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I know that a seven game winning streak is great and all but I am greedy and won’t be happy if it doesn’t get to eight

I know that a seven game winning streak is great and all but I am greedy and won’t be happy if it doesn’t get to eight

On tap tonight for the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates: James Shields, who is somehow 6-0 despite having allowed 15 home runs in 62 1/3 innings. That is an insane home run rate. Ian Kennedy came into last night’s start with an insane home run rate, and the Pirates certainly knew what to do with him. I’m not sure […]
Jung Ho Kang is on fire

Jung Ho Kang is on fire

I’ll be the first to admit it; I was skeptical of Jung Ho Kang. When the Pirates signed him this winter, my initial thought was that it was a worthy risk to take and that maybe he’d develop into a decent hitter for the Bucs eventually, but that the learning curve from the KBO to […]
Game 47: Pirates 11 Padres 5

Game 47: Pirates 11 Padres 5

One of my favorite things to be able to do when the Pirates are playing well is to look at a matchup before a game starts, say, “Man, this pitcher sure is giving up a lot of home runs; the Pirates should be able to take advantage of that,” and then watch them go out […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 18 hours ago

Late night bombs

If you went to bed before the Pirates wrapped up their seventh win in a row (after 1 AM eastern time), hopefully you at least hung around long enough to see the fun part. Jung Ho’s monster blast was jaw dropping. Jung Ho Kang hit this ball halfway to South Korea (VIDEO) http://t.co/Z1K7lMTCA8 — RaiseTheJollyRoger (@RTJRblog) […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 21 hours ago

Jung Ho Kang hit this ball halfway to South Korea (VIDEO)

Whoa. Your browser does not support iframes. And if you can get it to load, I promise this is well worth the click: Kang’s homer, Korean telecast ver. @Tom_Singer http://t.co/rYZDUdfTrM — Jung Ho Kang News (@JKangNews) May 29, 2015
Late-night baseball

Late-night baseball

Here’s the thing about winning streaks: they can’t ever be long enough. The Pirates have won six straight games, but the Cardinals have won four in a row and the Pirates are still 6 1/2 games behind them. Even with six straight wins, the Pirates have AJ Burnett on the mound tonight and Francisco Liriano […]

Nick Kingham has Tommy John surgery

This news has been coming for a while (Kingham left his start on May 6th with elbow soreness and the team has been silent about it since then beyond saying he was going for a second opinion, which is never good news), but that doesn’t make the news any better. The obvious default position for […]
Game 46: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

Game 46: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

This is the difference a week makes: When Christian Yelich hit his seventh inning home run to put the Marlins ahead of the Pirates 2-0, I thought to myself, “I don’t think that’s going to be enough.” The Pirates hadn’t done much at the plate to that point, but knowing the way that they’ve been […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 27, 2015

Six-pack

With Gerrit Cole on the mound against fill-in starter Brad Hand, it looked like the Pirates would have a chance to coast to a sweep. They certainly didn’t coast, but a frustrating first six innings just made the end result even more satisfying. The seventh inning rally – which came entirely with two outs, immediately after the […]

Gerrit Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Marlins

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re on a five-game winning streak and the sixth game is started by Gerrit Cole and Brad Hand, then a five-game winning streak won’t be good enough. I didn’t get a chance to talk about Cole’s last start against the Mets much, so let me take some time […]
Game 45: Pirates 5 Marlins 1

Game 45: Pirates 5 Marlins 1

Honestly, it feels like someone just flipped a light switch on Federal Street after the Twins series. Last Wednesday, the Pirates were a bland, under-achieving, boring baseball team that couldn’t find a way to win a game against the Twins at home. They’ve made a full turn of the rotation since then, going 5-0 and […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 27, 2015

Five in a row

This game/series can be summed up pretty simply: the Marlins are bad, and the Pirates are no longer bad. I suppose it’s tough to tell whether or not this is more about the Pirates playing well or their opponents playing very poorly, but in the end it doesn’t matter – all wins count the same […]
Jeff Locke takes the mound as Pirates look to win consecutive series for first time in 2015

Jeff Locke takes the mound as Pirates look to win consecutive series for first time in 2015

I’m running late on this post tonight, so I’ll keep it short: the Marlins are a mess right now. The Pirates are playing their best baseball of 2015. The Pirates haven’t won two series in a row yet this year, and so I think that tonight is the night for that to change. Don’t leave […]
Game 44: Pirates 4 Marlins 2

Game 44: Pirates 4 Marlins 2

I’ll be honest: my hopes weren’t all that high for Charlie Morton’s return tonight. This could be apocryphal, but it’s always seemed in the past like Morton’s first start back from his many trips to the disabled list were often rough, even if the starts after it were fine. Tonight was classic Charlie Morton, though. […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 25, 2015

Ground Chuck Returns

One start in, all is well for Charlie Morton in 2015. The ground balls were there and everything else followed: pic.twitter.com/x3Un9s8Aek — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) May 26, 2015 After a bit of a shaky first inning (he was slow to cover first on the first play of the game, which ended up costing him a […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 25, 2015

Pedro Oppo Taco over the Notch (VIDEO)

They had to go to video review to make sure a fan didn’t provide an assist on this one (he didn’t) – but don’t let that take away from a really incredible swing right here. To hit a ball like that to the deepest part of the park as a lefty…wow: Your browser does not support […]
Charlie Morton’s return

Charlie Morton’s return

Charlie Morton is not the most popular and is probably one of the most frustrating Pirates of recent memory. He’s obviously talented, but he’s almost always maddeningly inconsistent. I suspect that a lot of this has to do with his health; he’s had Tommy John surgery, got both of his hip labrums fixed, and dealt […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 25, 2015

Charlie Morton debuts tonight; Radhames Liz designated for assignment

#Pirates Roster Move: Charlie Morton has been reinstated from the 15-day DL & Radhames Liz has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 25, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, the day you’ve been waiting for has arrived…Charlie Morton is back. Who knows what to expect? Certainly not me. When healthy, Morton has been a […]

Game 43: Pirates 9 Mets 1 (or: A good weekend at PNC Park)

These are the Pittsburgh Pirates we’ve been waiting six weeks for. Before the season began, the vision of the contending Pittsburgh Pirates was for the top of the rotation to be good, and for the offense to pound opponents into submission. These are some numbers: Pirates 21 Mets 4 Actually, the Pirates hit as many home […]
MetsBlog May 24, 2015

Collins calls team meeting

Mets manager Terry Collins called a team meeting after New York’s 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Adam Rubin. (May 24, 6:49 p.m.) The Mets, whom the Pirates just swept, have lost five of six and …

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