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Game 22: Pirates 9 Rockies 8

Game 22: Pirates 9 Rockies 8

The good news, if i you can call it that, is that the Pirates just played a game on Sunday in which they had a big lead, their bullpen blew said big lead, and the offense bailed everyone out, and so we already know how to feel about last night’s way-too-close-for-comfort 9-8 win over the […]

Jon Niese looks to keep the Pirates rolling

Inside of a week the Pirates have gone from a horrible ball of stress and frustration to a vaunted offense bludgeoned their way towards the upper part of the National League. This is possible because it’s only April, of course, but it’s a welcome change from the week that preceded it. Jon Niese takes the […]
Game 21: Pirates 9 Rockies 4

Game 21: Pirates 9 Rockies 4

I suppose this goes without saying, but when I type something like perhaps a struggling lefty and Coors Field are what Andrew McCutchen needs to get jump-started, I don’t actually expect the result to be that Andrew McCutchen goes out and lights the Rockies up for three home runs. McCutchen did exactly that, though, launching […]

Gerrit Cole faces the Rockies

Gerrit Cole’s strong start against the Padres last week avoided a sweep in Petco Park and kick-started a solid turn of the rotation for the Pirates, with four wins in five games. Cole’s been solid ever since his rough first inning against the Reds in his first start. After Locke focused entirely on fastballs and […]

To do this afternoon: lose yourself in FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Complete History of Baseball’

For the past year or so, one of my favorite toys on all of the internet has been FiveThirtyEight’s Complete History of the NBA, which is a compendium of ELO rankings for every franchise in NBA history across every game they’ve played since the NBA began. ELO is a relatively straightforward concept that FiveThirtyEight ported […]
Game 20: Pirates 6 Rockies 1

Game 20: Pirates 6 Rockies 1

You know the Jeff Locke drill by now; we all do. After a couple of really ugly starts in which Locke lost all feel for the strike zone and had Pirate fans proclaiming that THIS FINALLY HAD TO BE END OF, Locke came out in Coors Field tonight and spun a gem. He threw six […]

Jeff Locke attempts to give the bullpen a night off. In Coors Field.

Anecdotally, Jeff Locke always seems to come with strong starts whenever Pirate fans are ready to drop him from the rotation. His last two starts (out of a total of three in 2016) have been brutal, and as such, he’s been the focus of much Pirate-fan-related angst over the rotation through the season’s first month. […]
Game 19: Pirates 12 Diamondbacks 10

Game 19: Pirates 12 Diamondbacks 10

Sometimes it is easiest to let a game speak for itself, so here are a few facts without commentary: The Pirates and Diamondbacks used 43 total players. The Diamondbacks had four different starting pitchers in the box score in some capacity. Shelby Miller played left field after the D’Backs ran out of position players with […]
Game 17: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 7

Game 17: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 7

OK, now that I’ve had a full night of sleep, woken up, stretched out some, eaten breakfast, and gotten some caffeine inside of me, I’m willing to try and start re-considering this game from last night. The roof was open at Chase Field last night, and as a result the Pirates and Diamondbacks played a […]
Game 16: Pirates 11 Padres 1

Game 16: Pirates 11 Padres 1

With all of the things that have been frustrating about the first 2 1/2 weeks of the 2016 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, sometimes it’s really gratifying to sit back and watch a game play out the way that you think it should ahead of time. With the Pirates coming off of two ugly losses […]
Game 15: Padres 8 Pirates 3 (or: the Jeff Locke problem)

Game 15: Padres 8 Pirates 3 (or: the Jeff Locke problem)

I’ll admit that I thought a lot of the off-season conversation about Jeff Locke was a bit misguided. Locke is not a great Major League pitcher, but in his three full years in the Pirate rotation he made 81 starts and threw 466 innings with a 3.98 ERA. That’s quite an output from a fifth […]

Jeff Locke needs to throw more strikes

In Jeff Locke’s first start, he threw 80 pitches in six innings and held the Reds to one run despite giving up seven hits. 53 of those 80 pitches were strikes. In Jeff Locke’s second start, he threw 98 pitches and 51 strikes, he walked seven batters including the leadoff hitter in his first four […]
Game 14: Padres 5 Pirates 4

Game 14: Padres 5 Pirates 4

Me, in a sleepy haze around 11:30 last night: Wait, did they say Rosales hit that monster homer off of Arquimedes Caminero? As in, Adam Rosales? As in, that guy that the A’s and Rangers DFA’d like three times between them in one week that one year? Is still in baseball? And hitting towering homers off […]
Flipping the switch

Flipping the switch

This is just a hypothesis at this point, but I don’t think that there’s any more that separates the frustrating Pirates that lost six times in seven games against the Reds, Tigers, and Brewers and the fun Pirates that obliterated the Brewers on Saturday and Sunday than there appears to be at first glance. More […]
Niese and Nicasio

Niese and Nicasio

The Pirates finally got an easy win last night to snap them out of a week-long stretch of ugly baseball, and I don’t think anyone should be surprised by what got them there; a really nice start from their rotation. In last night’s case it was Jon Niese, making the first seven inning start of […]
The Pirates sure could use a win

The Pirates sure could use a win

During the summer of 2013, as I experienced the first actual pennant race of my adult life, I began to notice something. It seems dumb and obvious and patronizing, but as the summer wore on I realized that winning a division is hard. The Pirates started that season 42-30 and found themselves four games behind the Cardinals. […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 14, 2016

Concern? Maybe a little…

OK, so things have gotten a little sloppier after that first great series. No need to worry too much, right? It’s still ridiculously early, of course. Maybe not a great start, but certainly not a bad one. That said, every game the Pirates fall behind the Cubs is paining me – already. That’s because from […]

Gerrit Cole starts again (and: the value of hot starts vs. slow ones)

We should be clear about something: the Pirates have played nine games. They’re 5-4 because they’ve lost four of their last five, but a 5-4 start isn’t a hot start or a cold start or anything at all other than a decent run through nine games (5-4 is actually on pace to win 90 games). […]

Tigers' Shane Greene shows off 'stupid electric stuff' vs. Pirates

Greene struck out seven in his first start since July 2015, and he looked healthy doing so. So maybe Brandon McCarthy was right. On the day the Detroit Tigers acquired Shane Greene from the New York Yankees, then-teammate McCarthy tweeted that Greene would wow fans with his "stupid electric stuff." Consider us impressed. Aside from a brief hiccup in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Greene looked sharp, holding the Bucs to two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings. More importantly, Greene struck out seven, something he only managed to do one...
The Return of Ryan Vogelsong

The Return of Ryan Vogelsong

Story time! Way back in the cold hinterlands of Pittsburgh Pirate history known as 2001, we Pirate fans had little we could do other than accept on faith that Dave Littlefield could not be any worse than the man he was replacing (Cam Bonifay) and that he was about to set the Pirates on a […]

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