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A big dose of clutch

That has to be one of the best Pirate wins of the year. How many times have we seen them come up big late in a tight game on the road like that? Not very many. Well, on Tuesday they did it several times on the same night. First, Gregory Polanco. The kid seems to be all right after all – he’s turning the disappointing stat line around, he has had a ton of clutch hits lately, and...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Back to the norm

This is what you expect when Gerrit Cole starts: a well-pitched, fast-moving, low-scoring game that ends with a Pirate victory. Kind of a boring game, honestly, but that’s perfectly fine. Seriously, there isn’t a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Cole was his usual self, going right after hitters (0 walks) and mostly getting great results. Nats rookie Joe Ross pitched...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats spoil the party

The Pirates had a lot going for them on Saturday. They were off to a great start in the series, had Burnett and Cole set to go for a sweep, Aramis Ramirez was arriving, the offense seemed to be clicking, it was a beautiful day, and they’ve been great in front of huge crowds at PNC (previously undefeated in Saturday home games). Well, sometimes you get an unexpected result, kind...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dingers > HBP’s

Last time the Pirates faced Max Scherzer, the story was all about a man with a lips tattoo on his neck getting hit by a pitch. (Oh, and that whole no-hitter thing.) I like this storyline a little better. Pedro got the party started – OF COURSE he comes alive after the trade talk heats up – but after Jeff Locke squandered the early lead and it seemed like Scherzer would find...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A trade and a win….better now?

After everyone was all angry just about 24 hours ago, there are a lot more positive vibes around the Pirates after they swung a much-needed trade and followed it up with a strong win over the Nationals to begin the weekend series. So, Aramis Ramirez, huh? There’s certainly some irony and a sense of his career coming full circle here, after he was painfully traded away just about...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen on ESPN’s “My Wish” (VIDEO)

It wasn’t a good week for the Pirates…so cheer up a little bit by watching this: A heart condition hasn’t stopped Sean Campbell’s love of baseball or Andrew McCutchen, who made his day for #MyWish: http://t.co/KmgdiJUBAv — ESPN (@espn) July 22, 2015 Original article: Andrew McCutchen on ESPN’s “My Wish” (VIDEO)©2015 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
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Andrew McCutchen on ESPN’s “My Wish” (VIDEO)

It wasn’t a good week for the Pirates…so cheer up a little bit by watching this: A heart condition hasn’t stopped Sean Campbell’s love of baseball or Andrew McCutchen, who made his day for #MyWish: http://t.co/KmgdiJUBAv — ESPN (@espn) July 22, 2015 Original article: Andrew McCutchen on ESPN’s “My Wish” (VIDEO)©2015 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark times

If you take a step back, things aren’t really all that bad. The Pirates are still solidly in line for a playoff spot. The division, well, there’s still hope if/when they get hot again. Regardless of the roster issues and such, they aren’t going to continue to play as poorly as they did this past week.  Cervelli should be back soon. Liriano will start on Thursday. Butttt...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark times

If you take a step back, things aren’t really all that bad. The Pirates are still solidly in line for a playoff spot. The division, well, there’s still hope if/when they get hot again. Regardless of the roster issues and such, they aren’t going to continue to play as poorly as they did this past week.  Cervelli should be back soon. Liriano will start on Thursday. Butttt...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Florimon is the latest random callup

And he’s your new starting shortstop. Here’s our lineup for game 3 in KC. http://t.co/yVeeycpKAS#LetsGoBucspic.twitter.com/9huHyKsfiw — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 22, 2015 Florimon is another “depth” (I use that term VERY lightly) guy that can probably field, but can’t hit at all. It doesn’t help that Francisco Cervelli is still out (hopefully just a day-to...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

This one touched a nerve

I don’t know if I’ve seen Pirate fans more irritated during/after a loss all season, and even though a close road loss to the best team in the AL shouldn’t be that big of a deal, it’s not all that hard to understand why: Joe Blanton completely shut down the Pirate offense after they seemed to catch a break with KC starter Jason Vargas going down with an injury in the second...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense works, too

It’s kind of weird to see the Pirates win a slugfest game like that one, but hey, whatever works, right? I suppose A.J. Burnett has earned a couple of wins like this, where the offense carries him through a sub-par outing, and that was certainly the case here. Hard throwing Yordano Ventura was probably a pretty good matchup for the fastball-loving Bucs, and they attacked early...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

