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 MLB.com’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 […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 30:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park May 30, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Red hot Pirates look to close out road trip on high note in Atlanta

The Pirates have already won five of the first seven games in their ten-game road trip, which means that winning just one game in Atlanta this weekend will make it a pretty successful trip for a club that’s had their share of struggles on the road in the recent seasons. Of course, just one win […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 24: Francisco Liriano #47 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates share a moment in the dugout in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on May 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep of Giants

The Pirates’ four-game series in San Diego had one hidden bonus effect for their rotation: for the second time in a week and a half, the Pirates get to throw Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett, and Francisco Liriano in the same series. Because Gerrit Cole and the Pirate offense has risen to the occasion in the […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a sacrifice fly scoring Gerrit Cole #45 against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the third inning at AT&T Park on June 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

AJ Burnett looks to get Pirates series win in San Francisco

After Gerrit Cole’s stellar start last night, the Pirates now get to send AJ Burnett and Francisco Liriano out to try and win this series in San Francisco. That’s a nice position to be in. Burnett is ostensibly coming off of his worst start of 2015, though I suspect many pitchers would be happy to […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on June 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Game 51: Pirates 4 Giants 3

On Gerrit Cole’s 81st pitch tonight, he walked Buster Posey to load the bases with no outs in the sixth inning. Two pitches later, he was behind Brandon Belt 2-0 in the count, and it seemed like maybe the Pirates’ 4-2 lead wasn’t going to be quite enough. Cole hadn’t pitched poorly to that point, […]

Pittsburgh Pirate Revenge Tour 2015

I try not to think about last year’s Wild Card Game much these days; obviously there are plenty of what ifs around that game, especially given the way the playoffs played out, but all we can really do now is hope that the future holds something in store for the Pirates that will make wondering […]

Pirates Impressive Play Entering June Attracting Noise on Ticket Market

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done well to hang around in the NL Central in 2015, despite the St. Louis Cardinals looking like they could run away with the division at any point. Pittsburgh has stormed back after a somewhat slow start, however, as they’ve won eight of their last ten games and are finally getting […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 03:  Runners start the 15th annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon to benefit the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society on June 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Delayed by a marathon

The Pirates and Padres will close out their four-game set tonight with the oddly timed Sunday night game that isn’t on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. This is due to the San Diego Marathon (see above), which took place earlier today and ended in Petco Park, thus necessitating the late start time. The Pirates have a […]

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