Don’t look past the Padres

This is a big week for the Pirates, because the universe has no regard for Josh Harrison’s torn thumb ligaments or Starling Marte’s strained oblique. The second half of the week is obviously the more exciting part, with the Pirates closing out the pre-All Star Break portion of their season with four games at PNC Park against the Cardinals. The first part of the week, three games...
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: Bucs' Marte exits early

With 13 home runs and 16 stolen bases so far, Starling Marte has been one of fantasy's elite outfielders. Marte's owners should keep their fingers crossed, as he left Sunday's game with "left side discomfort." The Pirates didn't sound too concerned after the game, but an oblique injury seems possible. Marte will be re-evaluated today. In other news ... Speaking of oblique strains...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Marte leaves game with discomfort in left side

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians because of discomfort in his left side while batting in the fourth inning. Marte motioned for a trainer after swinging and missing at a pitch from Danny Salazar. Gregory Polanco inherited a 1-2 count as a pinch hitter, grounded out to end the inning then remained in the game in left...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hit parade

A game like this one has been a long time coming for these Pirates – 21 hits, 4 homers, and an easy victory thanks to a big night of offense from just about everybody. The 21 hit output was the most since 2004, and it was their first four-homer game since September of last year. Neil Walker hit two, following his game winning hit from Tuesday night in style. If this is the beginning...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

If you wind the clock back a couple weeks, the Pirates have not had a whole lot of easy baseball recently. They got swept by the Nationals, played some stressful baseball against the Reds and Braves, and then had last night’s 14-inning marathon. The bats have been troublingly absent on a lot of nights, the starters have faded, etc. It’s hard to say the Pirates have played poorly...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rivalry between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates is heating up

The Detroit Tigers play in the American League and The Pittsburgh Pirates are part of the National League. That hasn’t stopped the teams from developing a bit of a rivalry over the past few years. On the field, the series has been competitive. Since 2009, the Pirates have a slight edge on the Tigers by winning 14-of-27 against Detroit. Tuesday marked the second time in three months...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for a curious experience. The Pirates took two out of three from the Braves, a team that they...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

GIFS: Pirates' Marte faceplants, flips, dances

Saturday was far from any typical day at the ballpark for Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.Sure, it was another game day -- something he experiences at least 162 times a year, but it was what took place during the game that made Saturday unique.First, while trying to steal second base (the pitch was fouled off) Marte opted for a headfirst slide and as you can see that may not have...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cutch gets mad, Bucs get win

It was an eventful (and rainy) day at the ballpark on Saturday. The headline was Andrew McCutchen being hit by yet another high and tight pitch, knocking him out of the game and prompting some noteworthy comments: “Maybe I need to go drop-kick a pitcher.” Pirates win, but Cutch smarting after another HBP: — Stephen J. Nesbitt...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Jun 26

Yesterday’s Official Lineup got some late changes for two reasons: The weather in the CIN@PIT game started to look a little poorer than I’d hoped (the game started under a one hour delay) Starling Marte wasn’t playing For those two reasons I decided to remove most of my Pirates and add a couple Cardinals to Kolten Wong and Jason Heyward, who were already in my lineup. Unfortunately...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Testing Infield Depth Amid Offensive Struggles

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 18: Gordon Beckham #15 of the Chicago White Sox tags out Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an attemp to steal second base during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) The Chicago White Sox have been operating with an unstable infield for the better part of this 2015 season...
Via The Sports Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

One streak ends, another lives on

Well, the Pirates finally gave up a run. Two, actually. Bunch of bums. Should probably get rid of Jeff Locke now, right? (OK, that would have been at least a semi-serious statement a couple of weeks ago, but he’s pitched his way back to “respectable fifth starter” territory) . Locke actually kept the scoreless streak going into the sixth before it ended at thirty-five innings...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 63: Pirates 11 White Sox 0

You know, all things considered, I think I like 11-0 in nine innings much better than I like 1-0 in 11 innings. OK, let’s put more of a straight face on. This is (at least) the second year in a row in which the Pirates have faced an inordinate amount of right-handed pitchers early in the season, which has the odd effect of making the Pirates seem like they’re awful at hitting...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: All-Star preview

