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...
5 days ago  |  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...
11 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  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...
15 days ago  |  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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17 days ago  |  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...
17 days ago  |  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...
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17 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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

Game 75: Pirates 2 Cubs 1

With his spot in the rotation probably on the line, Brandon Cumpton turned in maybe his best start of the season for the Pirates. He held the Cubs to just two hits in seven shutout innings, striking out four and walking two. The Cubs really only threatened against him in the sixth inning, when they put two runners on base with only one out. He worked out of that jam, though, and...
June 22, 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

Game 58: Pirates 4 Padres 1

A funny thing happened last night: completely overwhelmed with the second straight night of very-late-night-baseball, I fell asleep while the Pirates were batting in the eighth inning and holding a 4-1 lead, but wasn’t worried at all about the outcome of the game when I woke up this morning. The Pirates weren’t really at their best last night. They dinged Jesse Hahn for four...
June 04, 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

Series Wrap-Up: Two in a row

- It’s a start. Two series wins in a row – yes, the Pirates should have swept, and yes, they still have a LOT of work to do, but this is a start. The Pirates finally appear to have some life – and the impressive part is that (unlike this weekend), this series win came against a good team. The Giants came in to town on fire and with the second-best record in baseball.  The...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Crushing loss. The Pirates dug out of an early hole and looked to be on their way to a nice, much-needed victory, but arguably the most hated man in baseball changed all that. Ryan Braun is a terrible person. Yes, he cheated, but this is what makes him hate-able. And this. And this. Etc. Obviously the boos don’t bother him, but they are well-deserved. Watching a guy like that single...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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