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WATCH: Marte's gems in 9th save Melancon's scoreless innings streak

Pirates closer Mark Melancon took the hill Friday night sporting a big-league best 32 saves and a nifty streak of 21 consecutive scoreless appearances. But his impressive streak was about to be snapped, or so it looked. With Pittsburgh up a run, Melancon came on to shut down the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth. But Melancon gave up a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips, followed by...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bucs' new set-up man holds lead, outfielder Marte gets save

CINCINNATI With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen. Marte threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, then made a diving catch to end it, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday night that let the new-look bullpen save face its first time out. ''Does he get the save?'' manager Clint...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Marte’s first career save

Mark Melancon still has his ridiculous scoreless streak and save streak…but he got a major assist on this one. Actually, an assist doesn’t even really sufficiently describe it. Here’s both plays back-to-back by @Starlingmart with @gbrowniepoints commentary. pic.twitter.com/NBBkJMGRxx — Zack D’Ulisse (@740JZD) August 1, 2015 That sequence tells you all you need to know...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reds can't break through in 9th, lose to Pirates 5-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Starling Marte threw out Brandon Phillips at the plate for the second out in the ninth. Then he made a diving catch to end it. Marte helped the Pirates' retooled bullpen hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Pittsburgh's first in five games at Great American Ball Park this season. ''In this case, we didn't beat ourselves,'' manager Bryan...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

McCutchen homers, Pirates' bullpen holds a 5-4 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati - they'd been 0-4 - and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League. McCutchen connected off...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reds come up just short in ninth, lose to Pirates 5-4

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League. McCutchen connected...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reds come up just short in ninth, lose to Pirates 5-4

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati -- they'd been 0-4 -- and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League. McCutchen connected...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 10 Twins 4

One of the wonderful things about a player like Andrew McCutchen is that no matter how badly he seems to be slumping, he’s never more than a swing away from breaking out. After an 0-for-5 night last night, a relatively slow start to the second half, and a strikeout in the first inning against the Twins this afternoon, McCutchen stepped up to the plate in the fifth inning and hammered...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 93: Royals probably 3 Pirates probably 0 or 1, I don’t know, I turned it off after Polanco dropped that ball

Here is the reality of the Pirates current situation: they are badly short-handed. They probably won’t be this way for longer than a week, but they’re not in a situation with a ton of room for error and it’s happening against two of the best teams in baseball. That sucks, but it’s how pennant races work. One way to get through a period like this is to have the unexpected...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Game in PNC Park History(?)

I feel pretty comfortable saying that at this point. Go ahead an add the “regular season” caveat if you want – that’s fine. But when you add up the implications, the energy in the ballpark, the crazy amount of ridiculous things that happened, and the epic finish….it does not get any better (for July). Like, I mean, c’mon. A.J. Burnett hit a freaking home run!  That happened...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
21 days ago  |  Discuss

This is what AJ Burnett came back for

After a year in baseball purgatory, AJ Burnett made a beeline back to the Pirates in the hopes of closing out his career on a winning baseball team. Today, Burnett gets the ball with a chance to move the Pirates within 3 1/2 games of the first place Cardinals in front of a national TV audience and a full house at PNC Park. I’m sure that Burnett’s happy with the way he’s started...
Via WHYGAVS?
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates mulling over roster decisions

Both Josh Harrison and Starling Marte suffered injuries this week and now the Pirates have to figure out what they will do with their roster. With Harrison already on the disabled list, the Pirates can't really afford to keep Marte on the active roster if he's not able to play. If his injury winds up being worse than initially thought, he may wind up on the DL as well. "We'll...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Third Baseman Needs Come Into Focus

Versatile third baseman Josh Harrison will miss seven weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday. Harrison’s injury arrives in the midst of his team’s eight-game winning streak that has lifted it within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East with a 50-34 record...
Via Baseball News Source
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via WHYGAVS?
26 days 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
27 days 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
27 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...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 29, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2015  |  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: http://t.co/3v7aNfEbWy pic.twitter.com/Yv9vMQjHn4 — Stephen J. Nesbitt...
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June 28, 2015  |  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...
Via Baseball Professor
June 26, 2015  |  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
June 21, 2015  |  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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 18, 2015  |  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...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 15, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
June 14, 2015  |  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.
Via Philly Sports Live
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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