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Game 20: Cubs 4 Pirates 0

Sometimes, there’s just not much to say about a baseball game. The Pirates only seriously threatened to score once last night, in the fifth inning. The problem is one that I think Pirate fans are probably familiar with; when the offense isn’t clicking on all cylinders, there’s always the risk that they’re going to tumble down a high-strikeout/no-walk rabbit hole. They’ve...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Offense Has Come To Life

Neil Walker has been on fire for the Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates came out of the gate slow, and slow doesn’t even correctly identify the sluggish start the Pirates had. The Pirates were below .500 up until this weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates were able to sweep the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Pirates scored a total of 14 runs in the...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates lost, and it was boring

Not much to really say about a game like this one. The Pirates played poorly all-around and were never really in it. It stinks to watch, especially in a division game, but over 162, games like that will happen. It’s the second one of the year by my count (the first being the lone loss to the Brewers).  The fact that they went in on a five game win streak makes it a little easier...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

This is where the season really starts

When I look at the first three weeks of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, this is what I see for the Pittsburgh Pirates: opportunity. If I had to describe the Pirates first 19 games this year, the word I would probably use is fine. The offense has had its share of fits and starts, the bullpen is a little bit uneven, and the rotation has been great but probably started out...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle: 'I'm not a fan of the DH'

When the St. Louis Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the Disabled List, social media took off. Wainwright, the Cardinals ace, was hurt while batting so almost instantly everyone started campaigning for the National League to join the American League and adopt the Designated Hitter. Well, almost everyone. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't quite see things the same way as everyone...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-20-15 to 4-26-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/20/15 thru 4/26/15, the 3rd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Loss, 33 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Gregory Polanco. Polanco flashed a lot of tools this week. His bat, arm, and legs all factored into Pirate victories. Polanco was 8 for 27 at the plate including...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Monday Not Funnies. Andrew McCutchen is having a slump.

Lets hope it lasts a little longer...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vol 3: NL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

Plenty of headlines came from the NL Central this week. From a big loss for the St. Louis Cardinals to a big prospect’s debut for the Chicago Cubs, the excitement in the Midwest continues to exist.   Chicago Cubs Last week, Kris Bryant made his debut. This week, fellow prospect Addison Russell saw his first big league action. It ended with 3 strikeouts, but Bryant had 3 Ks...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Offense nowhere to be found as D-backs swept by Pirates

PHOENIX -- Pittsburgh's starting pitchers do not have the hardware or the "wow" factor of, say, those of the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants, but the Pirates have the numbers. Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano rank in the top 17 in the NL in ERA four turns through the rotation this year, and the Diamondbacks saw them at the best in being swept in a weekend...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 19: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 0

Last Tuesday, the Pirates lost to the Cubs with a second straight bullpen meltdown. They were 6-8 with five wins against the Brewers, who have managed to become an MLB punchline faster than any team in recent memory. Since then, they’ve torn off five straight wins against the Cubs and Diamondbacks. This weekend, they swept the Diamondbacks by a combined scored of 14-2. They’ve...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Swept the snakes

If you think back to last year, the Pirates had some serious trouble putting away sweeps. They didn’t get one until sweeping Philly early July, despite numerous chances after winning the first two games of a series. They also did not put together a five game win streak until their red-hot September that vaulted them into a playoff spot. Well, now the Pirates already have two...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs offense no where to be found as Pirates complete sweep

PHOENIX -- ittsburgh's slow start to the season is quickly fading into the rearview mirror. The Pirates can thank their starting pitchers for the turnaround. Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. "We're playing better...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

NL Central Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the NL Central. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: The dust has settled after Bryant’s major-league debut, and the 23 year old phenom’s second week was another good one. With fellow prospect...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates complete 1st desert sweep with 8-0 win over D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Making his 200th career start, Liriano (1-1) offset six walks with seven strikeouts and allowed two hits in 6 1-3 innings. He has now beaten 29 of the 30 teams in the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep over Diamondbacks

Much as it was gratifying to see the Pirates win a game started by AJ Burnett last night, it’d be great to see them get a win this afternoon in a game started by Francisco Liriano. Liriano was a little uneven in his last start against the Cubs, but has on the whole been excellent in 2015. His fastball has the zip that was missing in the early part of last season, his command has...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more

Tony Watson was an All-Star last season. If you’re a casual fan and the Pirates aren’t your team, you maybe weren’t aware of that. The 29-year-old left-hander isn’t exactly a household name. Opposing hitters know who he is. Working as a set-up man in the City of Bridges, Watson had a 1.63 ERA in 78 […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

McCutchen: 'I'm feeling good, so the outcome will be there'

  Andrew McCutchen is in the middle of an offensive rut, but instead of stressing about it the Pirates All-Star has a more laid back approach. “That's baseball … it's a game of adjustments. I'll get there, it's a matter of time,” McCutchen told Pirates.com. “I'm not focused on the outcome, just on the feeling. And I'm feeling good, so the outcome will be there. Long as I...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Struggle Offensively as They Fall to the Pirates

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, right, reacts after swinging for a strike as Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli, left, throws the ball back to the pitcher during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 24, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Diamondbacks struggled offensively on Friday night as they fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1 in...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle's trust in Melancon is rewarded

Pirates closer Mark Melancon had come under a lot of scrutiny lately not only because of the lack of results, but because his velocity was down as well. While everyone was ready to give up on Melancon, manager Clint Hurdle stuck with his closer and his patience is starting to be rewarded as Melancon notched saves both Thursday and Friday. “You've got to give those men some rope...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

It’s nice to see this Pirate team start to win some baseball games in different ways. They came into this game having lost quite a few pitchers duels (almost all of them with AJ Burnett or Francisco Liriano on the mound — six of their eight losses have been started by those two, even though they’ve pitched quite well), so it was really good to see Burnett make another solid...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stealing one late

The Pirates were able to win the type of game they struggled with just a week or two ago – low-scoring, good starting pitching, nervous moments with the bullpen, etc. They weren’t getting the late breaks in, say, the Cincinnati series, but this time they did and now they’ve won four in a row. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…A.J. Burnett is not getting any run...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs squander opportunities, fall to Pirates

PHOENIX -- Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday night. Walker doubled to the center-field wall against Addison Reed (0-1), his second double of the game, before Marte hit a grounder past diving shortstop Cliff Pennington. Tony Watson (1-1) pitched out of trouble in the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte's single in 9th lifts Pirates over Diamondbacks 2-1

PHOENIX (AP) Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday night. Walker doubled to the center-field wall against Addison Reed (0-1), his second double of the game, before Marte hit a grounder past diving shortstop Cliff Pennington. Tony Watson (1-1) pitched out of trouble in the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 17: Pirates 4 Diamondbacks 1

When the Pirates made Gerrit Cole the first pick in the 2011 draft, the vision that they had for Cole was clear: a snarling, fire-breathing ace that would chuck 98 mph fastballs in the eighth inning and turn a manager to stone when he came to get the ball from him after 108 pitches. That’s the Gerrit Cole that manifested last night in Arizona. I missed most of the game (I was out...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cole Train Heads West

Gerrit Cole has gotten off to a really solid start to this season – maybe not quite the utterly dominant mode we saw flashes of in the past two Septembers, but he’s just been really solid, reliable, and taking full advantage of his incredible arsenal. This was his best outing to date: 7.2 innings, one run, seven K’s. Yes, there were seven hits and two walks, but he was incredibly...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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