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If the Pirates only get to lose one game per series from here on out …

The Pirates lost last night, which I guess is fine so long as they don’t do that again in this series against the Brewers. Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates, while Zach Davies makes his big league debut for the Brewers. The Pirate lineup tonight is the same lineup they were mostly using before everyone […]
Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 4

Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 4

There is a weird level of acceptance that comes from understanding on September 1st that your favorite baseball team is good enough to win 100 games and also that they will probably end up in a one-game playoff against a dominating starting pitcher. If the Pirates can’t catch the Cardinals (which they can, but is […]

Ambushed

Gerrit Cole seemed to be trending back up in his last couple games, and the hope was that he could get the Pirates off to a good start to this key stretch on the road against the division….but uh, that didn’t happen. There were some bloopers and bleeders and some bad plays on defense, but Cole […]
After three ridiculously good months, the Pirates need to be even better in September

After three ridiculously good months, the Pirates need to be even better in September

On June 1st, the Pirates woke up seven games out of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates went 17-9 in June. The Cardinals went 18-8, and actually gained a game on the Pirates. The Bucs went 17-9 in July, and made up 2 1/2 games as the Cardinals went 15-12. The Pirates went […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 31, 2015

News and notes: Schedule, AJ, Call-ups

Hope you (and the Pirates) enjoyed that off day – there’s only one in all of September. That comes on Monday the 14th, and on Tuesday the 15th, the Pirates and Cubs will play a double-header to make up that rainout from a couple weeks ago. Here’s the timing and ticket information: Info on Pirates/Cubs make […]
Redleg Nation Aug 31, 2015

Week 21: Cardinals still holding strong in the NL Central

There are now only five weeks left in the baseball season. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 5 of 6, and 13 of their last 17 games. They still however trail the Cardinals by 4.5 games in the NL Central. The two teams will square off for a huge three game series next weekend in St. …
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 31, 2015

The rare stinker

When you go to PNC Park these days, you don’t expect…well, that. The Pirates are a pretty good bet at home to give us something fun to watch every night – but it’s just that: a good bet, not a guarantee. There’s still going to be the occasional awful game, and that happened on Sunday. […]
Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

For much of the first half of baseball’s season, I tend to obsess over what the Pirates’ wins and losses look like. Are the Pirates winning close games against bad teams and getting blown out by good ones? Are they blowing leads late in games they could otherwise win? Are their wins blowouts and their […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 30, 2015

Thirty games, man

I usually don’t really like when people point out “the Pirates are now __ games over .500!” or “the last time they were this many games over .500 was 19__.” We are past that. The Pirates are good now, and .500 is no longer a benchmark. Games back/ahead in the standings matter, not games below/above […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 29, 2015

Built to outlast

The Rockies, when you add them up as a whole, are terrible. But they do have some good players, like Jose Reyes, Carlos Gonzalez, and maybe even their prized rookie pitcher Jon Gray. That group managed to keep things tight with the Pirates for most of the way, and you wondered if they were an […]

The Rockies come to town

The drill for this series is much the same as the last: the Pirates are playing bad teams at a point in the season where wins are at a premium. There is no reason for the Pirates to not win two or three games against the Rockies at PNC Park this weekend, and if they’re […]
Pedro Alvarez’s latest hot streak isn’t all that different from his hot streaks of the past

Pedro Alvarez’s latest hot streak isn’t all that different from his hot streaks of the past

For much of 2015 the answer to the question, “Is Pedro Alvarez’s offense good enough to make up for his defense,” has been obvious: the answer was no. Alvarez is having a historically bad season at first base, if you go by advanced defensive metrics. His UZR this year is -10.1, while the next closest […]
Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

This whole Marlin series was nothing spectacular — just a nice study in the way things should be for the Pirates. Gerrit Cole turned in his second strong start in a row after a spell of less-than-spectacular ones, pitching into the eighth inning and getting a ton of weak ground balls from the Marlins, holding […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 28, 2015

Keeping their cool

The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy. Cole did his job, no doubt […]

Cutch crushes, Pirates dance, Marlin fans knit

This game can be summed up with the following three videos: Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Andrew McCutchen killed a baseball. (Seriously, I think only Giancarlo Stanton is allowed to go up there.) A bunch of other Pirates joined him in feasting […]

Jeff Locke faces off against Chris Narveso

With JA Happ pitching well and AJ Burnett throwing sim games conspicuously scheduled for the same day as one of his starts, Jeff Locke has to know that his starting job is (once again) on the line as we head towards the final month of the 2015 season. He hasn’t completed the sixth inning in a […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 25, 2015

Pirates lose…at least their outfielders are good at throwing baseballs

You gotta hand it to Marlins starter Brad Hand (sorry, too easy)…he shut down the Pirates for eight innings. Disappointing night for the offense in Miami for sure. Hand is your standard no-name lefty mold that seems to give the Bucs problems at times, and while I thought they weren’t terrible against him for the most […]
The new lefty lineup

The new lefty lineup

With Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer back in the lineup, we’re getting a little bit of a different look from the Pirates against Marlin lefty Brad Hand. Harrison is at second in place of Neil Walker, and Aramis Ramirez gets the start at third tonight. Sitting Mercer down and getting Mercer at-bats against lefties makes […]
Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 […]

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    J.A. Happ

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    Charlie Morton

    Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

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