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Starling Marte came in to this series in a slump. It’s safe to say he’s no longer in a slump: Marte and the Pirates broke out the bats for the second straight night for another big win over the struggling Brewers. He hit that big blast – his second in as many nights – and also capped a three-run first with a two run single. The Pirates used to be absolutely terrible against...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Are the Pittsburgh Pirates and Phillies ace Cole Hamels an ideal fit?

View image | gettyimages.com My goal here is to convince you that the Pirates are the perfect trade partner for the Phillies, in Ruben Amaro's apparent quest to unload Ace-of-Staff Cole Hamels. It's just going to take a while to get there. Stick with me. Deep breath... I had a...
Via Philliedelphia
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marte homers, drives in 5 runs as Pirates beat Brewers

  Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night. The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002. Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI double by Gregory...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marte's big day at plate leads Pirates past Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night. The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002. Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marte homers, drives in 5 as Pirates beat Brewers 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night. The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002. Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI double...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s time to string some wins together

There were a lot of positives in last night’s game for the Pirates; with the offense mired in a pretty ugly funk, both Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte had multi-hit games to help spark the Pirates to score some runs against a pitcher that shut them down just a few days ago. Polanco had three hits including a double, Marte had two hits including a monster homer in the eighth...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Decker activated from DL, optioned to Indianapolis.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Outfielder Jaff Decker has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Decker had been at Indianapolis since the start of the season on a rehab assignment. He strained a muscle in his left calf late during spring training. Pittsburgh announced the move Saturday.
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Offense is fun

The Pirates remembered how to hit the baseball on Friday, and it was good: Every starting position player reached base at least once. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both had huge games, which they both badly needed. Polanco had three hits including a double and was motoring around the bases all night. Marte had an infield hit, a steal, and a colossal blast to put the game away...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh snaps out of slump, runs away from Brewers 6-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Vance Worley worked six effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped out of a lengthy slump to top the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Friday night. Worley (1-1) struck out six while allowing two runs on six hits. Gregory Polanco went 3 for 4 for Pittsburgh. Starling Marte had two hits, including a long two-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth that broke...
Via AP on Fox
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Brewers out-hit by Pirates in series-opening loss

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Vance Worley worked six effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped out of a lengthy slump to top the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Friday night. Worley (1-1) struck out six while allowing two runs on six hits. Gregory Polanco went 3 for 4 for Pittsburgh. Starling Marte had two hits, including a long two-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth that broke...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Have to wake up bats

First off, a bit of news: Chris Stewart’s disabled list stint is over, so he’s back with the Pirates and Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis. I strongly suspect that Sanchez will be back before long, but I suppose we’ll see. For now, there wasn’t much that Sanchez was going to be able to do to stay with the big league club. I suppose we’ll see how this goes from...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stewart up, Sanchez down

We have recalled C Chris Stewart from his rehab assign & reinstated him from the 15-day DL. Tony Sanchez has been optioned to @indyindians — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 17, 2015 For some reason, a bunch of fans are up in arms about this move. I don’t get it. Well, actually I do get it. Tony Sanchez is a fun and likable guy, yes. He had a great spring (which you...
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On the impending Mark Melancon crisis

You, as a Pirate fan, have almost certainly seen some of the things being written about Mark Melancon’s alarmingly decreased velocity to open the 2015 season. I’m a little behind on this one (I apologize that I’m just getting to this now, I’m awfully crunched for time at the moment between TAing and trying to not be a grad student anymore), but it’s pretty easy to display...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: early offensive struggles

After finishing their series with the Detroit Tigers, the Pirates have shown their weakness. So far this season the starting pitchers have performed at a very high level, minus one start by Vance Worley. In back-to-back games Pittsburgh has failed to score a single run while producing only five hits. While some might downplay this as only two games, it doesn’t appear that this...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Makes a Modern Baserunning Gaffe

It’s not very often you see Andrew McCutchen making a mistake, but it happened yesterday in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. A tip of the hat to Pirates broadcasters Tim Neverett and Bob Walk for pointing out this interesting wrinkle. It was the Pirates’ half of the fourth inning, with the game tied 0-0 […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s April and the Pirates can’t hit again

Welp, stop me if you’ve heard that one before. I am still very confident that this is a good offense. A couple of awful games doesn’t change that. They are in a slump. A quick look at some of the averages for guys with legit track records will tell you right away that this won’t last long: Not great. pic.twitter.com/PCF6YLwgm0 — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) April 16, 2015 Regardless...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 9: Tigers 1 Pirates 0

To begin with, a quick apology: sorry there was no preview today, Wednesdays are my busy days on campus, and I found myself barely with enough time to make the 7 PM bus, much less get a preview post written. Secondly: AJ Burnett and Francisco Liriano have combined to give up six runs 25 total innings of work thus far in 2015, and the Pirates are 0-4 in their starts. There’s simply...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 8: Tigers 2 Pirates 0

The good news is that the second phase of the AJ Burnett Experiment went quite well. He cruised through six innings, he struck out eight Tigers, he walked two, threw 69 of 111 pitches for strikes, and got three times as many groundouts as flyouts. He only ran into trouble in the seventh inning, when his control abandoned him a little bit. Still, it’s fair to say that through two...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it Time to Worry About Mark Melancon?

The lifespan of a closer tends to be very short. Very few closers maintain effectiveness year after year. And when they do fall from grace it is often very swift. I’m looking at you Ernesto Frieri, Chris Perez, and Jim Johnson. So as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates it causes me great concern to see Mark Melancon get hit so hard by the Tigers in the Pirates’ home opener. ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 7: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque afternoon at PNC Park than this one: Josh Harrison hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first over the fence, Gerrit Cole kept the Tigers off balance for six innings with a fastball that averaged 97 mph and a ton of swinging strikes on his off-speed pitches (PitchFX says that he threw 22 sliders/curves (though I guess one of those might...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Hand Tigers First Loss Of Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to hold off the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Monday in the Pirates home opener. The Pirates handed the Tigers their first loss by launching 3 home runs, and Gerrit Cole pitching a solid 6 plus innings allowing only 1 run and whiffing 8. The Pirates’ third baseman Josh Harrison led the game off with a first-pitch homerun to right center field. Harrison’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Home Opener wrap-up: That was fun

Pirates home openers have gone pretty well lately. Last year’s ended on a home run (by Neil Walker). This year’s started with a home run (by Josh Harrison). Mix in some absolutely spectacular weather and an optimistic, sold-out crowd that made for yet another wonderful scene on the North Shore…and it really doesn’t get any better. For a while it looked like the Pirates would...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: opening week recap

The 2015 season kicked off this past week and the Pirates have rebounded nicely after a rough start. After the first two series the Bucs sit at 2-4. While it is still early and the sample size is small, there are some things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Hopefully a return to PNC Park will give the Pirates a much needed spark. The opening series in Cincinnati is one...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Casey Sadler brilliant in first major league start

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports When a pitcher is recalled for a spot start, it can almost feel bitter-sweet. When you get a call to make an emergency start, it is usually because of an injury to the expected starter. You may be excited to get your opportunity, but it came at the expense of the original starter. Pittsburgh Pirates’ emergency starter Casey Sadler attested to that...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 6: Pirates 10 Brewers 2

There was a brief moment in which I was sure this game was headed in the opposite direction. After Casey Sadler mostly cruised through the Brewers’ lineup on the first pass, he gave up a hard-hit double to Hector Gomez in the eight spot. When Carlos Gomez came up shortly after, Sadler barely got a 91 mph sinker past him on the first pitch of the at-bat, with Gomez swinging for...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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