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JA Happ to the Blue Jays (and other considerations for the Pirates’ rotation this winter)

Let’s start with apologies: since the Pirates were eliminated from the Wild Card Game, I’ve been working on both submitting a paper so that I can finally finish grad school, and writing my thesis for a thesis defense that is in the near future. The MLB off-season is mostly dead until the winter meetings, anyway, and so my plan was to hunker down and focus on writing non-baseball...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Not any better

Things didn’t get any better for the Pirates after a rough Thursday as they were soundly defeated on Friday night, losing more ground and momentum as a result. That was mostly expected, of course. It was Jeff Locke against Zack Greinke. Immediately after a bad series loss was made worse by a devastating injury, they had to fly across the country and get ready to take on a first...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

All of a sudden…

We’ve been waiting for this all season, and at last, the Cardinals have hit a slump. They’ve lost 8 of 10 and are having a really awful weekend in Cincinnati, after dropping series at home to the Pirates and Cubs. And as a result, the division race that some were quick to call over is now a very real race again. The Cards still have an edge when you look at the schedules ...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates win, close further in NL Central, within 2 1/2 games

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates tightened up the National League Central race with a 10-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Pirates drew within 2 1/2 games of first-place St. Louis, the closest Pittsburgh has been since it was two games back at the All-Star...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Davies struggles in short start, loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates tightened up the National League Central race with a 10-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Pirates drew within two games of first-place St. Louis, the closest Pittsburgh has been since it was two games back at the All-Star...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates gain ground in NL Central with 10-2 win vs Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Locke pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates tightened up the National League Central race with a 10-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Pirates drew within 2 1/2 games of first-place St. Louis, the closest Pittsburgh has been since it was two games back at the All...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Davies struggles in short start, loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates tightened up the National League Central race with a 10-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Pirates drew within two games of first-place St. Louis, the closest Pittsburgh has been since it was two games back at the All-Star...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

One step forward, one step back

Yesterday I marveled about how Gerrit Cole and the Pirates came up with a huge series win and seem to be at their best when the lights are the brightest. Well, they also continue to be at their worst when the lights aren’t the brightest – against the awful doldrums of the NL Central.  They didn’t have much time to travel/sleep, they sent out a subpar looking lineup, and they...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The continuing quest to beat bad NL Central teams on the road

Look: the Pirates just thumped the Unequivocally-Best-In-Baseball-Cardinals 20-8 over three days in St. Louis. The Reds are bad. There’s no reason to keep on losing to teams like this, at home, on the road, on Pluto, wherever. Actually, hold on, here’s a reason: Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates today, Travis Snider makes his first Pirate appearance in almost a year in left field...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds proving to be a thorn in Locke, Pirates side

With his rotation spot in question, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will have to secure it during a month that's been notoriously bad for him in his career. Locke looks for a better result in his second September start as the Pirates open a three-game road series against the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The Pirates (81-54) trail St. Louis by 5 1/2 games in the...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds proving to be a thorn in Locke, Pirates side

With his rotation spot in question, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will have to secure it during a month that's been notoriously bad for him in his career. Locke looks for a better result in his second September start as the Pirates open a three-game road series against the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The Pirates (81-54) trail St. Louis by 5 1/2 games in the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates-Reds Preview

With his rotation spot in question, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will have to secure it during a month that's been notoriously bad for him in his career. Locke looks for a better result in his second September start as the Pirates open a three-game road series against the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The Pirates (81-54) trail St. Louis by 5 1/2 games in the...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Misery in Milwaukee

You don’t need me to tell you about the Pirates’ woes at Miller Park….you’ve seen it all before. A lot.  They lost to the Brewers. They lost to an NL Central opponent. Jeff Locke pitched poorly. Aramis Ramirez had some big hits. (Wait, that’s actually a good thing now, but it didn’t change the previous statements.) Sigh. At least the Cardinals finally lost, but at six...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

If the Pirates only get to lose one game per series from here on out …

The Pirates lost last night, which I guess is fine so long as they don’t do that again in this series against the Brewers. Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates, while Zach Davies makes his big league debut for the Brewers. The Pirate lineup tonight is the same lineup they were mostly using before everyone returned from injury: Ramirez at third, Kang at short, Walker at second. Davies...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh veteran Jeff Locke and Milwaukee rookie Zach Davies have more in common than one might think. Both essentially are auditioning to remain in their respective clubs' starting rotations for as long as possible. Locke looks to help the Pirates avoid their first three-game losing streak in more than six weeks with another resume-building performance, while Davies hopes to shine...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cutch crushes, Pirates dance, Marlin fans knit

This game can be summed up with the following three videos: Andrew McCutchen killed a baseball. (Seriously, I think only Giancarlo Stanton is allowed to go up there.) A bunch of other Pirates joined him in feasting on Chris Narveson, as they quickly put seven on the board and cruised the rest of the way – you could say they were having a pretty good time out there. (Yes, the...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke faces off against Chris Narveso

With JA Happ pitching well and AJ Burnett throwing sim games conspicuously scheduled for the same day as one of his starts, Jeff Locke has to know that his starting job is (once again) on the line as we head towards the final month of the 2015 season. He hasn’t completed the sixth inning in a start since July 19th, though that’s partially due to the Pirates’ deepened bullpen...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Friday, August 21, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates sweep Mets behind their bullpen and timely hitting

After Gerrit Cole’s short start against the Cardinals last week, I started to worry. With AJ Burnett out and both Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke struggling more often than not, seeing Cole fail to get out of the sixth inning in two of three starts (with a six inning start in the other) felt like it could be the harbinger of something bad. The Pirate offense has started to come around...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Knowing When to Lift Jeff Locke

If the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to catch the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings Clint Hurdle is going to have to do a much better job of managing the back end of the Pirates rotation. Last night he continued a post All-Star Break trend of leaving back of the rotation starting pitchers in the game to give it away in the middle innings. Last night with the Pirates leading 3...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 110: Cardinals 4 Pirates 3

Wins don’t come easily for the Pirates at Busch Stadium, and so it’s hard to feel any way but frustrated after the Pirates dropped the first game of this three-game set there in what felt like an avoidable fashion on Tuesday night. The short version is that the Pirates took a 3-1 lead on the Cardinals thanks to a first-inning Starling Marte double, a third inning Gregory Polanco...
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August 12, 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...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 11

By Brandon Warne Tuesday’s action brings all 30 teams back into action, but it’s still a pretty lean day overall. In spite of this, the preferred duel is a dandy. Check ’em out: Scott Kazmir (HOU) vs. Madison Bumgarner (SFG) 10:15 p.m. ET Kazmir wasn’t going to stay perfect in Houston, but despite allowing four earned runs last time out in a loss to the Rangers, just one...
Via The Sports Post
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals have a chance to cool off red-hot Pirates

Hosting the National League Wild Card Game for a third straight year would seem like a major accomplishment for a club that finished under .500 in each of the previous 20 seasons. But the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't settling for playing second fiddle to the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh looks to cut into the Cardinals' NL Central lead as it begins the second of three straight series...
Via Fox Sports
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to split with Cubs

Sorry for going MIA yesterday: I had my committee meeting early and a softball game right after work that ended up being a 15-inning epic that will live on in the lore of the Carrboro Co-Rec Slowpitch Softball League forever. I wouldn’t have much to add to last night’s game that wasn’t obvious: JA Happ looked bad, Jake Arrieta is good. Because of Monday night’s wash-out,...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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