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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3 days ago  |  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...
14 days ago  |  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....
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14 days ago  |  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...
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23 days ago  |  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...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds 6, Pirates 5

Just another horrible, gut-wrenching, maddening NLC loss that should have been a win. Add it to the list. — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) July 12, 2014 Last year, there were a couple of painful losses like this one. They’ll happen to every team – no matter how good – a couple times every year. And they suck, but you accept that they’re rare and you get over it. But for the Pirates...
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July 11, 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...
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...
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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...
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...
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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
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Game 76

Nothing comes easy, eh? Brandon Cumpton pitched great. He likely didn’t save his spot in the rotation, but he pitched very well. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon? I had heart palpitations like John McCain thinking about David Patreaus disagreeing with him. Never worry, my friends, I’m as healthy as a horse. Which I assume must be really ******* healthy because people say that ...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Should Not Designate a Closer

Jason Grilli has been miserable this year.  After having a huge campaign last year assuming the closer role for the Bucs, he has regressed quite a bit in 2014.  The Pirates have compiled 14 blown saves and Grilli has contributed by giving up quite a few homeruns.  The worse part being most of them have come at home with Grilli promptly getting booed off the mound by fans at PNC...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins 3, Pirates 2

For the third time in as many days, the Pirates’ bullpen imploded and messed up what looked like an easy win against the Marlins. For the first time in the series, though, it cost them a victory and a potential sweep — the Bucs still haven’t swept a series this year.  Everything was set up beautifully. Vance Worley was absolutely terrific in his Bucco debut, reinforcing my...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap Up: Pitching, anyone?

Well, the Bucs managed a win on Wednesday and a series split, but their starting pitching woes continued in a big way. The enormous offensive outburst was terrific and it delivered a much needed win, even after the pitching staff blew two leads. That’s a win most of the team can feel good about – battle back, play well in the late innings, and get a little momentum going now...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

After ugly start, Pirates hold on for win over Yankees

About an hour after their third consecutive loss, the Pirates found themselves off to an ugly start in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Errors, baserunning blunders and injuries reared their heads, with a balk thrown in for good measure. Somehow they held fast with the score tied, and that's where Josh Harrison and Tony Watson came in. Harrison and...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the bullpen?

After yesterday’s Mark Melancon meltdown, I obviously started thinking about the way that the Pirates’ bullpen has seemingly been the biggest obstacle between where they are (borderline out of division contention) and where they could be this year. Every time I started down this road, though, this nagging thought kept coming back to me: by the numbers, the bullpen hasn’t actually...
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees – Game 41

I don’t even want to talk about that abortion we witnessed in Milwaukee. I don’t think Mark Melancon is the answer at closer. Give me Tony Watson or give me death. That’s it. That’s all. I hate the Yankees. I hate them for the reasons you do. I hate that we’re gonna have to suffer…
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap-Up: Elation to devastation

- UGH! The Pirates were so close to what would have been a really big, meaningful series win at “The House of Horrors” in Milwaukee. Three outs away. If the ninth inning goes as planned on Thursday, the Bucs head to New York with four consecutive series wins, the Brewers monkey off their backs, and a much smaller hole to climb out of with a slightly easier schedule coming up...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Brewers 1

- Much needed victory for the Pirates. Francisco Liriano remains winless, but he pitched very well and gave the Pirates a taste of the ace they became accustomed to seeing in 2013.  Bryan Morris and Tony Watson survived some turbulence to keep the game tied, and Mark Melancon picked up a fairly easy save. Brewers starter Wily Peralta matched Liriano and it looked like the Pirate...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Wrap-Up: Weekend of comebacks

The Pirates came back twice to win on Friday night, then came back from a 3-0 hole to win on Saturday night. On Sunday night, after going down 4-0 in the first inning, they nearly did it again, but totally blew a golden chance in the ninth. So it was another good weekend overall, but the loss Sunday night leaves a bad taste in your mouth, especially after failing to score down one...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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