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Staying hot

If the Pirates would have managed to follow their first two wins in Detroit with a clunker against a rookie lefty soft-tosser, I don’t think anyone would have been too surprised. But they didn’t – the bats mostly stayed hot and Francisco Liriano was able to deliver a very strong start to complete the sweep. Impressive stat @Pirates #RespectTheSweep
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Craig Breslow edition

As the All-Star game is fast approaching, teams will begin exploring trades more in depth and deals will be made soon. The Pirates have gotten back on track lately after hitting a bit of a rough patch. They currently sit seven games back of the division leading St. Louis Cardinals and should be looking at ways to improve this team. Many people, including myself have talked about...
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Walker homers twice as Pirates pound Tigers 9-3

DETROIT (AP) -- Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Wednesday night. Walker also drove in the winning run in Tuesday night's 14-inning win -- a game that ended early Wednesday morning. The Pirates finished with 21 hits, their most since May 13, 2004 in Colorado. A.J. Burnett (7-3) got the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 76: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

Somehow, a game that Gerrit Cole left in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead turned into a story about Deolis Guerra and Gorkys Hernandez. Actually, “somehow” is the wrong word because we know exactly how it happened: a two-run JD Martinez home run off of Tony Watson in the seventh inning. Regardless, on to Guerra, Hernandez, and a little bit of Neil Walker. The Pirates have played...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Family motivates Pirates' Cervelli

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli plays – and lives his life with – a bunch of energy, a trait that’s catching on with his new teammates. “I think Cervy may even have more energy than Russ had,” Chris Stewart told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Doesn't matter the situation, he's looking for the positive. He's always got a smile.” So where does all that energy come from...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Alvarez searching for power

Watch Pedro Alvarez take batting practice or look at some of his past highlight reels and it's evident that he can hit for a lot of power. However, Alvarez has run into a power shortage in 2015, something the Pirates need to change if they're going to fight for a third straight trip to the playoffs. "It's contact point more than anything," Pirates hitting coach Jeff Branson told...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Pittsburgh Pirates are postseason bound in 2015

Gerrit Cole The Pittsburgh Pirates currently sit at 42-33 overall and are second in the NL Central this season, only trailing the MLB leading St. Louis Cardinals. Here are a few reasons why the Pirates have been as successful as they have been thus far through the season and why they will continue their winning ways into the postseason. Pitching: The Pirates are currently second overall...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for a curious experience. The Pirates took two out of three from the Braves, a team that they...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 6-22-15 to 6-28-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/22/15 thru 6/28/15, the 12th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 25 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jordy Mercer. Mercer caught fire this week with 11 hits in 26 ABs. 4 of his hits went for extra bases and he knocked in 5 runs – the biggest of which...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates make a series of roster moves

The Pirates 25-man roster looked a little bit different on Sunday as the team welcomed two new faces into the dugout. Pittsburgh designated Jose Tabata and Chris Volstad for assignment and called ip Gorkys Hernandez and Steve Lombardozzi, according to The Pirates had been working with an eight man bullpen, but now the team has seven relievers and five bench players...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen jokes he needs to 'dropkick a pitcher'

Andrew McCutchen has been hit by pitches eight times this season, with two of them coming over the past three days, and it sounds like the former National League MVP has had enough. During Friday’s game against the Braves, McCutchen was hit by pitch thrown by Williams Perez. The following day, McCutchen was hit by...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jordy Mercer heating up

The past few years Jordy Mercer has gotten off to slow starts and as the season’s progress, he finds a way to improve his game around this time. This year is no different for Mercer. As we approach the beginning of July, Jordy has been on a bit of a hot streak as of late. In his past seven games Mercer has a .360 batting average with four RBI’s and four doubles. Along with his...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster moves: Gorkys, Lombardozzi, Tabata, Volstad

