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Brandon Cumpton makes his 2014 debut as the Pirates try to salvage something from this awful homestand

Let’s not pull any punches: regardless of today’s outcome, the Pirates are going to wrap up two straight weeks of playing the Reds and Brewers with either a 4-10 or 3-11 record. The word to describe this is “disastrous,” even in April. Games in April count, too. The Pirates close out an eight-game homestand against […]
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Brandon Cumpton to start Thursday

The Pirates are calling up righty Brandon Cumpton to start Thursday afternoon’s game in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez. Cumpton will oppose lefty Tony Cingrani at 12:35 as the Pirates try and split the series. Cumpton, who doesn’t profile as a big time prospect but did a very nice job in the spot starter […]

Game 22: Reds 5 Pirates 2

When the Reds start a reliever and that reliever walks three straight hitters on 16 pitches in the first inning to score a run, you should probably find a way to score more than two runs off of him in 6 2/3 innings. Image: …some guy, Flickr
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Reds 5, Pirates 2

Sigh. The Pirates have now lost 10 of 13 and they sit at 9-13 overall, four games under .500 for the first time since starting last season 1-5. This homestand is turning out just about how I feared it would: 2-5 with one game to go, and the result is fourth place in the division […]

Charlie Morton looks for his first win against the Reds

I’ve spent much of my focus on Francisco Liriano’s slow start to 2014, but the honest truth is that Charlie Morton is pretty close behind him in terms of frustration. It seemed like Morton was poised to take a big step forward in 2014 by combining his ground ball tendencies, his post-TJS velocity, and a […]

Game 21: Reds 4 Pirates 1

For six innings, Edinson Volquez matched Johnny Cueto out for out. He held the Reds to two base runners (one hit, one HBP), he was throwing all of his pitches where he wanted them, he was getting ahead of hitters and staying ahead. In the seventh, he got into some trouble, gave up a couple […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 22, 2014

Reds 4, Pirates 1

Johnny Cueto still owns the Pirates (as long as you throw in a “in the regular season” disclaimer). He dominated them for the second time in one week as the Reds evened the series Tuesday night. Cueto took a shutout into the ninth and eventually lost it, but he did finish off his second straight […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 22, 2014

Brawl suspensions

4 players suspended for Brewers-Pirates incident on Sunday: Martin Maldonado 5 games, Carlos Gomez 3, Travis Snider 2, Russell Martin 1. — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) April 22, 2014 This seems about right. To recap, Maldonado punched Snider in the face, Snider tackled Gomez, Gomez started the whole thing by running after people like a […]

Edinson Volquez faces his old team

The Edinson Volquez Redemption Tour stays at PNC Park tonight for Volquez’s first matchup of the season against the Cincinnati Reds team that he’s spent much of his career pitching for. Not so long ago, Volquez and Johnny Cueto represented a bright future for the Reds. Tonight, they’re mound opponents. As good as Volquez has […]

Suspensions for Sunday’s fight

For Milwaukee, catcher Martin Maldonado received a five-game suspension and [Carlos] Gomez was suspended for three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider was suspended for two games and catcher Russell Martin received a one-game suspension. And nobody ever talked about it again. Right? RIGHT?!?

Francisco Liriano looked much more like himself last night

I glossed over the more analytical aspects of last night’s game in my recap from last night, but I wanted to follow up on Francisco Liriano’s start since I’ve been paying so much attention to his performance to start the year. I watched the ESPN feed last night (there was no ROOT feed last night […]

A few updates and thoughts on the Wandy Rodriguez situation

The news about Wandy Rodriguez hitting the disabled list for a knee problem came at the end of the work day yesterday, so I didn’t have a chance to post much about it. The situation is a bit clearer now, so getting a post together today is probably a little bit more useful anyway. There’s […]

Game 20: Pirates 6 Reds 5

These last few games have been awfully hard to recap or make any sense of. The Pirates didn’t play badly in any of their three losses to end the Milwaukee series and honestly could’ve swept the Brewers with any luck at all, but they also did some pretty specifically terrible things to ensure each of the […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 21, 2014

Pirates 6, Reds 5

The Pirates came darn close to blowing yet another lead and losing in heartbreaking fashion. I don’t know if I could have taken another one of those, but thankfully, we didn’t have to. Ike Davis got it started with a grand slam for his first Bucco blast — a BROKEN BAT blast: But Francisco Liriano […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 21, 2014

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Monday, 7:05 (ESPN): Mike Leake vs. Francisco Liriano Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Johnny Cueto vs. Edinson Volquez Wednesday, 7:05 (MLBN): Alfredo Simon vs. Charlie Morton Thursday, 12:35 (ROOT, MLBN): Tony Cingrani vs. TBD After the last Reds series, I was pretty down because the Pirates were in danger of falling in to a big hole if […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 21, 2014

Russell Martin challenged Martin Maldonado to a fight

Russell Martin was still pretty upset about yesterday’s sucker-punch by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado when he was asked about it before Monday’s game: Russell Martin: “Maybe (in) offseason we can raise some money for charity and battle it out. Me and (Maldonado). I’m throwing it out there.” — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 21, 2014 Martin: […]

Francisco Liriano tries to right the ship

I’ve wrote quite a bit about Francisco Liriano’s early-season struggles before and after his start against the Reds last week. There are two things to watch tonight, I think. The first is just his overall velocity, which has been down enough in the early season to catch my eye. The second is his pitch selection against righties; […]

Pirates place Wandy Rodriguez on 15-day DL

RHP Jared Hughes has been recalled from @indyindians & Wandy Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day DL due to right knee inflammation. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 21, 2014
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 21, 2014

Series wrap-up: Uuuugggghhhhh

The Pirates needed to come home and play well after ending last week’s road trip with two awful series. They responded with a great win on Thursday, and could have won any of the following three games – they led in all three – twice in the ninth inning. Instead, they’re back in a hole […]

Game 19: Brewers 3 Pirates 2

Really, there are only two points that I’d like to make after this game. The first is this: It’s a problem when the Pirates score a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 2-1 lead and your first thought is, “Goddammit, this means Grilli will come in to close out the […]

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