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Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players, including Melancon

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mark Melancon's All-Star season earned the closer a hefty raise. Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $9.65 million in 2016. The 30-year-old led the majors with 51 saves in 2015 as the Pirates won 98 games to earn a wild-card berth for a third straight year. Melancon was in his third and...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke and Pirates agree to $3,025,000

PITTSBURGH (AP) Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000. The 28-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, was 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 starts last year. Six Pirates remained on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with the team Friday: right-handers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Valuable Relievers, In Retrospect

We spend a lot of time talking about value. Which means we spend a lot of time arguing about value, because value is a difficult thing to nail down, given the ambiguity of the word and issues with some of the statistics. We also spend a lot of time talking about future value, which introduces even greater uncertainty on account of the future hasn’t happened yet. Player value is...
Via Fangraphs
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs and Pirates get into brawl, benches clear (video)

There was no love lost among players in Wednesday night’s NL Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs shut out the Pirates 4-0 behind a dominant, complete-game-outing from Jake Arrieta, and it’s clear players on the home team were frustrated. It was no accident when Pirates reliever Tony Watson plunked Arrieta in the seventh inning...
Via The Sports Daily
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs dominate Pirates to advance to NLDS

I tweeted the following from Wrigley Field on August 9: Fantastic game at Wrigley. Cubs up 2-0 in ninth, Giants load bases, then three consecutive K's, last on 3-2 pitch. Crowd explodes. Baseball. — David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) August 9, 2015 Tuesday, Joe Maddon called the four-game set that culminated with that out a “seminal moment.” According to the Cubs skipper...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs batter Pirates in NL Wild Card Game

PITTSBURGH -- Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Friday. Dexter Fowler...
Via AP on Fox
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs, Pirates clear benches after Arrieta gets hit in NL Wild Card

PITTSBURGH  -- The Pittsburgh Pirates struggled to get a hit off Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.Hitting Arrieta proved to be far easier.Pirates reliever Tony Watson drilled Arrieta in the left side with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning during Wednesday night's NL Wild Card Game. Arrieta and Watson exchanged words near home plate and the bullpens and benches briefly emptied...
Via AP on Fox
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez beats the hell out of Gatorade cooler, is completely insane

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez was pulled for Pedro Alvarez in the third inning of Wednesday’s Cubs-Pirates Wild Card game. In the seventh innings, both benches cleared after Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was plunked by Tony Watson of the Pirates. Rodriguez got involved in the melee, and after being ejected, he beat the hell out of an innocent Gatorade cooler in Pittsburgh’s...
Via The Outside Corner
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez beats the hell out of Gatorade cooler, is completely insane

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez was pulled for Pedro Alvarez in the third inning of Wednesday’s Cubs-Pirates Wild Card game. In the seventh innings, both benches cleared after Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was plunked by Tony Watson of the Pirates. Rodriguez got involved in the melee, and after being ejected, he beat the hell out of an innocent Gatorade cooler in Pittsburgh’s...
Via Bloguin Best
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-28-15 to 10-04-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/28/15 thru 10/04/15, the 26th week (and final week) of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 20 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ took the hill for two must win games for the Pirates this week. This was his line: 12 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks...
Via Hidden Vigorish
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Joey Votto goes off on ump, has to be held back (VIDEO)

All that losing in Cincinnati seems to have caught up with Joey Votto. And the Reds first baseman took all of his frustration out on home plate umpire Bill Welke during an at-bat in the eighth-inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pirates. Facing Tony Watson while Cincinnati trailed, 5-3, with runners on first and second base, Votto took a 1-1 pitch for a called strike by...
Via The Other Paper
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-31-15 to 9-6-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/31/15 thru 9/6/15, the 22nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 2 Wins and 4 Losses, 28 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ put a halt to the Pirates 4 games slide by pitching a gem on Friday Night against the Cardinals. Happ tossed 7 scoreless innings allowing...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Bucs pitcher Watson says chasing Cards has him 'somewhat frustrated'

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite run in August and are on pace to win nearly 100 games this season. Still, unless the St. Louis Cardinals stumble in September, it won't be good enough for Pittsburgh to win the NL Central. If the Pirates can't catch the Cards, they know what that means, a one-game, do-or-die playoff to advance to the divisional series. That's a scary proposition...
Via Fox Sports
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-24-15 to 8-30-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/24/15 thru 8/30/15, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Losses, 25 Runs Scored and 21 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. Andrew McChutchen is making another late push for an MVP award. This week he picked up 12 hits in 26 ABs (.462 AVG) and drove in 6...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Keeping their cool

The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy. Cole did his job, no doubt about that. His last two starts have been exactly what we wanted to see following a bit of a rough...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 112: Pirates 10 Cardinals 5

It wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been and it wasn’t all that pretty, but the Pirates managed to escape St. Louis last night with their first win since July of 2014. To be perfectly honest, my main concern with last night was Francisco Liriano. That being said, seeing the Pirates explode for seven first inning runs and destroy Lance Lynn with a barrage of hits starting with...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

It turns out seven run first innings are good

…and don’t lie, for a couple minutes there you thought it was just a setup for the latest and greatest disastrous Busch Stadium loss. But it wasn’t – the Pirates held on and eventually added on, and managed to actually escape town with a win. A tough weekend lies ahead, and cutting the deficit to six (and maintaining a suddenly slim 1.5 game WC lead) may not really be celebration...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-3-15 to 8-9-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/3/15 thru 8/2915, the 18th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 1 Loss, 31 Runs Scored and 25 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. Cutch caught fire this week picking up 8 RBIs while going 9 for 16. Among his hits were two 2 long balls and 2 doubles. He also drew 6...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Benches clear in Pirates-Reds shoving match

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens cleared and there was some shoving after Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson in the eighth inning on Sunday. The Pirates were leading 3-0 when Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the top of the inning. Watson appeared to retaliate by hitting Phillips...
Via AP on Fox
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Benches clear in Pirates-Reds shoving match

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens cleared and there was some shoving after Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson in the eighth inning on Sunday. The Pirates were leading 3-0 when Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the top of the inning. Watson appeared to retaliate by hitting Phillips...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates trade for Joakim Soria

Thursday featured some more legitimate trade deadline action for the Pirates as they went out and dealt for Detroit’s closer: Joakim Soria. The Pirates have acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Detroit in exchange for minor league INF JaCoby Jones. pic.twitter.com/23A6bWNfuP — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 30, 2015 I’ve been saying for a while now that the Bucs needed some...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

By Ian Casselbury One day after the Detroit Tigers accepted reality regarding their non-existent postseason chances and made the decision to “reboot” their roster, general manager Dave Dombrowski hasn’t wasted any time in moving two of his pending free agents. Hours after David Price was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit traded another top trade piece to the Pittsburgh...
Via The Outside Corner
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates close to acquiring Joakim Soria from Tigers

Jon Heyman says the deal is done, though I haven’t seen any sort of return from the Pirates mentioned yet. You can check out MLBTR for the full reporting tree. My hunch is that the Pirates won’t be giving up much here; Soria’s a rental and he would be the Pirates’ third-best reliever at the absolute best. He strengthens the bullpen, of course, but I doubt the Pirates would...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

A big dose of clutch

That has to be one of the best Pirate wins of the year. How many times have we seen them come up big late in a tight game on the road like that? Not very many. Well, on Tuesday they did it several times on the same night. First, Gregory Polanco. The kid seems to be all right after all – he’s turning the disappointing stat line around, he has had a ton of clutch hits lately, and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
Via isportsweb.com
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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