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Official Wildcard Roster Set!

Pitchers Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise Catchers Russell Martin Chris Stewart Tony Sanchez Infielders Ike Davis Gaby Sanchez Neil Walker Jordy Mercer Josh Harrison Clint Barmes Brent Morel Outfielders Andrew McCutchen Starling Marte Travis Snider Gregory Polanco Jose Tabata Andrew Lambo...
Via This Is Getting Old
21 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  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 Bloguin Best
23 days ago  |  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!
25 days ago  |  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...
Via Pirates Prospects
29 days ago  |  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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 10, 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 139

Hottest hitter batting seventh?   Jeff Locke given too much rope? Two straight losses to the now division leaders and the straight overall?  This team is in a bad spot.  The right move was no move though.  Maybe next time the Pirates are struggling they can put the newest issue of Baseball America on the mound and it’s prospect ranking will awe their opponent to submission...
Via This Is Getting Old
September 03, 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

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

Game 97: Pirates 3 Rockies 2

I don’t know why, but I didn’t really feel like the Pirates were going to lose this game when Carlos Gomez hit the two-run homer in the seventh inning that turned a 1-0 Pirate lead into a 2-1 deficit. Given that the Pirates are still afloat in the wild card race and the NL Central race despite their awful record against the better teams in the division, obviously finding a way...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Salvage operation

After Friday night’s Tony Watson meltdown and last night’s Charlie Morton implosion, it felt like the Pirates were on a train ride directly into All-Star Break Hell after an awful week against two division opponents. Then, Andrew McCutchen put on his cape, bailed the team out, and now the Bucs are one win away from a 3-4 week against the Cardinals and Reds that I would’ve told...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh looking for bullpen help

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had their bright spots in their bullpen this year. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson have exceeded expectations so far this year, but the rest of the 'pen has been a bit of a roller-coaster.The Pirates are 48-45 and only 3.5 games up in a four way race for the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling, and the St. Louis Cardinals and...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Eighth inning rally lifts Reds over Pirates

The Reds may be hurt. But they aren't hurting. How could they be after Friday night's comeback win? The Reds put together five straight two-out hits to score three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 before a crowd of 36,613 at Great American Ball Park. The runs in the eighth came against left-hander Tony Watson, who entered with an 0.84 ERA, after...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

All hands on deck as Reds rally past Pirates

CINCINNATI -- Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Reds through the first six innings against Pittsburgh Friday night. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had left the game with lower back spasms, adding to the team's injury woes, and the Pirates had a 5-1 lead after scoring a run off of reliever Carlos Contreras. Until this past Tuesday night against Chicago the Reds hadn...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The trouble with the bullpen

If you want to look at the first two games of this Pirates/Cardinals series with absolutely zero emotion and only with cold logic, the conclusion that you would probably draw is this: the Pirates have continued to play well this week, but a combination of bad luck and a thin bullpen has cost them two games that could have been wins. The Pirates play a lot of close games: three of...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will be Representing the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2014 All-Star Game?

#451776644 / gettyimages.comStar appearance but will not be starting. Andrew McCutcheon said on TwitterStar with amazing teammates @jhay_da_man and Tony Watson! #ASG #GodIsGood”. Josh also tweeted out “God is awesome! What a blessing to represent the @Pirates in the #ASG along with @TheCUTCH22 and Tony Watson! Thanks for all the support!” And Tony Watson also was excited on...
Via TopSportsReport
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates are the best example of the argument against relievers as All-Stars

When writing about the Pirates’ three All-Stars last night, I mostly wanted to focus on Josh Harrison, since I figured Harrison would be one of the more controversial choices (as he should have been) for the NL team. I briefly laid out how dominant Tony Watson’s been in the last calendar year or so and left it at that, but I almost completely glossed over the larger question...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

TWIBB Notes for Week of 6-30-14 thru 7-6-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/30/14 thru 7/6/14, the 14th week of the 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 1 Losses, 27 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. Cutch had multiple hits in 4 of the 6 games the Pirates played this week. The Phillies’ pitching staff is going to have nightmares about McCutchen after...
Via Hidden Vigorish
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Three All-Stars

Remember the days when the Pirates would only get the one required All-Star, or only get more than one via those last second replacements?  Those seem like the old, dark days now, but the reality is the Pirates easily could have only had one representative this year. While I’ll gladly stick up for Tony Watson and Josh Harrison (as will pretty much any Pirate fan at this point...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen elected All-Star starter, Josh Harrison and Tony Watson will join him in Minneapolis

.@jhay_da_man will join Cutch and Tony Watson on the NL All-Star team! #ASG — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 6, 2014
Via WHYGAVS?
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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