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In which the Pirates steal a series from the Phillies while leaving pitching questions rampant

In which the Pirates steal a series from the Phillies while leaving pitching questions rampant

The math from the All-Star Break was pretty easy: with 73 games left and 46 wins in the bank, playing about .600 baseball (.602, to be exact) would get the Pirates to 90 wins. From the break (and from here), that looks like a pretty decent target to get into this year’s Wild Card Coin […]
Game 95: Pirates 5 Brewers 3

Game 95: Pirates 5 Brewers 3

We have, rightly, put a lot of focus this season on the failings of the back end of the Pirate rotation. Jeff Locke, Jon Niese, and Juan Nicasio have all had really bad seasons for the Pirates, and in doing so they’ve put a lot of stress on both the offense and the bullpen. That […]
The bell is tolling for Jeff Locke (Game 94: Brewers 9 Pirates 5)

The bell is tolling for Jeff Locke (Game 94: Brewers 9 Pirates 5)

Jeff Locke is not really a good pitcher, but he has occupied a certain usefulness for most of his Pirate career. Locke has decent stuff for a lefty, but relatively poor command. In some of his starts, he looks great (remember that he’s a one-time All-Star and he really did deserve that nod based on first-half […]
Game 93: Pirates 3 Brewers 2

Game 93: Pirates 3 Brewers 2

For all intents and purposes, Jameson Taillon started off last night looking like the same pitcher that the Pirates sent to the disabled list a few weeks ago with shoulder fatigue. That’s a good thing, of course; Taillon was coming off of one of his best starts in Seattle, and no one was really sure […]

MLB trade rumors: Pirates shopping LHPs Jon Niese, Jeff Locke

If the Tigers are looking to buy low, they might be able to strike a deal with the Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates are famous for their talented core of young outfielders, but diehard baseball fans have also celebrated the long-awaited major league debuts of top pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow this season. Both prospects are among the best young pitchers in baseball, and should join Gerrit Cole as one of the top rotations in the majors in future years. They need to make room for those two, though. According to Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates are looking...
The bullpen has revived the Pirates, but only the rotation can save them

The bullpen has revived the Pirates, but only the rotation can save them

The moment the Pirates’ first half fell apart was obvious, even as it was happening. Gerrit Cole came out firing against the Cardinals on June 10th, striking out three hitters in his first two innings and looking all the part of the ace after an inconsistent April and May. In the third inning, Matt Carpenter […]

Maybe the Pirates should try beating the Cubs

As the baseball world stands at this moment on a Friday afternoon, the Pirates are OK. They’re not in a playoff position and they’re not really in striking distance in the NL Central, but they’ve won a bunch of games lately, are within three games of the second Wild Card, and are beginning to sort […]

Josh Bell joins the party

With John Jaso mired in a month-or-so-long slump and Josh Bell destroying all comers in Indianapolis, Bell’s omission from the Indy-to-Pittsburgh migration that’s been taking place in the last few weeks was starting to feel glaring. The glare is no more; Bell is being called up and will play tonight against the Cubs. With Indianapolis […]
Game 86: Cardinals 5 Pirates 1

Game 86: Cardinals 5 Pirates 1

It was inevitable that the Pirates would lose another baseball game at some point, of course, but it’s unfortunate that Tyler Glasnow’s big league debut couldn’t have been a little bit smoother. Glasnow was really excellent the first time or so through the Cardinal lineup; he walked the first hitter that he faced, but then […]
Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

There are only a few more days until the 2016 edition of MLB All-Star Week is upon us. The 87th All-Star game and the exciting events surrounding it are set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego from July 10 through July 12. Check out our exclusive All-Star Week guide below and enjoy […]
A brief guide to Tyler Glasnow for non-cynics

A brief guide to Tyler Glasnow for non-cynics

I was a little bit surprised to see yesterday afternoon that in the immediate aftermath of and rejoicing about Tyler Glasnow’s promotion to start for the Pirates this afternoon, a small group of Pirate fans were already snarking. “Oh, so his control issues are magically fixed now?” The answer is that, no, his control problems aren’t magically […]
Game 85: Pirates 7 Cardinals 5

Game 85: Pirates 7 Cardinals 5

Let’s begin with the elephant in the room, shall we? I have my own opinions about whether the Pirates should be playing Jung Ho Kang right now, but I am aware that my opinions are not terribly relevant. One of the reasons, though, that I’m troubled by allowing athletes to play in situations like this […]
Pirates will call up Tyler Glasnow to start tomorrow

Pirates will call up Tyler Glasnow to start tomorrow

Buster Olney is reporting this morning that the Pirates are going to push Chad Kuhl’s scheduled start back a day this week and that they’re going to do it by calling Tyler Glasnow up to start in his place (I would link to Olney’s tweet, but he blocked me on Twitter years ago for some […]
Game 84: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

Game 84: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

It’s amazing how quickly the Pirates have settled into a nice little daily pattern: for the fifth straight game, their starter gave up an early lead, but limited the damage and settled down quickly, their offense erase that lead bit by bit, and the bullpen absolutely shut down the second half of the game for […]
Jung Ho Kang being investigated for sexual assault in Chicago

Jung Ho Kang being investigated for sexual assault in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune is reporting this afternoon that Jung Ho Kang is being investigated in Chicago for a sexual assault that took place immediately after a Pirates/Cubs game last month. There are more details in that Chicago Trib report, so click that link if you want them. This is very serious.
Steven Brault Arrives

Steven Brault Arrives

It is admittedly difficult to think beyond Jameson Taillon’s shoulder while there’s still uncertainty about his health, but it’s worth taking some time this afternoon and talking about Steven Brault, the pitcher called up to replace him, however temporarily. Just a couple of days ago, I was going back over the Travis Snider trade, and […]
Just in case you were starting to become optimistic, Jameson Taillon is headed to the disabled list

Just in case you were starting to become optimistic, Jameson Taillon is headed to the disabled list

A strange thing happened during the Pirates’ win against the Cardinals this afternoon; the Indianapolis Indians broke the news of Gerrit Cole’s rehab start on their twitter account, with none of the reporters that cover the team breaking the news first. The reason for that seems clear now: after the game, the Pirates announced that […]
The Pirates don’t have much to gain by becoming sellers (but they have to get through this week)

The Pirates don’t have much to gain by becoming sellers (but they have to get through this week)

The Pittsburgh Pirates are, despite themselves, not in an awful position at the season’s approximate half-way point. The awful slide that occupied most of their June happened because they purposefully built a bad rotation and thought they could sneak by on the strength of their bullpen, but had tragically misjudged both of those calculated risks. The rotation […]
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The 4th of July weekend is coming quickly upon us and our friends at Ticket Network are running a special promotion to celebrate our Independence Day! Use promo code USA25OFF to take $25 on all orders over $150.00*. If you can’t save the world from an alien extinction this 4th of July, at least you can save some […]
Game 76: Pirates 4 Dodgers 3

Game 76: Pirates 4 Dodgers 3

I’ve been waiting for this game for three weeks. It was one thing to watch 4/5ths of the rotation struggle and know that there was talent in AAA that might be able to help while the Cubs got off to a historic start and the Pirates faced down the potential of another Wild Card Game, but […]

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