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Game 18: Brewers 8 Pirates 7

I don’t want to put too much stock into any individual April baseball game, but this is a pretty tough loss to swallow. The Pirates went into the seventh inning with a two-run lead despite Wandy Rodriguez spending four innings throwing floating meatballs to Brewer hitters, and then the Pirates’ best relievers served up two […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 8 hours ago

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Crushing loss. The Pirates dug out of an early hole and looked to be on their way to a nice, much-needed victory, but arguably the most hated man in baseball changed all that. Ryan Braun is a terrible person. Yes, he cheated, but this is what really makes him hate-able. And this. And this. Etc. […]

Pirates activate Chris Stewart, demote Tony Sanchez

The Pirates officially announced today that Chris Stewart has been activated from the disabled list and Tony Sanchez will be sent back to Triple-A. There has been a lot of discussion about this move over the course of the season since Sanchez is off to a hot start with his bat. I’m personally a bit […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 19 hours ago

Chris Stewart comes off DL, Tony Sanchez to Indy

The @Pirates reinstate C Chris Stewart from the 15-day DL; option C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. — MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) April 19, 2014 New Pirates catcher Chris Stewart has finished his rehab in the minors and has joined the team, meaning Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis to play every day. When Stewart was acquired, I […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 19, 2014

Pirates trade for 1B Ike Davis

After a full offseason, spring training, and 17 regular season games, the Pirates have finally made a legitimate attempt to solve their first base problem. There have been rumors for months about the Bucs and Ike Davis, and on Friday the speculation finally came to an end with a somewhat oddly timed April trade, announced […]

Some thoughts on the Ike Davis/Zack Thornton trade

I didn’t get to see any of the Pirates and Brewers tonight, so I’m not going to spend any time recapping it; they left guys on base, Charlie Morton was frustrating, he gave up another homer to a righty, someone hit the cover off of the ball, and the Pirates lost. I’ll talk more about […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 19, 2014

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

What a weird game. First of all, this happened: That’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in a baseball game…and it ended up costing the Pirates a  key run. That’s one of those signs that it just wasn’t their night. The Brewers made four errors on the night, and while they looked […]

Ike Davis is probably being traded to to the Pirates

Ike Davis trade agreed to with pirates — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 18, 2014

Building on a blowout

After last night’s fun win, it seems like a fair goal to hope that the Pirates can get two out of three of the rest of their Easter weekend series against Brewers to help put last week’s sweep way back in our memories. If Morton’s surprising success last year was built on the increased velocity […]

The best pitch that Edinson Volquez made last night

It’s fine if you’re still skeptical of Edinson Volquez despite his strong start to 2014. It’s kind of crazy not to be, to be honest. Volquez has been one type of pitcher his entire career, and suddenly after a few months with the Pirates, he looks like something else entirely. It’s going to be a […]

Game 16: Pirates 11 Brewers 2

I’m trying to think of the best way to describe Edinson Volquez’s start tonight, and I’ve settled on “shocking in its efficiency.” Volquez is a guy who’s never had a walk rate lower than 4.0 BB/9, and tonight he cruised through seven innings on just 77 pitches, throwing 53 of them for strikes. He only […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 17, 2014

Pirates 11, Brewers 2

Wonderful start to a key homestand! Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is […]

Return to PNC

The Pirates’ road trip got ugly after they left Wrigley Field last week, so the good news is that they’re back at PNC Park for a week starting tonight. They’re playing the same two Brewers and Reds teams that they dropped six of seven to on the road, of course, but I suppose we can […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 17, 2014

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Brewers

Thursday, 7:05 (ROOT, MLBN): Yovani Gallardo vs. Edinson Volquez Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Kyle Lohse vs. Charlie Morton Saturday, 7:05 (MLBN): Matt Garza vs. Wandy Rodriguez Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Marco Estrada vs. Gerrit Cole The first-place Brewers are rolling in to town as the Pirates look to rebound at home after a rough road trip. The […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 16, 2014

Series wrap-up: Limping home

The Pirates have dipped below .500 for the first time in 363 days and ended their road trip by losing 5 out of 6 against division rivals. After they pulled of a win in the suspended first game of this Reds series, they followed it up with a tough loss on Tuesday night and a […]

Game 15: Reds 4 Pirates 0

One of the difficult things about the early part of the baseball season is that it’s relatively easy to swap causes and effects with each other and end up tumbling down a rabbit hole of overthinking that can drive a fan crazy. Let’s start with a simple statement: the Pirates are 7-8, and they have […]

Francisco Liriano tries to get back on track

One of the big questions surrounding the Pirates all winter was whether Francisco Liriano would be able to replicate his fantastic 2013 season, given that he’s never managed to put together two good seasons at any other point in his career. Through three starts, Liriano turned in a solid Opening Day performance against the Cubs, […]

Game 13: Pirates 8 Reds 7 / Game 14: Reds 7 Pirates 5

Please excuse me while I try to get back into the swing of writing recaps. Before I get there, let me say this: a lot of you said a lot of exceptionally nice things about the piece I wrote about my grandfather last week. I didn’t have time to respond to everyone individually since the […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 15, 2014

The Tuesday Split

The Pirates got a quick victory late Tuesday afternoon, but let a chance to wrap up a series win slip away in the nightcap as the Reds bounced back with a win. The two teams will meet for the third time in less than 24 hours at 12:35 — a rematch of the Wild Card […]

Catching up

First things first: The Pirates and Reds will play 1 1/3 baseball games at Great American Ballpark tonight, starting at 5:30. The first game will be the resolution of last night’s homerfest, in which the Pirates and Reds combined to hit ten home runs in six innings, only to be tied at seven with the […]

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