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Bucs pitcher Watson says chasing Cards has him 'somewhat frustrated'

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite run in August and are on pace to win nearly 100 games this season. Still, unless the St. Louis Cardinals stumble in September, it won't be good enough for Pittsburgh to win the NL Central. If the Pirates can't catch the Cards, they know what that means, a one-game, do-or-die playoff to advance to the divisional series. That's a scary proposition...
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After three ridiculously good months, the Pirates need to be even better in September

On June 1st, the Pirates woke up seven games out of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates went 17-9 in June. The Cardinals went 18-8, and actually gained a game on the Pirates. The Bucs went 17-9 in July, and made up 2 1/2 games as the Cardinals went 15-12. The Pirates went 19-8 in August, but the Cardinals went 19-9, and so the Pirates only made up a half game. Since June 1st...
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Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up their top starter with an eye on the best team in baseball this weekend. Gerrit Cole and the Pirates have good reason to be concerned about first meeting the lowly Milwaukee Brewers given how Jimmy Nelson has dominated them. The Pirates were swept in their last visit to Miller Park and have been stymied by Nelson as they send Cole to the mound...
Via AP on Fox
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Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up their top starter with an eye on the best team in baseball this weekend. Gerrit Cole and the Pirates have good reason to be concerned about first meeting the lowly Milwaukee Brewers given how Jimmy Nelson has dominated them. The Pirates were swept in their last visit to Miller Park and have been stymied by Nelson as they send Cole to the mound...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

As roster expands, Pirates put a premium on big-league experience

Rosters expand to 40 players Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't fooling around. Rather than stock up on prospects who haven't been in a big-league dugout, the Pirates are seeking to bring in players who have been around the block. According to MLB.com, the Bucs want to load up on players with major-league experience to lend a hand during the final month of the regular season...
Via Fox Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle's pep talk boosted Polanco's confidence to new heights

Gregory Polanco doesn't have to worry about going back down to the minors anymore. Because he once certainly was until manager Clint Hurdle set the then-struggling youngster straight. Hurdle, according to MLB.com, told Polanco: "'You're not going down. 'You're going to stay here. You're going to play." Those words set Polanco free. At the time in early July, Polanco was hitting just...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Schedule, AJ, Call-ups

Hope you (and the Pirates) enjoyed that off day – there’s only one in all of September. That comes on Monday the 14th, and on Tuesday the 15th, the Pirates and Cubs will play a double-header to make up that rainout from a couple weeks ago. Here’s the timing and ticket information: Info on Pirates/Cubs make up game on September 15 pic.twitter.com/r9DIf99CG5 — Brian McElhinny...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-24-15 to 8-30-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/24/15 thru 8/30/15, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Losses, 25 Runs Scored and 21 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. Andrew McChutchen is making another late push for an MVP award. This week he picked up 12 hits in 26 ABs (.462 AVG) and drove in 6...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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Pirates-Brewers Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up their top starter with an eye on the best team in baseball this weekend. Gerrit Cole and the Pirates have good reason to be concerned about first meeting the lowly Milwaukee Brewers given how Jimmy Nelson has dominated them. The Pirates were swept in their last visit to Miller Park and have been stymied by Nelson as they send Cole to the mound...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card race update: Pittsburgh Pirates still in control

Not much has changed in regards to the NL Wild Card standings since last week. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs continue to have a strong hold on the two Wild Card spots. The Pirates expanded their lead to five games over the Cubs while the Giants and Nationals gained ground on the Cubs, and the Diamondbacks playoff hopes look dashed after a rough week. With around five weeks...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The rare stinker

When you go to PNC Park these days, you don’t expect…well, that. The Pirates are a pretty good bet at home to give us something fun to watch every night – but it’s just that: a good bet, not a guarantee. There’s still going to be the occasional awful game, and that happened on Sunday. Charlie Morton was, eh, OK I guess. The big hits the Rockies got probably weren’t awful...
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De La Rosa dominates as Rockies beat Pirates 5-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jorge De La Rosa pitched into the seventh inning before being ejected, and Ben Paulsen hit a two-run triple as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Sunday. De La Rosa (8-6) allowed four hits in six-plus innings while striking out seven and walking one. The left-hander's only other win since July 11 - a span of 10 starts - came Aug. 7 at Washington...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Burnett takes a step closer to return