More Jordy Mercer injury fallout

The news wasn’t the worst case scenario for Jordy Mercer and the Pirates, but it still leaves them stuck without a starting infielder for a while. #Pirates Mercer out 6 weeks with lower leg contusion and a sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his left knee — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 20, 2015 As we suspected, Brent Morel was called up, although Sean Rodriguez...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

It looks like Brent Morel is coming up…

I thought the Brent Morel era was over….you thought it was over….but here we are. Morel was pulled from Indy’s game Sunday night and, sadly, is the most logical candidate on the Triple-A roster to join the Pirate infield after Jordy Mercer‘s ugly injury. Mercer headed back to Pittsburgh (instead of Kansas City with the team) on Sunday for evaluation by team doctors. Jung...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercer injured, Pirates swept, everything is terrible

It was a flashback to the old days at Miller Park for the Pirates, where nothing seemed to ever go right. It seemed like they had gotten over that recently – the Brewers being awful certainly helped – but that was not the case this weekend. Talk about a change of pace from the way they went in to the break…. To make matters worse, their starting shortstop went down like this...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

No Frankie, more problems…

There was bad news on Saturday night for the Pirates before the game even started, as Francisco Liriano was scratched just minutes before first pitch with “neck tightness.” There wasn’t a whole lot of information in the postgame media session… Liriano: “I just woke up with it this morning. We’ll see how it feels (Sunday). When I was warming up ….I couldn’t throw...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

An unpleasant welcome back

All the good feelings from the All-Star Break and the series that preceded it seemed like a distant memory during the Pirates’ loss to Milwaukee on Friday night. They played poorly all around and simply weren’t good enough to beat a bad Brewers team. You can call it an off night for the offense against Mike Fiers (aside from a long Jung Ho Kang homer), a so-so night from Charlie...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates All-Star Highlights: Cutch homers, Cole whiffs Trout

The Pirates won’t have home field advantage in the World Series this year, as the NL couldn’t bring home an All-Star victory. (Yes, that is ridiculously stupid.) But the Pirates in the game represented pretty well – it was the Dodger contingent that was more to blame for the loss. Andrew McCutchen went deep in the sixth off Chris Archer: …and Gerrit Cole tossed an impressive...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Korean Pirates Highlights are the new best thing ever

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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The encore delivered

What. A. Weekend. I’m honestly speechless and would like to say something more profound here, something about how this just set up a heck of a division race in the second half and how this is a team of destiny and all that….but I just can’t get over how awesome those last two nights were. There’s no way they could have possibly been any better. Absolute madness and jubilation...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Game in PNC Park History(?)

I feel pretty comfortable saying that at this point. Go ahead an add the “regular season” caveat if you want – that’s fine. But when you add up the implications, the energy in the ballpark, the crazy amount of ridiculous things that happened, and the epic finish….it does not get any better (for July). Like, I mean, c’mon. A.J. Burnett hit a freaking home run!  That happened...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucky thirteen

All Gerrit Cole does is go out and get W’s: Your @MLB wins leaders: pic.twitter.com/4hZLUsvsnv — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) July 11, 2015 Yes, wins alone is a terrible way to measure a pitcher, and some of it is certainly being in the right place at the right time, but Cole has been a constant for this team when things go well: always giving them a chance, going deep into the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

That familiar frustration

Well, a lot of that anticipation and hype for the long-awaited Cardinals series dwindled quickly, at least for the series opener on Thursday night. The reasons: Some bad baseball mistakes that you just can’t get away with very often against the best team in baseball (Polanco’s first-inning TOOTBLAN, Mercer’s error, and two Locke walks that fed the Cards’ big inning)....
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bring on the birds

It’s a familiar feeling and a pretty great feeling. The Pirates are just in one of those zones where they are finding ways to win tight games late – despite being a little beat up and not getting a ton of great individual performances, they are getting it done. They swept the Padres, but trailed in all three games and won once on a walkoff and twice in the eighth. That makes...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wet and wild…again

It’s taken two closely contested, rain-delayed games, but the Pirates have finally done it – they have defeated the San Diego Padres in a series at PNC Park for the first time ever. Ignore how utterly ridiculous it is that they’ve never done that before, and appreciate some of the fun stuff that happened in this one: — The music and reception for Clint Barmes was really,...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss
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