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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...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 52-46 on the season, following a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Neil Walker lead a 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 win an RBI and two runs scored. Three other Pirates each had two hits. There was good news on the injury front, as Starling Marte appeared as a pinch hitter after missing the previous game after being hit in the head...
Via MLB Injury News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte out of lineup Saturday

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings on Saturday by the score of 3-2. Jordy Mercer's RBI double won the game to improved the Pirates to 51-46, third in the National League Central. The Pirates were without left fielder Starling Marte after being hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. Josh Harrison started in place of Marte and went 0-for-4 with...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The second half climb continues

Last night was a nice win for the Pirates, in the way that it’s always nice when a good team finds a way to beat a bad team. The Pirates probably played closer to poor than they did to well, but Francisco Liriano pulled himself together after two rough innings and the Pirates’ offense strung some hits together against the Rockies’ bullpen, and the Pirates got a win. Liriano’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

GUEST POST: Colorado Rockies blow great start by De La Rosa, fans should continue to support the players

De La Rosa was great, but the pen and the offense wasn't.BY: CAMERON PARSONSThe Colorado Rockies started the second half of the season on the wrong foot. With plenty of opportunities missed, a good start from Jorge De La Rosa was wasted and the Rockies fell 4-2 to the Pirates.Coming out of the first half of the season, De La Rosa had proven his ace status amongst the Rockies...
Via Rockies Review
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 93: Reds 6 Pirates 5

I have a few thoughts: Yup, I think it’s time to have “that” conversation with Pedro Alvarez. I wonder if the Mets will trade Blake Taylor back for Ike Davis? I really don’t think it’s ideal to look at a pitcher who’s given up four hits in a row and already blown a two-run lead and think, “Hey, maybe he’ll get the fifth guy out” with the game on the line. I know...
Via WHYGAVS?
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte goes on bereavement list

The Pirates placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list Wednesday because of the death or illness of a family member and called up infielder Matt Hague from Class AAA Indianapolis to take his place. Marte must spend at least three days, but no more than seven, on the bereavement list. The Pirates selected the contract of Hague, who was not on the 40-man roster, and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tonight’s goal: do better

Look, I can’t spend much more time talking about the bullpen or the Pirates’ record against the non-Cubs teams in the NL Central. The bullpen needs to pitch better in close games that they don’t have a lead in, and the Pirates need to win games against the Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds. That’s it. Starling Marte is not with the team tonight, as he’s headed back to the Dominican...
Via WHYGAVS?
16 days ago  |  Discuss

3-run 9th spoils Miley's stellar outing

PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte hit a two-run double to tie the game with one out in the ninth inning and then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis' single two batters later as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The Pirates were shut down for eight innings by Arizona starter Wade Miley before rallying in the ninth. Neil Walker...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Russell Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates got outfielder Starling Marte back last night as they gave reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen a night off. Marte has been dealing with a swollen finger but returned to play center field in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Mets on Sunday. Catcher Russell Martin was also given a second consecutive day off, with the lineup news coming courtesy of...
Via MLB Injury News
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 82: Pirates 5 Mets 2

I will admit that in the early part of this game, my attention was split between the Pirates and the World Cup. For the first few innings, every time I looked up I felt like I saw the Mets hit a deep fly ball to Starling Marte in center field, and so it took me until maybe the fifth inning or so to realize that Edinson Volquez was actually pitching really well this afternoon. In...
Via WHYGAVS?
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been dealing with injury problems almost all season long. Key players in the lineup and rotation are out of the lineup right now including: Starling Marte, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and prospect Jameson Taillon.#490680341 / gettyimages.comStarling MarteMarte was left out of the lineup once again Thursday. He has been dealing with a jammed middle...
Via Sports Injury Alert
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates try for a sweep of the Rays with a ridiculous lineup

I’ve been saying “11-5 11-5 11-5″ like a broken record for about a week now in relation to the Pirates’ 16-game stretch against the Cubs, Rays, Mets, Phillies, and Diamondbacks, but here’s a dirty secret: it’d be just fine if the Pirates won more than 11 games in this stretch. That’s going to be a bit of a trick today. With Starling Marte’s injury, he’s out of the...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Walker in, Tabata out, Marte…?