#pirates have DFA’d Jose Tabata Chris Volstad also packing his things. Gorkys Hernandez on his way here. One other move coming. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 #pirates have called up Lombardozzi and Gorkys Hernandez. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 So it’s Hernandez and Lombardozzi up, while Tabata and Volstad go down. If you’re...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-Ho Kang becomes valuable for the Pittsburgh Pirates

It can be safe to say for the Pittsburgh Pirates that if the team’s in a win-or-lose situation, the safe bet is to call up Jung-Ho Kang to save the day. When  the Pirates took a gamble on a relatively unknown South Korean infielder, it was never a thought that Kang would become a vital part of not only the infield, but in the batting order as well. He has now won over the interest...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen leaves game after being hit by pitch

Andrew McCutchen, the star of the Pittsburgh Pirates anemic offense, may be dealing with a potential long-term injury. The All Star outfielder left today’s game against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning after being hit by a fastball delivered by Braves’ starter Julio Teheran. The pitch clocked in at 91 MPH, according to Jung Ho Kang replaced McCutchen for the Pirates...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett looks to give Pirates a series win over the Reds

It was exactly one week ago that we were all giddy that the Pirates had finally winnowed their NL Central deficit down to four games. The Pirates have lost five of six since then, and are now seven games behind the Cardinals. The grand effect of these losses is that much of the ground they made up on the Cardinals by winning 21 of 25 has been wiped away (they had made up a total...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies are scouting Pirates AA Altoona team

View image | We are just about five weeks away from the July 31 trade deadline, so the heavy scouting of other farm systems continues. One team to watch is the Pittsburgh Pirates. While they do not have the financial resources of other teams, they have prospects to trade...
Via Philliedelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

This Gerrit Cole two-seam fastball had absurd movement (Video)

In softball they have a pitch called a riseball. This concept actually makes sense in the sport because the pitchers throw underhand and can direct the ball upwards. It’s much different for a baseball pitcher to get similar movement because they obviously throw overhand, but Gerrit Cole is trying to defy those conventions. In the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: The Movement Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Gerrit Cole Has on This Pitch is Sick

If you have ever wondered why good pitchers are as valued as they are take a look at this pitch by Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. If it was easy to get a ball to do what he does here while still throwing it incredibly hard (98 miles per hour) than maybe--just maybe--pitchers would not make as much as they do.But it is not. So they do (and they deserve it). 98 with movement...
Via FatManWriting
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates MVP is… Francisco Cervelli?

Everyone makes mistakes. Some marry people they shouldn’t. Some cheat on their taxes. Some refuse to eat their dinner and find out later I won’t give them dessert and then throw a holy fit that prevents me from starting my article on how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh Pirates MVP until very late. But I […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Is This the Best Pirates Rotation in My Life Time?

Last night I watched as Charlie Morton hurled yet another gem for the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff in a 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the 3rd straight shutout for the Pirates pitching staff and the 5th shutout in the last 6 games. It got me thinking – is this the best Pirates starting Rotation that I have ever seen?   I turn 40 years old next month. I was too...
Via Hidden Vigorish
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez makes incredible diving catch on warning track

Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, getting the start in right field, made an incredible diving catch on the warning track during the fifth inning of Sunday’s Phillies-Pirates game, robbing Freddy Galvis of extra bases. Rodriguez isn’t an outfielder by nature. Today marked just his sixth start in the outfield for the Pirates this year, and the 63rd for his career...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team to wear Mr. Rogers sweater jerseys

The Altoona Curve will hope on Trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on July 5.   The Curve, a minor-league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will rock Mr. Rogers “sweater jerseys” and host an appearance by children’s TV character Daniel Tiger at their “A Night in the Neighborhood” promotion that night. The long-running “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” program...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates select two players with Seinfeldian names in MLB Draft

In what has to be a coincidence of comical proportions, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted players in the first two rounds of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft with names that definitely will resonate with “Seinfeld” fans: Kevin Newman, a shortstop for the Arizona Wildcats in the first round and Kevin Kramer, a shortstop who played...Read More The post Pittsburgh Pirates select...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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