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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 100

Game 100!  Triple digits!  Man, this season seems to be going pretty damn fast.  It hasn’t been all good but on balance?  I’d say they’re doing alright.  They really should start beating good teams though. Even for Vance Worley, a guy that was basically an afterthought in Spring Training. Report Created on Baseball-Reference.com He’s been a pleasant surprise. I don’t...
Via This Is Getting Old
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 99: Dodgers 5 Pirates 2

I suppose it was unreasonable to hope that the Pirates would win all 67 games that they played after the All-Star Break, so a game against Hyun-Jin Ryu seems like as good a place as any for the Bucs to take their first post-Break loss. Really, they were never in this game at all. Edinson Volquez did not have his sharpest stuff tonight, the ball took some bad hops for the Pirates...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Pirates 2

The Pirates weren’t able to keep things rolling in front of a rare Monday night packed house at PNC Park, as a depleted Dodgers club beat them in pretty bland fashion. Edinson Volquez did not have a good night – he suffered some tough BABIP luck, but still – 1o hits, just 5.1 innings, and as many walks as strikeouts (3 each) is not a great look. He’s been on fire recently...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lackluster lineups

The Pirates and Dodgers are two of the eight teams participating in what seems like it’s going to be a mad dash for five National League playoff spots this year, but you’d hardly know it from tonight’s lineups. Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are both on the shelf for the Dodgers with various ailments, while the Pirates are sitting Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez against lefty...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh scouting Phillies' A.J. Burnett

According to Matt Gelb of Philly.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates may have interest in a reunion with veteran starter A.J. Burnett.#452157362 / gettyimages.comThe 37-year-old Burnett told the Pirates after the 2013 season that he would either retire or return to play another year with the Bucs. Things clearly didn't go according to plan, however, as Burnett accepted a more lucrative...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 52-46 on the season, following a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Neil Walker lead a 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 win an RBI and two runs scored. Three other Pirates each had two hits. There was good news on the injury front, as Starling Marte appeared as a pinch hitter after missing the previous game after being hit in the head...
Via MLB Injury News
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 99

I got 99 problems but a sweep ain’t one. That curling one is pretty funny. What world is this? The Pirates have completed the sweep in their last two opportunities. Good thing too, since they can’t beat their division opponents. One of the cooler points of the season was earlier on, when the Pirates were ass, taking three of four from the Dodgers on the road. Interesting nugget...
Via This Is Getting Old
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 5, Rockies 3

Sweep! Extended to come later. Source: FanGraphs Original article: Pirates 5, Rockies 3©2014 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates complete sweep over Rockies

Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 3 When: 1:35 PM ET, Sunday, July 20, 2014 Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Temperature: 77° Umpires: Home – Marvin Hudson, 1B – Clint Fagan, 2B – Tim Timmons, 3B – Tim Welke Attendance: 35609 By SportsDirect Inc. Pirates 5, Rockies 3: Andrew McCutchen broke a tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning as host Pittsburgh erased a three-run...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Rockies

As crazy as it seems, if the Pirates can finish off their sweep of the Rockies at PNC Park this afternoon, there’s a pretty decent chance that most of the damage done by their 2-5 week against the Cardinals and Reds will be washed out before the first full week after the All-Star Break begins. The Brewers are sending Yovani Gallardo to the hill against Gio Gonzalez today, while...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte out of lineup Saturday

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings on Saturday by the score of 3-2. Jordy Mercer's RBI double won the game to improved the Pirates to 51-46, third in the National League Central. The Pirates were without left fielder Starling Marte after being hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. Josh Harrison started in place of Marte and went 0-for-4 with...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

Fireworks nights force post-game news conferences into manager Clint Hurdle's office rather than the conference room down the concourse. That meant that Saturday night, Hurdle's phone kept beeping in his meeting with the media. "Sounds like there's some Pirate fans," he said. A second consecutive comeback victory, this one a walk-off in extra innings, will...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Rockies 2

For the second straight night, the Pirates overcame some nervous moments and a couple mistakes to win a game that they should. Once the Rockies took the lead in the seventh inning, the mentality throughout the park just seemed a little different. There wasn’t a “doomed” feel to the game – obviously it was not a sure thing the Pirates were going to come back, but I think everyone...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 97: Pirates 3 Rockies 2

