SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers hits a double in the top of the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

A belated Winter Meetings Preview, of sort

We’re about to head into the after-dinner portion of the first day of the 2016 Winter Meetings, so I guess this is the latest possible moment to write a preview post about the Pirates at this year’s meeting. There have been plenty of rumors regarding the Pirates already — we know that

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Pirates non-tender Pedro Alvarez

The Pedro Alvarez era in Pittsburgh has ended. The Pirates decided to non-tender Alvarez as last night’s midnight deadline to make offers to arbitration-eligible players approached, meaning that Alvarez is officially a free agent. Besides Alvarez, the Pirates also non-tendered Jaff Decker while offering contracts to each of their other arbitration-eligible players. There was a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after giving up a two-run home run in the third inning during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

A long ways from the place where we are

“Love’s pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.”  ― David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks The Pirates were not better than the Cubs tonight. I could (and will) go on. Gerrit Cole did not hit his spots tonight and as talented as he is, he’s […]

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 24:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

2015 NL Wild Card Game Preview: Finding a way

Here is a partial list of opposing pitchers that have started games won by the Pittsburgh Pirates this year: Max Scherzer Clayton Kershaw (2x) Jake Arrieta The Pirates faced Zack Greinke once and lost to him. They did not face Jacob deGrom. The only other pitcher likely to finish in the top half of NL […]

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on September 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

A (mostly meaningless) double-header

It’s hard to imagine a more distressing visual than this: the Cardinals clinch the division at PNC Park in an afternoon game in front of a partially empty stadium caused by a game scheduled on 16 hours notice. I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again right now: I don’t think this actually matters, […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on September 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In which we accept Jake Arrieta in the Wild Card Game as an inevitability

I said this before last night’s game, but I’ll repeat it here briefly: the reason that the Pittsburgh Pirates will not win the NL Central this year doesn’t lie solely on last night’s loss, because if I asked you to pick through the season and name a dozen losses that stick out in your mind […]

This is game one of one

You as a Pirate fan likely have a lot on your mind. Can the Pirates win tonight? Can they somehow win tomorrow with Charlie Morton scheduled to start? If they do sweep the Cards to tie the division, can they actually beat the Reds enough to give that meaning? What if the Pirates and Cards […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 12: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores on a two RBI single against Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

These are the stakes

There is no team in baseball that fully understands the stakes of a division title vs. the Wild Card Game quite like the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2013, the Pirates won 94 games and opened the post-season with a rousing 6-2 defeat of the Reds in the Wild Card Game. It was incredible — an emotional […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes a catch for an out against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field on September 26, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Tick tock tick tock

If you would’ve told me a week ago that the Pirates were about to reel off eight straight wins against the Dodgers, Rockies, and Cubs, I would’ve hoped that doing so would’ve prevented tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball game against Jake Arrieta from being a must-win for the Pirates. That’s not really the case, though: either […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Treading water

Pedro Alvarez’s time as a Pirate is likely drawing to an end, so it’s nice that he gave us an ultimate Pedro Alvarez Game before his departure. In the fifth inning, Alvarez and Jeff Locke botched a pretty simply looking Corey Dickerson ground ball resulting in a “single.” Cristhian Adams tripled in the next at-bat […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Pedro Florimon #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by teammate Gregory Polanco #25 after hitting the game winning RBI in the 15th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at PNC Park on August 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Guest post: The other guys

I don’t normally solicit outside articles, but when longtime reader/Twitter friend Charles Star explained the premise for this post to me and asked if it could run on WHYGAVS, it was too good to turn down. You may be familiar with Charles’ work at The Classical. You should definitely follow him on twitter

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 22:  Outfielders Andrew McCutchen #22, Starling Marte #6 and Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 22, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Pirates defeated the Rockies 6-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

One day at a time

There is a special moment of baseball fan hell that only exists at this point in September and it goes a little something like this: OK, good, the Pirates put up three in the first two and will probably do what needs to be done tonight. Let’s hit the scoreboard. Nationals are getting crushed, nice. […]

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 21:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes a bite of an apple on the dugout bench as the Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-3 at Coors Field on September 21, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Trying to take care of business in Denver

One of my favorite post-game quotes of the season came from Rockies’ rookie starter Jon Gray last night: “They were really aggressive … I didn’t expect that to happen. I tried to expand from there. I didn’t get much movement. I know it’s not going to break as much. Fastball’s not going to have as much […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates jumps to high five teammates as they celebrate after the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  The Pirates Won 4-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Ten days

One of the themes of this entire season for the Pittsburgh Pirates for me has been trying to determine what makes a season a successful one. With 13 games to go, the 2015 Pirates have 89 wins. They are more or less assured of a wild card spot (their magic number to clinch a playoff […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after scoring on a RBI double in the sixth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 16, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Frustrating losses, Charlie Morton, and series splits

I suppose if you want to have a charitable view of the universe today, you could say that the Pirates’ loss last night was the karmic counterpart of their win in the first game of Tuesday’s double-header: Jake Arrieta pitched a gem, the Pirates tied the game because the Cubs’ made some dumb/bad plays, and the […]

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