DETROIT, MI - JULY 1: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to left field in the eight inning of the interleague game against the Detroit Tigers on July 1, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Game 77: Pirates 9 Tigers 3

If you wind the clock back a couple weeks, the Pirates have not had a whole lot of easy baseball recently. They got swept by the Nationals, played some stressful baseball against the Reds and Braves, and then had last night’s 14-inning marathon. The bats have been troublingly absent on a lot of nights, the […]


AJ Burnett faces the Tigers in a game that will probably contain an HBP

Whatever else happened last night, the Pirates beat the Tigers and now have a chance to get a series win over a good baseball team. AJ Burnett is making his last start before All-Star rosters are announced, so this is his last chance to make his case for his first career All-Star appearance. Alfredo Simon […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 30: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers pumps his fist after teammate J.D. Martinez #28 (not in photo) hits a two run home run in the eight inning to tie the interleague game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Victor Martinez is not happy with Gerrit Cole

Victor Martinez was displeased with being hit by Gerrit Cole last night (from “I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff,” said Martinez, who was adamant that Cole intentionally hit him. This is approximately the 97th time in the last three years that the […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 30: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Chris Stewart #19 after scoring on the double by Neil Walker #18 (not in photo) in the 14th inning of the interleague game against the Detroit Tigers on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Game 76: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

Somehow, a game that Gerrit Cole left in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead turned into a story about Deolis Guerra and Gorkys Hernandez. Actually, “somehow” is the wrong word because we know exactly how it happened: a two-run JD Martinez home run off of Tony Watson in the seventh inning. Regardless, on to […]

Cole v. Verlander

I think I speak for almost every Pirate fan when I say that I know that there were a lot of little things that went into Gerrit Cole’s ugly start against the Reds that weren’t necessarily his fault but that life would seem much sunnier if he turned in an Eff You Gerrit Cole start […]


Game 72: Reds 5 Pirates 4

What can you say about a blown 4-2 seventh inning lead that turns into game-winning Brandon Phillips homer in the 13th? The Pirates are 2-7 against the Reds. The Pirates are eight games behind the Cardinals. This sucks. Image credit: Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye. Which you should read if you haven’t. Maybe I’ll […]

AJ Burnett looks to give Pirates a series win over the Reds

It was exactly one week ago that we were all giddy that the Pirates had finally winnowed their NL Central deficit down to four games. The Pirates have lost five of six since then, and are now seven games behind the Cardinals. The grand effect of these losses is that much of the ground they […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks over the center field wall after Marlon Byrd #9 of the Cincinnati Reds hit a two run home run in the first inning during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 71: Reds 5 Pirates 2

Sorry for the late recap, I’m having some computer issues at the moment.  The long and short of this game is that it turned on a sequence of six pitches that flipped the first inning from a scoreless inning into a 4-0 Reds lead, and once that happened the game was pretty much done. The […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

It’s Gerrit Cole night

There’s little to say on nights when Gerrit Cole takes the mound other than that it’s a night that Gerrit Cole is taking the mound and thus it’s worth your while to watch him pitch. The Reds are a mess right now, and the Pirates could use the wins. Mike Leake starts for the Reds, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - jUNE 23:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 at PNC Park on June 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 70: Pirates 7 Reds 6

If I had to venture a guess, I’d assume that teams that score seven runs in an inning have a pretty good winning percentage throughout the history of baseball. I could leave the recap there, since that’s about all the substance I have to offer due to my focus being mostly on my softball league’s […]

at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Game 68: Nationals 6 Pirates 0

With that out of the way, what else can I really say? Max Scherzer is excellent; he’s probably been the best pitcher in baseball over the last three years. Pretty much any time a team that strikes out like the Pirates runs into a pitcher that strikes hitters out like Scherzer, there’s a risk that something […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 14: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 14, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Scherzer is scary

As well as the Pirates have been playing lately, the offense hasn’t really looked right for the better part of the last two weeks. These are the Pirates’ run totals in their last 11 games: 0, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1, 11, 3, 3, 3, 1. That’s only 19 runs in the ten games in […]