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 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the dugout in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole gets his first start of the second half

After Gerrit Cole’s 93-pitch, six-inning start against the Phillies, I briefly mentioned that I thought it was interesting that Clint Hurdle was getting Cole out of games pretty quickly after back-to-back starts in which he threw 100+ pitches. In five starts since then, Cole threw 106, 106, 107, 106, and 114 pitches. Seeing that, maybe […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 20:  Travis Ishikawa #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two-run double in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Game 92: Pirates 10 Royals 7

It’s time for a brief WHYGAVS History Lesson. Once upon a time in the olden days of the internet, WHYGAVS was a tiny little blog with barely any readers on blogspot. It wasn’t even WHYGAVS back then, people actually called it by its full name and the URL was very unwieldy. One night, a terrible […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 1: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes the catch on a pop foul by Yoenis Cespedes of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning of the interleague game on July 1, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pirates trot out truly horrendous lineup to face the Royals

I fully accept that the Pirates are currently wedged between a rock and a hard place and haven’t had time to properly respond to Jordy Mercer’s injury, but the lineup that it’s left them with tonight is horrendous, with Travis Ishikawa at first and Sean Rodriguez at third. I will continue to hope that this […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 19: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates holds his leg after a collision with Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Miller Park on July 19, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jordy Mercer

Getting swept was bad, but losing Jordy Mercer would be much worse

It would be one thing to be sitting here on a Monday morning, discussing only the Pirates being swept by the Brewers. Saturday’s game created some bad circumstances, the Brewers are playing well, Clint Hurdle’s decision to sit Andrew McCutchen on the third day back from the break certainly leaves some questions about how much […]

The Sunday Morning Catch-Up: The NL Central continues to vex the Pirates

I don’t understand this any better than you do, but here are the Pirates’ records against NL Central teams this year: Cardinals: 5-5 Cubs: 4-6 Reds: 2-7 Brewers: 6-5, but 1-4 since a 5-1 start The Reds and Brewers are just completely awful this year, and the Pirates have lost five of the seven series […]

during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Four All-Stars in Four Days: Gerrit Cole and the journey to become an ace

There’s a cool little juxtaposition in the Big Data Baseball (I didn’t get a chance to read this right when it came out and I’m not sure I’ll do a full review, but I hope that the constant references that I’m making to it as I read it are enough of an endorsement for anyone reading this site […]