If the Pirates only get to lose one game per series from here on out …

The Pirates lost last night, which I guess is fine so long as they don’t do that again in this series against the Brewers. Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates, while Zach Davies makes his big league debut for the Brewers. The Pirate lineup tonight is the same lineup they were mostly using before everyone […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 01: Gerrit Cole #45 of Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 01, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Gerrit Cole

Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 4

There is a weird level of acceptance that comes from understanding on September 1st that your favorite baseball team is good enough to win 100 games and also that they will probably end up in a one-game playoff against a dominating starting pitcher. If the Pirates can’t catch the Cardinals (which they can, but is […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 29:  Aramis Ramirez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a three run home run in the first inning during the game against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park on August 29, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Charlie Morton looks to lead the Pirates to a sweep of the Rockies

For much of the first half of baseball’s season, I tend to obsess over what the Pirates’ wins and losses look like. Are the Pirates winning close games against bad teams and getting blown out by good ones? Are they blowing leads late in games they could otherwise win? Are their wins blowouts and their […]

The Rockies come to town

The drill for this series is much the same as the last: the Pirates are playing bad teams at a point in the season where wins are at a premium. There is no reason for the Pirates to not win two or three games against the Rockies at PNC Park this weekend, and if they’re […]

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 27:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the fourth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Game 126 : Pirates 2 Marlins 1

This whole Marlin series was nothing spectacular — just a nice study in the way things should be for the Pirates. Gerrit Cole turned in his second strong start in a row after a spell of less-than-spectacular ones, pitching into the eighth inning and getting a ton of weak ground balls from the Marlins, holding […]

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 26:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Game 125: Pirates 7 Marlins 2

The Pirates haven’t had quite as much trouble with lefties as they did early in the season, but it was a bit of a relief to watch them jump all over Chris Narveson one night after being shut down by Brad Hand. The Pirates hung six on Narveson in a hurry in the second inning in […]

Jeff Locke faces off against Chris Narveso

With JA Happ pitching well and AJ Burnett throwing sim games conspicuously scheduled for the same day as one of his starts, Jeff Locke has to know that his starting job is (once again) on the line as we head towards the final month of the 2015 season. He hasn’t completed the sixth inning in a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 05:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after scoring in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians during the game at PNC Park on July 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The new lefty lineup

With Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer back in the lineup, we’re getting a little bit of a different look from the Pirates against Marlin lefty Brad Hand. Harrison is at second in place of Neil Walker, and Aramis Ramirez gets the start at third tonight. Sitting Mercer down and getting Mercer at-bats against lefties makes […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14:  Starling Marte #6 (L), Gregory Polanco #25 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after defeating the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 14, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 […]

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 24, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Game 123: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

It’s only the Marlins, but JA Happ’s Pirate resurgence continued tonight with six shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out six, and issuing just one walk. Happ actually gave up half of those hits in the first inning, and he only allowed one base runner after the third. Happ’s now only allowed one run in […]

The Pirates head for Miami

After three weeks of games against the best teams in the National League, the Pirates are headed to Miami tonight to play the Marlins. The Marlins are, frankly, terrible. They just lost three games in a row to the Phillies and are now tied with the Phils and (statistically) the Rockies for baseball’s worst record. […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 at PNC Park on August 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 122: Pirates 5 Giants 2

Sorry for the lack of posts this weekend; I was out of town for a wedding until this morning, and so I missed the bulk of this series. As it turns out, this is probably the Pirates’ biggest series victory of the year, non-St. Louis Cardinals division, as taking three of four from the Giants […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 20:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on August 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 119: Pirates 4 Giants 0

Charlie Morton’s sinker gets most of the press, and because of that it’s easy to forget that his curveball was once supposed to be his out pitch. Against the strongest lineup in the National League last night (at least statistcally speaking) it was the curveball that was generating a ton of whiffs for Morton, though, […]

The math is easy now

The Pirates play the Giants this weekend. The Pirates are first place in the Wild Card race. The Giants are third, seven games behind the Pirates. This math is easy: if the Pirates win three or four games this weekend, they’ve put a huge down payment on a playoff spot with five weeks left in […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 19:  J.A. Happ #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on August 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 118: Pirates 4 Diamondbacks 1 (the JA Happ post)

I spent a long day at work yesterday and got home just as the Pirate game was ending, so when it ended and I thought about writing the recap my first thought was, “this was a pretty run of the mill game,” and I put the recap off for a bit, because I didn’t think […]

JA Happ starts again

I’m a bit pressed for time tonight (it’s 6:55 and I’m just sitting down to write a preview), but I’ll reiterate my thoughts on the Happ/Morton/Locke trio that will start the next three days: if the Pirates are going to stay ahead of the Cubs and somehow catch the Cardinals, they need something from these […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18:  Pedro Florimon #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by teammate Francisco Cervelli #29 after hitting the game winning RBI in the 15th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at PNC Park on August 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night’s hero is today’s DFA: A brief tribute to Pedro Florimon

When I was working on my recap last night, I couldn’t decide whether to use the above picture of Pedro Florimon in the post-game celebration or the amazing shot of Cervelli barrel-rolling into home plate with Gregory Polanco face down on the ground waving him home. In the end, the Cervelli/Polanco shot on the recap […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at PNC Park on August 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Game 117: Pirates 9 Diamondbacks 8

It’s 12:31 AM and I just watched Pedro Florimon hit a walkoff double or triple (I don’t know how it was scored, not sure it matters) so you’re getting bullet points: The Pirates just won an 15-inning game and only used two relievers from the tenth inning onwards. Arquimedes Caminero and Joe Blanton put their […]

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