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Game 101: Reds 15 Pirates 5

The easiest response to a 15-5 loss in which Jaff Decker throws a scoreless inning is probably to laugh. You know the tropes here — a 15-5 loss is the same as a 1-0 loss, and seeing a sub-six-foot outfielder sling 82 mph fastballs towards Major League hitters is never not hilarious. The problem, of […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 29: Neil Walker #18 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate a win of the game against the Minnesota Twins on July 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Pirates defeated the Twins 10-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Don’t lose to the Reds

It’s getting late and I’m still in lab, staring at a post about Joakim Soria (coming up next!) and so I’m going to keep this series preview short. The Pirates have been awful against the Reds this year (2-7). The Reds, in turn, have been awful at baseball this year (45-54, including all those wins […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 09: Vance Worley #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts following a triple play in the top of the second inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on May 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Vance Worley DFA’d to make room for Joe Blanton

The Pirates just tweeted that it will be Vance Worley and not Deolis Guerra that will be designated for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton tonight. Since I spent most of my time assuming the Pirates were going to use Blanton in the Guerra role and that Guerra was the most likely to  be […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 1:  Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington watches batting practice prior to the National League Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Some thoughts on Trade Deadline Eve

With less than 30 hours to go until the trade deadline, the Pirates have been very quiet. They announced that Joe Blanton trade at about 12:30 last night when no one was paying attention, but before that they hadn’t been attached to any specific player or rumor since the rumor that they were “working on […]

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 19: Joe Blanton #49 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after their win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Kansas City Royals won 4-1.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Pirates acquire Joe Blanton

The Pirates announced tonight that they acquired Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash. Blanton was designated for assignment earlier this week when the Royals acquired Ben Zobrist. It’s late and I’d rather go to bed than dig through Blanton’s Baseball-Reference page (I was honestly just laying in bed, updating Twitter on my iPad and […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 29: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of the game on July 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four runs scored on the play. The Pirates defeated the Twins 10-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Game 100: Pirates 10 Twins 4

One of the wonderful things about a player like Andrew McCutchen is that no matter how badly he seems to be slumping, he’s never more than a swing away from breaking out. After an 0-for-5 night last night, a relatively slow start to the second half, and a strikeout in the first inning against the […]

Francisco Liriano gets to try again against his old team

Francisco Liriano’s really only made one terrible start in 2015, and it came in May against the same Twins that he’ll face this afternoon. Actually, it was his two-inning outing that dropped the Pirates to 18-22 that brought Pirate fans to peak tooth-gnashing back in May, exactly one day before the season turned around. Liriano’s […]

poses for a portrait on photo day on February 26, 2015 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Tyler Glasnow is going to Indianpolis

I think that most of us expected this news in one form or another, but Pirates Prospects is reporting this morning (subscription link) that Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates’ top prospect and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, is heading to Indanapolis after dominating for much of this season in Double-A with Altoona. Glasnow’s numbers […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 28: Third base coach Rick Sofield #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates congratulates Jung Ho Kang #27 on a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on July 28, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Pirates defeated the Twins 8-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Game 99: Pirates 8 Twins 7

It’s not often that a team can get away with a win in a game where their starting pitcher had nothing and one of their best relievers had even less than that, but the Pirate offense and Mark Melancon managed to pull off that feat exactly tonight. I suppose 99 games into the season is […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 17: Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 17, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Admist the trade deadline: baseball

One of the weirdest parts of the trade deadline every year is that baseball just keeps on going while the trades fly back and forth. Thinking about trades and roster weaknesses and potential deals always feels like off-season activity for me, and suddenly it seems hard to focus on the games that are actually happening. […]

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Monday round-up: Gerrit Cole’s start, what to look for at the deadline

Watching Gerrit Cole develop this season has really been an interesting experience. In Cole’s first eleven starts, he struck out 79 hitters over 71 innings and had eight or more strikeouts five times. He was really dominant in those starts, with a 1.90 ERA and a .590 OPS against and a 61:16 K:BB. Yesterday was […]

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 […]

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