I don’t know why, but I didn’t really feel like the Pirates were going to lose this game when Carlos Gomez hit the two-run homer in the seventh inning that turned a 1-0 Pirate lead into a 2-1 deficit. Given that the Pirates are still afloat in the wild card race and the NL Central race despite their awful record against the better teams in the division, obviously finding a way...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies go down in extras to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 3, Colorado 2 When: 7:05 PM ET, Saturday, July 19, 2014 Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Temperature: 67° Umpires: Home – Tim Welke, 1B – Marvin Hudson, 2B – Clint Fagan, 3B – Tim Timmons Attendance: 37396 By SportsDirect Inc.   Pirates 3, Rockies 2 (11): Jordy Mercer delivered an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning as Pittsburgh...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The second half climb continues

Last night was a nice win for the Pirates, in the way that it’s always nice when a good team finds a way to beat a bad team. The Pirates probably played closer to poor than they did to well, but Francisco Liriano pulled himself together after two rough innings and the Pirates’ offense strung some hits together against the Rockies’ bullpen, and the Pirates got a win. Liriano’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pinch-hits from Snider, Harrison push Pirates over Rockies, 4-2

In a game of errors, fielding miscues and a baserunning mistake, the Pirates bench picked up the slack Friday night at PNC Park. Taking advantage of the Colorado Rockies bullpen, the Pirates scored two runs in the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 win. They committed three errors, missed two other outs on defense and ran through a stop sign on the bases. Neither of the Rockies’ two...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Rockies 2

On a night when they played some horrendous infield defense, saw their MVP blow a golden late inning opportunity, and had only scored on a misplay in the OF and a bases-loaded HBP directly in the head, an unlikely hero stepped up to win this one for the Bucs; Travis Snider. Snider has this new reputation as the go-to pinch-hitter. I’m not sure if I totally buy that – coming...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano tries (again) to get back on track

I’ve written quite a bit about the Pirates’ situation in the last two days, so tonight is easy: Francisco Liriano is probably the first or second most important piece to getting the Pirates back into the playoffs in the second half. In his last start on Sunday, his stuff looked OK but his control was awful. I’m always willing to give guys a one or two start grace period with...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates second half preview: It won’t be easy, but it is possible

For as maddening as the first 95 games of the Pirates’ 2014 season has been, there’s one thought that keeps cropping up in my head: This Pirate team is really close to being really, really good.  With no disrespect meant to the 2013 Pirates, almost everything that happened last year felt a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle. Make no mistake: that was a good Pirate...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WV Power Report: JaCoby Jones is on a Power Surge

For most of 2014 the West Virginia Power could classify this season as a train wreck. The South Atlantic League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a poor start, saw their most talented prospects go down with injuries, and limped into the Sally League all-star break at mid-June with a record of just 20-48. But fortunes have begun to change in the second half, and SS JaCoby...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates at Rockies

Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Jorge De La Rosa vs. Francisco Liriano Saturday, 7:05 (ROOT): Brett Anderson vs. Charlie Morton Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Tyler Matzek vs. Jeff Locke Our long national nightmare (the All Star Break) is over and the unofficial second half of the season gets under way on Friday night. I think the break has given us some time to look back and size up the Pirates’ current...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates’ first half: Not good or bad, but enough of both to be maddening

When the Pirates punted almost every big decision of the off-season, leaving what one could reasonably assume to be a decent amount of cash unspent (you can look at their offers to Josh Johnson, James Loney, and AJ Burnett and guess that they had at least another $12 million to spend this winter, maybe a little bit more), my immediate thought was this: They’re not sure that 2014...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Tyler Glasnow Should Be Available

I’m sure most of you have heard of the Pirates’ freakish athlete pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow.  The Pirates aren’t hiding the fact that they are high on Glasnow, who is currently pitching in high-A Bradenton.  It’s not every day you find a 6’7″ 20 year-old that throws in the triple digits and already has three years of professional baseball experience.  Glasnow...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Far Can the Pirates Go Without an Ace?

Early this month I wrote a post discussing some of the aces that are potentially on the market as the Pirates approach the trade deadline. I was adamant that the Pirates will not be serious contenders if they do not acquire an ace starting pitcher. A few days after my post was published Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com wrote an opposing view point in a post titled, “The Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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