Late Comebacks Help Nats to Sweep

After turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, the Washington Nationals (69-53) saw closer Rafael Soriano cede three runs in the ninth, but the Nats were able to tie the game and walked off in the 11th to claim another comeback win and a series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates (64-60), 6-5. Despite the great result, the Nationals gained no divisional ground over their past...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 124: Nationals 6 Pirates 5

Look, I don’t know what to say other than that this game was beyond exasperating. The Pirates scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but after they did that they still managed to score zero runs after loading the bases with nobody out. The umpires didn’t help, as Ike Davis took a pitch up around his neck with a full-count and was called out on strikes to end the inning, but...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cabrera starts a nifty double play

Sunday, in the top of the eighth in the Washington-Pittsburgh game, Neil Walker was on first with no out. Washington has just taken a 4-2 lead the previous half-inning. Russell Martin came to the plate, and hit a grounder up the middle…     Seriously, Asdrubal Cabrera? Mercy. #webgem — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 17, 2014     Smooth. Real...
Via DC Sports-Kings
5 days ago  |  Discuss

This Baseball is out for Blood

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: an animate object that may or may not be possessed by demons. Last night’s Tigers/Pirates game featured one peculiar play. I’m not one to believe in the supernatural but this is quite the oddity. Watch here as a pitch thrown by Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel proceeds to bounce off the dirt, strike catcher Russell Martin in the...
Via Sports Mockery
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers 8, Pirates 4

The Pirates had a good chance to stay hot as they rolled in to Detroit on a two game winning streak, facing a young pitcher making his debut while their best starter in the second half took the mound. Things were going along quite well for about half the game, but then it all fell apart and their recent momentum came to a halt. The offense was good enough against Buck Farmer, generating...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Regard: Buck Farmer’s Slider and Probably Changeup

Right-handed Detroit prospect Buck Farmer, making his major-league debut shortly after making his Double-A debut, has just completed his first inning of work. With a view to edutaining the public and also securing internet clicks, the author presents footage below of Farmer’s secondary pitches. First, his slider, to Pittsburgh’s Russell Martin: And second, probably his […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 119: Pirates 4 Tigers 2

The Pirates’ box score is fun tonight. Starting at the top of the lineup, Josh Harrison had one hit, Gregory Polanco had one hit, Jordy Mercer had one hit, Russell Martin had one hit, Starling Marte had one hit, Gaby Sanchez had one hit, Ike Davis relieved Gaby Sanchez part way through the game and had one hit of his own, and then way down in the seven spot, Travis Snider had two...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander leaves after one inning in Tigers' loss to Pirates

  Travis Snider hit two home runs, and Starling Marte drove in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates coasted to a 11-6 win against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The loss, coupled with Kansas City's 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now-first-place Royals in the American League Central Division. Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Justin Verlander...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Walker, Cole, Martin, Tigers

I haven’t done a News and Notes post in a while, and there’s a lot to discuss, so here goes… Yesterday Clint Hurdle said the Pirates were “at a crossroads” with Neil Walker after he was once again forced to sit out with his back issue. Neil has only started one game since last Friday, but his pinch hit appearance on Saturday night would reset his DL clock to a full 15...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Aug 8

A sub-30 point effort on Wednesday gave way to a nice pair of showings for me yesterday. My Official Lineup scored 141.35 points thanks to a big performance by Jon Lester and some late-game homer heroics from both Kyle Seager and Giancarlo Stanton. In retrospect I wish I’d kept Russell Martin and Gregory Polanco in the lineup to complete my Pirates stack rather than make the swap...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 19: Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

Deep league Waiver Wire Pickups This week’s edition includes a pair of catchers and outfielders. While none of these players will knock your socks off, each has put together a fairly solid season. Take a look, and maybe you will find something that you need to bolster your lineup.   Russell Martin, PIT / Dioner Navarro, TOR […]
Via RotoBaller
15 days ago  |  Discuss

I think I’m just going to go to a movie tonight, instead

Look, here’s the deal: the Pirates have a baseball game tonight. Their best player is not playing. Another player, who is somewhere between their second and fourth best player (depending on your opinion of Russell Martin and Josh Harrison) is also not playing. Even though neither player is available in any way today, neither player is on the disabled list, so the back-end of the...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates storm back to defeat D-backs

