PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 12:  Jeff Locke #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Impossible shutout streak, meet Jeff Locke

The Pirates take their crazy streak of shutout innings and incredible on the road tonight to continue their home-and-home with the White Sox. The Pirates’ last road trip went quite well, with a 7-3 run through San Diego, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Jeff Locke starts for the Bucs tonight and his last start against the […]

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Game 64: Pirates 3 White Sox 0

This is starting to get crazy. With tonight’s Charlie-Morton-lead shutout, the Pirates have now thrown three straight shutouts, five in six games, and six in their last nine. The last time Francisco Cervelli has seen an opponent cross home plate in front of him was last Tuesday, which also happens to be the last time the Pirates […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 15:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single in the first inning during inter-league play against the Chicago White Sox at PNC Park on June 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pirates look to stay hot against the White Sox

Given that this homestand started with the Pirates’ bats falling into a funk, it’d be awfully nice if the trend that started last night continued tonight so that the homestand could end with them hitting their way out of said funk. They’ll face Jose Quintana tonight. He’s the third lefty they’re facing in a row, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 15:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after scoring in the first inning during inter-league play against the Chicago White Sox at PNC Park on June 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 63: Pirates 11 White Sox 0

You know, all things considered, I think I like 11-0 in nine innings much better than I like 1-0 in 11 innings. OK, let’s put more of a straight face on. This is (at least) the second year in a row in which the Pirates have faced an inordinate amount of right-handed pitchers early in the […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 14:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning with teammate Starling Marte #6 against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 62: Pirates 1 Phillies 0

This is a brief and incomplete list of things the Pirates did this weekend: Won a game 1-0 in 13 innings. Had a one-run lead in the eighth inning of a game while the Phillies had the bases loaded and no outs, then somehow escaped the jam with two ground balls that were turned into […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 13:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sunday morning: Gerrit Cole (like I need to say more)

Starting a sentence with “the most impressive thing about Gerrit Cole thus far in 2015 is…” is a good way to get yourself into trouble quickly, as the list of impressive things that Cole has done to this point is as long as Cole is tall. After watching him pitch yesterday, though, certainly one thing that he’s […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Game 60: Pirates 1 Phillies 0

Thirteen innings. Twenty four hits. Eight walks. Thirty runners left on base. One hit in scoring position. One run. You know the old adage that all wins are created equal? I mean, I guess that’s probably true. It’d be better if most of the Pirates wins didn’t look like this one, though. Image: Jared Wickerham, […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 27, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Yep, it’s that Kevin Correia

For some reason, the Phillies signed Kevin Correia this week and put him directly into their starting rotation, with his first start coming tonight against the Pirates. Correia was really awful for the Twins and Dodgers both last year, he spent spring training with the Mariners, and then a small amount of time with the […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mark Melancon looks better, but where are the strikeouts?

If you just go by traditional stats, Mark Melancon’s been fine since his only blown save on April 21st. He’s pitched in 22 games since then, throwing 22 1/3 innings. He’s only allowed two runs in that span, he’s converted all 17 save opportunities he’s been given, and nothing he’s done in those 22 games […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on June 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 59: Pirates 2 Brewers 0

Here’s something I didn’t think I’d be typing in the first half (or maybe at all) of this season: this could have been a third straight really frustrating game for the Pirates, if not for the fantastic start by Charlie Morton. If you just looked at the scoreboard, it’d seem like the Pirates struggled with […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 10:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of their game on August 10, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   The Padres defeated the Pirates 8-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Charlie Morton looks to salvage a win for the Pirates against the Brewers

There’s not much to say here: the Pirates have lost two straight games to the Brewers, who are a team they shouldn’t really lose two straight games to. Their bats have been absent in both games. Charlie Morton starts for the Pirates tonight, hoping to keep his strong start to 2015 going. Kyle Lohse starts […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsurgh Pirates walks off of the field in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on June 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 58: Brewers 4 Pirates 1

It was inevitable that the Pirates were going to come back to earth, at least a little bit. The math on 13 of 16 is easy, it’s a 130 in 160 pace. The way they’ve lost these two games, however, is pretty frustrating when it’s put into practice in front of you. Taylor Jungmann made his […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 6: Francisco Liriano #47 and Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates relax in the dugout before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Francisco Liriano and the Brewers (plus, Day 2 of the draft)

Losing a 2-0 game during a rainstorm to the worst team in baseball at home is not ideal, but it’s probably fine so long as the Pirates don’t find some way to go ahead and lose this series to the Brewers. To that extent, Francisco Liriano takes the mound tonight against rookie Taylor Jungmann in […]

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