Game 13: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

Well, that was exhausting. With Mark Melancon “unavailable” last night (we’ll see where things go from there), it seemed like the Pirates were in great shape after Rob Scahill got the last out in the sixth inning for Vance Worley. Caminero in the seventh, Hughes in the eighth, Watson in the ninth with a 4-1 lead seemed like a solid enough route, even after Caminero had trouble...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Polanco, Worley help Pirates hold off Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tony Watson had a save that was reminiscent of bygone days. The Pirates' left-hander inherited a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and got the final six outs Wednesday night for his first save of the season and fifth of his five-year career as Pittsburgh held off the Chicago Cubs 4-3. Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season and Vance Worley (2-1...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A wintry win

It was another weird night at a mostly-deserted PNC Park on Wednesday, but through a mini-snowstorm and more rough moments for the bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull-out a much needed win. Yes, you read that right, a mini snowstorm. Oh the weather outside is weather. — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015 The “snow” only lasted a half inning ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 1: Reds 5 Pirates 2

There is no room for context on Opening Day, which is probably the best and worst part about the whole thing. In a few weeks, this game will be just another data point, but for today, it’s all we have and so it’s hard to not scrutinize everything that happened in it. There was plenty of good, of course. Josh Harrison more or less picked up where he left off in 2014 and the top...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates lose, McCutchen still awesome

The Pirates are 0-1. For a while it looked like just another (regular season) game against nemesis Johnny Cueto. The Reds were able to grab a lead, and, well, that was gonna be that. But with Chapman looming in the ninth, manager Bryan Price opened the door a crack in the eighth by bringing new reliever Kevin Gregg, and the Pirates jumped right through. Everyone’s already said...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Bastardo < 500

With most of the early spring training talk about the Pirates being extremely positive, their bullpen is sort of the elephant in the room. Obviously Tony Watson and Mark Melancon are great and John Holdzkom was promising down the stretch last year, but the Bucs’ bullpen blew a lot of leads last year. They did so especially when asked to throw more than two or three innings in a...
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Altoona Curve Giveaways Are Awesome

The Pirates have a pretty good track record when it comes to fan giveaways. For a long time, it was one of their best marketing tool to draw fans to the games. The promotions/giveaways at the major league level, while still occasionally exciting, have dropped off a bit lately now that attendance is great even without them. The schedule is now largely dominated by T-shirts and fireworks...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Watson < 500

We are headed into murky territory for the Tony Watson was excellent for the Pirates last year. He struck out a ton of hitters, he had a microscopic ERA, and he did most of his work in the seventh inning or later in close games. The Pirates had bullpen issues last year, but those issues mostly existed in getting the game to Tony Watson and Mark Melancon. On the occasions that the...
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates finalize 4-year deal with Korean SS Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH -- Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang's outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues. They are willing to find out. Pittsburgh and the 27-year-old infielder finalized an $11 million, four-year contract on a busy Friday for the Pirates. The...
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January 16, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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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

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...
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September 19, 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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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