It’s time to string some wins together

There were a lot of positives in last night’s game for the Pirates; with the offense mired in a pretty ugly funk, both Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte had multi-hit games to help spark the Pirates to score some runs against a pitcher that shut them down just a few days ago. Polanco had three […]

Have to wake up bats

First off, a bit of news: Chris Stewart’s disabled list stint is over, so he’s back with the Pirates and Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis. I strongly suspect that Sanchez will be back before long, but I suppose we’ll see. For now, there wasn’t much that Sanchez was going to be able to […]

OSAKA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against Samurai Japan in the eighth inning during the Game one of Samurai Japan and MLB All Stars at Kyocera Dome Osaka on November 12, 2014 in Osaka, Japan.  (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

On the impending Mark Melancon crisis

You, as a Pirate fan, have almost certainly seen some of the things being written about Mark Melancon’s alarmingly decreased velocity to open the 2015 season. I’m a little behind on this one (I apologize that I’m just getting to this now, I’m awfully crunched for time at the moment between TAing and trying to not be a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during interleague play against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on April 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 8: Tigers 2 Pirates 0

The good news is that the second phase of the AJ Burnett Experiment went quite well. He cruised through six innings, he struck out eight Tigers, he walked two, threw 69 of 111 pitches for strikes, and got three times as many groundouts as flyouts. He only ran into trouble in the seventh inning, when […]

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a portrait on photo day on February 26, 2015 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

AJ Burnett returns to PNC Park

I’m traveling today and I have a bit of an automobile situation, so I’m not sure when I’m going to have access to the computer once my current flight leaves Chicago. As such, I’m just going to go ahead and put the preview for today’s game up a little bit early, as opposed to risking […]

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Game 7: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque afternoon at PNC Park than this one: Josh Harrison hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first over the fence, Gerrit Cole kept the Tigers off balance for six innings with a fastball that averaged 97 mph and a ton of swinging strikes on his off-speed […]

PITTSBURGH - MAY 07:  A view of downtown Pittsburgh during the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the St Louis Cardinals on May 7, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The home opener (2015 edition)

It’s been just over six months since a meaningful Pirate game has been played at PNC Park (we don’t need to talk about that game). We’ve been through an off-season, spring training, those weird and stupid Philadelphia games, and a week of regular season baseball, but it’s hard to feel like baseball is really back […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 12: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pirates high-five after McCutchen's  three run home run in the fifth inning at Miller Park on April 12, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Game 6: Pirates 10 Brewers 2

There was a brief moment in which I was sure this game was headed in the opposite direction. After Casey Sadler mostly cruised through the Brewers’ lineup on the first pass, he gave up a hard-hit double to Hector Gomez in the eight spot. When Carlos Gomez came up shortly after, Sadler barely got a […]

poses for a portrait on photo day on February 26, 2015 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

The Sunday morning roundup

I didn’t really have much time to spend online yesterday after flying into Pittsburgh in the morning, so I was a little surprised to be greeted by my uncle yesterday afternoon with, “Did you see the lineup? Harrison’s leading off, Worley’s batting ninth, and everything’s crazy in between!” He was right, of course, with Jung […]

of the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 8, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Game 4: Pirates 6 Brewers 2

Well, this is a little better. The Pirates jumped all over Mike Fiers early on, with second inning doubles from Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, and Jeff Locke that lead to three runs. They swung and missed a ton, particularly against Fiers (he struck out eight Pirates in his five innings), but Pedro Alvarez added a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jeff Locke #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on September 19, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Lose three games, then advance directly to Miller Park. Gulp

I think that the Pirates will be better than the Brewers this year. I’m not hugely concerned about the Pirates’ 0-3 start. I am still not terribly happy to know that the Pirates are now headed to Milwaukee to play at Miller Park after losing the first three games of 2015, thanks to their recent […]

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 9: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 9, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Pirates 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Game 3: Reds 3 Pirates 2

It’s not particularly fun to try and deal with an 0-3 start when five days ago you were attempting to catalogue all of the respected media pundits that picked the Pirates to win the World Series, but these are the sorts of things that the baseball season foists upon you occasionally, and so here we […]

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 03:  Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 3, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Back into the fire

The Pirates and Reds were the last two baseball teams playing last night, and they’ll be the first two baseball teams playing today. The bullpens are empty. The players are tired. The fans are tired. The bloggers are tired. Anyway, it’d sure be nice to see the Pirates get into the win column. AJ Burnett […]

of the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on April 8, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Game 2: Reds 5 Pirates 4

If the 2014 Pirates taught us anything, it’s that there’s no limit to the number of excruciatingly frustrating losses that a good team can rack up over the course of 162 games (or maybe it’s that the better the team you’re watching is, the tougher most losses get to swallow, I guess we’re debating a […]