How the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Season Was Like a Season of Boardwalk Empire

By now you’ve probably read several season recaps for the Pittsburgh Pirates. You might be starting to move away from the disappointment of the Pirates losing the Wild Card, while looking forward to the off-season and next season. I wanted to wait a few days to do my season recap and off-season preview, just to digest everything that happened this year. In doing so, I came to the...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Makes Sense for the Pirates

The Pirates don’t have much of a recent history of buying. This is because the Pirates don’t have much of a recent history of winning, but they were somewhat active over each of the last two seasons. In the middle of 2012, the team added guys like Wandy Rodriguez, Gaby Sanchez, and Travis Snider. In […]
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Five reasons why I wish I was an Astros fan

Seemingly every season, one reaches a certain point where they can no longer bear to watch the Rockies. For most, that time has already come and gone in 2014. There is further a point where one reaches such a saturation level of piling on the Rockies that they can no longer bear to watch or read the media that continues to bash the club. Unless my pulse on the Denver market is way...
Via Mile High Sports
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Injury Update: Wandy Rodriguez undergoes season-ending surgery

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, via Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors, Wandy Rodriguez will not pitch again in 2014 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right knee. The Pittsburgh Pirates released Rodriguez at the end of May after an injury-plagued season during which the veteran had struggled to find any form.Rojas writes that the recovery time surgery is around...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Cumpton’s audition

Brandon Cumpton has been tabbed for today’s start against the Mets, which means that he gets the first shot at filling Wandy Rodriguez’s vacated rotation space. Cumpton made two decent starts for the Bucs while Rodriguez was on the disabled list, though the Pirates lost his first start 2-1 and he helped them cough up a 4-0 lead to the Orioles when he ran out of gas in his second...
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Series Wrap-Up / Mets Series Preview

FYI – I’m on vacation right now, so I’m not seeing much of the games and won’t be spending much time posting. I’ll be embedding the usual FanGraphs charts after games along with any very notable highlights, and will have a quick update after/before series and if any big news breaks. While it started and ended on a sour note, the Bucs had a solid week at home and finally...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Feeling is some team will trade for Wandy Rodriguez

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. He has struggled mightily this season, as he has been dealing with an arthritic elbow the entire year.If the medicals on him aren't as bad as many believe, the feeling is some team will take a chance on him, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.#149449627 / gettyimages.comRodriguez...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates baseball: Wandy Rodriguez is no longer a Pirates, is that enough?

Brandon Cumpton The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment on Thursday thus ending his career with the Pirates. Rodriguez came to the Pirates in 2012 in a trade that sent Triple A all-star left handed pitcher Rudy Owens, left hander Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman to the Astros. Rodriguez performed admirably for the Pirates in his limited starts for...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates designate Wandy Rodriguez for assignment

Wandy Rodriguez After another horrendous outing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated starter Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. The move was necessary as the team lingers at the bottom of the National League Central and one disappointing outing after another for the 35-year-old. On Wednesday Rodriguez surrendered six innings in just 1.2 innings in the Pirates 9-8 victory over the...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez tries to stay in the rotation against the Nationals

I would read the Pirates’ decision to DFA Wandy Rodriguez today as a signal that the club realizes that they’re in a very serious amount of trouble in regards to contending in 2014 and that they can no longer mess around with players who are actively hurting their chances to win when better options exist in Triple-A. If I were Edinson Volquez, that knowledge would make me awfully...
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Wandy Rodriguez DFA’d

- The Wandy Rodriguez era is over in Pittsburgh. The Bucs designated him for assignment after he was shelled again last night. His diastrous 2014 numbers: 0-2, 6.75 ERA, just 26.2 innings over 6 starts, and 10 home runs allowed. As I (and several others) wrote after the game last night, this was a no brainer. Wandy just doesn’t look like he has enough left to be even mediocre...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates designate Wandy Rodriguez for assignment

The @Pirates have reinstated @russellmartin55 from the DL. To make room for Martin, Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 22, 2014 I mostly said my piece about why Wandy Rodriguez was important to the Pirates this morning, but it’s still a bit of a sad moment that his Pirate career didn’t work out all that well. In a lot of...
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates have cut bait on Wandy Rodriguez