As the middle of June approaches, the All-Star break is right around the corner. Let’s take a look at the potential players who might represent the Pirates in this year’s game. The list of Pirates players is very short due to the fact that voting for this game is based on a popularity contest more than anything. Andrew McCutchen sits at 5th among outfielders and is currently...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies drop series opener in 13 innings

Left fielder Starling Marte broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 13th inning with an RBI single up the middle, sending the Pirates to a 1-0 win over the Phillies at PNC Park on Friday night, their first walk-off victory of the season.
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: Marte’s Power Play

One of the rarest commodities in fantasy baseball is the five category player. Someone who can hit for average and power, steal bases, and provide meaningful contributions in the runs scored and runs batted in categories. Even more specifically, a player who possesses an elite combination of power and speed since counting stats can be somewhat dependent on lineup positioning, and...
Via Razzball
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Back in a funk

The stretch of great baseball the Pirates had been playing over the past couple of weeks was bound to end at some point. At some point, they were going to get stuck in another rut, like the ones we saw too often early in the year. I didn’t expect it to happen at home against the Brewers. Neither did you. But here we are. No disrespect to Taylor Jungmann, the former first-round...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 54: Pirates 10 Braves 8

This is what I wrote after the Pirates’ 7-4 win over the Giants on Tuesday: This is the sort of game I envisioned the Pirates winning often this year: you can take an early lead, you can erase an early deficit, you can score four runs, but if you’re going to send Chris Heston out to the mound, none of that will matter to the Pittsburgh Pirates.You can take that sentiment and...
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild win in Atlanta

For some reason, things always seem to get weird when the Pirates go to Atlanta. That was certainly the case on Friday, but when it ends in a win, it doesn’t really matter how it happens. The red-hot Bucs will take it. Having an offense that can bail you out of games like this is kinda fun, right? The Pirates didn’t pitch particularly well and were awful in the field, making...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Walker, Marte hit homers as hot Pirates top Braves 10-8

ATLANTA (AP) Neil Walker and Starling Marte homered, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Friday night. Walker hit a three-run drive, a towering shot deep into the right-field seats off Williams Perez in the fifth inning. Marte's two-run homer off Luis Avilan (2-1) gave the Pirates a 6-4 lead in the sixth. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli drove...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Kang, Marte, Polanco homer in Pirates' win over Padres

  Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco also went deep off Ian Kennedy to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their seventh straight victory, 11-5 over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. A.J. Burnett (5-1), who no-hit the Padres in 2001 while with the Marlins, won his fifth straight start. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Francisco Cervelli each...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Late night bombs

If you went to bed before the Pirates wrapped up their seventh win in a row (after 1 AM eastern time), hopefully you at least hung around long enough to see the fun part. Jung Ho’s monster blast was jaw dropping. Jung Ho Kang hit this ball halfway to South Korea (VIDEO) — RaiseTheJollyRoger (@RTJRblog) May 29, 2015 So was Gregory Polanco‘s laser homer...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Back in Playoff Contention Thanks to Current Winning Streak

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, celebrates with Starling Marte after Marte’s two-run home run against San Diego Padres during the third inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 28, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer) A season removed from making the postseason for two consecutive season after a 20 year drought, the Pirates started out looking like they were...
Via The Sports Journal
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Tulo on the Move?

In Episode 194, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) discuss some fantasy baseball news from Tuesday and one big star who could be on the move. Topics include: What more playing time will do for Scott Van Slyke’s fantasy value How a Troy Tulowitzki trade might impact his value How worried we are about Jeff Samardjiza Whether Starling Marte has...
Via Baseball Professor
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Business trip to Philly

As I mentioned in Sunday’s wrap-up, the Pirates have a chance to really get on a roll this week. They rode high in to Philly after taking a series from the best team in baseball, and now they get to throw their top three pitchers in a row at one of the worst teams in baseball. Monday’s series opener wasn’t quite as easy as I would have liked given those circumstances, but a...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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