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Pirates Searching the Trade Market For Lefty Relievers, Also Like RHP Pat Neshek

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates are searching the trade market for left-handed relief help. Pirates checking trade market for LH relief options. Tony Watson is their only proven LH reliever after the Justin Wilson deal. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2014 As Morosi points out, the team dealt away Justin Wilson, leaving Tony Watson as their only remaining...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen

I was thinking about the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates to add a second left-hander to their bullpen this afternoon on two different occasions. The first was when Zach Duke signed a three-year deal for $15 M with the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates later announced a bunch of minor league signings, with one of them being left-hander Jeremy Bleich. These are two ends of the spectrum...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that. Pitchers (9) Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – welcome to the playoffs

The MLB Postseason is here, and the season is over for 20 of the 30 teams in MLB. For ten, the dream of a championship will continue for at least one more game. Nine of those clubs will end their year disappointed. The playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Seattle Mariners becoming the final team to bow out of contention. We know the matchups that...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – welcome to the playoffs

The MLB Postseason is here, and the season is over for 20 of the 30 teams in MLB. For ten, the dream of a championship will continue for at least one more game. Nine of those clubs will end their year disappointed. The playoff race came down to the final day of the regular season, with the Seattle Mariners becoming the final team to bow out of contention. We know the matchups that...
Via The Outside Corner
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Reds 1

Good news and bad news: First, the good. The Bucs won, of course, and San Francsico lost. That means PLAYOFF BASEBALL IS RETURNING TO PNC PARK! There will be at least one more blackout. We’ll get to scream our heads off. And the Pirates will have a chance to advance in a place where they have played extremely well all season. After experiencing the intensity, bedlam, and sheer...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Braves 2

Your browser does not support iframes. Buctober is back. We knew that was coming, of course. After the Brewers series, it was only a matter of time. And I wondered that with the division still in play, a fight for WC home field coming down to the wire, and it not being the first playoff berth in 20 years would result in a more subdued celebration this time around. Of course there...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates are Starting to Get Recognition For Being a Special Team

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. They’ve gone from being just another team in the mix of mediocre Wild Card contenders, to a team that is surging to the front of the pack and sitting in the driver’s seat for home field in the Wild Card game. After starting the month with a four game losing streak, they have gone 14-3, including taking...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 1, Brewers 0

The 2014 regular season home finale was pretty darn perfect. Nice day, sellout crowd (to break the franchise attendance record), an absolute gem from an unexpected source, a go-ahead hit from the most popular man in town right now, and a victory to put the Bucs in a really good spot going into the season’s final week. Probably more satisfying than all of that combined, though...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-15-14 thru 9-21-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/15/14 thru 9/21/14, the 25th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 1 Losses, 21 Runs Scored and 6 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. The Pirates scored just 5 runs in the weekend series against the Brewers. Martin drove in 4 of those runs. His clutch hitting was just...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Once Had a Good Bullpen; How Can They Get Back?

The other day I was going back and looking at a few articles that I wrote from the start of the season, when I ran across this title: The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball At the time it was true. The bullpen was great last year, and the Pirates were returning the same bullpen this year. But five months after that article was written, it’s clear...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

With a win today, the Pirates could be back in the playoff picture

It’s funny how simple things can be sometimes, isn’t it? The Pirates have played roller coaster baseball the entire second half, and it seems like almost every single time they’re able to string a few wins together, they find themselves back in a playoff spot, no matter how ugly things looked a few days before. The Pirates have beaten the Cubs twice to start this series in...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 5, Cubs 3 // Pirates 5, Cubs 0

Now THAT was a good day. Spectacular pitching, offense getting the job done, and two huge wins to provide a much needed boost in the standings. The Bucs are now just a half game back of the final playoff spot, and while a series win against the Cubs may not make you feel better about what happened in St Louis, it’s still an accomplishment. The Pirates have now won 4 of their last...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates win yesterday’s game, go for a semi-sweep in Wrigley

The Pirates won the resumption of yesterday afternoon’s suspended game against the Cubs in dramatic fashion today, taking the series opener in Wrigley by a 5-3 score. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon both pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Harrison and Tony Sanchez drove in runs in the top of the 11th to provide the margin of victory. John Holdzkom pitched an easy bottom of the...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Cardinals 1

As I said a few days ago (and will likely say again several times), the emotional swings of a playoff race can go in either direction very quickly. During the seven game losing streak, things look disastrous and it seemed like Collapse 3.0 was upon us. Now that the Bucs have responded by winning 5 of 7, including two excellent series wins against their top two division contenders...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the lead in half, then Jeff Locke, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon cruised through the game’s final six...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Pirates 2

You can just add this one to a long list of gut-punch losses the Pirates have suffered at the hands of NL Central teams this year. They failed to add to their early 1-0 lead despite numerous chances, lost the lead and then the game with two outs in the seventh, and came up just short with a comeback attempt. All that in a crucial game to start off a series against a division competitor...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 8, Brewers 3

That was a shockingly pleasant start to a crucial, essentially must-win series at the House of Horrors…especially after quickly falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. The Pirates rebounded, swung the bats, took advantage of Milwaukee mistakes, and managed to pitch (and defend) around eight walks. The Pirates entered this game six back of the Brewers, and with the win they are...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats 4, Pirates 3

This was definitely one of the more brutal Pirate losses of the season. They looked to be on track to end a three game skid with a really nice road performance against what might be the best team in the NL. Instead, it all came crashing down late and now they’re stuck on a four game losing streak, out of a wild card spot for now, 4.5 back in the division, and still staring at...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 112: Marlins 6 Pirates 3

I suppose I have to say something about this game, right? If the Pirates are going to win many games with Andrew McCutchen on the shelf, everyone else on the club is going to have to be at their best. In the eighth inning tonight, Josh Harrison booted an inning ending double play, Justin Wilson gave up a single and two walks after entering with runners on first and second and one...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins 6, Pirates 3

Day one of the McCutchen-less stretch was looking pretty good for seven innings. Charlie Morton dealt with some wildness to deliver a very solid start, and an ugly lineup was able to scratch out two runs and put him in position for a hard-earned victory. Then the Pirates bullpen let the collective air out of a packed PNC Park as the game slipped away in slow, miserable fashion....
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Late Recap — Game 104: Pirates 7 Rockies 5

This is the game was more or less what I expected the first two games of the series to be like; runs for both teams, with the Pirates taking advantage of altitude and the terrible Rockies’ bullpen to pull out a win. Of course, the Pirates needed to do both things to escape Denver with even one win in this series, but sometimes all you can do is salvage a win, and hop on an airplane...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Rockies 5

The Pirates were able to escape Colorado without a total disaster, as they navigated through a loooooooong back-and-forth contest and eventually emerged with a series-salvaging win. Seriously, talk about good timing for this Sunday Trib feature on baseball’s slow-pace problem. This was a nine inning game with no rain delays and it took 3:58. By the time a normal game would have...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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