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MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

Two years ago, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was making his final appearances at MLB stadiums across the nation. Fans far and wide were lining up at the gates of each American League ballpark and a handful of National League stadiums to see the career-long Yankee shortstop play in that particular city one final […]
Game 72: Giants 7 Pirates 6

Game 72: Giants 7 Pirates 6

In summary, the Pirates had a 6-1 lead, blew it, and then lost when they sent John Jaso on a full-count pitch that Gregory Polanco struck out on, despite Jaso barely beating out the double play throw on a slow roller to short that Jordy Mercer nearly beat into second base. If you can’t win […]
Game 71: Giants 15 Pirates 4

Game 71: Giants 15 Pirates 4

The following people pitched for the Pirates tonight: Wilfredo Boscan Arquimedes Caminero AJ Schugel Jorge Rodon Jared Hughes Erik Kratz Amazing that with talent like this, that the pitching problem has the gall to remain unsolved, isn’t it? Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick Photo by Justin K. Aller/
Game 70: Pirates 1 Giants 0

Game 70: Pirates 1 Giants 0

I don’t know if I’d say that this is the weirdest Pirate win that I’ve ever seen, but that’s only because of the sheer number of Pirate games I’ve seen and the way that time erodes memory. This was a weird game. Let us count the ways. Jeff Locke, who had previously given up 18 runs […]

Inaction is death and in related news Jeff Locke is starting against Madison Bumgarner tonight

One of the smartest and most cuttingly accurate things I’ve read about the Pirates’ recent struggles is this passage from Bucs Dugout after last night’s inevitable thrashing at the hands of the Cubs: The Pirates are still the team of Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang and Gregory Polanco and Mark Melancon. […]
NoNoHitters.com Jun 20, 2016

Scherzer no-hits Pirates, 1 year ago today

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer threw baseball’s 289th no-hitter one year ago today, becoming just the second pitcher to plunk the 27th batter during a perfecto yet recover for the no-no. Scherzer retired the first 26 Pittsburgh Pirates he faced on June 20, 2015, before grazing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch in the ninth …

It’s time for the Pirates to move out of their comfort zone with their young pitchers (or: Games 65 and 66: Locke and Nicasio suck)

This week is the entire Pirates’ season in a microcosm: on Tuesday night, Jameson Taillon spun a gem against the Mets, shutting them out for eight innings and giving their offense plenty of time to wear Jacob deGrom out to build a lead. It was a great win and it was great because it was […]
Game 64: Pirates 4 Mets 0

Game 64: Pirates 4 Mets 0

During the Stephen Strasburg commotion of 2012, I remember the Braves talking about why they’d waited to put Kris Medlen in the rotation until late July. Medlen, you might recall, went 9-0 in his 12 starts from July 31st on, with a 0.97 ERA and an 84/10 K/BB ratio in 83 2/3 innings, and though […]
The Pirates need this off-day (and they need something more)

The Pirates need this off-day (and they need something more)

For the first time since May 12th, the Pirates don’t have a scheduled baseball game. The Pirates have played 30 times in this month-plus, and they’ve gone 14-16. This stretch started distressingly, with a fifth consecutive loss to the Cubs, and it’s ended horrifically. The Pirates are currently on a six-game losing streak, and they’ve […]

The Pirates are better than you think

“Helloooooooo,” the blogger shouted from the brink of oblivion.  I apologize for my lack of blogging lately, but I’ve hit a critical mass of Things Happening outside of baseball combined with a Pirate team that is really hard to talk about due to an acute case of Cub Poisoning. I had a long drive yesterday […]
Save 5% on Finals Tickets with Promo Code “TSD5”

Save 5% on Finals Tickets with Promo Code “TSD5”

A week from now both the NBA and NHL seasons may very well be over and a champion crowned.  But as of today, there are games to be played which means you still have a chance to catch some of the action live!  Finals tickets never come cheap, but today we’ve got a promo code that […]
MetsBlog Jun 6, 2016

Mets and Pirates will play traditional doubleheader Tuesday

The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates will play a traditional doubleheader at PNC Park on Tuesday beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET after Monday's game was postponed to rain.
MetsBlog Jun 6, 2016

Mets-Pirates series opener postponed due to rain

Monday's series opener between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to rain.
Halos Heaven Jun 5, 2016

Albert Pujols saves the series with a late-innings homer, Angels beat Pirates 5-4

Angels 5  Pirates 4 The Angels finished up their three game set in Pittsburgh today, with Hector Santiago facing off against the tough Gerrit Cole. If they wanted to come out of PNC with a series win, they'd need to find some magic, and they'd need some good pitching. They got one and a half of those things, basically. Santiago was rattled a bit early, something we've seen happen in his past few starts, to varying degrees of utter failure. Today? Well, he didn't get tossed and he didn't let the game get blown wide open, so consider the damage mitigated. So what'd Santiago do exactly to get...
Halos Heaven Jun 3, 2016

WeekEnd HaloLinks: Halos sail into Pirates' Bay

Mike Trout and The Flying Halos roll into Pittsburgh, marking the first visit by the Angels in over a decade. Not a single Angel was wearing a Halo back then, in 2004, so this should be a very novel experience for everyone. Sweet! Three games in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2004. Rumor has it they got themselves a decent team there. Have yourself a couple of rust-bucket Links: ______________________________ ANGELS ON DECK The Upcoming Series: Los Angeles Angels @ Pittsburgh Pirates - PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA. Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV FRIDAY 4:05 PM PDT Jered Weaver...

A brief accounting of the last few Pirate games (and also: COLE VS. FERNANDEZ)

The last few days for the Pirates have been relatively non-eventful from the perspective of a team in their situation. They were thoroughly out-dueled by Yu Darvish in his 2016 return on Saturday evening, Francisco Liriano turned in what is an alarmingly characteristic start on Sunday afternoon, and the Pirates smacked the hell out of […]
Game 47: Pirates 9 Rangers 1

Game 47: Pirates 9 Rangers 1

I said before the game that I thought the Pirates could get to Cole Hamels, but I don’t think that I thought they’d tee off on him the way they did in the fifth inning. They entered the inning with a 1-0 lead thanks to an early Staring Marte homer, and exited the inning with […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! May 27, 2016

The new status quo

It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short: The Good: OBP The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good). A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the […]

A real test in Texas

After blasting through the Braves, Rockies, and Diamondbacks over an ten-game homestand, I suspect that the Pirates will face much stiffer competition in Arlington against the Rangers this weekend. The Rangers have a similar record to the Pirates (they’re 27-20), and the rotation has turned so that the Pirates will be starting Jon Niese and […]
Game 46: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 3

Game 46: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 3

For the second start in a row, Gerrit Cole didn’t really pitch his best game against an inferior opponent. After giving up ten hits and a walk without a strikeout in seven one-run innings against the Rockies last week, he walked three Diamondbacks and giving up seven hits in five laborious innings, but he only […]

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