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 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 20:  Travis Ishikawa #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two-run double in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Game 92: Pirates 10 Royals 7

It’s time for a brief WHYGAVS History Lesson. Once upon a time in the olden days of the internet, WHYGAVS was a tiny little blog with barely any readers on blogspot. It wasn’t even WHYGAVS back then, people actually called it by its full name and the URL was very unwieldy. One night, a terrible […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 1: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes the catch on a pop foul by Yoenis Cespedes of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning of the interleague game on July 1, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pirates trot out truly horrendous lineup to face the Royals

I fully accept that the Pirates are currently wedged between a rock and a hard place and haven’t had time to properly respond to Jordy Mercer’s injury, but the lineup that it’s left them with tonight is horrendous, with Travis Ishikawa at first and Sean Rodriguez at third. I will continue to hope that this […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 19: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates holds his leg after a collision with Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Miller Park on July 19, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jordy Mercer

Getting swept was bad, but losing Jordy Mercer would be much worse

It would be one thing to be sitting here on a Monday morning, discussing only the Pirates being swept by the Brewers. Saturday’s game created some bad circumstances, the Brewers are playing well, Clint Hurdle’s decision to sit Andrew McCutchen on the third day back from the break certainly leaves some questions about how much […]

The Sunday Morning Catch-Up: The NL Central continues to vex the Pirates

I don’t understand this any better than you do, but here are the Pirates’ records against NL Central teams this year: Cardinals: 5-5 Cubs: 4-6 Reds: 2-7 Brewers: 6-5, but 1-4 since a 5-1 start The Reds and Brewers are just completely awful this year, and the Pirates have lost five of the seven series […]