at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Game 68: Nationals 6 Pirates 0

With that out of the way, what else can I really say? Max Scherzer is excellent; he’s probably been the best pitcher in baseball over the last three years. Pretty much any time a team that strikes out like the Pirates runs into a pitcher that strikes hitters out like Scherzer, there’s a risk that something […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 14: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 14, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Scherzer is scary

As well as the Pirates have been playing lately, the offense hasn’t really looked right for the better part of the last two weeks. These are the Pirates’ run totals in their last 11 games: 0, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1, 11, 3, 3, 3, 1. That’s only 19 runs in the ten games in […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chris Stewart #19 high five after their win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-2.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Game 68: Pirates 3 White Sox 2

After playing out in front of the White Sox for most of this four-game series, the Pirates decided to finish the sweep with a different tactic: the late-game rally. They probably shouldn’t have needed a late-game rally in this one; they put runners on against Jeff Samardzija in the first, third, sixth, and seventh without […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 02: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the first inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 2, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole goes for eight against Jeff Samardzija

If you, like me, were a little concerned with the Pirates’ situation in late May, then it’s likely that the reason that you were concerned was that the Pirates that you envisioned in spring training were much more like the Pirates that are in front of you right now; a buzzsaw capable of stringing a […]

The late (or early, whatever) recap: Game 65: Pirates 3 White Sox 2

It looked early on like last night was going to be another laugher. Within the game’s first four hitters, Josh Harrison had doubled, Andrew McCutchen singled him in, and Jung Ho Kang homered to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. The Pirates only had two more hits across the ensuing game. That didn’t matter, though, […]

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 […]

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