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is hopeful of returning to the rotation by mid-September following a 71-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. The 38-year-old Burnett has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow. ''It was good, better than expected,'' Burnett said of the bullpen session. ''The pain is gone and I feel good...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

For much of the first half of baseball’s season, I tend to obsess over what the Pirates’ wins and losses look like. Are the Pirates winning close games against bad teams and getting blown out by good ones? Are they blowing leads late in games they could otherwise win? Are their wins blowouts and their losses close? All of this matters early on in the season, because the games...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Charlie Morton’s War

Anyone own Edwin Encarnacion yesterday? Yup me neither, but if you did congrats on winning some money. This, my friends, is one of the greatest parts of playing DFS. It's the eternal hope that you're going to find that guy, pair him with a couple of decent games from a few others and whamo you got yourself a $10,000 grand prize in a GPP. It's just that easy. Problem is it never happens...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thirty games, man

I usually don’t really like when people point out “the Pirates are now __ games over .500!” or “the last time they were this many games over .500 was 19__.” We are past that. The Pirates are good now, and .500 is no longer a benchmark. Games back/ahead in the standings matter, not games below/above .500. But thirty games over seems like as good a time as ever to just step...
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Ramirez homers, Pirates stay hot in 4-3 win over Rockies

PITTSBURGH (AP) A resurgent J.A. Happ worked into the sixth inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Saturday night. Happ and Ramirez, both acquired near the trade deadline to give the Pirates needed depth, helped Pittsburgh improve to 14-3 in their last 17 games. Mark Melancon gave up a two-run homer to Nick Hundley...
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Exposition Park

Decades before Willie Stargell's “We Are Family" vibe, Bill Mazeroski's legendary World Series home run, and Roberto Clemente's demonstrable power, professional baseball in the Pittsburgh area lived in Exposition Park. It holds distinction as the first ballpark for Organized Baseball in the Pittsburgh environs—the “Alleghenys" debuted in the American Association in 1882. ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harrison RBI single lifts Pirates over Rockies 5-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison singled home Francisco Cervelli with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh bullpen continued its hot streak in the Pirates' 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Gregory Polanco had three hits, drove in an insurance run and preserved a tie by throwing out Jose Reyes of the Rockies at the plate from right...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rockies come to town

The drill for this series is much the same as the last: the Pirates are playing bad teams at a point in the season where wins are at a premium. There is no reason for the Pirates to not win two or three games against the Rockies at PNC Park this weekend, and if they’re lucky, doing that will make up some ground on the Cardinals for them. Francisco Liriano starts for the Bucs tonight...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is there a fresh arm ready to enter rotation when rosters expand?

With a wild-card berth all but sewn up, but the division title still within reach, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is mulling options with his rotation. A.J. Burnett isn't likely to return until mid-September, but Hurdle's staff needs some relief heading into the stretch run and then the postseason. One option is a fresh arm from the farm when major-league rosters expand...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer gave pricey gifts to catchers on no-hitter, one-hitter

Max Scherzer has enjoyed a pretty successful season in his first year with the Washington Nationals, a campaign highlighted by incredible back-to-back starts in June that saw the ace pitch a one-hitter and then a no-hitter. Scherzer went out of his way recently to express gratitude to the guys who sat behind the plate and played a significant part in his consecutive, dominant...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez’s latest hot streak isn’t all that different from his hot streaks of the past

For much of 2015 the answer to the question, “Is Pedro Alvarez’s offense good enough to make up for his defense,” has been obvious: the answer was no. Alvarez is having a historically bad season at first base, if you go by advanced defensive metrics. His UZR this year is -10.1, while the next closest qualified first baseman (Miguel Cabrera) is at -3.6. His UZR/150 is -24.9...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

This whole Marlin series was nothing spectacular — just a nice study in the way things should be for the Pirates. Gerrit Cole turned in his second strong start in a row after a spell of less-than-spectacular ones, pitching into the eighth inning and getting a ton of weak ground balls from the Marlins, holding them to one run on five hits and no walks. He didn’t strike a ton of...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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