PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs slides safely into home plate on an error by Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 13: Cubs 5 Pirates 2

In the first inning, it looked like the Pirates were going to get to Jake Arrieta. Josh Harrison hit a sharp ground ball up the middle that Starlin Castro made a really slick play on, then Gregory Polanco scorched a single to center, stole second, scored on Andrew McCutchen’s single, then McCutchen moved to third […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs flies out against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning on April 19, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

This is the most anticipated Pirates/Cubs game in years

Much of the 2014/2015 off-season was spent talking about the Cubs. They signed Jon Lester, poached Joe Maddon away from the Rays, they have a huge stable of minor league talent, they kept Kris Bryant in the minor leagues to save a season of service time despite having more money than Croesus, etc. etc. etc. […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 19:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on April 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 12: Pirates 5 Brewers 2

I suppose there are a lot of things that we could focus on with this win, but Gerrit Cole’s third inning is what sticks in my memory. Cole loaded up the bases in the first before escaping with a flyout, then gave up two runs in the second that immediately erased the Pirates’ early 2-0 […]

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Starling Marte shoulders the load, Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep

There’s something particularly wonderful and gratifying about what’s happened at PNC Park the last two nights: the Pirates came into this series against the Brewers mired in a terrible offensive slump with an ugly record. The starting rotation got off to an excellent start, but there just weren’t many runs to go around. Two games in […]

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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 […]

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