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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...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
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8 hours 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
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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 […]
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1 day 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. — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) April 16, 2015 Regardless...
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2 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...
3 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. ...
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3 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 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...
4 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...
Via Sports-Glory
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blaming Hurdle for Opening Series Bullpen Failure is Misguided

The Pirates had a very rocky series with the Reds to open the 2015 season. Three games, three rain delays, three losses, and three times the bullpen failed. Hopefully bad things come in threes and this series will soon become a distant memory. The opening series disaster in Cincinnati culminated with manager Clint Hurdle being heaped with a fair amount of scorn for electing to use...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Josh Harrison

Last season was Josh Harrison’s fourth season in the majors though just his first full season. It was also the best season of his entire career at any level. In 550 plate appearances he hit 315/347/490 (.365 wOBA, 137 wRC+) with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases. He also played 3B, 2B, SS, LF, and RF.  Today the Pirates rewarded Harrison with a 4 year extension worth $27.3 million...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucco Prospect Report: Level Skippers

The Pirates four full season minor league affiliates announced their Opening Day rosters yesterday. One of the first things I look for when the minor league rosters are released is which players are given assignments that bypass a level in the system. Skipping a level can be a sign that the team is high on a player and would like to fast track his advancement. Other times a player...
Via Hidden Vigorish
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Pirates Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Pittsburgh Pirates. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Pittsburgh’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Pirates system who are most ready to produce wins at […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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