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...
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Fantasy Roundup: Cursory Thoughts on 6 Breakout Seasons

For anyone who’s stumbled upon our site prior to this April, you probably have seen our Top 200 Countdown. During the offseason we release around three intense player profiles per day counting down the top 200 players in our rankings for the upcoming season. We get pretty detailed with our analysis in these profiles, and we do it for us just as much as we do it for you. While the...
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Pirates 3, Red Sox 2

The celebration of the 82nd win was just a little different this year. Instead of relief from the players, satisfaction from those within the organization, and pure joy from the fans, it was just another win.  It happened on the road, but if the 82nd win had been at home last year, the scene at PNC would have been nuts. On Thursday, it was almost shockingly subdued given the situation...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates get late break in playoff push, top Bosox

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL pennant race. The Pirates won their fourth in a row. They began the day 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot, and host the Brewers in a three-game series...
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2 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...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte not starting Saturday

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup again for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but is available to pinch run, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte was hit in the left elbow during Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates enter play 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte still out of the Lineup

Starling Marte will remain out of the lineup as he continues to deal with discomfort from being hit in an arm by a pitch against the Phillies on Thursday. “He’s improving to some degree, but not where he’s going to be able to start,” Clint Hurdle said. “The level of competing is still minimal at best.” Though he’s not extremely hampered by the injury, the discomfort...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte exits after HBP

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte can be added to the list of Thursday's HBP victims, coming out of the 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies after taking a pitch to his left elbow. reports that Marte was hit by an A.J. Burnett breaking ball in the second inning. Manager Clint Hurdle suggested to that Marte was unlikely to play Friday. The outfielder...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 145: Pirates 6 Phillies 3

In the first five at-bats of tonight’s game, the Pirates were hit by two pitches, hit two singles, and had a 2-0 lead with runners on first and second and one out. It looked a lot like the Pirates were going to get to Jerome Williams in the exact fashion that you’d think that they should, given that they’re one of the best offenses in baseball and Jerome Williams is a journeyman...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Curve Balls No Longer Kryptonite for Starling Marte

Starling Marte has been red hot since returning from the Disabled List on August 5th. Over his last 32 games he has a triple slash line of .342/.402/.575. But there is more to these numbers from Marte than just a hot stretch. He seems like a completely different hitter. Marte has made adjustments to cut down on his whiffs considerably. Prior to his stint on the DL with a concussion...
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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...
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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

Starling Marte’s Emergence

Of all the “breakout” talk going around the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think it’s safe to say Starling Marte’s breakout has been the most impressive lately. When a lot of the talk has been about Josh Harrison and Travis Snider having surprising seasons, Starling Marte has shown a huge, more impressive breakout of his own. Maybe he slides through because he was a highly rated prospect...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCuthen exits with rib discomfort

Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning NL MVP,  was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning due to left rib discomfort (video here and below). The outfielder exited two innings after making a spectacular catch, according to Tom Singer of McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte in center with Jose Tabata comng...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 4, Pirates 3

The Pirates couldn’t turn what was already a good weekend into a great one, as a couple of homers weren’t enough to sweep the Brewers. I wouldn’t say it was “must-sweep” to stay in the division race, but the difference between a five game deficit and a three game deficit seems pretty big with only about a month to go. Still, they’ll go head to head with Milwaukee three...
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Game 127: Pirates 3 Braves 2

Once you’ve lost seven games in a row, you can’t win them all back at once. The only thing you can do on the eighth day is to ensure that you don’t lose an eighth game in a row. It’s a baby-step, for sure, but it’s a necessary baby step. I don’t know if the Pirates can dig out of the hole that they dug for themselves in this last week, but hey, this is one shovelful...
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Marte Party

When you get a little cumin, coriander, curry, power and speed in the same dish, you got a Marte party! Whatever happened to that Next Food Network Star? She disappear with every other one, except Guy Fieri? As Anthony Bourdain aptly said, Fieri is the Poochie of the Food Network. Due to Fieri's success, they keep trying to sandwich (pardon the word) new personalities onto...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Josh Harrison

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Washington Nationals on Sunday in 11 innings by the score of 6-5. The loss dropped the Pirates to 64-60 on the season, third in the National League Central. The Pirates are still in good position to make a run at the post season with 38 games left, but need better performance from a staff that is 16th in the league in ERA. There was some minor...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Freestyle: Starling Marte and Being Wrong by Craig Goldstein

Craig doesn`t like being wrong, but he doesn`t mind owning up to it about the Pirates outfielder.
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August 15, 2014  |  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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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Snider hits 2 homers, Pirates top Tigers 11-6

PITTSBURGH (AP) 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. Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Justin Verlander with one out in the first inning, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte activated

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Pirates to 59-52 on the season, third in the National League Central. At only a game and a half back in the division, the Pirates are well positioned to make a playoff run down the stretch. The team should get an additional boost to the offense, as Starling Marte has been...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte activated, Pedro Alvarez to bereavement list, Andrew McCutchen not on the disabled list (yet)

We have recalled Starling Marte from his rehab & reinstated from the 7-day DL and placed Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List. #Pirates — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 5, 2014
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Biertempfel also reports that pitcher Gerrit Cole has been scratched from his rehab start scheduled for Saturday with Indianapolis:#183740687 / gettyimages.comMarte took a pitch to the helmet on July 18...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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