PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 25:  Aramis Ramirez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up during batting practice prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on July 25, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Welcome back, Aramis Ramirez

On July 22nd, 2003, Aramis Ramirez played third and batted cleanup for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates lost 2-0 to the Houston Astros, who were their division rivals at the time. On the next day, Ramirez was traded to the Chicago Cubs in a terrible salary dump that signaled the way much of the next […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 24: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two run home run in the fifth inning during the game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on July 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 96: Pirates 7 Nationals 5 (or: About Gregory Polanco)

As I always am for Pirates and Nationals games, I’m blacked from watching these games live this weekend and so I’m just sitting down now to watch some highlights from last night’s win. Beyond all of those obvious stuff (three home runs off of a guy they couldn’t get a hit off of a month […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the third inning during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park on July 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Max Scherzer v. Pirates: Round 2

The Pirates will face off against the pitcher that nearly threw a perfect game against them a month ago (and, uh, did throw a no-hitter, I guess I’m burying the lede on that one) tonight at PNC Park, and I won’t lie, I don’t totally hate their chances against Max Scherzer tonight. The National lineup […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 23: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by teammate Brent Morel #53 after scoring in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals during the game at PNC Park on July 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 95: Pirates 7 Nationals 3

Two hits from McCutchen, Kang, Marte and Cervelli, two RBIs from Pedro Alvarez, and home runs from McCutchen, Alvarez, and Cervelli.  Francisco Liriano had a ridiculous start in which he racked up 11 strikeouts in six innings (and also 103 pitches in that span). This is, at risk of being reductive, how you win when […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22:  Jaff Decker #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Andrew McCutchen #22 after scoring in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

This ship isn’t going to turn itself around

Sort of lost in all of the wailing and tooth-gnashing over the way the Pirates have played since Jordy Mercer went down is that the Pirates were more or less 0-3 in games played after the break before he was injured and that the only winnable game that the Pirates have lost since the break […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the dugout in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole gets his first start of the second half

After Gerrit Cole’s 93-pitch, six-inning start against the Phillies, I briefly mentioned that I thought it was interesting that Clint Hurdle was getting Cole out of games pretty quickly after back-to-back starts in which he threw 100+ pitches. In five starts since then, Cole threw 106, 106, 107, 106, and 114 pitches. Seeing that, maybe […]