Jolly Roger

Game 151: Pirates 9 Red Sox 1

With a 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their 81st game of the 2014 season and hardly anyone thought it was a big deal. Think about this for a second. For 20 years, we as Pirate fans were obsessed with the numbers 81 and 82. In 2009, I wrote two separate long-running […]


Francisco Liriano looks to keep rolling against Red Sox

I have, at various points this year, come up with a number of potential explanations as to why Francisco Liriano hasn’t been quite as good in 2013 as he was in 2014. In the early part of the season, I thought that maybe it was because he was throwing his changeup a bit too regularly. […]

Jolly Roger

Game 150: Pirates 4 Red Sox 0

It’s hard to imagine this game going more perfectly for the Pirates. Charlie Morton looked about as solid as he’s looked all year with the Pirates, throwing five shutout innings, striking out six Red Sox, walking two, and scattering four hits. Of the non-strikeout outs that he recorded, six were ground balls and only one […]


The final push begins now

There are no off-days between now and the end of the 2014 season for the Pirates. There are 13 games to be played in the next 13 days, and then it’s over. The Pirates begin this final stretch 1 1/2 games up on the Brewers for the second wild card and 3 1/2 behind the […]


Charlie Morton and the rotation

I have to admit, I was a little surprised over the weekend when the Pirates announced Charlie Morton would be making a start against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Morton’s whole season has been up-and-down as he’s dealt with his sports hernia, but he was in the midst of a really bad stretch before said […]

almost there

Two weeks to go

It is amazing how different baseball can feel from Monday to Monday. Two Mondays ago, the Pirates were 71-65, two games out of first place and two games out of the second wild card (the Brewers are Cardinals were tied) and facing a week against the Cubs and Cardinals. The Pirates had a strange week […]

Locke Ness

Jeff Locke faces Felix Doubront as the Pirates look to keep hot streak going

If a week ago it seemed that nobody wanted to win the National League’s second wild card, suddenly the situation looks a little bit different on the season’s third-to-last Saturday. The Pirates have been slicing through the Cubs and Phillies like a hot knife through butter with seven wins in eight games, but they only […]

PNC Park

The last homestand

Take a deep breath. It’s September 12th, and the Pirates have nine scheduled games left at PNC Park in 2014. They are 1 1/2 games up in the wild card race on the Brewers, and the last three of these nine games will be against the Brewers. They’re only 2 1/2 back of the Cardinals, […]


Game 146: Pirates 4 Phillies 1

What a difference a week makes, huh? With tonight’s win, the Pirates have won six of seven, they maintain their 1 1/2 game lead on the Brewers in the NL’s second wild card race, and they pull themselves within 2 1/2 of the Cardinals in the NL Central, which is officially “striking distance” with 16 […]

open door

A big game against a bad team

In the ever-growing pantheon of “biggest games of the year,” the Pittsburgh Pirates have a huge opportunity tonight in Philadelphia. The Cardinals lost to the Reds this afternoon and the Braves are off, while the Brewers play the Marlins again. At the very least a win shrinks the Cardinals’ division lead to 2 1/2 games (which […]

jump off the wall

Game 145: Pirates 6 Phillies 3

In the first five at-bats of tonight’s game, the Pirates were hit by two pitches, hit two singles, and had a 2-0 lead with runners on first and second and one out. It looked a lot like the Pirates were going to get to Jerome Williams in the exact fashion that you’d think that they […]

Uneven surfaces

Vance Worley faces Jerome Williams as Pirates look to build wild card lead

I swear that at least once a year I come across Jerome Williams’ name in a box score or he pitches against the Pirates and I have to do a double-take and ask myself, “Wait, THAT Jerome Williams? He’s still pitching in Major League Baseball?” The answer is always, “Yes. That Jerome Williams. He’s still […]

A late recap — Game 144: Phillies 4 Pirates 3

Sorry for the lateness of this recap; I missed most of the game last night due to a softball game and kind of zonked out once I saw the Pirates lost, never quite recovering enough energy to sit down and type something out. The long and short of it is that the Pirates weren’t going […]

Josh Harrison returns as Pirates look for fifth straight win

It seems hard to believe, but the Pirates haven’t managed to string together five wins at any point yet in the 2014 season. There’s no better time for them to hit that mark for the first time this season than tonight, as the four wins that the Pirates have picked up in their last four […]