RUSSELL MARTIN NEWS

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
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brewers playoff hopes dealt devastating blow by Pirates rally

While technically the Brewers are still alive in the race for the National League's second wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates may have ended any realistic chance Milwaukee had at the postseason Friday night. The decisive blow came from Russell Martin, as the Pittsburgh catcher launched a three-run home run off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning to give the Pirates a 3...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
20 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
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Martin homer helps Pirates widen gap on Brewers for wild-card spot

  Russell Martin hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates inched closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Martin sent a Broxton fastball into the seats beyond the center-field wall for his 11th home run of the season and easily his most important. Mark Melancon worked a perfect...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates topple Brewers, 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Russell Martin hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates inched closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Martin sent a Broxton fastball into the seats beyond the center field wall for his 11th home run of the season and easily his most important. Mark Melancon...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 153: Pirates 4 Brewers 2

There are certain moments in life in which sports can deliver a jolt of such pure and unadulterated joy that they are capable of drowning out all of the day to day ******** of life and the world around us. They can overwhelm the countless hours in which sports can be frustrating, boring, depressing, or meaningless. It’s just a regular season game and it doesn’t clinch anything...
Via WHYGAVS?
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates topple Brewers, 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Russell Martin hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates inched closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Martin sent a Broxton fastball into the seats beyond the center field wall for his 11th home run of the season and easily his most important. Mark Melancon...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Martin's homer sparks Pirates over Brewers 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Russell Martin hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates inched closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Martin sent a Broxton fastball into the seats beyond the center field wall for his 11th home run of the season and easily his most important. Mark Melancon...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Clinch A Postseason Berth

Obviously, the Dodgers are aiming higher, but they are now guaranteed to play after the regular season ends. After the team’s 14-5 victory this afternoon, former (and potentially future) Dodger Russell Martin hit a three run home run off of other former Dodger Jonathan Broxton, which led to a Pittsburgh Pirates victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates’ victory was significant...
Via Dodgers Digest
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece moving forward. Photo: Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media Welington Castillo has been...
Via World Series Dreaming
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trade With DocHoloday: Kemp, Kershaw, ALL YOUR DODGERS, and A Custom Archer Sketch Card!

I completed my second trade with Matt from DocHoloday. It was quite the gigantic trade, and he sent me a ton of amazing pieces of cardboard. You can see what Matt received by following this here link.This sweet addition to my Bison Collection is numbered out of a scant /25 (12/25, to be exact). It's the XFractor parallel out of 2007 Topps Finest.Clayton! This new Kershaw is a...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sox Get Shut Out in Loss to Pirates

The Red Sox headed into Pittsburgh to play a series against the Pirates as the season winds down.  The Sox had rookie Anthony Ranaudo on the mound and he kept with his trend of giving up the long ball.  Ranaudo took his 3rd loss of the season while once again another team pitched a shutout against the Sox. The Pirates first got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning when Ranaudo gave...
Via Fenway West
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: Home runs victimize Ranaudo, Red Sox

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor The Red Sox began their second to last road series of the 2014 season with a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Two Pirates home runs, and an unproductive offense spoiled an otherwise effective start from the 25-year old rookie. Pittsburgh backstop Russell Martin was the first to take Ranaudo deep, as his second inning blast gave...
Via Fire Brand AL
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Morton, Pirates blank Red Sox in series opener

After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that's still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Could the Pirates right-hander have expected any more? “Yeah,” Morton said. “I could've thrown nine scoreless innings.” Morton paused and grinned. “Nah, just kidding,” he said...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Russell Martin 'perfect fit' for Chicago

The Chicago Cubs are getting closer to becoming a contender. They are starting to see the future now -- Chicago has called up many of their top prospects this September -- and contention does not appear to be too far away. If they have a good offseason, we could possibly be seeing the Cubs in the playoffs as soon as next season.#455204138 / gettyimages.comOne piece that the Cubs...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-8-14 thru 9-14-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/8/14 thru 9/14/14, the 24th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 2 Losses, 37 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. Martin knocked in 9 runs this week. He was 9 for 23 (.391 avg). Among Martin’s hits were his 9th homer of the season and 3 doubles....
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 534: Ned Yost, Clayton Kershaw, and Russell Martin`s Most Shape by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam compare Kershaw to Pedro and discuss Ned Yost`s bullpen usage, Russell Martin`s fitness, and Jenrry Mejia`s save celebration.
Via Baseball Prospectus
5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player

There was a lot of talk about Russell Martin today, including an article from our own Ryan Palencer, who talked with some of the Pirates’ pitchers last week about their catcher. I thought it was an interesting article, because you always hear the general compliments about Martin from the pitchers, but this went a little deeper into how exactly Martin helps his pitchers. Of course...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 24

Welcome to the playoffs. Well, hopefully you made your league’s playoffs and if you didn’t, good luck next time. Whether it was bad luck, negligence, or bad team management, there’s always a way to bounce back. Some of that strategy can be attributed to accepting that players you had previously thought were terrible but can actually be usable. Here are some players that have...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at Russell Martin’s Potential Value on the Open Market

Ken Rosenthal discussed Russell Martin’s upcoming trip to free agency in today’s column (h/t MLBTR). In the article, he mentioned a lot of things that we already know, including that the Pirates want Martin back. He also included speculation that is often said, such as how Martin’s price could soar beyond the team’s comfort level. The speculation rests more on the potential...
Via Pirates Prospects
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Aren’t More People Talking About Russell Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are just two games out of a playoff spot, and many would argue that this is due in large part to Andrew McCutchen having another MVP-type season. Considering his fWAR and nERD is top-10 in all of baseball, it’d be hard to disagree. However, McCutchen isn’t the only Pirate having an outstanding season, as he’s had some help keeping the squad in playoff...
Via Batting Leadoff
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Will Receive Big Money This Offseason

Russell Martin is arguably the best catcher in all of Major League Baseball. I don’t say that because he plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates and they are my hometown team. I don’t say that because I want to start an argument either but besides Yadier Molina, Martin is the best catcher and some will argue […]
Via On-Base Talk
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Congrats on 1000 Hits, Russell Martin!

I know I'm way, way late but I wanted to congratulate former Los Angeles Dodgers' backstop and PTSIA collecting favorite Russell Martin on collecting his 1000th career hit earlier this month. Of course, most of those came as a member of the Blue Crew, which makes it even sweeter!Come back to L.A., Russ. We miss you.
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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