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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1 day ago  |  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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1 day ago  |  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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4 days ago  |  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...
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13 days ago  |  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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16 days ago  |  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...
16 days ago  |  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...
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20 days ago  |  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...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 133

The rubbermatch!  It doesn’t get much better than that does it?  Yes.  A sweep is better you boners. What an outing by Gerrit Cole last night. Too bad he can’t throw 150 pitches, that’s the only way to keep the pigpen from blowing leads. With him blowing the save Tony Watson was able to pick up his ninth win of the season. Quite pathetic in my mind to give him a win, I hate...
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26 days ago  |  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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28 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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August 06, 2014  |  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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July 27, 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...
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

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

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
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