CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 31: Jeff Locke #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jeff Locke looks to lead Pirates to split with Cubs

Sorry for going MIA yesterday: I had my committee meeting early and a softball game right after work that ended up being a 15-inning epic that will live on in the lore of the Carrboro Co-Rec Slowpitch Softball League forever. I wouldn’t have much to add to last night’s game that wasn’t obvious: JA Happ […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 29: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 29, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Lester and Liriano

Sorry for the late post today; I have a meeting with my thesis committee tomorrow morning, I’m moving this weekend, and I have to make time for Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow, too, so it’s a pretty busy week for me. At this point a Pirates/Cubs series is pretty straightforward: the Pirates are awfully comfortable […]

of the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on August 2, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Game 104: Pirates 3 Reds 0

Let’s begin with baseball. Charlie Morton was excellent today, which is really important news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to AJ Burnett’s recent struggles, Morton had easily been the Pirates’ worst pitcher. His last seven starts were disastrous: 37 innings, 45 hits, 30 runs, 26 strikeouts, 16 walks, 6 homers, 6 HBPs, and a .935 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 21:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole looks to finally solve his Reds problem

Gerrit Cole’s excellent 2015 has come with three starts in which he didn’t pitch at least six innings. All three have come against the Cincinnati Reds, including the 4 2/3 inning shelling at the hands of the Reds back in June that might be his only legitimately bad start all season. Like much of the […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 31: Joakim Soria #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Trade deadline round-up with some interspersed links

This morning, @WalkoffHBPRyan asked me and a few other Pirate bloggers on Twitter why the general response to the Pirates’ deadline day moves was more or less lukewarm: I tend to tackle all acquisitions by the Pirates at this point from the angle that they’re a good front office and that they don’t acquire players […]

Stop losing to the Reds, part ten

I have plans this evening that directly abut the trade deadline, so I’m writing this post early. I have no idea if the Pirates have traded for anyone, or if the Reds have gotten rid of anyone, or if nothing at all has happened. The posts underneath this one could say anything. Regardless of what […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 10: Michael Morse #38 of the Miami Marlins hits an rbi double scoring Christian Yelich #21 against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the fourth inning at AT&T Park on May 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Pirates trade Jose Tabata to Dodgers for Mike Morse

Just when you thought that the Pirates had done nothing at the trade deadline, suddenly a mini-avalanche of small moves happens. The first one is one that we probably could’ve anticipated earlier in the trade season: the Pirates swapped DFA’d players with the Dodgers by trading Jose Tabata for Mike Morse.

PITTSBURGH - JULY 19:  Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington talks to reporters prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 19, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A brief trade deadline preview (or not so brief, I am bad at brief)

We’ve got about six hours until this afternoon’s trade deadline, and I think the safest bet might be that the Pirates are done. They’ve already addressed their infield/bench depth situation with Aramis Ramirez, they’ve made one trade that upgrades their bullpen with Joakim Soria, and they’ve made a third move that might do the same […]

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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 […]

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