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 […]

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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 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 11:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting the game-winning two run home run in the 14th 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)

Game 87: Pirates 6 Cardinals 5

Look, I don’t know what to say about this game. If your biggest complaint about the Pirates so far in 2015 was that they’ve played well against bad teams but don’t have a lot of signature wins in important games, well, you’ve got to find a new biggest complaint. One of my absolute favorite moments […]

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This is what AJ Burnett came back for

After a year in baseball purgatory, AJ Burnett made a beeline back to the Pirates in the hopes of closing out his career on a winning baseball team. Today, Burnett gets the ball with a chance to move the Pirates within 3 1/2 games of the first place Cardinals in front of a national TV […]

Game 86: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

Aaaand exhale, just a little bit. We’ve spent much of the first half of this season talking about the Pirate pitching staff (for good reason, of course), but I think that this one belongs to the offense. After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the third to turn a 1-0 Pirate lead into a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 05:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during the game at PNC Park on July 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It’s time for the pitching staff to shine

Last night’s loss was discouraging for the Pirates for a few reasons. Not only did the game turn on relatively few plays that could’ve bounced the Pirates way, but a win in a pretty lopsided pitching matchup would’ve been a great way for the Pirates to open this series. Obviously it didn’t work out that […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 09: Randal Grichuk #15 of the St Louis Cardinals congratulates teammate Xavier Scruggs #59 after both scored in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on July 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 85: Cardinals 4 Pirates 1

In the first inning, Gregory Polanco doubled and moved to third on a Neil Walker single. When Andrew McCutchen hit a sharp ground ball to Mark Reynolds, Polanco froze, then tried to go home when Reynolds went to second to start the double play. He was thrown out at the plate to complete the oh-so-rare […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 08:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a RBI single in the eighth inning during the game against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on July 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

32-12 is nothing

The Pirates are on an incredible run right now. Their 32-12 record since May 22nd represents perhaps the best sustained run of Pirate baseball in my lifetime. A lot of things have happened during that run that are worth talking about and considering during next week’s All-Star break, but tonight the 32-12 record really only […]

Pittsburgh Pirates Look To Continue Playoff Push Into July

At the start of the 2015 MLB season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had hopes of making the MLB playoffs for the third year in a row. Entering a huge July, they appear poised to do that — and more. Sitting in second place in the NL Central, a feisty Pirates squad is just eight games back […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 08:  Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Neil Walker #18 after defeating the San Diego Padres 5-2 at PNC Park on July 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 84: Pirates 5 Padres 2

This feels like a recurring pattern lately: the Pirates play poorly early on, keep the game from getting out of hand, right the ship, and then chip away until they find themselves ahead late in the game. Tonight’s particulars: Charlie Morton looked awful in the first two innings, but somehow escaped the top of the […]

The Pirates look to sweep the Padres behind Charlie Morton

Things are going so well for the Pirates right now that an actual thought I had today was, “Geez, if the Pirates win this game and sweep the Padres, it’ll almost feel like too much to ask for them to take three of four from the Cardinals this weekend.” Screw it. Take no prisoners. Win […]

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