BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees speaks with David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox prior to the last game of the season at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

Two years ago, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was making his final appearances at MLB stadiums across the nation. Fans far and wide were lining up at the gates of each American League ballpark and a handful of National League stadiums to see the career-long Yankee shortstop play in that particular city one final […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates can't make a catch on a ball hit by Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants (not pictured) during the sixth inning on June 22, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Game 72: Giants 7 Pirates 6

In summary, the Pirates had a 6-1 lead, blew it, and then lost when they sent John Jaso on a full-count pitch that Gregory Polanco struck out on, despite Jaso barely beating out the double play throw on a slow roller to short that Jordy Mercer nearly beat into second base. If you can’t win […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21:  Erik Kratz #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the ninth inning during the game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on June 21, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 71: Giants 15 Pirates 4

The following people pitched for the Pirates tonight: Wilfredo Boscan Arquimedes Caminero AJ Schugel Jorge Rodon Jared Hughes Erik Kratz Amazing that with talent like this, that the pitching problem has the gall to remain unsolved, isn’t it? Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 20:  Erik Kratz #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning during the game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on June 20, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 70: Pirates 1 Giants 0

I don’t know if I’d say that this is the weirdest Pirate win that I’ve ever seen, but that’s only because of the sheer number of Pirate games I’ve seen and the way that time erodes memory. This was a weird game. Let us count the ways. Jeff Locke, who had previously given up 18 runs […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 14, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Game 64: Pirates 4 Mets 0

During the Stephen Strasburg commotion of 2012, I remember the Braves talking about why they’d waited to put Kris Medlen in the rotation until late July. Medlen, you might recall, went 9-0 in his 12 starts from July 31st on, with a 0.97 ERA and an 84/10 K/BB ratio in 83 2/3 innings, and though […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 12:  Jonathon Niese #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after bobbling a ball hit by Jhonny Peralta #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals (not pictured) during the sixth inning on June 12, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Pirates need this off-day (and they need something more)

For the first time since May 12th, the Pirates don’t have a scheduled baseball game. The Pirates have played 30 times in this month-plus, and they’ve gone 14-16. This stretch started distressingly, with a fifth consecutive loss to the Cubs, and it’s ended horrifically. The Pirates are currently on a six-game losing streak, and they’ve […]

The Pirates are better than you think

“Helloooooooo,” the blogger shouted from the brink of oblivion.  I apologize for my lack of blogging lately, but I’ve hit a critical mass of Things Happening outside of baseball combined with a Pirate team that is really hard to talk about due to an acute case of Cub Poisoning. I had a long drive yesterday […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: A view of the Stanley Cup is shown following the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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A week from now both the NBA and NHL seasons may very well be over and a champion crowned.  But as of today, there are games to be played which means you still have a chance to catch some of the action live!  Finals tickets never come cheap, but today we’ve got a promo code that […]

A brief accounting of the last few Pirate games (and also: COLE VS. FERNANDEZ)

The last few days for the Pirates have been relatively non-eventful from the perspective of a team in their situation. They were thoroughly out-dueled by Yu Darvish in his 2016 return on Saturday evening, Francisco Liriano turned in what is an alarmingly characteristic start on Sunday afternoon, and the Pirates smacked the hell out of […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 27: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 27, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Game 47: Pirates 9 Rangers 1

I said before the game that I thought the Pirates could get to Cole Hamels, but I don’t think that I thought they’d tee off on him the way they did in the fifth inning. They entered the inning with a 1-0 lead thanks to an early Staring Marte homer, and exited the inning with […]

A real test in Texas

After blasting through the Braves, Rockies, and Diamondbacks over an ten-game homestand, I suspect that the Pirates will face much stiffer competition in Arlington against the Rangers this weekend. The Rangers have a similar record to the Pirates (they’re 27-20), and the rotation has turned so that the Pirates will be starting Jon Niese and […]

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Game 46: Pirates 8 Diamondbacks 3

For the second start in a row, Gerrit Cole didn’t really pitch his best game against an inferior opponent. After giving up ten hits and a walk without a strikeout in seven one-run innings against the Rockies last week, he walked three Diamondbacks and giving up seven hits in five laborious innings, but he only […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 25:  David Freese #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two run home run in the fifth inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on May 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 45: Pirates 5 Diamondbacks 4

I think that this particular subgenre of baseball wins is one of my favorites: not the comeback win, but the matter-of-time win. The Diamondbacks gave Rubby de la Rosa a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but the Pirates had runners on base in the first, second, and third without scoring. When Sean Rodriguez hit […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a three-run home run in the first inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on May 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Gregory Polanco is here

One of the big mistakes that we, as baseball fans, make (and I’m including myself in this group with a bullet) is assuming that all players develop along a similar pattern. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco all came up through the minors as five-tool centerfielders with gap power and very high ceilings, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on May 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 44: Pirates 12 Diamondbacks 1

It is, first of all, always nice to see the Pirates sprint out to a big lead against someone and keep it after those two scares against the Rockies and Braves earlier this year. Francisco Liriano’s control was not at its best today, with five walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t do […]

Francisco Liriano has some serious home/road splits this year

Francisco Liriano has always had a home/road split as a Pirate. This isn’t necessarily surprising; PNC Park is a very friendly park to left-handed pitchers because it’s very unfriendly to right-handed hitters and Liriano fits into it almost like a hand in a glove, with his ground-ball oriented approach and the way he dominates left-handed […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Wilfredo Boscan #69 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch during the game against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park on May 23, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Game 43: Pirates 6 Rockies 3

There is nothing that makes you contemplate your connection to the world quite like an eye injury does. I’m speaking from experience here; when I was 11 I was hit hard in the eyebrow with a line drive and had no idea how bad the injury was until I got to the hospital (I was […]

The gauntlet

Yesterday’s rainout had a pretty unfortunate side-effect for the Pirates; their only scheduled off-day between May 13th and June 12th was today, and they will instead play a make-up game against the Rockies at 12:35 (they had another scheduled off-day in this stretch on June 9th, which will also be filled by a makeup game […]

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