The @Pirates have reinstated @russellmartin55 from the DL. To make room for Martin, Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 22, 2014
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates have cut bait on Wandy Rodriguez

The @Pirates have reinstated @russellmartin55 from the DL. To make room for Martin, Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 22, 2014
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 45: Pirates 9 Orioles 8

OK, so, here’s the situation: the modem that gives me internet in my apartment is broken. I’ve been told that they need to send a serviceperson to my apartment to fix it rather than have me just drop off the broken modem and get a new one, because they’re concerned the wiring in my building has gone bad. This would all be fine, except that my lease is up on May 31st, the moving...
May 22, 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

Another day, another game

I feel like this hastily scribbled lineup card perfectly describes how I feel about this game tonight. “I dunno, whatever, just get out there and get it over with.” Wandy Rodriguez pitched decently in his return from the disabled list against the Brewers last week, though that was all completely lost by the Melancon Implosion of the ninth inning that sent the Pirates spiraling...
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftStreet Picks: Wednesday, May 21

Continuing alternating awesome days, Team BaseballProf scored well last night. Our Optimal Lineup put up 78.67 points and finished 55th-of-1,100 in the $5,000 guaranteed GPP, and a few other versions were scattered across the leaderboard as well. I had hopes we’d make some serious cash, but my late-game selections — Jedd Gyorko, Will Venable, Ian Kennedy, and Matt Dominguez —...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Orioles

Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Miguel Gonzalez vs. Francisco Liriano Wednesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Chris Tillman vs. Wandy Rodriguez The Bucs are home this week against the two mid-atlantic teams, and after a subpar road trip they need to get back on track at PNC. Losing either series isn’t really an option at this point, and even though these are two tough matchups, a 3-3 week won’t really...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Orioles (22-20) – Pirates (18-25)

Photo: Baltimore Sun Game 1: Miguel Gonzalez (1-3. 4.76 ERA) v. Francisco Liriano (0-3, 4.25 ERA) Game 2: Chris Tillman (4-2, 3.34 ERA) v. Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 6.84 ERA)   The Birds come back to Camden Yards after winning the first two games against the Kansas City Royals and taking the split. Another frustrating series where the offense was lacking behind excellent pitching. The...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Lynning: Fact Or Fiction?

It lurks around every corner.  You continually wonder if it’s going to rear its head.  And just when you think the game is safe, it happens. The Lynning. The Lynning is a term that has seemed to catch on over on the Twitter for that one terrible inning that Lance Lynn always seems to have.  Even when the game seems like it’s cruising along, Lynn gives up a couple of base hits...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 40: Brewers 4 Pirates 3

After six solid innings from Wandy Rodriguez, after a Tony Sanchez two-run home run and a Gaby Sanchez solo homer off of a righty, after all of those improbable things came together to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead headed into the bottom of the ninth, Mark Melancon went out and gave up a single to Ryan Braun, then walked back to back hitters before giving up a game-ending two-run...
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers pull one from the fire, edge Pirates late

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Khris Davis hit a game-ending two-run single and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied in the ninth off Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon for a 4-3 win Thursday. Ryan Braun led off the inning by singling to right before Melancon (1-2) walked the next two hitters to load the bases with nobody out. Up came Davis, who smashed his broken-bat hit into short center to drive...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The return of Wandy Rodriguez

The sort of situation the Pirates are in with Wandy Rodriguez is always a tricky one to try and sort out from a fan’s perspective. Rodriguez got hammered in a few starts with the Pirates and looked really awful in the process, then went on the disabled list with a knee problem (and despite all of the jokes from fans and media about how his primary injury was being terrible, he...
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Start Time and Probable Pitchers for Thursday May 15, 2014

On Thursday May 15, 2014 there will be a smaller slate of Major League games. Nine games will take place on Thursday with the first taking place at 12:35 pm ET when the San Diego Padres visit the Cincinnati Reds. The last games of the day get underway after 10 pm ET. Starts Visitors Home 12:35 PM ET SD - Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.02) CIN - Alfredo Simon (4-2, 2.89) 1:10 PM...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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