SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mark Melancon looks better, but where are the strikeouts?

If you just go by traditional stats, Mark Melancon’s been fine since his only blown save on April 21st. He’s pitched in 22 games since then, throwing 22 1/3 innings. He’s only allowed two runs in that span, he’s converted all 17 save opportunities he’s been given, and nothing he’s done in those 22 games […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on June 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 59: Pirates 2 Brewers 0

Here’s something I didn’t think I’d be typing in the first half (or maybe at all) of this season: this could have been a third straight really frustrating game for the Pirates, if not for the fantastic start by Charlie Morton. If you just looked at the scoreboard, it’d seem like the Pirates struggled with […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 10:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of their game on August 10, 2014 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   The Padres defeated the Pirates 8-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Charlie Morton looks to salvage a win for the Pirates against the Brewers

There’s not much to say here: the Pirates have lost two straight games to the Brewers, who are a team they shouldn’t really lose two straight games to. Their bats have been absent in both games. Charlie Morton starts for the Pirates tonight, hoping to keep his strong start to 2015 going. Kyle Lohse starts […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsurgh Pirates walks off of the field in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on June 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Game 58: Brewers 4 Pirates 1

It was inevitable that the Pirates were going to come back to earth, at least a little bit. The math on 13 of 16 is easy, it’s a 130 in 160 pace. The way they’ve lost these two games, however, is pretty frustrating when it’s put into practice in front of you. Taylor Jungmann made his […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 6: Francisco Liriano #47 and Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates relax in the dugout before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Francisco Liriano and the Brewers (plus, Day 2 of the draft)

Losing a 2-0 game during a rainstorm to the worst team in baseball at home is not ideal, but it’s probably fine so long as the Pirates don’t find some way to go ahead and lose this series to the Brewers. To that extent, Francisco Liriano takes the mound tonight against rookie Taylor Jungmann in […]


Game 58: Brewers 2 Pirates 0

I was promised that baseball after midnight would end with the Pirates returning from the West Coast. Stupid rain delays. I don’t have much to add about this one, honestly. I think it was a bit of a let-down game for the Pirates after their excellent road trip, and the bad weather makes it a […]

Pirates draft Ke’Bryan Hayes, son of Charlie Hayes, at #32

With the compensation pick for losing Russell Martin, the Pirates drafted Ke’Bryan Hayes with the 32nd overall pick in the 2015 draft. Hayes is the son of Charlie Hayes, he of the very brief Pirate career back in 1996 (he was signed as a free agent that winter, then dumped off to the Yankees mid-season […]

Pirates pick Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman at #19

It’s been a while since the Pirates have taken a college position player in the first round (Tony Sanchez in 2009), but tonight they’ve picked Arizona’s Kevin Newman with the 19th overall pick. The most basic take on Newman is that he can hit. According to’s basic scouting report he’s the only player in history […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This feels like a trap

The Pirates are on a long streak of very good baseball. They’ve won 13 of their last 16 games, they’ve completed one of their best road trips in recent memory, and their offense is starting to resemble the juggernaut that tore through the National League last September on their way to a Wild Card Game. […]

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07:  A detailed view of the first overall pick of the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper on the draft board during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MLB Draft 2015 Preview: Process and Results

Recently, I saw someone tweet something about the anniversary of Gerrit Cole being drafted in 2011, and I went back into my archives to find the post that I wrote that day. I found a couple of posts I wrote from the day of the draft and the day after, both in which I said something […]

<> of the Atlanta Braves of the Pittsburgh Pirates inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on June 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Game 56: Pirates 3 Braves 0

I suppose this is Gerrit Cole at less than his best in 2015. Really, he wasn’t much different than he’s been in any of his other starts, other than that his control was poor enough that he put five Braves on base for free (three via walks and two via HBPs). The bad control stirred […]

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to win and maybe keep his job

Jeff Locke faces the team that drafted him with very little room for mistake, assuming that his last few ugly starts have put his rotation spot in jeopardy. Julio Teheran starts for the Braves; he’s got a home run problem that’s caused his early season to not look much better than Jeff Locke’s. First pitch […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 5: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a fifth inning two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Game 54: Pirates 10 Braves 8

This is what I wrote after the Pirates’ 7-4 win over the Giants on Tuesday: This is the sort of game I envisioned the Pirates winning often this year: you can take an early lead, you can erase an early deficit, you can score four runs, but if you’re going to send Chris Heston out […]