ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 07: Tyler Glasnow #51 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the second inning of his Major League debut at Busch Stadium on July 7, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Game 86: Cardinals 5 Pirates 1

It was inevitable that the Pirates would lose another baseball game at some point, of course, but it’s unfortunate that Tyler Glasnow’s big league debut couldn’t have been a little bit smoother. Glasnow was really excellent the first time or so through the Cardinal lineup; he walked the first hitter that he faced, but then […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox, American League All-Star Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals, American League All-Star Glen Perkins #15 of the Mennesota Twins, and American League All-Star Hector Santiago #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walk in the outfield during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

There are only a few more days until the 2016 edition of MLB All-Star Week is upon us. The 87th All-Star game and the exciting events surrounding it are set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego from July 10 through July 12. Check out our exclusive All-Star Week guide below and enjoy […]

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 5: Tyler Glasnow #51 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A brief guide to Tyler Glasnow for non-cynics

I was a little bit surprised to see yesterday afternoon that in the immediate aftermath of and rejoicing about Tyler Glasnow’s promotion to start for the Pirates this afternoon, a small group of Pirate fans were already snarking. “Oh, so his control issues are magically fixed now?” The answer is that, no, his control problems aren’t magically […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 6: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on July 6, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Game 85: Pirates 7 Cardinals 5

Let’s begin with the elephant in the room, shall we? I have my own opinions about whether the Pirates should be playing Jung Ho Kang right now, but I am aware that my opinions are not terribly relevant. One of the reasons, though, that I’m troubled by allowing athletes to play in situations like this […]

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 5: Tyler Glasnow #51 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after being called for a balk during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Pirates will call up Tyler Glasnow to start tomorrow

Buster Olney is reporting this morning that the Pirates are going to push Chad Kuhl’s scheduled start back a day this week and that they’re going to do it by calling Tyler Glasnow up to start in his place (I would link to Olney’s tweet, but he blocked me on Twitter years ago for some […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 5: Starter Steven Brault #43 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes his MLB debut while pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on July 5, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Game 84: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

It’s amazing how quickly the Pirates have settled into a nice little daily pattern: for the fifth straight game, their starter gave up an early lead, but limited the damage and settled down quickly, their offense erase that lead bit by bit, and the bullpen absolutely shut down the second half of the game for […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 11: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates runs to third base in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 11, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Jung Ho Kang being investigated for sexual assault in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune is reporting this afternoon that Jung Ho Kang is being investigated in Chicago for a sexual assault that took place immediately after a Pirates/Cubs game last month. There are more details in that Chicago Trib report, although you should be warned that there’s a description of the alleged assault in the story.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 5: Steven Brault #65 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of a spring training game at Champion Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Pirates defeated the Braves 9-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Steven Brault Arrives

It is admittedly difficult to think beyond Jameson Taillon’s shoulder while there’s still uncertainty about his health, but it’s worth taking some time this afternoon and talking about Steven Brault, the pitcher called up to replace him, however temporarily. Just a couple of days ago, I was going back over the Travis Snider trade, and […]

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Game 76: Pirates 4 Dodgers 3

I’ve been waiting for this game for three weeks. It was one thing to watch 4/5ths of the rotation struggle and know that there was talent in AAA that might be able to help while the Cubs got off to a historic start and the Pirates faced down the potential of another Wild Card Game, but […]

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 […]

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