PHOENIX -- Josh Harrison tripled, doubled and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates erupted in the final two innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Friday night. The Pirates scored the last nine runs, including eight in the eighth and ninth. Jordy Mercer had an RBI double, Michael Martinez and Russell Martin hit RBI singles and Travis Snider a two-run single in the Pirates...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks top Pittsburgh Pirates after day of deals

The Diamondbacks parted with two roster players in Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra before Thursday's trade deadline and although they didn't receive any immediate help in return, it was a new face to the lineup that helped spur a comeback win against the Pirates in front of 20,145 at Chase Field. Kirk Gibson moved ahead of Bob Melvin for most victories by a manager in team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The evolving Pirate offense

The Pirates’ offensive turnaround this year has been a big topic of discussion lately. You likely know the basics. They’re fourth in the National League in runs scored despite playing in a pitcher-friendly park, their position players have a 110 OPS+, and their on-base percentage of .334 is the best in all of baseball. As you might expect, it’s awfully rare for a National League...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 12 Dodgers 7

Let’s start here: since 2005, my Mom has been asking me to be in a post on WHYGAVS. If we’re being honest, I can’t ever tell how serious she is about it or if she’s just giving me a hard time (I mean, I hardly ever put MYSELF on WHYGAVS, geez, Mom, don’t you want the other people on the internet to think I’m cool?). Whenever she asks, I always say that it’ll happen...
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 12, Dodgers 7: The Dumbest Game In The History Of Baseball

This game was so dumb. This was so, so stupid. Just everything about this game was the worst thing that ever happened, and know that I’m saying this despite the much-maligned Dodger offense scoring seven runs. So much happened. So little happened. Forget this ever happened. If Josh Beckett was hoping to prove he’s healthy and effective and that the Dodgers don’t need to add...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Midseason All-Waiver Wire Team

Well, the All-Star Game is now in the past and we set our sights to the future. Regardless of whether your future in your league is bleak or bright, you can always improve your team. One way is looking to replace one player via the waiver wire. Maybe it’s that underachieving 3B/SS who had a ton of hype entering the season or the former Cy Young pitcher who’s lost a ton of life...
Via Baseball Professor
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Rules of the MLB

With the Midseason Classic nearly upon us and most teams already having played 85 games, it seems a fitting time to reflect on where the 2014 baseball season has gone with the new rules in place. The obvious things to look at are instant replay and the catchers rule, something effecting all teams equally. Starting with instant replay which has been the more vocally derided of the...
Via TopSportsReport
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets – Game 82

One game over .500 at the halfway point.  Could be worse I guess.  Could be an assload better too. The Pirates are just 2.5 games out of the last wildcard spot.  That sounds pleasant but they have three teams directly in front of them. The good news is it starts to get a bit murky after the Pirates. The Marlins are collapsing, they are 4.5 out.   No one really expects the Marlins...
Via This Is Getting Old
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB tweaks home plate rule after controversial play

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a controversial play last week that called into question the validity of MLB’s new home plate collision rule. On Tuesday, the league took a formal step to ensure such controversy wouldn’t happen again. The rule in question was Rule 7.13, a new edict that prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB adjusts plate-blocking rule on force plays

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball has adjusted the new rule regarding catchers blocking the plate, saying it won't be called on force plays at home. The tweak came Tuesday, a week after a disputed play in Pittsburgh. Upon review, a call was overturned and a Cincinnati runner was ruled safe when it was determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin obstructed the path to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 77: Pirates 6 Rays 5

If not for the last two innings, this would’ve been a pretty similar story to last night. Only one Pirate had multiple hits tonight (in this case it was Russell Martin, and his second hit was what turned out to be the game-deciding home run), but they took advantage of a Rays’ error and made the most out of their eight hits to put six runs up on the board. It helped that four...
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade With The Lost Collector: The Lost Collector Finds 8 New Russell Martins!

I completed my second trade with AJ from The Lost Collector. AJ had some Russell Martin as a Yankee cards lying around and I was the lucky recipient of his generosity. My Russ PC has now expanded by 8 and I couldn't be happier (almost 300 close!).This phenomenal Out of Bounds parallel from 2013 Topps is a Russ card I've desired and needed since I first knew...
Via Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates enjoy walk-off win in series finale against Reds

With the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied in the 12th inning Thursday, Pirates catcher Russell Martin jumped back from a 92 mph Tony Cingrani fastball headed for his knees. The remaining fans from a crowd of 30,710 groaned. The PNC Park crowd wanted Martin to endure some pain for the greater good. They wanted to go home and get out of the rain, to end another four-plus...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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