The Pirates had to make a heavily discussed roster move on Tuesday afternoon to clear a roster spot for Neil Walker, who returned from his DL stint.  The decision was somewhat surprising: outrighting Jose Tabata to Indianapolis. This is an uncommon move (you don’t usually see guys with a long term contract–and as much big league service as Tabata–sent to the minors) so it...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Pirates have the Best Outfield in Baseball?

Andrew McCutchen (Photo credit: Keith Allison) The future is bright for the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield.  Andrew McCutchen is the reigning MVP and is adding another incredible season to date.  Starling Marte, who struggled at the plate in April, has picked it up as of late by moving to the two-hole and has added to his supreme defensive skills in left field.  The highly touted...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips did his best Kent Hrbek impression on Wednesday

Check out this play from Wednesday’s Reds-Pirates game. In the first inning, Starling Marte stole second base cleanly…and Brandon Phillips tagged him while pushing his leg off of the bag! Second base umpire Jerry Layne wagged his finger at Phillips and both Phillips and Marte had a laugh about it, but could you imagine if Marte was called out? The amount of hot takes written...
Via The Outside Corner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips did his best Kent Hrbek impression on Wednesday

Check out this play from Wednesday’s Reds-Pirates game. In the first inning, Starling Marte stole second base cleanly…and Brandon Phillips tagged him while pushing his leg off of the bag! Second base umpire Jerry Layne wagged his finger at Phillips and both Phillips and Marte had a laugh about it, but could you imagine if Marte was called out? The amount of hot takes written...
Via Bloguin Best
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds' Phillips tries the old pull-the-foot-off-the-bag trick after Marte steal (VIDEO)

After Starling Marte legitimately stole second base, Brandon Phillips tried pulling one of the oldest tricks in the book to get the Pirates baserunner out — the old pull-the-foot-off-the-base gag.While Phillips' prank play was pretty obvious, he still tried to sell it to veteran second-base umpire Jerry Lane who saw the whole thing go down.All he got was some laughs from Marte...
Via The Other Paper
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates defeat Chicago, 4-0

It took two full cycles through the order Thursday night, and then it happened. Gregory Polanco lined a leadoff single up the middle in the fifth inning. Starling Marte followed it with a single of his own. Then Andrew McCutchen doubled to the notch in left-center field to score both as the Pirates' imposing new top of the order delivered. McCutchen raced to third, but his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Carribuyin’ This Pirate Before He Walks The Polanco

It's about that time, prematurely balding men and four girl readers. Gregory Polanco is nearing his call-up date. He is basically a young version of Starling Marte. As of this writing, he's 22 years old. I'm hoping he's still 22 years old when I'm done writing this post otherwise I spent way too much time on it. He can be a superstar, which has me excited...
Via Razzball
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Liriano, Marte help push Pirates to late victory over Brewers

Starling Marte looked plenty healthy in the ninth inning Wednesday. Earlier in the afternoon, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not rule out the disabled list for the Pirates' left fielder, who had not played since injuring his back Saturday. But Marte pinch hit in the eighth inning, and in the ninth, he lined a two-run double to deep center field off Brewers closer Francisco...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (May 12th edition)

Are we getting to a point where challenges are getting…dare I say, being used properly? We might not be there yet, but we’re getting close. May 6th, Giants vs Pirates – the walk off replay. Starling Marte nearly pulled off one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen all season, but was called out at the plate. But after review, it was revealed that Marte was indeed safe...
Via Bloguin Best
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The week in MLB replay reviews

Are we getting to a point where challenges are getting…dare I say, being used properly? We might not be there yet, but we’re getting close. May 6th, Giants vs Pirates – the walk off replay. Starling Marte nearly pulled off one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen all season, but was called out at the plate. But after review, it was revealed that Marte was indeed safe...
Via The Outside Corner
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte dealing with injuries

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday by the score of 4-3. The win improved the Pirates to 16-20, six and a half games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central. Although the Pirates earned the victory, it came with a price as Starling Marte was removed from the game with tightness in his lower back. The Pirates were already without Andrew...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates win on overturned call against Giants, 2-1

Starling Marte sat on the ground, legs crossed, propped up against the short wall in front of the Pirates dugout. He sipped from a Gatorade cup and was in no hurry to collect his hat and glove for a potential 10th inning, confident that the umpires in the New York-based replay command center would prevent the game from reaching extras. He was right. The review umpires overturned...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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