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 […]

during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Four All-Stars in Four Days: Gerrit Cole and the journey to become an ace

There’s a cool little juxtaposition in the Big Data Baseball (I didn’t get a chance to read this right when it came out and I’m not sure I’ll do a full review, but I hope that the constant references that I’m making to it as I read it are enough of an endorsement for anyone reading this site […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd from the dugout while receiving a standing ovation following his solo home run in the 5th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on July 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Four All-Stars in Four Days: AJ Burnett and his Gotham need each other

During the very first off-season that this blog existed, the Pirates tried to sign Bill Mueller. I’m having a hard time remembering 100% of the granular details, but what I can piece together from my old blog posts (holy cow — pretty much every stylistic flourish I used to use back then make me shudder) […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 07:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates the 3-2 win against the San Diego Padres during the game at PNC Park on July 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Four All-Stars in Four Days: Mark Melancon’s unique consistency

The All-Star Break is four days long. The Pirates have four All-Stars. This is a meaningless coincidence, but I have started series on far flimsier grounds. Welcome to Four All-Stars in Four Days. When I was a kid that devoured Pirate lore like a hung-over Pac-Man in a maze full of bacon pellets, there was […]


Game 88: Pirates 6 Cardinals 5

If last night was about an individual, tonight was about a team. I’ll admit it: I thought the Pirates were done when Neil Walker’s long fly ball off of Trevor Rosental came up just short of the warning track in the bottom of the tenth. Asking for another huge hit from McCutchen seemed like a […]

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04:  Jeff Francoeur #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs to first base after hitting a RBI double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field on May 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ben Revere #2 scored on the double.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sunday morning trade talk: Ben Revere and Jeff Francouer (and Gregory Polanco)

Now that I’m fully awake this morning and have verified that what I thought happened last night did indeed happen, let’s take a little bit of time to talk about the rumor mill that started churning when Jon Morosi mentioned during the broadcast that the Pirates were interested in acquiring journeyman outfielder Jeff Francouer. We […]