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Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 Team Preview

After a very disappointing 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping to return to playoff contention with bounce-back seasons from Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. Coming off three straight years of postseason play, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a very disappointing 2016 season, as they dropped below .500 for the first time since 2012. Their biggest issue […] Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 Team Preview - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pirates Breakdown Mar 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake-Up Call – Quiet Spring Bodes Well for Gerrit Cole

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. Going into 2017, the argument could be made that Gerrit Cole would be the Pittsburgh Pirates starter with the most pressure on him. Though others can make a claim, it is Cole who had […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates Wake-Up Call – Quiet Spring Bodes Well for Gerrit Cole appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.

Pirates opening-day starter Gerrit Cole enjoying an impressive spring

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates are two weeks out from opening day, but right-hander Gerrit Cole, their scheduled starter April 3 in Boston, was in regular-season form Sunday at LECOM Park. Cole tossed five innings of one-run baseball and chipped in offensively with a two-run single.

Ron Cook: Which Andrew McCutchen will the Pirates get in 2017?

Questions, questions, everywhere you look, the Pirates have questions just two-weeks-and-change from opening day in Boston. Will the rotation be any good after Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova? Who’s going to be on the bench? Why did the team let Sean Rodriguez go? Why can’t it develop a first baseman who can hit and play defense? Where is the power going to come from until Jung Ho Kang gets here from South Korea? Will Kang get here? Will the new outfield alignment work? Where is Andrew McCutchen’s head?
Call to the Pen Mar 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates: Expectations for Gerrit Cole in 2017

After a stellar 2015 season, Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole dealt with a down year in 2016. What should the Pirates expect from him in 2017? As a team, the Pirates struggled in 2016. They failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Down years for key players caused inconsistency throughout the […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Expectations for Gerrit Cole in 2017 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 6, Braves 3

Wednesday’s game vs. Dominican Republic 1:05 p.m. LECOM Park, Bradenton, Fla. Dominican Republic starter: RHP Wily Peralta Pirates starter:   RHP Gerrit Cole Monday’s result ...

Pirates A.M. — Cole working on a change

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Guess which pitch Gerrit Cole is working on a lot this spring. Kudos if you said the changeup. Then again, it seems every pitcher in Pirates camp is either fine-tuning their touch on the pitch or trying a new grip or doing something else related to the changeup. “It […]

The Ace, Future and Question in Pirates rotation show mixed results

BRADENTON, Fla. — Tyler Glasnow walked up to Gerrit Cole in the Pirates clubhouse early Friday morning, a few hours before the right-handers were set ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 11, Tigers 1

Friday’s game vs. Orioles 1:05 p.m. LECOM Park, Bradenton, Fla. Orioles starter:  LHP Wade Miley Pirates starter:  RHP Gerrit Cole Radio: 93.7 FM thursday’s result ...

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — When Ivan Nova re-signed with the Pirates in late December, his teammates took notice. “It speaks for the type of guys we have around here,” Gerrit Cole said. “Not just with Ivan, but with David (Freese) and John (Jaso

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — When Ivan Nova re-signed with the Pirates in late December, his teammates took notice. “It speaks for the type of guys we have around here,” Gerrit Cole said. “Not just with Ivan, but with David (Freese) and John (Jaso) and Matt Joyce, guys like that coming in. It speaks […]

Pirates Cole reacts to getting opening-day assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. — Gerrit Cole loves pitching in iconic ballparks. On opening day, he can check Fenway Park off his bucket list. After being tabbed ...

Pirates’ Hurdle tabs Cole as opening-day starter

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Gerrit Cole will start the season-opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 3 at Fenway Park, manager Clint Hurdle said ...

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    Tyler Glasnow

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    Starling Marte

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    Ron Cook: Which Andrew McCutchen will the Pirates get in 2017?

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Wake-Up Call – Quiet Spring Bodes Well for Gerrit Cole

  • John Jaso

    Pirates corner infielder John Jaso getting reps at third base

  • Jameson Taillon

    Ron Cook: Which Andrew McCutchen will the Pirates get in 2017?

  • Chad Kuhl

    Another rough outing from Drew Hutchison has Pirates considering going north with four starters

  • Drew Hutchison

    Another rough outing from Drew Hutchison has Pirates considering going north with four starters