far, they’ve taken advantage in a big way with a four game win streak…with nine more games in a row coming up against last place clubs. To make things better, both the Brewers and Braves lost, so the Bucs now find themselves...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke keeps Pirates in wild-card hunt with 9 Ks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and fell a triple short of the cycle to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Jeff Locke (7-4) struck out nine over seven strong innings to help the Pirates keep their grip on the second NL wild card. They entered with a half-game lead ahead of Milwaukee and Atlanta. Locke and Kyle Kendrick...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 143: Phillies vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68) atPhiladelphia Phillies (66-76) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Kyle Kendrick (8-11, 4.77 ERA) vs. PIT: Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA) Time: 7:05 , Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Cloudy, 74 Media: Twitter and Facebook Note for tonight:   The Phillies open a 4-game series tonight with their cross-state rivals as the Pirates will look to extend their lead for...
Via Phillies Nation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirate playoff push continues on to Philadelphia

The Pirates’ sweep over the Cubs was a great thing to see. Even though the Pirates didn’t play all that poorly in getting swept by the Cardinals last week, the result was a devastating one that more or less ended their shot at winning the NL Central. Coupled with the Cubs playing good baseball prior to the Pirates coming to town, well, I was worried about the season having...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: What to Expect From Players in Winter Ball

On Sunday, we posted about the winter league roster from the Mexican Pacific League that has eight Pittsburgh Pirates players on it. On Pirates Prospects, we provide daily updates on the winter leagues in the Dominican, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Australia, or wherever there are Pirates players taking part in winter ball and we can find stats. Luis Heredia will...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Best OPS Doesn’t Always Equal Best Prospect

When judging the prospect status of a player in the lower levels, OPS is one of the main tools you use, but a high OPS doesn’t always mean a player is a legit prospect and the Pirates had three examples of that this year in the GCL and with Bristol and Jamestown. The leaders in OPS in the lower levels for the Pirates were Henrry Rosario, Danny Arribas and Kevin Krause, not exactly...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

This isn’t quite it but this is almost it

This feels insane to say out loud, but the Pirates are less than 70 hours removed from what was arguably one of their high points in the 2014 season. Partway through Sunday afternoons games, the Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 and the Cubs lead the Cardinals 5-0. With the Brewers struggling badly, it seemed like a real possibility at that point that the Pirates would end Sunday tied with...
Via WHYGAVS?
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks...
Via Pirates Prospects
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 139

Hottest hitter batting seventh?   Jeff Locke given too much rope? Two straight losses to the now division leaders and the straight overall?  This team is in a bad spot.  The right move was no move though.  Maybe next time the Pirates are struggling they can put the newest issue of Baseball America on the mound and it’s prospect ranking will awe their opponent to submission...
Via This Is Getting Old
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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