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Morning Report: Expect the Hits to Keep Coming

If you keep watching the Pirates for the next few years, you should expect the hits to keep coming. I’m talking about the amount of batters being hit during Pirates’ games and it’s mostly due to the philosophy of pitching inside the organization preaches in the minors. With Andrew McCutchen getting hit twice by Matt Garza on Saturday night, now is a time to look back at a subject...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Game 155

Freakin’ bullpen gets the loss. Great stuff, huh? It’s hard to get terribly pissed at the bullpen, aka Mark Melancon, when the offense scores zero ******* runs. Vance Worley gets the start today because Charlie Morton is having some discomfort. He’s hurt. Like usual. Is there any way you put Morton on the playoff roster? Can you really rely on him to start a game right now...
Via This Is Getting Old
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

A huge crowd was smelling blood on Saturday night – especially after another episode of Andrew McCutchen HBP drama – and a win to put the Brewers away would have made for another brilliant scene. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the Pirates wasted a great night of pitching and lost the game with a couple of tough breaks late. This could have been Edinson Volquez‘s final...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen hit twice in loss against Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers won today 1-0 by a 9th inning sacrifice fly from Logan Schafer, and Edinson Volquez pitched seven scoreless, but both storylines were out shined by Andrew McCutchen getting hit by pitches twice from Matt Garza. The first came in the 3rd inning and the 2nd came in the 5th, resulting in Garza being tossed from the game. Clint Hurdle wasn’t sure of the intent...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brewers hold off Pirates, 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers overcame the ejection of starting pitcher Matt Garza and pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates, winning for just the second...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brewers edge Pirates 1-0 with run in 9th to tighten NL wild-card race

PITTSBURGH — Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers pulled within 3½ games of the Pirates after winning for just the second time in their last 13 road games. Zach Duke (5-1), a...
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Brewers hold off Pirates, 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers overcame the ejection of starting pitcher Matt Garza and pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates, winning for just the second...
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Brewers edge Pirates 1-0 to tighten wild-card race

PITTSBURGH (AP) Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot. The Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates after winning for just the second time in their last 13 road games. Zach Duke (5-1...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball

Tony Sanchez will play in the Dominicans this upcoming winter, as Pete Ellis reported. Sanchez played 81 games in Triple-A this year, hitting .235 with a .758 OPS. He’s also played 25 games for the Pirates, amounting a .275 average and .669 OPS. In all, it was an inconsistent year for Sanchez at the plate, and the Pirates would like to see him make improvements in his approach...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Finish them

There is blissfully little to be said about this Pirates/Brewers game tonight. The Pirates have a 4 1/2 game lead on the Brewers with nine games on the schedule (eight for the Brewers). The Pirates cannot clinch the wild card tonight and they cannot clinch it tomorrow, but just one more win in this series makes the second wild card an inevitability for the Bucs. Anyway, last night...
Via WHYGAVS?
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: A Big Draft Pick With Impressive Numbers

During the 2013 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates took left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson in the fourth round out of Sam Houston State. While the Pirates were scouting him, they no doubt noticed another starter for SHSU that was draft eligible this year. In the sixth round of the 2014 draft, the Pirates took a 6’6″, 220 pound right-hander and signed him quickly for just below slot...
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Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff Locke spoiled; the inability of the offense to accomplish anything against Yovani...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Brewers 2

All hail Russell Martin: Your browser does not support iframes. Yeah, we know. Give him all of the money. ALL OF IT. Let’s save that offseason topic for the offseason, though, and enjoy what was easily one of the greatest moments in PNC Park history. If you narrow that down to exclude the two home playoff wins last year, it may have been my favorite moment as a Pirate fan at...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Andrew McCutchen Apologizes to Young Fan

Pittsburgh Pirates fan Bryce Robison had one wish for his sixth birthday…have Andrew McCutchen show up to his party. But, since the Pirates had a day game against the Chicago Cubs and the drive from Wrigley Field to Edison’s Entertainment Complex (where the party was held) is nearly five hours, the 2013 National League MVP was, understandably, absent. Oh…and he’s Andrew FREAKIN’...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into...
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Morton to see Specialist, Gallardo’s Success against the Pirates

Morton’s Season Dependent on Doctor’s Visit Before today’s game, the Pirates announced that Vance Worley will start Sunday in place of Charlie Morton. Morton pitched Tuesday against the Red Sox, throwing five scoreless, four hit innings. Morton ran up his pitch count to 92 on the game, and was taken out early as a result. Some late pain might have factored in, as well. “Actually...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley to start on Sunday against Brewers

The Pirates announced that Charlie Morton experienced "increased discomfort" in the latter innings of his last start and again during his bullpen session. He is scheduled to have a follow up exam next week and then a decision will be made how to proceed.
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out

Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been capitalizing on their easy schedule at the end of the 2014 season. They took on the Cubs and the Red Sox in the last week, going 5-1. That follows a week where they went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies, leading to a combined 11-2 stretch over the last two weeks. As a result, they’ve seen their playoff odds soar by about 60-70 percentage points...
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Tyler Glasnow Named MLB.com’s Pitching Prospect of the Year

Tyler Glasnow has already won the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year award for the 2014 season. Today, MLB.com announced that the tall right-hander has been named the Pitcher of the Year in all of minor league baseball. Glasnow won the award after finishing first in batting average against (.174), along with finishing third in ERA (1.74). In winning the award...
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Tony Sanchez to Play in Dominican League This Winter

Tony Sanchez has signed a contract to play in the Dominican League this upcoming winter. Sanchez will strictly be catching, stating that he “won’t even be taking his first base glove down there.” He is excited to play against the good competition the league has to offer. “I’ll spend a month in the Dominican, and I’ll be facing some good arms. Hopefully that will put me...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Bradenton’s Prospect List is Strong at the Top

We continue with the third day of season recaps and top ten lists for each affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yesterday we took a look at the Altoona Curve and the long-term help that the 2014 squad could provide the Pirates down the line. On Wednesday, it was the Indianapolis prospect recap. Today, we take a look at the Bradenton Marauders top ten prospect list and what impact...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Remembering When Win 82 Mattered, and the New Expectations

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak featured a lot of desperation from Pirates fans. At times, it felt like the Pirates would never have a winning season again. For so long, fans were convinced that the only way the Pirates could have a winning season would be if everything went right, and the NL Central was weak. Every player had to have a career year. Every prospect had to...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss
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