Jolly Roger

Game 143: Pirates 6 Phillies 4

I’m not sure if this game was closer than it needed to be, or an easier victory for the Pirates than it really should have been. For most of the game, Jeff Locke pitched really well, the Pirates left runners on base against Kyle Kendrick, and not many runs at all were scored. Locke gave […]

Lock

The Pirate playoff push continues on to Philadelphia

The Pirates’ sweep over the Cubs was a great thing to see. Even though the Pirates didn’t play all that poorly in getting swept by the Cardinals last week, the result was a devastating one that more or less ended their shot at winning the NL Central. Coupled with the Cubs playing good baseball prior to the […]

roller coaster

With a win today, the Pirates could be back in the playoff picture

It’s funny how simple things can be sometimes, isn’t it? The Pirates have played roller coaster baseball the entire second half, and it seems like almost every single time they’re able to string a few wins together, they find themselves back in a playoff spot, no matter how ugly things looked a few days before. […]

Survive

Pirates win yesterday’s game, go for a semi-sweep in Wrigley

The Pirates won the resumption of yesterday afternoon’s suspended game against the Cubs in dramatic fashion today, taking the series opener in Wrigley by a 5-3 score. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon both pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Harrison and Tony Sanchez drove in runs in the top of the 11th to provide the […]

Do not sleep on the Cubs

If the Pirates are going to somehow win the National League’s second wild card (they enter today 1 1/2 games behind the Braves and Brewers, both of whom are playing awfully lately), the easiest route to it would seem to be to beat up on the Cubs and Phillies, two teams with lousy records that […]

lego collapse

Game 139: Cardinals 1 Pirates 0

In the immediate aftermath of this loss, my first reaction was to compare it with Game 4 of last year’s NLDS. That game, too, was a pitcher’s duel that the Pirates lost to the Cardinals though maybe the Pirates had more chances to win today. Sort of similar to today’s game, that game didn’t quite […]

a rock and a hard place

This isn’t quite it but this is almost it

This feels insane to say out loud, but the Pirates are less than 70 hours removed from what was arguably one of their high points in the 2014 season. Partway through Sunday afternoons games, the Pirates lead the Reds 2-0 and the Cubs lead the Cardinals 5-0. With the Brewers struggling badly, it seemed like […]

no outlet

Game 138: Cardinals 6 Pirates 4

I don’t know, I’m sort of all out of things to say about this Pirate team at this particular point in time. Tonight, Jeff Locke took the mound and had absolutely zero command of the strike zone. This has been a recurring problem of late, but there hasn’t even been a slight consideration to removing […]

tightrope

Welcome to tonight’s edition of the biggest game of the year

I really hate dwelling on bad losses while there’s still a playoff race. I mean, the last two days have sureyl both been deflating days to be a Pirate fan and the Pirates’ situation in said pennant race is awfully precarious because of how these two games have gone, but if the Pirates close this […]

New Zealand

Pirates announce full September call-up list

When the Pirates announced that Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel would join the team on Labor Day, it was understood that there would be a number of additional call-ups in the next 24 hours after Indianapolis’s season officially ended with yesterday’s game. They announced the rest of the call-ups today and while there were two […]

sisyphos

Game 137: Cardinals 5 Pirates 4

After Gerrit Cole allowed a single to Pete Kozma with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Greg Brown and John Wehner wondered aloud if it was odd that there was no one up in the Pirate bullpen. Cole had only thrown 85 pitches to that point and hadn’t encountered much resistance from […]

Buhl Park Casino

OK, so now THIS is the biggest series of the year

The late afternoon yesterday was not kind to the Pirates: in Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon (and only his seventh of the year!) to help the Reds steal a 3-2 win from the Pirates. In St. Louis, the Cardinals turned a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth […]

knocker

The Pirates really could use a sweep

This is approximately how the Pirates’ season has gone: a stretch of solid play that makes you hopeful, followed by a stretch of bad play that goes on a few days beyond the point where you think, “If they don’t start playing better here, the season will be over,” which is then immediately buoyed by […]

paper stacks

Vance Worley looks to assure Pirates of series win over Reds

The Pirates are in a funny position against the Reds this afternoon, because I think they’re clearly a better team than the Reds right now and am kind of half-hoping that they’ll sweep Cincinnati this weekend, but they’re clearly under a bit of added pressure today because Johnny Cueto is looming tomorrow afternoon. Vance Worley […]

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